John Bowlby


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.

Kate Brown is s a Bowlby Centre trained UKCP registered Attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapist who started her career in therapeutic communities working with adults with a variety of mental health difficulties, and with adolescents individually and in groups. She has worked with young mothers and in mainstream community psychiatric services with patients’ families. She has also provided time limited therapy with former servicemen who had experienced complex trauma. She teaches at the Bowlby Centre and has also delivered freelance training. Kate completed an MSc in psychotherapeutic approaches in mental health. Kate is a member of the Attachment journal group, former chair of the clinical forum at the Bowlby Centre and has begun a PhD at Middlesex University in the psychoanalysis department in the history of the therapeutic community movement and the treatment of trauma. Kate lives in Bournemouth where she will be developing a private practice.


Venue: I Fairbridge Road, London N19 3 EW

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

Registration will be necessary as places are limited.

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