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The Power of Connection: Applying Attachment Theory to Clinical Practice - Nov 2021

This workshop is for mental health professionals, educators (teachers, teacher aides, RTLB’s, school counsellors), social workers, counsellors, Justice Dept staff (Corrections, Police). Those supporting both adults and children who are displaying attachment issues or developmental trauma.

Dr Ruth Lawson-McConnell is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a member of the New Zealand Counselling Association with nearly 30 years’ experience who specialises in attachment issues both in adults and children.

Now more than ever, we are seeing that human connection is vital for our thriving not just as individuals but also as a species.

Recently developments in the field of neuroscience and developmental psychology have confirmed that we are all creatures of attachment. Attachment theory helps us understand that human flourishing happens best when secure attachment is present. However, many of our clients are not thriving and may even seem developmentally stuck, due to unresolved attachment injuries or entrenched relational patterns that keep them from connecting deeply and growing in resilience. Instead of asking what is wrong with our clients, we can ask, what happened to them? This re-framing comes from a trauma-informed, strengths-based perspective.

This training will outline how healthy attachment develops across the lifespan, what happens when insecure attachment forms, and what clients may need to gain ‘earned’ secure attachment to start to flourish again.