Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) CPD Day: Attachment and DIT

Patrick Luyten will look at the way attachment informs the work we do in DIT, including the IPAF and transference.

This course will focus on the importance of the DIT therapist's capacity to move flexibly along the spectrum of interventions aimed at fostering mentalizing and interventions that focus on increasing insight into the patient's repetitive interpersonal pattern (i.e., the IPAF), tailored to the patient's specific attachment style.

Based on clinical examples and role-play, this course covers the following topics:

  • Attachment as an adaptation strategy
  • Linking attachment with mentalizing and affect regulation
  • Working with the relationship questionaire in DIT
  • Identifying the patient's attachment strategies - hyperactivaing and deactivating
  • Integrating attachment styles with the formulation of the IPAF (i.e., prototypical IPAFs)
  • Working with attachment issues in the transference
  • Attachment and interventions to improve embodied mentalizing
Who is this course suitable for?

The course is geared towards DIT practitioners, however, it would also be relevant to psychodynamic/analytic therapists who have an interest in working with attachment related issues in psychotherapy.

The course is recognised CPD for DIT therapists. It is relevant to DIT Supervisors who would find it helpful in their supervision of DIT clinicians as well as for DIT Complex Care practitioners.

Aims of this course
  • To situate attachment in the context of object relations and mentalization theories
  • To provide ways of integrating attachment styles into your DIT practice, including recognising, formulating and working with attachment related defences
  • To provide strategies for responding to hyperactivating and deactivating attachment styles, including fostering embodied mentalizing in patients
About Patrick Luyten

Prof Patrick Luyten is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Leuven (Belgium) and Professor of Psychodynamic Psychology at the Research Department of Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology, University College London (UK).

His main research interests are disorders from the affective spectrum (i.e. depression and stress- and pain-related disorders), and personality disorders. In both areas he is involved in basic research and in interventional research.

Dr Luyten is Director of the PhD is Psychoanalysis Programme at University College London, UK. He received the 2015 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Scholarship.

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