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GPALA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2019 - Treating Insecure Attachment in Group Therap...

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American Jewish University

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GPALA Presents: 2019 Annual 2-Day Conference

Treating Insecure Attachment in Group Therapy

Presented by Aaron Black, Ph.D, CGP

Course Description:

Attachment theory concepts are applicable in all forms of psychotherapy. The secure base, emotional self-regulation and mentalization provide a powerful lens to understand how attachment develops in childhood and shows up within the therapy group.
Dr. Black’s value in making these concepts accessible and usable is evident in the way he talks about complex ideas with understandable language. He provides a clear application, bypassing jargon, to promote a working knowledge and informed interventions that can foster clients’ earned secure attachment behaviors.

Through combining didactic and experiential learning, this conference will take an in-depth look at factors that contribute to earned secure attachment behavior. This integrative approach provides opportunity to gain insight, self-awareness, and behavioral skill with integrating cognitive, emotional and behavioral elements. Developmentally-appropriate intervention strategies that aim to remove barriers to the expression of secure attachment behavior in group will be described and demonstrated. We will learn how to enhance the leader's ability to effectively attend to insecure attachment through awareness of and sensitivity to insecure self-states, rather than classification of attachment styles. Specific psychological features of insecurely-attached self-states will be described as they shape both the group leader’s countertransference as well as client resistances to emotional contact and immediacy. The dynamics of mentalization as an achievement of secure attachment will be examined in order to craft interventions for the individual, subgroup, and group-as-a-whole.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this conference each participant will:

1. Explain the concept and functions of the secure base in attachment theory.
2. Define mentalization and describe how it develops.
3. Be able to identify insecurely-attached self-states in group members to enhance the ethical practice of clinicians
4. Provide an example of how resistance facilitates emotional self-regulation in group therapy.
5. Describe an developmentally-sensitive intervention that can be used to resolve resistance to secure attachment in group therapy

TIME DETAILS

Check-in: Friday September 20, 2019, 1:30-2:00 p.m.
Friday September 20, 2019, 2:00p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and
Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Participants MUST attend both days for the ENTIRE time.

Click this link to listen to our EXCLUSIVE Podcast with Aaron Black

https://gpala.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/001-TGM_Aaron.mp3

This course meets the educational requirement for certification by the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists. (For more information on becoming a CGP, visit www.agpa.org

12 CEs will be given for attendance.

Important Disclosure for All Learners: None of the planners and presenters of this CE program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE courses that are provided by APA-approved CE Sponsors are recognized and accepted for CE credit for MFTs, and LCSWs in California. GPALA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for attendees to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. Psychologists report directly to the MCEP using the certificates of attendance awarded at the completion of the course.

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What is the refund policy?

REFUND POLICY: GPALA will refund the course tuition (minus processing fees), if requested in writing via email (to:lkennygpala@gmail.com) within 2 weeks from the conference start date.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Scholarships are given to both members and non-members of GPALA for this Annual Conference. Funds tend to be limited, so we cannot guarantee that all applicants will receive a scholarship. Application deadline is 3 weeks prior to event. At this time Scholarship applications are CLOSED. We will update if any new funds become available.

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