Group Lives: Tales of Attachment

    A Commemorative Conference on John Bowlby’s 25th Anniversary

    Saturday 5th December 2015, 9:30 – 18:00


    South Hampstead High School

    3 Maresfield Gardens 

    London NW3 5SS



    Sir Richard Bowlby
    Dr Gwen Adshead
    Dr Arturo Ezquerro
    Dr Felicity de Zulueta  


    Dr Arturo Ezquerro


    This is a homage to psychoanalyst, psychologist and child psychiatrist John Bowlby (1907-1990), father of Attachment Theory. A tribute to his gentleness, compassion and encouragement; to his overwhelming humanity; to his genius. Bowlby worked for 50 years at the London Tavistock Clinic. His message was deceptively simple: we need our mothers… and fathers… and groups; we need one another. Guest speakers shall deliver a reasoned integration of attachment theory, research, training and practice through the lens of Bowlby’s legacy: attachment is a primary force for human contact, as essential for survival as feeding and sexuality.

    The Bowlby-Attachment Conference is unashamedly inclusive. Ideas shall be presented in a jargon-free, sensitive manner, making them accessible and understandable for anyone who is interested in relationships and personal development or has ever been a patient. Participants will be able to identify with vivid and moving real life experiences that show our struggle to become attached, survive, and grow within our families and groups. Space for further thinking and reflection will be provided by professionally conducted analytic groups.

    A celebratory music and dance party will add a touch of magic to make this event a day to remember.

    Sir Richard Bowlby a scientific and medical photographer, is John Bowlby’s eldest son and regularly presents a personal perspective of his father’s work on attachment to professionals and lay audiences across the world.

    Dr Gwen Adshead is a consultant in forensic psychiatry at Broadmoor Hospital, a psychotherapist and group analyst. She is an expert in Medical Law and Ethics, and in attachment-based group therapy with offenders.

    Dr Felicity de Zulueta is a consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy, group analyst and former Head of the Trauma Unit at the Maudsley Hospital. She is an expert in neuroscience and complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders.

    Dr Arturo Ezquerro is a consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy, group analyst and former Head of Medical Psychotherapy Services in Brent. He had six years of supervision with John Bowlby.



    09.30 – 09.50

    Registration and Coffee  

    09.50 – 10.00

    Welcoming Introduction – Dr Arturo Ezquerro

    10.00 – 11.00

    Dr Gwen Adshead: “Attachment, Language and the Social Mind”

    11.00 – 12.00

    Dr Felicity de Zulueta: “Complex PTSD from an Attachment Perspective: Implications for Group Analysis”

    12.00 – 13.00


    13.00 – 14.00

    Small Groups

    14.00 – 16.00

    Sir Richard Bowlby: “Personal Insights into the Development of Attachment: the Evolution of a Theory”

    16.00 – 16.15


    16.15 – 17.15 

    Dr Arturo Ezquerro: “John Bowlby’s Group Attachments“

    17.15 – 18.00

    Question Time and Plenary

    18.00 onwards

    Cheese, wine and world music





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    Conference fee includes: cheese, wine and world music at 18.00.

    You are more than welcome to bring your partner or a friend to the evening party, this is subject to a £12 fee that has to be paid before the event. This can be done by calling the IGA National Office on 020 7431 2693.

    If you needed to discuss a special fee, please contact the convenor: 07966 439863

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