John Bowlby



International Attachment Network 2018 Seminars and Discussions

Join us for fascinating discussions and debate on various topics in 2018.

Events are held on Saturday mornings generally from 10am to 1pm.

CPD Certificates are issued on the day.

Costs : IAN members and AGIP/ AppT £15; Non-members £25

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John Bowlby Memorial Conference 2018

Shame Matters 


Friday 21st September 5:30pm - 9pm

Saturday 22nd September 9am - 5pm 


Speakers: Dr Ulrich Schultz Venrath, Dr. Colwyn Trevarthen, Dr. Judith Solomon, Dr. Richard Chefetz, Dr. Aileen Allyene, Dr. Adriano Schimmenti, Victoria Settle.

Venue: Institute of Child Health, UCL 30 Guildford Street,Institute of Child Health,London WC1N 1EH



Shame can be one of the most paralysing and withering of affects and relational experiences. It can be unbearably painful and corrosive, attacking one’s body and identity. It threatens to freeze the self and can have a significant and long lasting negative impact on the quality of attachment relationships. Shame seems to emerge as a consequence of neglect, critical and humiliating caregiving and other attachment traumas. In the context of our clients’ experience in the therapeutic relationship, the feeling of shame may relate to past or current events, actions and memories. In the absence of meaningful relationships and connections, shame can often trigger the terror of aloneness and dissolution.

John Bowlby, along with an ever expanding body of empirical research, has taught us that secure relationships are the bedrock of affect regulation and reflective functioning, creative exploration and robust well being. Understanding shame as a relational problem, it is here that the client can gradually learn to move away from the overwhelming cycle of unbearable shame affects.

John Bowlby as a secure base

Saturday, 29th September 2018

Workshop: 10:00 – 13:30

Speaker: Arturo Ezquerro

Some of us, loyal to attachment principles, might imagine to be protected from the infighting, rivalries and ruptures that affect psychotherapists, counsellors and mental health professionals by and large. This wishful-thinking may in turn lead to disappointment…

Based on the speaker’s experience of supervision and mentorship with John Bowlby, this workshop will aim to offer opportunities to explore, and reflect upon, possible ways of forming an ‘attachment’ with Bowlby; so as to perceive him and his legacy as a compass and a secure base from which to navigate through the troubled waters of our caring professions and institutions.


Ezquerro, A. (2015). ‘John Bowlby: the timeless supervisor’. Attachment: new directions in psychotherapy and relational psychoanalysis, vol. 9(2): 165-175.

Ezquerro, A. (2017). Encounters with John Bowlby: Tales of Attachment. London and New York: Routledge.


Body and attachment

Saturday, 17th November 2018

Workshop: 10:00- 13:00

Speaker: Nicola Diamond

In this seminar I am going to look at the relation between the body and attachment , look at developments in the attachment field and it's implications for therapy. I will give my take on the upsurge of neuroscience in attachment thinking and will in this context refer to my take which i started to address in my book Between Skins 2013

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