•Accurately diagnose and treat attachment-related conditions
•Discover tools for effectively assessing the four attachment styles in your clinical practice
•Apply attachment treatment strategies across all developmental life stages
What we have learned about attachment in recent years is dramatically changing how we help people heal from painful life problems. Some of the following common relational problems seen in adults can be traced back to attachment issues:
•Lack of commitment
•Inability to develop emotional intimacy
•Difficulty accessing and expressing emotion
This seminar will give you in-depth insight into attachment theory, the benefits of healthy attachments and the consequences of unhealthy ones. Learning to view developmental issues (infancy through old age) through the lens of attachment theory will significantly expand your therapeutic treatment options.
As a specialist in attachment-related issues, Gary Gilles will walk you through the foundational principles of attachment theory and show the relevance to each developmental stage in the life cycle. These principles of attachment will then be applied to techniques for accurately assessing attachment styles in childhood, adolescence and adulthood and diagnosing problematic conditions with attachment roots. Strategies for effective treatment interventions will be discussed for each attachment style and developmental stage of life. Case studies will illustrate common attachment scenarios faced by clinicians and provide proven treatment approaches for facilitating attachment. You will end this program with a solid working knowledge of attachment-related diagnostic and treatment strategies that can be immediately applied in your clinical practice. You will also have the opportunity to explore your own attachment style, its origin and how this relational style impacts your personal and client relationships.
•Explain the different styles of attachment, how they are formed and the benefits or potential consequences of each.
•Examine the pivotal role of emotional experience in forming attached relationships.
•Explore one’s own attachment style and the implications it has for personal and therapeutic relationships.
•Describe diagnostic attachment style methods for children, adolescents and adults, including the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI).
•Identify possible attachment issues in select disorders.
•Propose therapeutic interventions that pertain to each attachment style.
Overview of Attachment
•Primary and secondary attachment figures
•Context of attachment through the lifespan
•Emotion as the organizing principle
The Attachment Styles
•Anxious attachment (avoidant, ambivalent, disorganized)
•Parent and child characteristics of each style
Developmental Milestones in Relational Attachment: How Attachment Connection and Disruption Manifests at Different Life Stages
Diagnostic Techniques for Assessment of Attachment Styles
•Methods of assessing child and teen attachment styles
•Adult Attachment Inventory (AAI)
•The importance of narrative
•Assessing one’s own attachment style
Treatment Strategies for Attachment-Related Issues
•Create new dialogue
•Verbal and non-verbal attunement
Application of Treatment Strategies for Common Attachment-Related Diagnoses
•Reactive attachment disorder
•Oppositional defiant disorder
•Antisocial personality disorder
•Borderline personality disorder
Effective Treatment Interventions for Various Attachment Styles
About the Speaker:
Gary Gilles, MA, LCPC, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in private practice in Illinois for over 25 years. He specializes in attachment-related disorders. In addition to his clinical expertise he has taught seminars on various attachment topics to professionals in mental health for the past 20 years.
Gary is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, Oakton Community College’s Alliance for Lifelong Learning, Trinity International University and Argosy University. He teaches the full spectrum of psychology courses for Trinity International University and Argosy University and has developed over 30 online courses for various academic institutions and businesses.
In addition to his clinical and academic work, Gary was the managing editor of a regional Chicago magazine for five years. He has published over 200 articles on a wide range of mental health topics, many of which directly apply the attachment principles discussed in this seminar to common parenting, marriage and other relationship issues.
Continuing Education Information:
For U.S. and Canadian customers, CE is available for $9.99 USD per participant. International CE rates may vary; please contact PESI Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details.