Create strategies to shift from insecure attachment patterns into a solid, secure, steady self
A Virtual Workshop to Cultivate an UnShakeable Core
Friday, March 20, 2020
9:00am to 4:15pm Eastern
One of the main reasons post-traumatic stress disorder doesn’t resolve is due to the underlying, unresolved attachment issues. Our bodies, minds, and hearts are wired to connect. When connection(s) are broken, or betrayed, especially while growing up, our client's internal patterns become disorganized, remaining that way despite how our client appears externally.
Research indicates that one in four people has a secure attachment style (Brown, Elliott, et al, 2016). Which means that three out of four, have insecure attachment styles. While that sounds daunting the good news is attachment patterns can be changed. To help ourselves (and our clients if we are helping professionals) heal, we need to not only have cognitive understanding of attachment patterns but more importantly, know how to deal with the non-narrative imprinting that happens before the brain is fully formed.
This experiential workshop will be designed to give you the attachment theory in an easy to understand way so that laypeople can use in their daily lives and therapists can apply that in their clinical settings.
Recently a therapist wrote me the following, "I’ve had therapy, read books, etc but this is a portable way for me to not get hijacked into rumination and lost in the world of hurt. I’m teaching it to all my clients! I know different practices resonate more with different people but this one is my go to." These are the simple and utterly practical skills you'll learn in the workshop.
Bowlby and Ainsworth saw the ability to use attachment figures as a secure base giving a felt experience of both a safe haven and also providing the confidence necessary to explore and master our client's ordinary environments. Utilizing attachment theory facilitates creating a safe container for ourselves and our clients to make sense of the confusing internal world, separating past from the present.
Pulling directly from Bowlby’s radical reconceptualization of neediness as a precursor of curiosity, exploration, and ultimately competence in fully being engaged in the environment we’ll celebrate the fundamental needs and longings that urge us toward a more satisfying environment. We’ll use the ancient wisdom traditions and their penetrating knowledge of neediness and longing as fundamental resources for our own and/or our clients' healing. The opposite is spiraling into shame cycles.
To alter the non-narrative cycles we’ll explore how Bowlby’s concept of internal working model, a mental representation, can be changed earning ourselves and/or our clients a felt sense of secure attachment. These consolidated implicit patterns get embodied without a narrative making it difficult to shift. Cultivating kindness, mindfulness, and developing attachment language provides a therapeutic map to remap what relationship researcher John Gottman clinically describes as our “perpetual problems.”
This training arises from Deirdre's work over the past thirty years in integrating trauma treatment and attachment theory, exploring neuroscience to aid in clients becoming safer in the body, embodying a secure inner sense of self. Her focus has been helping clients link implicit memory with present reality so memory consolidation takes place while at the same time creating an inner structure for more satisfying connections with self and others. This virtual workshop is appropriate for both the layperson as well as the helping professional.
Participants will be able to....
1. Explain how Bowlby's Internal Working Model forms client's attachment representation 2. Identify the Seven Foundational Needs of Secure Attachment 3. Describe Bowlby and Robertson's research on Separation Distress 4. Utilize increased mindfulness-based dual awareness in clients to decrease client's fears of inner experience 5. Explain our evolutionary negativity bias and how to cultivate an embodied positivity bias to regulate autonomic arousal and affect dysregulaton as it relates to clinical treatment 6. Utilize somatic practices for clients to embed new neural pathways and improve treatment outcomes 7. Describe pathway to change based on attachment theory 8. Assess self-compassion practices to increase resilience in clients 9. Employ language of parts, mindfulness strategies, unblending techniques to alleviate shame, anxiety, despair 10. Utilize somatic, visualization, and ego-state techniques to transform attachment representation in clients 11. Utilize client's microsecond responses to unexpected and unwanted relational/interpersonal events 12 Describe clinical strategies to foster 'earned' secure attachment in a clinical setting
"Deirdre's courses have changed the way I work with clients. All the training I've done with her has been life-affirming especially as I see my clients change and become more alive in the world. It's very satisfying to see this happening in my clients and to be a part of the process."
