Trauma, Attachment

Attachment and Trauma: The State of the Art of Psychotherapy (London)
withMary Jo Barrett, Jan Winhall, Remco Van der Wijngaart, Harry Farmer, Sebern Fisher, Suzette A. Boon, Ronald D. Siegel, Alessandro Carmelita, Marina Cirio, Terry Real
Date: Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June*
Time: (Fri. and Sat.) from 08:30 to 18:30, (Sun.) from 09:00 to 17:00
Live streaming available on Zoom Meetings
Recordings of the course available without time limits
Location: London, The Royal Geographical Society – Ondaatje Lecture Theatre (1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR)

(also available on Live Streaming)

Available in English


🪙 You will receive 31 CE/CPD credits available

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🪙 You will receive 21 CPD credits
🪙 You will receive 15 CE credits

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After the difficulties caused by the pandemic, the “Attachment and Trauma” Congress finally returns to London: a number of internationally well-known Experts will take the stage of the stunning Ondaatje Lecture Theatre della Royal Geographical Society, in the heart of the city. Their lectures will give a complete and varied overview of both the most advanced neuroscientific research studies and the most effective clinical interventions in the field of trauma therapy and the treatment of attachment disturbances.

The Congress will be live-streamed online as well, so as to allow those who are unable/unwilling to travel to take part in the event while staying at home. The Congress will also be videotaped: recordings will be on sale on ISC website and accessible without time limits.

Besides being an important opportunity for professional development, this 13th edition of the “Attachment and Trauma” Congress will also be a valuable moment to share with other mental health professionals from all over the world: if you are fed up with online courses and feel the need to meet your fellow colleagues in person to have an enriching and engaging learning experience, then join us in London! Only 700 seats available.

The Presenters:

  • Mary Jo Barrett (USA)
  • Jan Winhall (Canada)
  • Remco Van der Wijngaart (The Netherlands)
  • Abi Blakeslee (USA)
  • Harry Farmer (UK)
  • Sebern Fisher (USA)
  • Suzette Boon (The Netherlands)
  • Ronald Siegel (USA)
  • Alessandro Carmelita e Marina Cirio (UK and Italy)
  • Terry Real (USA)

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Mary Jo Barrett

Harnessing the natural rhythm of change and healing: The collaborative change model

This lecture will explore the essential ingredients for successful treatment of complex developmental trauma across the Lifespan. No two treatment models are identical; yet there are clear variables that predict the success of treatment. After exploring 50 years of treatment and evaluating success, clients across the life span and throughout the world have told us the same thing. That healthy protective attachment with therapist and social engagement is paramount for change. This lecture will explore the universal interventions necessary to assure therapeutic success. It will affirm and invigorate the clinical work of each participant.

Jan Winhall

Revolutionizing trauma and addiction treatment with the Felt Sense™ Polyvagal Model

The current model of understanding addiction as a brain disease is failing. Therapists need a fresh approach that addresses the intersection of trauma and addiction where they live, in the body. The Felt Sense™ (Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ (FSPM) shifts the current pathologizing paradigm to a strength-based approach. Through the lens of Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal theory, addictive behaviors are seen as the bodies adaptive attempt to regulate by acting as propellers that facilitate neurophysiological shifts in our nervous system. This presentation is an introduction to Jan Winhall’s book Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model. She will give a description of the theoretical framework of the model as she developed it over four decades in working with trauma survivors. The FSPM™ guides clinicians into a new way of working with two major embodied processes of interoception (felt sense) and neuroception (polyvagal). Participants will also learn about Gendlin’s Focusing/Felt Sense method of psychotherapy and how to guide clients into connecting with their bodies. The model provides a generic framework that supports any therapeutic modality that clinicians are currently using. Application of the model will be demonstrated in an introduction to The Embodied Assessment and Treatment Tool.™ (EATT)™ The tool provides a somatic assessment of client’s capacity to regulate their autonomic nervous system, and integrate embodied experiences. As therapists develop the experiential assessment over time it becomes an organized treatment plan and can be stored online as a clinical record. Examples of how to use the Tool will be demonstrated. Included in the EATT™ is Carnes Three Circle Practice, a treatment method for working with addiction. It will be discussed with case examples so clinicians can start applying the model right away. The presentation will be a mixture of didactic information, experiential practices, and case examples.

