Attachment, Relationships and the Brain with Ruth Schmidt Neven

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WPF Therapy

08 May 2021 - 15 May 2021

Time: 09:00 - 11:30

Price: Qualified Practitioners: £75 Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £65 WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

Location: online


This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

We are all much more aware of the importance of early relationships with our caregivers on our later relationships. Attachment theory has now entered the mainstream, but what is it really about? How does this link to brain development?  What’s the research? How can having more knowledge about trauma help us gain greater understanding of the impact of separation loss on child and adult development?

Workshop Aims:

By the end of this workshop you should have gained some:

1.Understanding of the theoretical and conceptual basis of attachment within a psychodynamic framework that emphasises the interdependence of systems concerning development, relationships and meaning making.

2.Knowledge of key attachment research i.e. the Strange Situation Test and the Adult Attachment Interview.

3.Understanding of the role of attachment in brain development with specific reference to critical periods of development and the promotion of regulatory behaviour in the infant and young child.

4.Understanding of the impact of separation, loss, and trauma on attachment.

Workshop Leader:

Dr. Ruth Schmidt Neven is a child psychotherapist and clinical psychologist. She trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London and worked for many years in child and family mental health services in the NHS. In the UK she was a pioneer in developing a national parent support service. Ruth came to Australia to take up the inaugural position of Chief Psychotherapist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She is now founder director of the Centre for Child and Family Development and is engaged in clinical work as well as professional training in Australia and overseas including in the UK. Ruth is the author of five books on aspects of child and family development, on assessment and therapeutic communication and several clinical papers. Her most recent publication is ‘Time-limited psychodynamic psychotherapy with children and adolescents: An interactive approach’ published by Routledge UK. Ruth has recently developed a series of audio trainings based on her wide range of training programmes which can be accessed at here.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 29 April 2021.

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