This two-day workshop will weave together an understanding of how attachment patterns unfold and the science of what happens to the brain when caregiving is safe and also when it is maladaptive. Exploration of the neurobiology of addiction and various addictive patterns will be highlighted. Intervention, being the repair of insecure attachment experiences will be discussed and offered as opportunity to increase treatment principles when working with addictive behaviours.
- Provide the learner with an understanding of the foundations of
attachment theory and how self-protective strategies arise.
- Provide an understanding of maladaptive caregiving that leads to
insecure attachment and behavioral adaptations to danger.
- Provide an understanding of the neuroscience of what happens
in the brain when caregiving is insufficient in providing
safety and security.
- Provide an understanding of how addiction unfolds in the brain.
- Provide an understanding of the patterns of self-protection that
manifest as addictive behaviours.
- Provide a preliminary understanding of intervention from
an attachment perspective and an interface between
current models of addiction intervention and how
they overlap with attachment theory.
Day 1—Monday, April 28th 9:30-4:00
Neuroscience of Attachment and Addictions
This workshop will focus on how early attachment strategies for safety and comfort affects the development of the brain and how these neurologi- cal adaptations can pave the way for addictions.
Day 2—Tuesday, April 9th 9:30-4:00
Addiction Treatment Models and Interventions
Addiction can be a confusing and frustrating experience for addicts, their families and counsellors, whether it’s on-line gambling, shopping or sub- stance use. Kim provides a holistic model for intervention that is linked to Attachment theory. It will emphasize the use of effective therapeutic inter- ventions that include attunement, somatic intervention, psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and self-regulation.