Attachment Theory and its Application to
Psychoanalytic Treatment with Families and Children
Instructors: Elissa Baldwin, PhD, LCSW and Sally Davis Comer, PhD, LCSW
This 8 session course emphasizes the importance of secure parenting and family relationships to healthy development from infancy through toddlerhood and middle childhood to adolescence. The readings will trace the evolution of attachment theory from the works of Bowlby and Ainsworth to contemporary relational theory with a basis in neurological research.
We will study the importance of attachment and right brain affect regulation and attachment security in preventing relational disorders. Attention will be given to defining the importance of reflective functioning and mentalization capacities within the attachment framework. We will also explore the parent-child dyad/dynamics, parent-therapist dynamics, and possible impasses as related to this attachment style.
The instructors will present clinical material to illustrate attachment case examples and clinical issues, including transference/countertransference, relationship development, and rupture and repair, through an attachment lens. Students will also have an opportunity to present case material.
Class will be limited to 12 students and is intended for clinicians at beginning through intermediate levels. Students do not have to be actively working with children and families.
Time: Wednesday, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dates: August 28 - October 23
There will be no class on September 4th.
The October 2nd class will be rescheduled for later in the week for a site visit by the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Class will be limited to 12 students.
Lucy Daniels Foundation, Cary
12 CE clock hours
This class does not offer Category A CE credits for psychologists.
Training Program Credit:
Students who successfully complete this course can earn elective credit in both the psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy training programs. If there is a course assignment, students must complete the assignment to receive course credit.
$25 for non-matriculated students
Matriculated students aren't charged a course registration fee.
Non-matriculated students who register for more than one course in a semester pay only one registration fee.
The registration fee is non-refundable.
We're unable to accept credit card payments. Please send a check payable to PECC.
Registration Deadline: August 21
We may accept registrations after August 21, but there will be an additional $20 late registration fee.
$235 for students matriculated in the training programs
$290 for psychiatry residents and graduate students
$315 for non-matriculated students
The registration fee is non-refundable.
The cancellation deadline is August 20.
Students who cancel after August 20 but before August 28 will be charged a $40 late cancellation fee.
Students who cancel or drop the class August 28 or later are expected to pay the full tuition.
Click here for the Course Syllabus.
About the Instructors:
Elissa Baldwin, PhD, LCSW
is in private practice in Chapel Hill, where she sees children, adolescents, and adults. Her interests include comparative psychodynamic theories and dynamic models of child and parent guidance. In addition to her clinical work, she has conducted qualitative research on the topic of the parent-therapist alliance in child psychotherapy. She is on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas, is an adjunct instructor and past research advisor in the MSW program at the Smith College School for Social Work, and has been adjunct faculty at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry.
Sally Davis Comer, PhD, LCSW
is Past Director the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program of the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas. She is a graduate of the Advanced Curriculum of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center. She received her MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill and her PhD from the Smith College School for Social Work. Sally’s long term interest in object relations and attachment theory led to her dissertation topic on family environment and attachment relationships. She was chosen to present her dissertation at the Society for Social Work Research in January 2013. Sally was selected from her doctoral class to attend the Smith College-Sanville Institute Colloquium, which included consultation from Drs. Judith Schore, Alan Schore, and Judith Nelson. She also was selected to attend the University College of London's Research Training Program in Berlin. She has been adjunct faculty in both the UNC-Chapel Hill and East Carolina University MSW programs. She is in private practice in Raleigh, where she sees adults in individual and couples therapy and also works with adolescents.
Participants will be able to:
Discuss the history of attachment theory beginning with Bowlby and Ainsworth.
Identify the characteristics of secure and insecure attachment styles.
Define the characteristics of Anxious insecure attachment style and parenting relationships.
Define the characteristics of Avoidant insecure attachment style and parenting relationships.
Define the characteristics of Disorganized attachment styles and parenting relationships.
Discuss clinical material, including transference/countertransference, relationship development, rupture and repair, through an attachment lens.
Define reflective functioning and mentalization capacities and how these skills are developed within the attachment frame.
For additional information please contact:
Lisa Long, Administrator
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for programs that meet NBCC requirements. The North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
If you have special needs, please contact the Administrative Director.
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