"We are only as needy as our unmet needs" John Bowlby
Attachment is the deep, lasting bond which develops between child and caregiver. The nature of the attachment bond, established from the beginning of life, has far reaching implications over the whole life-span and plays a major role in shaping who we are.
Attachment experiences influence thinking patterns, physical growth, emotional capacity, resilience, life satisfaction, relationships and parenting style.
Sir Richard Bowlby is a respected and distinguished lecturer on attachment theory. He is the son of eminent psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Dr John Bowlby, who pioneered research on the impact of early attachment relationships between parents and their young children. Sir Richard formally retired from a successful career in medical photography in 1999 to focus on the study and dissemination of his father’s work. He is passionate about the importance of attachment theories in work with children, young people and adults and he actively promotes a wider understanding of attachment theories and research.
The day will explore the typical development of children’s early attachments and examine the significance of these family relationships, looking at how separations from attachment figures during sensitive periods of development can have a significant impact on the individual’s capacity to cope with separation and loss in later life. The day will also consider the effects of disrupted attachments associated with psychopathology and discuss attachment orientated therapy.
With plenty of opportunities during the day for questions and discussion, the day will be of interest to anyone involved in childcare and early years education, teaching and youth work, health and social care services, mental health practitioners,counsellors and psychotherapists, social workers and anyone working in the fields of homelessness, substance misuse and criminal justice.
Ticket price includes parking, lunch and refreshments.