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Attachment-Informed Grief Therapy - REGISTRATION CLOSED

May 13, 2022

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Seminar Description

Death may end a life, but not necessarily a relationship. Drawing on attachment-informed models of bereavement, we begin by considering grieving as a process of reconstructing rather than relinquishing our bonds with those who have died, and the circumstances that can interfere with this natural process.

Clinical videos bearing on a range of losses will sensitize learners to various impediments to reorganizing the “back story” of the ongoing relationship with the deceased, as we also note several techniques that can help move such work forward. Participants will learn a creative technique for mapping clients’ “secure base” relationships and leave with a framework for conceptualizing attachment issues complicating adjustment to bereavement and a tool for assessing those that merit attention in grief therapy.

In the afternoon, we will explore several creative narrative, emotion-focused and conversational methods for:
· re-introducing the deceased into the psychological world of the bereaved,
· fostering a sustaining sense of connection and alliance with the loved one in embracing a changed future, and
· working through issues of guilt, anger and abandonment triggered by the death and the shared life that preceded it. 

Learners will leave with tools for helping clients appreciate the role of the loved one in their construction of their own identities and revise frozen dialogues with the deceased that interfere with post-loss adaptation.

This program constitutes 1 of 3 courses required for Basic Certification in Grief Therapy offered by the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition (PI) in collaboration with J&K Seminars.  For more information about the optional certification program, click here.


Participants will be able to:
· Identify dimensions of insecure attachment that complicate adaptation to the death.
· Summarize the Two-Track Model of bereavement and its use in identifying problems meriting clinical attention.
· Utilize a validated measure of the quality of the relationship with the deceased to pinpoint a focus for intervention.
· Apply Secure Base Mapping to trace sustaining bonds over time to identify internal and external resources to promote adaptation to life transitions.
· Discuss the concept of continuing bonds with the deceased and identify how it can both support and interfere with adaptive grieving.
· Practice two techniques for consolidating a constructive bond with the deceased as the client transitions toward a changed future.
· Summarize the use of the Unfinished Business in Bereavement Scale (UBBS) for assessing residual conflicts and disappointments in the relationship with the deceased that invite therapeutic work.
· Use the Life Imprint technique to recognize the living legacy of the deceased for the survivor at both concrete and abstract levels.


Friday Morning  - 10 a.m.—1:15 p.m.  ET
· Attachment and Impermanence:  The Role of Internal Working Models
· Caring and Daring:  Drawing the Secure Base Map
· Object Stories:  Reaffirming the Continuing Bond
· Working with the Relationship:  The Two-Track Model of Bereavement

Friday Afternoon –2 p.m.—5:15 p.m.  ET
· Presence within Absence: Reconstructing the Continuing Bond
· Restorative Realignment of the Relationship: Addressing Unfinished Business
· Writing through Bereavement: A Case Study of Complicated Grief
· Stepping into Self: Re-writing the Terms of Attachment