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Understanding Attachment: The Connecting Thread Through the Lifestyle

Format Study Group Network
Presenters Dr Ruth Schmidt-Neven
Description ****This event has chnaged dates from 27 October to 10 November****

This presentation will describe the theory and process of attachment within the broader context of development. It will demonstrate how attachment as a relational construct extends over the lifespan and provides continuity between infant and early childhood experience and later development and adult life. It takes as its starting point the recognition that all behaviour has meaning and is a communication. Within this context, positive infant parent relationships have a transforming function that create the potential for mutuality, reciprocity and shared meaning and provide a continuing protective system through to adulthood. The absence of a 'secure base' and an 'internal working model' the foundations of attachment, thus have an impact not only on how children 'speak' their families through their behaviour, but also on how adults 'speak their childhood' in the consulting room.

The presentation will address:

 Attachment as a prototype relationship - Setting the scene for empathy, self regulation and higher levels of cognitive processing.

 Utilising an attachment and meaning making model in clinical work with children parents and individual adults.

 Connecting relationships attachment and the brain.

 The evidence base for attachment - the impact of attachment on child development and on adult functioning.

 The impact of loss and trauma on attachment.
About the presenter(s) The presenter Ruth Schmidt Neven PhD is a psychologist and child psychotherapist who trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London. She is the founder director of the Centre for Child and Family Development in Melbourne and was previously inaugural Chief Psychotherapist at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. Ruth has worked with children, parents and families over four decades in the UK and in Australia. She runs training programmes on all aspects of child and family development throughout Australia and overseas including at the University of Cambridge. Ruth has written numerous papers and is the author of Exploring Parenthood, Emotional Milestones and co-author of Rethinking ADHD. Her latest book published by Routledge UK in 2010, is Core Principles of Assessment and Therapeutic Communication with Children Parents and Families: Towards the promotion of child and family wellbeing.
Location VIC Metro, Australia
Venue 350 Main St, Mornington VIC 3931

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 10 Nov 2012
Time 1.30pm - 5.30pm
Cost $110 (includes GST)
Notes Contact: For parking/location enquiries - Host Libby Thompson at For registration/other enquiries - SGN Admin Emma Solomano at
Organiser Melbourne Branch
Contact Name Emma Solomano
Telephone 0427 707 018
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