Con le nostre memberships, puoi di accedere immediatamente a oltre 50 corsi on-demand, 50 ECM e 5 nuovi corsi al mese. A partire da 1€ al giornoClicca quì!

Trauma, Attachment

Attachment and Trauma Congress 2023: The State of the Art of Psychotherapy (London)
(3 customer reviews)
withAlessandro Carmelita, Harry Farmer, Janina Fisher, Marina Cirio, Mary Jo Barrett, Ronald D. Siegel, Suzette A. Boon, Jan Winhall, Terry Real, Remco Van der Wijngaart, Sebern Fisher, Abi Blakeslee
Duration: 16h 25m 42s
Recordings of the course available without time limits

(also in Live Streaming)

Available in Italian (simultaneous translation), English
🪙 You will receive 50 crediti ECM *
(ECM Credits valid on 2023)
🪙 You will receive 21 CPD credits
🪙 You will receive 21 CE credits


The offer will end when the timer expires

Only 12 places available at -40%

Only 12 left in stock

at this price

Only 12 left in stock

🔓 Pay online (via Stripe)
🏦 Pay by bank transfer (within 48/72h)
✅ All prices include VAT

Event Partner (Turkey):
Event Partner (Malta):
Information about the event:

In the last decades, psychotherapy has benefited from the integration with neuroscience research, which enables an increasingly in-depth understanding of brain functioning under physiological and traumatic conditions through the development of new research techniques. The impact of traumatic experiences on brain functioning, theorised by various psychotherapeutic approaches and confirmed by clinical experiences at all levels, is now also supported by neurophysiological investigations.

We are finally facing a moment of increasing and deep integration between different approaches and perspectives in analysing human functioning.

Clinical psychology, neuroanatomy, and the study of behaviour emphasise the crucial incidence of early life experiences in structuring the brain and developing personality. Psychotherapy is called upon to find effective repair elements to the critical fractures that developmental trauma can cause in individual development.

The experts speaking at the Congress will describe in detail different trauma intervention methods, allowing the audience to learn about the most comprehensive and up-to-date approaches on today's international scientific scene, within the broader framework of attachment as a lens to observe individual personality development.

After the difficulties caused by the pandemic, the “Attachment and Trauma” Congress finally returns to London: internationally renowned experts have followed one another on 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.

Besides being an important opportunity for professional development, this 13th edition of the “Attachment and Trauma” Congress was 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!

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)
Mary Jo Barrett

The essential ingredients and guidelines for all successful trauma Psychotherapy

This presentation 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 Mary Jo Barrett the same thing: healthy protective attachment with therapist and social engagement is paramount for change. This presentation will explore the universal interventions necessary to assure therapeutic success. It will also affirm and invigorate the clinical work of each participant.

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

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

The current conception of addiction - seen as a disorder of the brain - is failing. Therapists need a new approach that addresses the intersection between trauma and addiction where it occurs: in the body. The Polyvagal Model of Felt Sense™ (Felt Sense Polyvagal Model™ or FSPM) transforms the current pathologising paradigm into a strengths-based approach. When viewed through the lens of Stephen Porges' Polyvagal Theory, typical addictive behaviours can be seen as attempts adaptive of the body to regulate itself; such behaviours, in fact, act as 'drivers' that facilitate neurophysiological changes within the nervous system. This presentation is an introduction to Jan Winhall's book "Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model"(Treating trauma and addiction with the Polyvagal Model of the Felt Sense™). During his talk, Jan will describe the theoretical framework of the model he has devised through his more than forty years of work with trauma survivors. The FSPM Model guides clinicians, helping them to use a new way of working with the two main embodied processes: interoception (felt sense) and neuroception (Polyvagal Theory). Participants will also discover the therapeutic approach of the Focusing/Felt Sense of Gendlin and learn how to help clients connect with their bodies. This model offers a theoretical framework that can support any therapeutic modality used by clinicians. The application of the model will be demonstrated through an introduction to the Embodied Tool for theAssessment and the Treatment™ (Embodied Assessment and Treatment Tool™ or EATT). This tool allows for a somatic assessment of the client's ability to regulate their autonomic nervous system and integrate embodied experiences. As therapists carry out an assessment experiential over time, the EATT becomes an organised treatment plan that can be stored online as a medical record. The talk will include practical demonstrations of how to use this tool. The latter includes Carnes' Three Circles Practice, a specific treatment method for working with addiction. In addition to the description of this model, there will be examples of clinical cases to help therapists apply this approach immediately. This presentation will be a mix of didactic information, experiential practice and clinical case examples.

