Conference: Borderline Personality Disorder an attachment persepective

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Wimbledon Guild Counselling Training Attachment Conference 2021: Borderline Personality Disorder an Attachment Perspective

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Online conference held over the ZOOM platform

All tickets are £65 +booking fees - sales end 10am on Friday 5th March or when sold out

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Chair: Linda Cundy

Speakers: Dr Nuria Gené-Cos, Ruthie Smith, Minna Daum

10am welcome

10.10- 11.15 Ruthie Smith

Disorganised Attachment, Complex Trauma and Emotional Instability: working with the body using energy psychotherapy

This talk discusses key aspects of Mary Main’s category of ‘Disorganised Attachment’, its links with ‘complex trauma’ and the resulting emotional instability. The traumatised infant’s simultaneous desire for proximity and escape sets up a ‘double bind’ relational template leading to a variety of frequently dysfunctional relational patterns including fear of intimacy and attachment; the desire to disconnect; co-dependent clinging and merging; and the terror of abandonment and separation.

Relational dynamics often feature deep ambivalence, insecurity, anxiety and dissociation. Issues of power and control need to be addressed so that a healthier relational template of mutuality and reciprocity can be learned. Pre-verbal and in-utero trauma, neglect and abuse can produce extreme terror states resulting in the deployment of survival defences such as fragmentation, splitting, projection and dissociation / dis-connection and out-of-body experiences.

When trauma cannot be put into words, the body becomes the container, and expresses distress through physical /physiological ‘symptoms’ and triggered bodily responses including PTSD and somatisation.

This is why it is so important when working with complex trauma to include the body in treatment. Difficulties in regulating emotions also often lead to ‘dual -diagnoses’ / ‘co-morbidity’ where addictions - as a substitute for the (unsafe and unavailable) primary relationship - become a means for ‘self -soothing’.

Working with the bodymind using energy psychology methods is very helpful in working with this client group. A few simple energy psychotherapy tools will be shared which participants can take home and use with clients to: help unblock frozen states of mind ; assist in regulating affect / intensely painful states of mind; clear abandonment and attachment traumas and gradually transform relational patterns. Energy methods are also helpful in addressing and integrating archetypal levels of conflict such as for example ‘victim /bully’ dynamics, clearing transgenerational traumatic patterns and clearing deep ‘shame’ states.

11.15 - 11.25 break 

11.25 – 12:30 Minna Daum

Keeping the baby in mind: working with mothers with borderline personality disorder

For women with personality difficulties, the experience of becoming a parent can present huge emotional challenges for the mother, with consequent developmental risks to her baby.

Minna will present a framework for thinking about these difficulties, exploring the relationship between attachment, attunement and emotional recognition/regulation. She will outline the work of the Early Years Parenting Unit, a mentalization-based multi-family intervention for parents with personality disorders/difficulties and their babies and young children on the edge of care.

This pioneering intervention, integrated with Children’s Social Care, seeks to address the parents’ mental health difficulties, the parent/child relationship, and the child’s development within a safe setting.

A case study will be used to explore the impact on practitioners (social workers and clinicians) of working in the triangular relationship with mother and baby, and how to manage one’s own feelings and maintain the capacity to think in situations of high emotional arousal and significant risk and their infants on the edge of care

12:30 - 1:00 break for lunch

1:00- 2:05 Dr Nuria Gene Cos

Neuroscience in EUPD: a trauma related developmental disorder

Dr Nuria Gené-Cos will discuss Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (as we now call BPD) from an evolutionary and developmental grounding, from the perspective of brain systems and neurotransmission as well as neuroimaging studies. She will highlight similarities and differences between EUPD and Complex PTSD. The talk will conclude with a discussion of a clinical model of care for these kinds of patients.

2:05- 2:15 - break

2.15 - 3.00 Plenary and closing from the chair

The chair:

Linda Cundy is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor, and independent trainer who has a long association with the Wimbledon Guild. She has written and edited three books to date (Love in the Age of the Internet: Attachment in the Digital Era; Anxiously Attached: Understanding and Working With Preoccupied Attachment; and Attachment and the Defence Against Intimacy:

Understanding and Working with Avoidant Attachment, Self-Hatred, and Shame)

as well as a number of articles published in professional journals. She has a private psychotherapy practice in North London.

The speakers:

Dr Gené-Cos completed her Doctor of medicine and surgery, LMC (MD) degree in 1981 at Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Moving to London, she trained in adult psychiatry and neuropsychiatry at Charing Cross Hospital.

She became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) in 1999, and received her certificate of completion of training in general adults, with an endorsement in liaison psychiatry, neuropsychiatry.

She became interested in the area of post-traumatic stress disorder while doing her doctorate as a lecturer at the Royal London Hospital. She was appointed as a consultant psychiatrist at the Traumatic Stress Service in 2002.

Dr Gené-Cos is an EMDR trauma therapist (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing), and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

She completed her PhD in 2009 at the University of London in mismatch negativity in anxiety disorders (brain electrophysiology in post-traumatic stress disorder, non-epileptic seizures, epilepsy and panic disorder).

Ruthie Smith is a Psychoanalytic Attachment Based Psychotherapist and Energy Psychotherapist with 30 years’ experience in private practice and 10 years as a Principal Individual Psychotherapist and Supervisor in the NHS.

She taught on a number of Psychotherapy Training Programmes before founding The Flame Centre in London where she specialises in trauma work and runs Flame residential retreats. She also teaches on Energy Psychotherapy courses and has regularly lectured and presented at events.

Minna Daum BA, BSc (Hons) has been practising as a Systemic Family Therapist since 1992. For most of that time she has specialised in carrying out and supervising multi-disciplinary court assessments and providing expert opinion on the risk of rehabilitation following abuse. Her particular area of interest lies in child maltreatment and the family justice system, and specifically in adult personality disorder and its impact on children’s emotional development. At the Anna Freud Centre and in conjunction with Dr Duncan McLean she developed the Complex Cases court assessment service, specialising in working with families involving parents with personality disorders. In 2011 she and Dr McLean set up the Early Years Parenting Unit, a pioneering multi-family mentalization-based assessment and treatment service for parents with personality difficulties and their under-5 children on the edge of care.

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