15 May 2023


9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Workshop Date: 15th & 16th May  and 5th & 6th June 2023 (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

This short course is back by popular demand. It provides training in how to implement an attachment narrative based approach to systemic therapy and practice. The course provides skills based training and consultation to participants’ practice combined with small group work, video illustration of practice and didactic presentation. Places are limited so please book early.

The Course consists of 2 x 2 day teaching Blocks on Attachment Narrative Therapy. (4 days in total)

The Course uses a mix of adult learning methods, including lectures, readings, case presentations, experiential exercises and small group activities. Each Block day will include one or two ‘formats for exploration’. These formats lay out the framework for the integration of attachment, narrative and relational systemic ideas for working therapeutically with individuals, couples and family groups. There will be opportunity to consider your own cases to develop formulations and strategies for interventions. 

Block 1 Day 1.  Introduction and Implications of Attachment Theory for Systemic Practice: Family Attachment Dynamics, Attachment Experiences and the Development of Narrative Skills and Processes. Building the Secure Base. 

Formats for Exploration: Emotional sculpting; Attachment tracking exercise 

Block 1 Day 2.  Attachment Narratives: Exploring Attachment Processes and Dilemmas in Families and other Contexts,  Parent – Child Attachments, Development of narratives in families, coherence and change 

Formats for Exploration: Attachment focused genograms; Corrective and Replicative Scripts 

Block 2 Day 1. Healing and Repair:  Exploration and  Looking for Alternatives, Working Therapeutically with Couples and Families, Parents and Couples, The Couple System as the Basis of the Family Attachment System, Affection, unresolved loss and hurt, and conflicts. 

Formats for Exploration: Interviewing the Internalised Attachment Figure; Working with Attachment Injuries 

Block 2 Day 2. Working Therapeutically with Trauma and Loss: Exploring Complex Attachment Dynamics, Exploring the Influence of Abuse,  Bereavement and Loss – continuing bonds,   Exploring and assisting with Trauma, Consolidation of Change and Planning  for Future Challenges. 

Formats for Exploration: Exploring Patterns of Comforting 

The Course content will cover the following main themes: integration of attachment narrative and systemic perspectives, co-constructing a secure base for change; representational systems of attachment; intergenerational patterns of attachment,  arousal,  trauma and the restriction of attempted solutions; attachment, narrative and coherence;  the use of self in therapeutic work; the use of action techniques in therapy; loss and continuing bonds; endings and maintaining change. 


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  • Rudi Dallos
    Rudi Dallos

    Rudi Dallos is Emeritus Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Plymouth. He has worked as a family therapist for forty years in a variety of settings, including with children, adolescents, eating disorders and most recently families where a child has a diagnosis of autism. He has been engaged in research and practice using concepts from attachment, narrative and systemic therapies which led to the development of the ANT model. This has been developed further as a part manualised treatment – SAFE for families where autism has been diagnosed and also SAFE for Schools an intervention facilitating relationships between parents and teachers. He has published a range of papers and books including, An Introduction to Family Therapy, Working Systemically with Attachment Narratives, Formulation in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Attachment Narrative Therapy and most recently, Don’t Blame the Parents.

  • Rebecca Stancer
    Rebecca Stancer

    Rebecca Stancer is a Developmental Psychologist and Family Therapist. She is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood at the University of Plymouth. Rebecca was the lead researcher on two large research projects funded by The National Institute of Health Research and Autistica exploring a new systemic intervention called SAFE (Systemic Autism-related Family Enabling) for families where a child has an autism diagnosis. Rebecca worked with Professor Rudi Dallos, The Brandon Trust and The Plymouth Autism Network to develop the intervention.

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