Remco Van der Wijngaart

Imagery rescripting and the use of the therapy relationship to provide corrective emotional experiences for traumatized patients

Imagery rescripting is nowadays regarded as an evidence-based technique for treating different disorders, such as PTSD, social anxiety disorder, and personality disorders (Morina et al., 2017). The therapeutic goal is to generate corrective emotional experiences in aversive memories/images using mental imagery. However, it is not always easy to identify and target the core need in the image effectively. For example, an image of childhood abuse can be rescripted in many ways. Should the client strive for safety or for rebuttal in the image? When should they imagine themselves halting the antagonist, or is it better for the therapist to provide a corrective emotional experience by stepping into the mental image and change the outcome of the visualized events? This presentation will focus on the use of the therapy relationship when applying this technique; the therapist stepping into the image to serve as a role model when rescripting the visualized events. In doing so, therapists might be confronted with different challenges when doing imagery rescripting, e.g. the question whether it is better to wait till the most traumatic parts of the experience, or if it will be wiser to step in at an earlier stage? This presentation uses the model of basic emotional needs as a guiding compass for effective imagery rescripting. The presentation focuses on three components:

  • Correctly identifying and targeting the basic emotional needs in the image;
  • Identifying the right moment for rescripting; rescripting;
  • Dealing with some of the most common challenges.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understanding and applying the basic needs model to guide effective imagery rescripting
  • Adequately intervening in the image as the therapist;
  • Becoming more confident in handling common challenging situations;

This presentation contains instruction, demonstration (role-play/video), and room for questions and comments.

Abi Blakeslee

Implicit Psychotherapy: Theory and clinical tools to access the biology of recovery

Physical, emotional, and social distress can arise from unresolved attachment and trauma. Yet recovery is not about thinking our way out of the past. This presentation will outline the biology of recovery from the unique perspective of working directly with non-consciously encoded memory, also known as implicit memory. Several branches of implicit memory are involved with the autonomic nervous system, the threat response cycle, and primitive states of regulation. Why can't clients change the emotional and behavioral patterns they know are hurting themselves and others? In this lecture, participants will learn how interoception, or conscious awareness of bodily sensation, is used in therapy. Learning how to observe and change ongoing survival physiological states as well as learning how to guide clients to repair relational ruptures on an implicit level, can lead to long lasting and deep states of change. Participants will also learn exercises that can be used for themselves and their clients right away. Drawing on trauma informed approaches such as Implicit Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Relationship Repair, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, this presentation will distils science, theory and practice with clarity. Working with implicit memory is a pathway to reinstate secure attachment, increase regulation and restore a person's sense of essential self.

Harry Farmer

The mirror cracked: Depersonalisation, trauma and social processing

Depersonalisation (DP) is an intriguing form of altered subjective experience in which people report feelings of unreality and detachment from their sense of Self and the wider world (sometime called derealisation). While this experience on unreality occurs to most people at some points in their lives, it can become a chronic condition in the form of Depersonalization/derealization Disorder (DPDR). There is a strong link between these experiences and trauma with many theories suggesting that DPDR is caused by the overactivation of an adaptive defence mechanism within the brain. One underexplored area of research on DP experiences is their relationship to social cognition and the perception of others. In this talk, Dr Farmer will first outline work linking DP experiences to childhood trauma before exploring how DP relates to social cognition, primarily through the lens of Self-Other mirroring. In doing so, he will draw on research from cognitive neuroscience and psychology relating representations of Self and others at the level of the bodily Self: from tactile mirroring and emotional mimicry to more abstracted and advanced forms of social interaction, such as emotional empathy and compassion. In doing so he will argue that, somewhat paradoxically, the disrupted sense of Self experienced by those with high levels of DP can lead to increased mirroring of others at the bodily level.

