The relevance of attachment in our personal and professional lives: an open workshop

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27th April 2018

Friends Meeting House, 7 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JL

Speaker: Arturo Ezquerro IGA Group analyst

Chair:     Sue Lieberman GASi Member

John Bowlby is the ‘father’ of Attachment Theory, which ultimately says that we are born with a primary instinctual force for meaningful human connectedness, as essential for our physical and emotional survival as feeding and sexuality. Attachment needs stay with us from cradle to grave. Bowlby’s message was deceptively simple: we need one another. He was no doubt a group person who conceived the human mind as a social phenomenon and collaborated with others throughout his life. And he wrote about group attachments:

“During adolescence and adult life a measure of attachment behaviour is commonly directed not only towards persons outside the family but also towards groups and institutions other than the family. A school or college, a work group, a religious group or a political group can come to constitute for many a subordinate attachment ‘figure’. In such cases, it seems probable, the development of attachment to a group is mediated, at least initially, by attachment to a person holding a prominent position within the group” (Bowlby, 1969).

The application of attachment principles to psychotherapy practice, healthcare and teaching organisations (such as schools and universities) can enhance the quality of care and support to staff, patients and students – fostering environments where learning, emotional growth and wellbeing are cultivated.

This workshop will be open and inclusive. Ideas will be presented jargon-free, making them accessible to public, students and professionals alike, as well as to anyone who is interested in relationships and personal development. Participants will be able to identify with vivid and moving real life experiences that show our struggle to become attached, to survive and to grow, within our families and groups. Space for further thinking and reflection will be provided in small and large discussion groups.

CPD certificates will be provided.
10.30 to 11.00:        Registration and coffee.
11.00 to 11.45:        “Attachment: A primary force for meaningful human connectedness”
11.45 to 13.00:        Small groups 
13.00 to 14.15:        Lunch (provided).

14.15 to 15.00:        “The Power of Group Attachments”

15.00 to 16.30:        Large group 

*Arturo Ezquerro, a consultant psychiatrist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and group analyst, is senior lecturer, assessor and trainer at the Institute of Group Analysis, and former Head of NHS Medical Psychotherapy Services in Brent, London. He was supervised by John Bowlby at the Tavistock Clinic (1984-1990), has published over 60 articles and book chapters in five languages, and has authored the books Encounters with John Bowlby: Tales of Attachment (Routledge) and Relatos de Apego (Psimatica).

WORKSHOP FEES // Early Bird until 28th Feb 2018

IGA Students                     £49 / £59
IGA Members                    £59 / £69
Public fee                            £69 / £79

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