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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Attachment as means, not as end:

The theory of epistemic trust

Saturday, 23rd June 2018

Workshop: 10:00 – 13:00

Speaker: Nicolas 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.

Observing Attachment Research Tool

A contribution for clinicians

Saturday, 30th June 2018

Workshop: 10:00 - 16:00

Venue: 1 Fairbridge Road, London N19 3EW

Speaker: Sonia Gojman de Millán


We plan to start with a brief summary of Bowlby’s original attachment theory as a basic background.

Then a description of the Infant Attachment categories of Mary Ainsworth including the Strange Situation Procedure, and then the subsequent links to the Adult Attachment Interview AAI. 

The scales for coding and classifying AAI transcripts will be mentioned as well as the main classification categories. This introduction will be supported with a power point presentation of slides enlisting the most important aspects, which we will be developing verbally. Participants can ask “burning questions” as they go along.

We then want participants to share a brief experience with some of the questions of the AAI so that they can vividly appreciate some of its coding procedures.

Because it is particularly important for clinicians, we will present some answers that exemplify resolved and unresolved loss and trauma as seen through the AAI.

We will illustrate -with videotaped excerpts of the Mary Ainsworth Strange Situation Procedure- the four infants’ patterns of attachment: Secure, Avoidant, Resistant-Ambivalent and Disorganized.

If there is time enough we will briefly describe our Attachment and Social Character Research in Urban and Rural Mexico.


Attachment to Sport: affliction or therapeutic experience?

Saturday, 7th July 2018

Workshop: 9:30 AM – 5 PM

Venue: Institute of Group Analysis 

1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY

Speaker: Arturo Ezquerro, Damien Greaves, Donna Knight, Rob White and Val Lowman


A conjoint project, as part of a developing collaboration between the Bowlby Centre (BC), the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA), Supporting Relationships and Families (SRF) and the International Attachment Network (IAN).

The workshop will be chaired by Janice Gittens, Chair of Supporting Relationships and Families.


From an attachment perspective, Bowlby said, sport is a form of exploration which can contribute to healthy personal and social development. Team or individual sports would not have come into existence without group co-operation. Sport always involves being part of a group and forming attachments. Through sport, optimally, we grow and learn with others about motivation, resilience, respect and recognition of limits, as well as mutual consideration, companionship and solidarity. When we are meaningfully connected with other people towards a common goal, when body and mind are at one, life feels harmonious.

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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