Sebern Fisher

Walking the Tiger and Letting it Sleep: Training the brain to quiet fear in developmental trauma

When a friend handed Sebern Fisher Peter Levine’s book, she misread the title and she imagined this beautiful wild creature walking peacefully in front of her on a leash. Since beginning to integrate neurofeedback into her treatment of trauma survivors in the late 90s, she has been looking for ways to quiet the beast of fear. In that same period, neuroscience research began to identify ‘fear structures’ and fear circuitry in the brain. (In 2013, NIMH suggested that fear circuitry might be a “common factor” in seemingly discreet mental illnesses.) Just as therapists were getting used to the amygdala as the fear generator, research is showing them that it is the periaqueductal gray (PAG), the reptilian threat detector in the brainstem, that instigates the fear reactivity. Therapists can help patients understand this, can provide them skills to manage this, can help them soothe this with their presence but they can’t quiet this pulse of fear that begins deep in the brain with talk therapy alone. What the brain has learned and what it has failed to learn are held in the vast electrical network that is the human brain. Most people with these histories have learned terror, rage and shame and not learned to regulate affect. Sebern Fisher will review the frequency or functional failure modes that show up in the brains of people with histories of attachment disruption and abuse in early childhood and, using research findings, case vignettes and videos, show that, with computer generated feedback, the brain can learn to quiet fear and to let the tiger sleep.

Suzette A. Boon

Treating ‘difficult dissociative patients’: Transference and countertransference

Difficult or sometimes even ‘impossible’ dissociative patients may engender feelings of guilt, rage, shame, humiliation, helplessness, and incompetency in therapists. Whatever they do doesn’t help or isn’t good enough and these patients seem to resist virtually any efforts toward progress. In the face of massive resistance, clinicians may retreat into destructive enmeshment, overinvolvement, wishing to ‘save this patient’ by engaging in different non-therapeutic actions. And if all their well-meant efforts fail, they may distance themselves, get enraged or even punish the patient. The actual prognosis of a ‘difficult or impossible’ patient depends to some degree on the goodness of fit between patient and therapist, and on the skills and experience of the therapist, as well as on certain prognostic indicators that should be used to screen for appropriateness for outpatient psychotherapy and make a workable treatment plan. The ‘difficult or impossible’ patient typically has problems in several related areas: (1) chronic defenses against perceived relational threat (e.g., criticism, rejection, abandonment, or control); (2) chronic defenses against inner experience (e.g., affects, cognitions, physical sensations, wishes, needs); and (3) difficulties in self-regulation (4) dissociation as ultimate defense to avoid relational threat and inner experiences. Interventions are first directed to the therapist, who must learn to deal with intense countertransference feelings. It is sometimes very hard not to feel hurt or under attack by a ‘difficult’ patient. Therapists must learn to empathically understand the patient’s behavior, and act with reflection rather than with reaction. This reflective stance is a treatment strategy in itself for the patient, and paves the way for further interventions. Strategies for the therapist and patient will be discussed in this presentation.

Ronald D. Siegel

Lessons from Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy: Healing Attachment Wounds and Treating Trauma

Research on psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is advancing rapidly and is showing particular promise for trauma treatment. With proper preparation and support, individuals with troubled attachment histories and developmental trauma are often able to experience safety and love for the first time. What can clinicians learn from these investigations? How can the latter inform their therapy practice even if they are not participating in the research? This presentation will explore ways to help traumatized clients begin to integrate split-off traumatic memories, open their hearts, embrace vulnerability, surrender to the flow of ever-changing experience, and move from isolation to connection with people and nature—perhaps for the first time in their lives. Participants will learn:

  • An overview of evidence for efficacy and mechanisms of action in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in trauma treatment;
  • To identify the common elements in a wide variety of trauma-related psychological disorders and how non-ordinary states help to resolve them;
  • The role of compassion, and self-compassion in psychotherapeutic progress;
  • The role of transpersonal or “mystical” experience in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and trauma treatment;
  • Practical ways to introduce the transformative elements of mindfulness and compassion-informed, and psychedelic-assisted sessions into other forms of psychotherapy.
Alssandro Carmelita and Marina Cirio

Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy: Beyond the recovery from trauma

