This workshop will focus on the roots of attachment theory and its implications for the development of the social mind. We will discuss mentalising function and how in childhood, the attachment system allows children to bond to other people in their groups and manage associated emotions. We will explore how disruptions to attachment may result in mentalisation failure, use of reality distorting defences and psychopathology that can persist into adulthood.
This workshop will focus on attachment issues in adulthood, and how the attachment system in adults has evolved to help adults manage complex and conflicted relationships with others. We discuss therapies that draw upon evidence from attachment theory; and how attachment insecurity may affect the capacity to engage in therapy. We discuss how the therapist may use attachment theory to develop a secure base and improve mentalising skills. This workshop will also include case studies and the opportunity for a Q&A with Dr Gwen Adshead.
Dr Gwen Adshead is a distinguished forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist renowned for her groundbreaking work in the field of forensic psychiatry. Dr. Adshead has held pivotal roles in institutions like Broadmoor Hospital. She delves into areas such as attachment, trauma, and personality disorders in her exploration of criminal behaviour.