Category Archives: Attachment and Mentalizing

Care Leavers Conference – 24-October-2016

Part of National Care Leavers Week, Handle With Therapeutic Care was the title of this years’ conference mounted by The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities and National Care Leavers Week.  Focussing on experiences and practical support, in order to promote high quality transitions from care.

Thinking from an attachment-informed perspective; the support provided over many years by constant and consistent caregivers is likely to be particularly useful at the time of leaving care, and yet, in the scramble to look forward, this history may be forgotten.  (Presentation)

 

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Attachment, Trauma and Recovery

Attachment, Trauma and Recovery

A new five day programme for foster-carers working with complex and enduring needs is now available.  The programme aims to develop foster carers to provide high levels of support and enriching relationships for fostered children who have experienced early trauma and help make sense of their often fragmented and traumatic past, whilst safely managing behavioural difficulties.  The programme is interactive
and experiential, helping foster carers apply theory to practice.  It is structured on the principles of active learning, including self-directed learning, learning through practice, case-based “learning in context” and small group interaction.

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Some Thoughts on Developmental Trauma

Some nice quotes from Dr Bessel van der Kolk here, reiterating the point that “developmental trauma” is a function of disturbed attachment experiences.
(The article also links to a hour long video of Dr van der Kolk talking about re-enacting trauma, the impact of childhood trauma and Borderline Personality Disorder)
http://acesconnection.com/profiles/blogs/developmental-trauma-what-you-can-t-see-this-dvd-can-hurt-you?xg_source=msg_mes_network

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Four in 10 infants lack secure parental attachments

John Bolwby’s original research into the nature and origin of childhood attachment indicated that for about 60% of children the quality of these early experiences was good enough for the child to feel secure in their relationship with their significant caregivers.  The prevalence and implications of children not forming secure bonds is discussed again in research carried out in Princeton University, Columbia University, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Bristol.  Researchers found that infants under the age of three who do not form strong bonds with their mothers or fathers are more likely to be aggressive, defiant and hyperactive as adults

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The Psychology Seminar Series – Glyndwr University

Attachment and Mentalizing: Helping Children with Attachment Trauma

6-March-14 at 6.00 – 7.00

The Library, Glyndwr University, Wrexham

The Psychology Seminar Series, March 2014

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Mentalizing theory  draws together of ideas from psychodynamic theories and attachment theory with emerging evidence from neuroscience. Mentalizing is not a therapy technique, but a way of approaching and augmenting the daily work of practice. It is something that humans do naturally, to varying degrees; indeed, it is one of our capacities that mark us as human. It is also a process that can have immense therapeutic value for work with attachments once it has been noticed and thought about.

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