The study of human personality has shed light on the undeniable impact that attachment relationships, as well as early traumatic experiences – and the consequent dissociation – have on the construction of the Self. Psychological suffering can be analysed from two different, but interrelated, perspectives: the level of integration of the Self, on the one side, and the individual’s ability to interact with the external world, on the other side. Starting from this premise, identifying and defining the various parts of the client’s personality – especially if the latter has experienced trauma and starts therapy with severe symptoms – is crucially important. As a matter of fact, Psychotherapy is more and more conceived as a series of interventions aimed at integrating the dissociative parts of the client’s personality, in order to support them building a unified Self. At the same time, the therapeutic rela¬tionship plays a central role in the treatment of the dissociation caused by early relational traumas, regardless from their seriousness. Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy (MIMT) is a completely innovative therapeutic approach based on the use of a mirror within the therapeutic setting, which is placed in front of both the client and the therapist, thus allowing them to interact through their reflected image. The validity of this unique modality of intervention is supported by its theoretical underpinnings, which include not only the most recent research studies in the field of Neuroscien¬ce, but also a series of effective clinical studies. The construction of the Self and the individual’s relational reality – starting from the very beginning of the identity construction process, that is the ability to identify themselves in front of a mirror, to the capacity to acknowledge the other’s emotional states – are two pa¬rallel processes characterizing each human being’s development. Therefore, Mirror Therapy can be seen as a unique combination of therapeutic interventions helping the client reconstructing an integrated Self, while at the same time working on the relationship with the other. Over the past five years, Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy has been studied in depth and a specific procedure of intervention has been created; additionally, thanks to MIMT, therapists have discovered a new and extremely accelerated way to connect with the client, as well as an effective approach to help the latter integrating their inner parts through a deep, transformative self-compassion. Finally, yet importantly, the theoretical and applica¬tion aspects emerging from clinical practice offer new opportunities of intervention that Research can keep supporting and validating.

Terry Real

From trauma to connection: The healing power of relationships

The toxic culture of individualism and patriarchy rests on the delusions that human beings stand apart from nature and in control of it. Whether the 'nature' they are trying to control is their partner, their kids, their bodies (“I must lose 10 pounds!”) or their own minds (“I must be less negative!”). The autonomic nervous system scans the body 4 times a second: "am I safe?", "am I safe?", "am I safe?", "am I safe?". If the answer is “yes, I feel safe”, individuals remain seated in the wise adult part of themselves, the prefrontal cortex. They remember the whole, the relationship. But when the answer is “no, I feel in danger”, they shift into subcortical parts of the brain, knee-jerk automatic responses in which they see the world as a zero sum, “I win-you lose” power struggle. The key issue is trauma. While individuals may be objectively safe, instances in the present trigger past wounds and their adaptations to those wounds. They automatically repeat their survival strategies, making a mess of their current relationships. All trauma is relational trauma. And all healing is relational healing. People pick partners they imagine will deliver them from old wounds, yet they wind up with partners who send them directly back into those old wounds. The question is: "What do they do then?" Reaching for something new while triggered has the potential to heal relationships and heal trauma in the same beautiful moment. In heated moments, individuals lose the wisdom of themselves. Therapists need to equip their clients to cultivate the ongoing practice of relational mindfulness: shifting from the you-and-me consciousness into the centered adult parts of themselves. Remembering love, and that the person they are speaking to is someone they care about and is not the enemy. This is the critical first step, the first skill from which all other skills depend. Once clients are equipped to think ecologically and relationally, all of the terms change. For example, the relational answer to the question “who is right and who is wrong?” is “who cares?” The real question is: “how are you and I going to work on this as a team?”. During this presentation, Terry Real will explore how to help people deal with their own trauma effectively without inflicting it on their families.


Note. The following program may be subject to change.

Main contents: 23/06/2023

Note: The following schedule (i.e. time zone: GMT) is just a draft and may be changed due to circumstances independent of the organizers’ will. Most of the presentations are expected to be given by the Presenters in person, unless clearly marked as “online lectures”. Nevertheless, because of travel restrictions or other limitations caused by COVID-19 and/or other force majeure circumstances, Presenters may be unable/unwilling to come to London and may have to give their presentations online. If that was the case, their lectures would not be pre-recorded; instead, they would give them live, via Zoom, so as to be able to interact with the audience as much as possible. Istituto di Scienze Cognitive (ISC) is committed to promptly informing the participants about any variations to the following program.