Jan Winhall, M.S.W. F.O.T. is an author, teacher and seasoned trauma and addiction psychotherapist. She is an Educational Partner and Course Developer with the Polyvagal Institute where she teaches a certification course based on her book Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model, Routledge 2021. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto and a Certifying Co-Ordinator with the International Focusing Institute. Jan is Co-Director of the Borden Street Clinic where she supervises graduate students. She enjoys teaching all over the world. You can reach her at
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.


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.
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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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

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.

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.
Janina Fisher

Re-Thinking Borderline Personality Disorder as a Traumatic Attachment Disorder

Thirty years of research has repeatedly shown a clear relationship between a history of childhood abuse and a later diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. Rather than experiencing others as a haven of safety, traumatized individuals are driven by powerful wishes and fears of relationship. Their intense emotions and impulsive behavior make them vulnerable to being labeled ‘borderline’ and thus feared or dreaded by the therapists from whom they seek help. In this presentation, we will address understanding ‘borderline personality’ as a trauma-related disorder, reflecting the impact of traumatic attachment on the ability to tolerate emotion and relationship. The borderline client is not at war with the therapist. He or she is caught up into an internal battle: Do I trust or not trust? Do I live or do I die? Do I love or do I hate? Understanding these clients as fragmented and at war with themselves transforms the therapeutic relationship and the treatment. New approaches and interventions drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) can transform what it means to treat a ‘borderline’ client. Participants will be able to: 

  • describe the effects of trauma-related attachment on affect regulation
  • discriminate the overlap between borderline personality disorder and traumatic attachment
  • identify the effects of traumatic attachment on the therapeutic relationship
  • to apply body-centered and mindfulness-based interventions to help clients increase affect tolerance and decrease impulsive behavior.
Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as an author, speaker, and consultant, she is also Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an EMDR International Association Continuing Education Provider, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. She is co-author with Pat Ogden of “Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment” and author of “Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation” and “Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: A Workbook for Survivors and their Therapists.”
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.
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.
Alessandro Carmelita and Marina Cirio

Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy: Beyond the recovery from trauma

In the last decades, psychotherapy has oriented towards treating trauma and its psychological consequences. Most of the attention is given to the influence of the attachment trauma on the development of personality and individual functioning. If the origin of the problems is to be researched at the beginnings of the individual’s relational life, it becomes crucial to find a way to intervene at that level, operating on the early brain parts, which work beyond words and the higher cognitive systems.

The Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy (MIMT) shows itself as an innovative therapy focused on restructuring the Self in a coherent and integrated way, through deeply reparative relational experiences in the therapeutic relation. It employs neurobiological co-regulation techniques between the therapist and the patient, consistent with the principles of the Polyvagal Theory, which support the record of the safety/danger axis in determining the development of personality starting from the earliest moments of life.

The unique setting of the MIMT allows, by using a mirror, to work on the procedural memory of the patient in a powerful and fast way, by restructuring the continued experiences of lack of attunement with the attachment figure, at the origin of the deepest and earliest evolutionary trauma.

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 traveled 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

Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy: Beyond the recovery from trauma

In the last decades, psychotherapy has oriented towards treating trauma and its psychological consequences. Most of the attention is given to the influence of the attachment trauma on the development of personality and individual functioning. If the origin of the problems is to be researched at the beginnings of the individual’s relational life, it becomes crucial to find a way to intervene at that level, operating on the early brain parts, which work beyond words and the higher cognitive systems.

