The Applications of Attachment Theory to Psychotherapy

Learning Objectives
  1. To be able to describe 3 types of insecure attachment style and their origins in corresponding early failures in caregivers' responsiveness
  2. To be able to conceptualise and describe the adult couple relationships in attachment terms, and able to map at least 3 of these terms onto your clinical work
  3. To be able to relate the theory of narrative coherence as a marker of secure or insecure attachment and to discuss how this relates to the task of psychotherapy
  4. To be able to discuss how we can apply knowledge of attachment patterns in the organisation of the treatment process, describing 3 stages in that process in which attachment style may make a difference to the development of the therapeutic work.
  5. To be able to consider how your own attachment style influences your clinical relationships, giving 2 examples.