Friday, June 23rd: 8:30am-6:30pm

8:30-8:45: Guided meditation

8:45-9:00: Opening of the Congress

9:00-10:30: Mary Jo Barrett, “Harnessing the natural rhythm of change and healing: The collaborative change model”

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-11:00: First artistic performance

11:00-12:30: Jan Winhall“Revolutionizing trauma and addiction treatment with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™” Felt Sense™”

12:30-12:45: Second artistic performance

12:45-14:00: Lunch break

14:00-15:30: Remco van der Wijngaart, “imagery rescripting and the use of the therapy relationship to provide corrective emotional experiences for traumatized patients”

15:30- 15:45: Break

15:45-16:00: Third artistic performance

16:00-17:30: Abi Blakeslee, “Implicit Psychotherapy: Theory and clinical tools to access the biology of recovery”

17:30-18:30: Panel discussion and Q&A

Main contents: 24/06/2023

Saturday, June 24th: 8:45am-6:30pm

8:45-9:00: Guided meditation

9:00-10:30: Harry Farmer, “Depersonalisation disorder and its links to trauma and social cognition”*

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-11:00: First artistic performance

11:00-12:30: Sebern Fisher, “Walking the tiger and letting it sleep: Training the brain to quiet fear in developmental trauma”

12:30-12:45: Second artistic performance

12:45-14:00: Lunch break

14:00-15:30: Suzette Boon, “Treating ‘difficult dissociative patients’: Transference and countertransference”

15:30- 15:45: Break

15:45-16:00: Third artistic performance

16:00-17:30: This presentation will be added to the program ASAP

17:30-18:30: Panel discussion and Q&A

Main contents: 25/06/2023

Sunday, June 25th: 9:00am-5:00pm

9:00-9:15: Guided meditation

9:15-10:45: Ronald Siegel“Lessons from Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy: Healing attachment wounds and treating trauma”

10:45-11:00: Break

11:00-11:15: First artistic performance

11:15-12:45: Alessandro Carmelita and Marina Cirio, Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy: Beyond the recovery from trauma”*.

12:45-13:45: Lunch break

13:45-14:00: Second artistic performance

14:00-15:30: Terry Real, “Treating relational trauma with Relational Life Therapy” Relational Life Therapy

15:30-15:45: Break

15:45-16:00: Third artistic performance

16:00-17:00: Panel discussion and Q&A

* These titles are subject to change. The definitive ones will be added to the program ASAP.

If the pandemic situation in the UK in the summer of 2023, or any other force majeure circumstances, did not allow ISC to hold the Congress in person – while respecting all the needed safety measures – the event may be replaced by a live conference on Zoom.

