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Attachment, Dissociation, and Unresolved Mourning of Trauma or Loss

About the Course:

Attachment theory is an evidence-based field of study that identifies attentional and coping strategies that are rooted in the quality of early infant-caregiver relationships. This webinar offers detailed descriptions of infant and adult classification patterns. Dissociative processing, including dissociative disorders, will be presented in relationship with early and adult attachment experiences, in particular, how unresolved mourning is associated with dissociation. Clinical approaches to treat dissociative disorders that are based on attachment research findings will be incorporated into this webinar.

Publication Date:

May 17th, 2019

Course Material Author

Paula Thomson, PsyD

Paula Thomson, PsyD, is Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and works in private practice in California. She is Co-Director of the Performance Psychophysiology Laboratory at CSUN, adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, OperaWorks faculty, Professor Emeritus at York University’s Departments of Theatre and Graduate Studies (Canada). She was a professional dancer and continues work as choreographer and movement coach in dance, theatre and opera. Past professional choreographic company work includes Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Stage Company, Stratford Shakespearean Festival, Northern Lights Dance Theatre, Ballet Jorgen, and UCLA On the Edge of Chaos. She is co-author, Creativity and the Performing Artist: Behind the Mask. In 2013, she was named one of the top 20 female professors in California.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for psychologists, counselors, social workers, and other mental health professionals who seek knowledge about attachment-based therapy with disordered patients. It is appropriate for an intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the three organized attachment classifications and the two forms of disorganized classification

  2. Describe markers indicating unresolved loss or trauma

  3. Recognize treatment pitfalls when implementing attachment-based theory with dissociative disordered patients

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Course Number 102418
1.5 credit hour
  • Recorded Webinar
Exam Fee: $10.46No exam fee with a Plus or Unlimited membership package!
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