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 £15; Non-members £25

For  information and full list of workshops planned for 2017 please follow the link below

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John Bowlby: The Timeless Supervisor

Saturday, 10th June 2017

Workshop: 12:30 - 16:00

Speaker: Arturo Ezquerro

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.

The talk will be largely based on Arturo Ezquerro’s experience of fortnightly supervision and mentorship with John Bowlby, at the Tavistock Clinic, during the last 6 years of his life (1984-1990). Bowlby was a humane, enthusiastic, supportive and inspiring supervisor, who encouraged and stimulated open-ended personal and professional development. He provided a reliable secure base from which it was easier to explore new territories and to integrate diverse sources of knowledge. He respected and valued the work and contributions of his colleagues, his supervisees, and the people who had educated him. As a mentor, at no point did he criticise the work of other supervisors, who were mainly of a different theoretical orientation, and saw merit in their contributions. And he offered gentle, deeply caring suggestions that would help patients to become attached, to survive and to grow. The workshop will be convened by Mark Linington, Chair of Bowlby Centre’s Executive Committee.

The relation between attachment, cooperation and intersubjectivity.

Saturday, 24th June 2017

Workshop: 10:00 - 13:00 

Speaker: Mauricio Cortina

Implications for developmental psychology and clinical practice.

Intersubjective communication and sharing emerged as a new capacity among our hominid ancestors, forced by the need to cooperate during the history of our species. Selective forces favoring intersubjective communication (before language) and being able to “read” the minds of others (mentalization/ perspective taking abilities). A positive feedback loop began to operate between cooperative foraging among nomadic hunter gatherers, intersubjective communication and cooperative breeding — in which mothers let other members of the group help in feeding and caring for the young (the work of Sarah Hardy).

Large Group Experience

Saturday, 24th June 2017

Workshop: 14:15 - 17:30

Leader: Desmond King

This group meeting will follow Mauricio Cortina´s presentation at IAN on “The relation between attachment, cooperation and intersubjectivity”.

Following our successful large group experience held on 4th February, 2017, we are convening this meeting. We aim at having some participants from other countries, making the event an international gathering. Attendance will be free but donations to cover costs will be welcome. Registration is necessary as places are limited: or call + 44 7940 060 700

Lunch will be provided at 1:00 pm at the cost of £15.00.

This meeting will be held one week before the start of IAN and SEAS International Attachment Conference. Some colleagues from abroad may want to attend both events and have some holidays in England in between. This meeting will also be of interest for colleagues who want to become active in IAN UK and expand its activities.


Psychoanalysis and attachment theory

Monday, 3rd July 2017

Workshop: 19:00 - 21:00

Convenor: Roxana Parra


Mauricio Cortina (United States) Director, Attachment and Human Development Center, Washington School of Psychiatry. Honorary member of IAN UK.

Nicola Diamond (UK) British Psychotherapy Foundation, University of East London and IAN UK.

Christian Herreman (Mexico) Mexican Psychoanalytic Society and IAN Mexico

Mario Marrone (UK and Spain) British Psychoanalytic Society and IAN UK.

This will be an opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge about attachment theory as a psychoanalytic paradigm and its clinical applications. There will be ample room for group discussions.

The Triple Stance Framework

Empowering Front Line Workers Supporting Survivors of Trauma

Tuesday, 4th July 2017

Workshop: 13:30 - 17:00

Speakers: Christian Herreman & Roxana Parra Sepulveda

This conference will introduce the attendees to the Triple Stance Framework, which combines attachment, cooperation and mentalisation in a new approach to working with survivors of trauma from a psychologically informed environment. This groundbreaking approach aims to reduce the potential impact of secondary traumatisation for front line workers who are supporting survivors of trauma.

The participants will get to know the rationale behind this framework, which has been successfully used by front line workers in Mexico City supporting families with children who are living on the street. We aim to attract a diverse set of participants from different disciplines, such as Psychotherapists, Counsellors, ISVAS, IDVAS, Social Workers, Advisers and front line workers, which will make this event a not to be missed multidisciplinary gathering.

Theoretical and experiential conference

Attachment and the body

Saturday, 8th July 2017 
Workshop: 10:00 - 18:15
Convenor: Roxana Parra 


Nicola Diamond (UK) British Psychotherapy Foundation, University of East London and IAN UK.

Carolina Frontini (UK) Vivekananda Yoga Therapy and Research Foundation and IAN.

Christian Herremann (Mexico) Mexican Psychoanalytic Society and IAN Mexico

Mario Marrone (UK and Spain) British Psychoanalytic Society and IAN UK.

Patricia Martello and Marcelo Di Mateo (UK) Vital Development and IAN UK

International Attachment Conference

SEAS and IAN are jointly sponsoring the 8th International Attachment Conference at London's Institute of Education from June 29th to July 1st 2017, Putting Attachment Theory to Work; from Basic Science to Clinical Application

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