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Mary Jo Barrett
Mary Jo Barrett is the Founder of The Center for Contextual Change. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the Jane Addams School of Social Work and has served on the adjunct faculties of The University of Chicago, The Chicago Center for Family Health, and the Family Institute of Northwestern University. Ms. Barrett was the Clinical Director of Midwest Family Resource and has been working in the field of family violence since 1974 beginning with Parents Anonymous. Ms. Barrett’s latest book, Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change, was co-authored by Linda Stone Fish. Ms. Barrett has also coauthored two books with Dr. Terry Trepper: Incest: A Multiple Systems Perspective and The Systemic Treatment of Incest: A Therapeutic Handbook. She created the Collaborative Change Model, a contextual model of therapy used to transform the lives of those impacted by abuse and/or traumatic events. Her trainings and published works focus on the teaching of the Collaborative Change Model; Family Therapy and Interpersonal violence; Adult Survivors of Abuse and Trauma; Complex Developmental Trauma and Compassion Fatigue. Ms. Barrett founded the Family Dialogue Project, a mediation program which strives to redefine relationships within families that have been impacted by allegations of abuse or differences that appear irreconcilable.
Jan Winhall
Jan Winhall, MSW, FOT is an author, teacher, and psychotherapist in Toronto, Canada. She is author of Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model, by Jan Winhall, Routledge, 2021. Jan is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Social Work, University of Toronto and Co-Director of Borden Street Clinic, a Psychotherapy and teaching center. Jan is a Coordinator with The International Focusing Institute and Director of Focusing on Borden, a Psychotherapy and Training center. Jan presents internationally on trauma and addiction.
Remco Van der Wijngaart
Remco van der Wijngaart works as a psychotherapist in a private practice in Maastricht, the Netherlands. He is the director of the Dutch Institute for Schema Therapy, providing international training in Schema Therapy. Initially trained in CBT, he was later trained and supervised in Schema Therapy by Jeffrey Young, founder of Schema Therapy, with imagery rescripting as one of the most frequently used techniques in this therapy model. He produced and directed several productions, e.g., Fine Tuning Imagery Rescripting, and is the author of the 2021 book Imagery Rescripting, theory and practice.
Abi Blakeslee
Dr. Abi Blakeslee is founder of Implicit Psychotherapy. She is faculty at the Somatic Experiencing International and additionally legacy faculty for Dr. Peter Levine’s Ergos Institute for Somatic Education. She is the co-founder of Relationship Repair. Dr. Blakeslee holds a Ph.D. in Clinical and Somatic Psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Her dissertation generated original research on the role of implicit memory in healing trauma. Dr. Blakeslee integrates the study of implicit memory and psychophysiology in clinical research, secondary trauma interventions, and the psychobiological principles of attachment and shock trauma. She treats individuals, couples, children and families in her clinical practice. Dr. Blakeslee teaches and consults worldwide. She lives in Bozeman, Montana with her husband and enjoys the snow, mountains, and rivers with her three young children.
Harry Farmer
Harry Farmer is currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich. He completed his PhD in Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2014 and worked as a Research Associate at UCL’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience between 2014 and 2018 and at the University of Bath’s Department of Psychology between 2017 and 2019. His research focus is the relationship between the self and social cognition and encompass a wide range of methodological techniques including conceptual analysis, psychophysics, physiological recording, neuroimaging and virtual reality. He has authored 29 articles in peer reviewed journals including Nature, Communications, Psychological Science and Neuropsychology. His current research focuses on a number of key questions relating to self and other including leading on projects examining how embodiment in virtual reality can be used the change social attitudes and stereotypes and the application of computational modelling to learning about similarity between self and other. He was previously co-PI on the “Estranged from the Self, estranged from the Others” project which explored how experiences of depersonalisation affected self-other mirroring. He is a member of the Experimental Psychology Society and the European Society for Cognitive Affective Neuroscience.
Sebern Fisher
Sebern F. Fisher, MA, is a psychotherapist and neurofeedback practitioner in private practice who specializes in the aftermath of neglect and abuse in early childhood. She focuses on training the traumatized brain to learn its own regulation which can learn at any age. She trains professionals nationally and internationally on neurofeedback and on the need to integrate neurofeedback with psychotherapy. Her book, Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain, has helped her readers understand how the traumatized brain can give rise to explosive feelings, irrational thinking, and destructive behaviour. When the brain learns its own regulation, its owner can engage meaningfully in psychotherapy and in life. The book is now also available as an audiobook on Audible.
Suzette A. Boon
Suzette A. Boon PhD, 1949, is a clinical psychologist, and psychotherapist specialized in the treatment of chronic traumatization and dissociative disorders. She translated and validated the Dutch version of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D) and received a PhD for her thesis “Multiple Personality Disorder in the Netherlands” in 1993. She has published several books, book chapters and many articles both on diagnosis as well as treatment of dissociative disorders. She has developed a skills training manual for patients with a complex dissociative disorder. The English version of this manual Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation with Kathy Steele, MN, CS and Onno van der Hart PhD has been published in March 2011 (Norton publishers). She has developed a new semi structured interview for complex dissociative disorders and trauma related symptoms: the “Trauma and Dissociation Symptoms Interview (TADS-I) “. A validation study has been started. She is co-author of the book Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation, A Practical, Integrative Approach (Steele, Boon & Van der Hart, 2017) that won the Pierre Janet writing award of ISSTD in 2017. A new book on assessment will be published by Norton publishers in 2023: Assessment of Trauma-Related Dissociation, introducing the TADS-I (Boon, Norton, in press). She is currently working in private practice. She is a trainer and supervisor and teaches in many different countries. She is co-founder of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and was the first president of this Society. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) granted her the David Caul Memorial Award in 1993, the Morton Prince Award in 1994 and the President’s Award of distinction and the status of fellow in 1995 for her contributions to diagnosis, treatment, research and education in the field of dissociative disorders. In 2009 She received the Life Time Achievement Award and in 2011 the Pierre Janet Writing Award for the book Coping with trauma-related Dissociation: A skills training for patients and their therapists. In 2017 she received the Pierre Janet Writing Award as second author of the book Treating Trauma-related Dissociation: A practical integrative approach.
Ronald D. Siegel
Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 35 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychothera¬py. He teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness prac¬tice in psychotherapy and other fields, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel is coeditor of the critical¬ly acclaimed text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition; author of a comprehensive guide for general audiences, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; coeditor of Wisdom and Compassion in Psychother¬apy; coauthor of the professional guide Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy; coauthor of the self-treatment guide Back Sense, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain; and professor for The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being produced by The Great Courses. He is also a regular contributor to other professional publications, and is co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy.
Alssandro Carmelita and Marina Cirio
Alessandro Carmelita is a Psychologist and a Psychotherapist, as well as a Trainer and Supervisor in Schema Therapy certified by the ISST. After having been trained by some of the most important experts in the field of Psychotherapy and Interpersonal Neurobiology, he has created an innovative therapeutic approach named Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy (MIMT) and has developed it together with Marina Cirio. He has travelled around the world to train Psychologists and Psychotherapists in using this revolutionary approach with their clients. Besides this, Dr. Carmelita has conducted 56 editions of the international training program in Schema Therapy and has trained/supervised hundreds of therapists.

