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

Contact Monika on 07940 060 700 for more information, bookings and payments

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On Attachment:

The view from developmental psychology

Saturday, 28th April 2018

Workshop: 10:00 - 13:00

Venue: 1 Fairbridge Road, London N19 3EW

Speakers: Ian Rory Owen 


This workshop defines the basic attachment processes, as they exist between parents and children and between adults in close and important relationships.

It is well accepted that understanding attachment processes helps working with what the public brings to sessions. To be aware of how to adapt the therapeutic relationship conditions, to help the public enter a therapeutic processes, is a major part of practice.  Attachment is a useful tool of understanding that explains and predicts how to engage distressed people in a piece of work that feels safe and achievable.

The traditional psychodynamic practice of Freud is discussed in the light of contemporary attachment research. A model of working is provided that places the possibility of a secure process as the means of providing a sense of safety within the relationship.

The relevance of attachment to our

personal and professional lives:

An open workshop

Friday, 27th April 2018

Workshop: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Venue: Institute of Group Analysis Scotland

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

Speaker: Arturo Ezquerro, Sue Lieberman


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:


Attachment as means, not as end:

The theory of epistemic trust

Saturday, 23rd June 2018

Workshop: 10:00 – 13:00

Speaker: Nicola Lorenzini 

The popularity and usefulness of attachment theory is largely based on its clinical effectiveness and its capacity to predict future psychopathology and psychotherapeutic success based on the security of attachment early in life, which is carried on through adulthood. However, from an evolutionary point of view it is difficult to justify the existence of attachment strategies which are non-secure, as if they were a flaw in an otherwise natural process. In fact, it seems that non-secure attachment has an evolutionary advantage, because it presents an adaptive way to deal with a hostile environment. Problems then arise when the environment changes, but a number of people continue to exercise this, now inappropriate, mode of approaching social reality. Psychotherapy helps in many cases, but how? Though which mechanism does psychotherapy, and the attachment to the therapist achieve change? Fonagy and others posit the theory of epistemic trust as an answer to these questions. Psychotherapies which use attachment, as well as those which do not use this construct, are capable of bringing about change in several cases by reopening a shunted channel of social communication. This theory might be at the base of what we know as common factors in psychotherapy.

Supervision with John Bowlby      

Saturday, 29th September 2018

Workshop: 10:00-13:00

Speaker: Arturo Ezquerro 

Details od this workshop will be published soon. 

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