~ Dr. Jennifer Salzberger
"Training with Deirdre has been instrumental in developing an attachment oriented practice. Her simple somatic movements helps my clients release the trigger and develop an 'earned' secure attachment."
~Ryan Chandler, LCSW
"I wanted to let you know what one of my clients with an eating disorder told me recently, 'Having struggled for years with depression, anxiety, CPTSD, suicide attempts and severe dissociation, this is the first time in nearly 17 years of struggling that I am finding my way through.' Thank you for all the support, wisdom, and teaching you're doing with us. I wanted you to hear what a difference this is making on the front lines!"
~Carol Lee, LCSW
Deirdre Fay, LICSW has decades of experience exploring the intersection of trauma, attachment, yoga and meditation. Having meditated since the 70’s and lived in a yoga ashram for six years in the 80’s and 90s Deirdre brings a unique perspective to being in the body. In the 90’s Deirdre was asked to teach yoga and meditation to those on the dissociative unit at McLean Hospital. Having amassed skill sets in trauma treatment (as a supervisor under the guidance of Bessel van der Kolk at the Trauma Center), attachment theory (13 years of training with Daniel Brown), body therapy (as a trainer in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy) Deirdre now teaches an integrative approach which Chris Germer calls “a radically positive approach to healing trauma.” Deirdre founded the Becoming Safely Embodied skills groups and is the author of Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery (W.W. Norton, 2017), Becoming Safely Embodied Skills Manual (2007), and co-author of Attachment Disturbances for Adults (W.W. Norton, 2016) as well as the co-author of chapters in Neurobiological Treatments of Traumatic Dissociation.
""Deirdre Fay is the real deal. Her compassion and steadiness radiate and heal simply by being.
In addition, the practices she's created are inspired, deep, simple to learn, and highly effective. It's no small feat in our world to heal, and earn secure attachment and safe embodiment.
Deirdre has both fiercely and gently carved out that path, and guides us all down it -- truly embodying the bodhisattva.
Deep gratitude to you, Deirdre, and excitement for more learning in the years ahead!" -Mary Hartley Platt
Zen teacher http://enteringthestream.co
"This work is profoundly subtle and powerful. The training deepened my knowledge of attachment repair to a more heartfelt level. Learning how to change attachment patterns from a “felt” experience has been both personally and professionally beneficial. Deirdre’s masterful guidance enables a safe holding environment for learning and for personal growth. The material marinates and the shift toward our natural state of being unfolds as the old embedded attachment pattern changes. Remarkable depth work."
Celia Grand, LICSW
"This work with Deirdre has created a different process is inside me now that I can now use with clients. It's been through transforming stuck patterns and healing attachment wounds that I've been pesonally impacted - and my clients are the true beneficiaries. It has been profound and I am deeply grateful.."
Jeri Schroeder, LICSW Portland, Maine
This Intermediate Level workshop is suitable for laypeople as well as clinicians interested in developing somatic ways to integrate attachment theory in their clinical practices
Social Workers, Counselors, Family Therapists Psychotherapists, Mental Health Professionals,
Body oriented therapists, Acupuncturists, Physicians, Nurses, Educators/Teachers
There are 6 Continuing Education units approved.
Continuing Education Credit approved through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.
Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) isentitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. #SW-0444.
As an American Psychological Association (APA) approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.
CEs: It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.
Informed Consent: You understand that this workshop is not psychotherapy, doesn’t presume to be psychotherapy, and won’t be used as psychotherapy.
Cancellation Policy: Because of the short time window, there are no refunds available for this virtual workshop.
Grievance Policy Safely Embodied seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to Deirdre Fay at 661 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 14, Arlington, MA 02476. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Deirdre Fay at email@example.com.
Accommodations for the differently abled: The virtual workshop will be offered via the digital platform ZOOM. Please visit https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us to find out if ZOOM is a fit for you prior to purchase.
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