Attachment-based Intervention Specialist (ABIS) Level 1 Training

September 15, 2016 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Tim Clinton
Gary Sibcy

Attachment theory holds tremendous potential in the case of conceptualization and treatment of various forms of psychopathology, including childhood problems, relationship conflicts, chronic depression, anxiety disorders, and more. This intensive will explore the inherent power of the therapeutic relationship to literally change the brain’s chemistry, structure, and function. The role of various neurobiological systems will be identified, including the brainstem and vagal tone, sympathetic-parasympathetic balance, the limbic system (amygdala, hippocampus, and septum), the prefrontal cortex, left vs. right hemisphere activation, mirror neurons, neural integration, and relational neuroplasticity. “Secure Base” Psychotherapy offers an attachment-informed system for assessment and treatment through establishing a curative relationship, navigating treatment resistance, and healing attachment wounds. Clinicians will learn how to accurately assess attachment, along with powerful, evidenced-based techniques, for processing strong attachment-related emotions, revising core attachment beliefs, developing emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills, breaking chronic patterns of withdrawal, isolation, hostility and addictions, and generalizing treatment results to situations and relationships outside of therapy. Role-plays and case studies will be used throughout for practical application. Specific attention will be given to Christian integration, as well as pertinent multicultural and ethical guidelines.

Training Modules
Session 1: The Essence of Attachment Theory: Interpersonal Neurobiology and the Secure Base System
Session 2: An Integrated Assessment Model: Linking Attachment to Case Formulation and Evidenced-based Treatment Strategies
Session 3: The Therapeutic Relationship and Attachment Wound Reenactments: Essential Skills for Establishing and Maintaining a Secure Base
Session 4: Essential Skills for Revising the Attachment Belief System
Session 5: Case Studies of Evidence-based Therapeutic Strategies: Applying Attachment Theory to the Treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and Addiction
Session 6: Case Studies of Evidenced-based Therapeutic Strategies: Applying Attachment Theory to the Treatment of Childhood Mood Dysregulation and Disruptive Behavior

Learning Objectives
Participants will:
1. Study foundational principles of attachment theory through the lens of the Secure Base system, including exploration, threat, attachment emotions (intimacy, anger, anxiety, depression, and grief), proximity seeking, signaling, and the safe haven experience
2. Identify the core features of interpersonal neurobiology, including Siegel’s triangle of well-being (mind, brain, and relationships); understand brain basics and how various neurobiological systems are activated and changed in the context of restorative relationships
3. Be able to articulate each attachment style, their development across the lifespan, and how they influence emotion regulation, self-worth maintenance, resilience, risk, parenting, romantic intimacy, spiritual growth, and risk and resilience to various forms of psychopathology
4. Name and describe the main tenants of “Secure Base” Psychotherapy, an integrated approach for assessing attachment and linking the assessment results to an integrated, attachment-informed, case-formulation system
5. Explore and critique core therapeutic relationship techniques for skillfully establishing and maintaining a strong, curative secure-base therapy relationship; learn the crucial skills needed to detect and manage treatment resistance and potential therapy wounds
6. Adapt six, core evidenced-based therapy strategies (including more than a dozen specific techniques) within an attachment-informed perspective to common clinical cases, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction in adults, as well as disruptive mood dysregulation disorder in children