An Introduction to the use of Attachment Theory 18 & 19 November 2019

An Introduction to the use of Attachment Theory when working with couples (14 hours CPD)

With Nicola Jones Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th November 2019

Endorsed by the International Attachment Network

(This is NOT 1 of the 6 modules of the Certificate in Working With Couples)

Attachment theory provides the most reliable and research-based approach to working with couple clients available today. It provides a framework for understanding how individuals form close relationships and regulate emotions across the lifespan ‘from the cradle to the grave’ (Bowlby, 1979). An attachment-informed approach enables you to help your clients get to the heart of their relationship problems: the needs for security, connection, intimacy and love.

TIMINGS          DAY 1 9.45am for 10am to 5.00 pm;

DAY 2 9.30am for 9.45am to 4.30pm

COST:              £199 to 31 August; £215 to 30th September; £235 full price

VENUE:            Thornbury Golf Club, BS35 3XL

CANCELLATIONS:  There will be no refund for cancellations or alterations made within 21 days of the event.  Any cancellation or alteration before that will be subject to a 12.5% handling charge.  In the event of us needing to cancel the workshop for any reason you will be given a full refund, but we will not be held liable for any other expenses.


Learning objectives:

  • Learn key concepts of attachment theory, infant brain development and relevance to couple relationships particularly internal working models of different attachment styles
  • Understand interaction of the various motivational systems involved in intimate adult relationships for insights into the dynamics of the relationship for each couple client
  • Identify key triggers of the attachment system
  • Explore interaction of attachment styles in a couple
  • Tools, exercises and practical strategies to enhance clients’ awareness of their attachment style
  • Role play, working with a couple’s attachment histories
  • Participants to reflect upon personal attachment patterns and how they may show up in practice
  • Appreciate links between the attachment system and developmental trauma and its intergenerational transmission

Bio: NICOLA JONES has worked with couples since 2006. She is Relate registered, accredited by the National Counselling Society and a member and Vice Chair of the International Attachment Network. She has a private practice in Portishead and Bristol where she works with individuals, couples and families. Nicola has an MA in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2008), has trained in family systems therapy with the Institute of Family Therapy, trained at The Bowlby Centre for 2 years. Nicola has considerable experience of, and her clinical work is significantly informed by attachment theory with its links with neuroscience, infant development and developmental psychology.