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Attachment 2017 Conference

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Friday, October 27, 2017 (All day)Sunday, October 29, 2017 (All day)

Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel, Cambridge, MA

McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School are delighted to offer this conference, bringing together leading authorities in the field of attachment to help clinicians develop strategies to better diagnose and treat patients using attachment principles.

Attachment theory, which highlights early infant-caretaker interactions, has had a profound impact on the understanding of mental health and illness. There is abundant evidence that individuals who lack secure attachment are at higher risk of developing a mental disorder, and many hypothesize that this lack of secure attachment may, in fact, be the primary cause of a variety of disorders, especially personality disorders. Unfortunately, many clinicians fail to recognize attachment issues in practice and just assume the patient is “difficult” or “resistant.” Recent advances in both the neuroscientific and psychological understanding of attachment are transforming the ways to utilize attachment theory to more effectively help people.

Two optional, half-day workshops focus on evidence-based treatments: mentalization-based treatment and general psychiatric management. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to evaluate attachment theory and apply appropriate treatment therapies, recognize healthy and unhealthy types of attachment, analyze biological and neuroscience developments in the attachment field and their relevance to practice, discuss types of psychotherapy that utilize attachment principles and apply attachment theory to psychotherapy work.

Offered by the McLean Hospital Department of Continuing Education

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