Marina Cirio is a Psychologist and a Psychotherapist. She has enriched her professional training with recent contributions in the field of Psycho¬therapy and Neuroscience. She has developed Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy (MIMT) together with Alessandro Carmelita, thus contributing to expand both the clinical implications and the research work on the ther¬apeutic interventions that can be used with different types of patients. After using this innovative approach for years, Dr. Cirio is going to con¬duct - together with Dr. Carmelita - a new training course in MIMT that will allow many other therapists to learn and understand this new way of relating to clients, which can facilitate a real and profound change.
Terry Real
Terapeuta di coppia e familiare, docente e autore, Terry Real è un esperto di fama internazionale, nonché il fondatore del Relational Life Institute (RLI), Istituto specializzato nell’organizzazione di workshop per coppie, genitori e individui in tutti gli Stati Uniti, nonché di corsi di formazione professionale rivolti ai clinici che intendono apprendere la metodologia terapeutica da lui ideata, la Terapia della Vita Relazionale o RLT (Relational Life Therapy). Esperto di terapia familiare e docente da oltre 25 anni, Terry è autore del best-seller “I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression” (Scribner, 1997), nonché del libro “How Can I Get Through to You? Reconnecting Men and Women” (Scribner, 2002) e del più recente “The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Make Love Work” (Random House). Terry Real ha sviluppato un approccio finalizzato a guidare le coppie lungo un percorso passo-passo verso una maggiore intimità, nonché una maggiore realizzazione personale. Oltre a ricoprire la carica di docente senior presso il Family Institute di Cambridge, in Massachusetts, e ad essere stato ricercatore clinico presso il Meadows Institute in Arizona, Terry ha lavorato con migliaia di clienti individuali e di coppie, formando inoltre centinaia di terapeuti. Attraverso i suoi libri, le attività dell’Istituto che ha fondato e i suoi workshop in tutti gli Stati Uniti, Terry Real aiuta uomini e donne, genitori e non genitori, a creare la connessione che desiderano all’interno delle loro relazioni. Il lavoro di Terry, con il suo approccio rigorosamente basato sul senso pratico, si rivolge sia agli uomini che alle donne. Le sue idee sui problemi maschili e sulla terapia di coppia sono state accolte con favore in svariate sedi, dalle trasmissioni televisive Good Morning America, The Today Show e 20/20, sino al talk show di Oprah e al New York Times. Sostenitore di una concezione del matrimonio “a tutto gas” – come definita nel suo libro “The New Rules of Marriage” – Terry Real è stato definito “la voce più innovativa rispetto al trattamento degli uomini e delle loro relazioni nel mondo di oggi”. Il New York Times Book Review ha definite il lavoro di Terry come “un contributo fondamentale alla psicologia femminista che ha portato il Movimento Maschile a fare un significativo passo avanti”. Terry insegna alle coppie come far funzionare le loro relazioni offrendo servizi finalizzati all’insegnamento dei principi RLT, con l’obiettivo di permettere a chiunque di vivere una vita sana e degna di essere vissuta.

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Evento dal vivo a Roma

Da Ven 30 Settembre a Dom 2 Ottobre 2022

Attachment and Trauma: Effective Clinical Interventions and Research
With Suzette A. Boon, Mary Jo Barrett, Diana Fosha, Roger Solomon, Vincenzo Caretti, Elizabeth Warner, Jonathan Baylin, Skip Rizzo, Alessandro Carmelita, Marina Cirio, Ronald D. Siegel, Christiane Sanderson, Deb Dana

Potrai ricevere sino a 145 CE/CPD credits available