The Mindful Interbeing Mirror Therapy (MIMT) shows itself as an innovative therapy focused on restructuring the Self in a coherent and integrated way, through deeply reparative relational experiences in the therapeutic relation. It employs neurobiological co-regulation techniques between the therapist and the patient, consistent with the principles of the Polyvagal Theory, which support the record of the safety/danger axis in determining the development of personality starting from the earliest moments of life.

The unique setting of the MIMT allows, by using a mirror, to work on the procedural memory of the patient in a powerful and fast way, by restructuring the continued experiences of lack of attunement with the attachment figure, at the origin of the deepest and earliest evolutionary trauma.

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

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.

The key learning objectives of this presentation are:

  1. Understanding the tri part system of the psyche: wise adult, adaptive child, wounded child.
  2. Understanding the neurobiological underpinnings of trauma adaptation and recovery.
  3. Equipping clients to use their relationships as crucibles for their own transformation.
  4. Understanding how to give clients a relational map and toolkit, a relational technology, that has the power to deliver on their new romantic ambitions.
Terry Real has been a practicing family therapist for more than thirty years, and his work has been featured on NBC Nightly News, Today, Good Morning America, the CBS Early Show and Oprah, as well as in The New York Times, Psychology Today, Esquire, and numerous academic publications. His most recent book Us: Getting Past You & Me to Build a More Loving Relationship is a New York Times Bestseller. In 2007 his first book I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression quickly became a National Bestseller. Terry founded the Relational Life Institute (RLI), which is dedicated to teaching the general public how to live relational lives and to teaching mental health professionals the practice of Relational Life Therapy. RLI uses Terry’s work to advance the concept of “Relational Living” to help people address relational and psychological health in three critical relationship areas: parenting, coupling, and workforce effectiveness. For more information on Terry’s work, please visit his website,
* If different types of credits are available (ECM, CPD and CE), please choose them according to your needs.

What are CPD and CE Credits?

CPD and CE credits are internationally recognised units that demonstrate your commitment to ongoing professional development and the acquisition of new knowledge and skills. These credits serve as a testament to your dedication to maintaining the highest standards of practice and staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in your field.

In which countries are CPD and CE Credits valid?

CPD and CE credits are valid in various countries around the world. We understand the importance of global recognition and strive to provide you with credentials that hold value wherever your professional journey takes you. Whether you practice in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or other countries, our credits offer you the flexibility and credibility you need.

Which organisations recognise our CPD credits?

CPD credits are recognised by any organisation and any country (use CPD credits).

Which organisations recognise our CE credits?

Each CPD credit is converted into a CE credit. The CE credits, are recognised by any organisation and any country (use CE credits).

Some examples of organisations that recognise our CE Credits.

As mentioned above, our CE credits are accepted by any organisation. They are therefore accepted by ASWB, NBCC, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, American Psychological Association, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and all organisations that ask for them.

Provider for CPD and CE: The CPD Certification Service.

ISC Training has partnered with The CPD Certification Service (click here to visit their website), a leading global accreditation body specialising in validating CPD and CE activities. As a trusted provider, ISC ensures that its courses adhere to the highest standards of educational quality, relevance, and value.

More details about CE Credits

3 reviews for this item

  1. Liz -

    What a great conference. Thoroughly enjoyed it, although I had to watch online due to changing circumstances. I learnt new things and found the presentations engaging and very informative. I would highly recommend the congress and am looking forward to returning next year, in person.
    Thank you.

  2. Marion Wiethoff (verified owner) -

    Dear organisers, dear presenters, thank you very much for a really great event; I have heard and seen outstanding presentations, closely linked in subject and both linked and complementary in approach of treatment and scientific data. I absolutely enjoyed it and I feel enriched

  3. Aristotle Hadjichristos,md (verified owner) -

    Excellent level of the conference, I commend the choice of time, manner and speakers

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Choose Currency

Use the coupon SP50 during the checkout for an additional 50% discount

Se hai acquistato uno dei nostri prodotti o una membership accedi ora
error: La selezione dei contenuti è disattivata