John Bowlby



International Attachment Network 2017 Seminars and Discussions

Join us for fascinating discussions and debate on various topics in 2017.

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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Attachment and Psychosis

Saturday, 30th September 2017

Workshop: 10:00 – 13:00

Speaker: Kate Brown

 The workshop will offer an overview of how attachment theory has informed understanding of psychosis and has the potential to improve practice working with those who have accrued a diagnosis of psychosis. The treatment of psychosis is placed in its historical context, and commentary is made about the current treatments of those with psychosis and possible future developments. A psychoanalytic perspective is explored, and concern about the apparent colonization of the social and psychological by the biological expressed. Differing understanding and explanations of psychotic symptoms are explored and the predominance of biological explanations of the aetiology of psychosis is questioned. A brief description of attachment theory is given, before concluding how attachment theory informs understanding of psychosis and the implications for treatment.

Attachment though the body

Saturday, 4th November 2017

Workshop: 10:00-13:00

Speaker: John Andrew Miller 

The client entering a consulting room brings a history of attachment difficulties and also a body presentation reflecting those difficulties.  Looking carefully at a client’s body and helping a client explore posture, gestures, facial expression and breathing patterns can add new levels of insight and vibrancy in therapeutic work.

In this workshop, I will explore the idea that attachment is through the body.  In the first half of the morning, through presentation, exercises and discussion, we will see how concepts and techniques from body psychotherapies can be used in attachment-based psychotherapy.  I will share a case study of a client who, as he became more at home with his own body was able to overcome difficulties in relating to another’s body.

In the second part, I will help apply these ideas by offering live supervision to those attending this workshop who are willing to bring and share client material.  We will also have ample time for questions and answers.

Sexual abuse: a perversion of attachment?

Bowlby Centre, International Attachment Network and Institute of Group Analysis (A threesome workshop)

Saturday 9th December 2017

Workshop: 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Venue: Institute of Group Analysis, London NW3 5BY

Speaker: Arturo Ezquerro

Chair: Mark Linington, Chair of Bowlby Centre’s Executive Committee.


This event is part of the Bowlby Centre’s Clinical Forum programme, in association with the Institute of Group Analysis and the International Attachment Network

John Bowlby told me in supervision that his psychoanalytic and psychiatric trainings had not equipped him with enough expertise on child sexual abuse. But he joined the voices that denounced the high incidence of incest and its damaging effects on children – and he unequivocally referred to this as sexual exploitation of the children (Bowlby, 1979). He subsequently became conversant with the literature on the subject and challenged colleagues who denied that the abuse had taken place.

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