Course 4 – An attachment–based approach to understanding and treating dissociation in adults

Course Four - Foundation Level

Before doing this course you are strongly recommended to complete our Courses 1, 2 and 3 in sequence.  There are discounts for purchasing more than one course at a time.

This course 4 provides an overview of attachment concepts relevant to work with dissociative clients/patients & their application to practice.   The course introduces some relevant concepts from attachment theory and the use of an attachment framework in  work with dissociation, its assessment & repair.

It consists of six units of approximately 20 to 60 minutes each.  On completion a certificate for 4 hours of CPD can be downloaded.

Presented by Sue Richardson, a UKCP registered attachment–based psychotherapist & a member of The John Bowlby Centre with over 30 years’ experience in the helping professions.

Unit 1 – – Attachment and dissociation

This unit introduces the core components of attachment theory, exploring what do we need to know?  It discusses dissociation in the context of attachment & betrayal trauma and defines the difference between an attachment relationship & a trauma bond.  It also offers some practice tips.

Unit 2 – Dimensions of attachment in dissociative systems

In this unit the presenter shares her experience of attachment-based features of parts of the personality.  She introduces the importance of recognising multiple attachment styles presented by a dissociative client and explores the challenges of working with these.  The unit offers further practice tips.

Unit 3 – Attachment-based assessment

This unit introduces an attachment-based approach to assessment of the dissociative world.  It outlines and discusses the internal attachment interview with a focus on its application to practice.

Unit 4- Stage-orientated treatment: An attachment-based perspective

Revisiting the 3 phases of treatment model introduced in other ESTD-UK courses this unit explores the attachment issues that arise within each phase.  It defines and discusses the components of a secure enough base for therapeutic work.

Unit 5 – Attachment-based repair

In this unit the aims & context of attachment-based repair are discussed, together with the role of the therapeutic relationship in this context.  The repair of internal attachment relationships is explored, and the presenter highlights some practice pitfalls and offer tips from her experience. Importantly, the unit discusses the components of a secure enough base for you as a practitioner.

Unit 6 – Towards more secure internal attachment: The 5 C’s v. The 2 D’s

In this unit the presenter defines the 5 C’s & the 2 D’s which she has identified as underpinning effective therapy with complexly dissociated clients.  The unit explores the use of the principles of the 5 C’s to inform therapy & create a supportive internal environment.  Obstacles for the therapist and obstacles for the client are discussed and again the presenter offers practical suggestions from her own experience.