Making the Implicit Attachment Theory of IFS Explicit to Heal Developmental Trauma within the Therapy Relationship
Pre-conference Workshop @ IFS 2016
Thursday, November 10th from 9:00am - 4:30pm
Those with developmental trauma carry parts wounded by relationship, shamed by reactivity, feeling isolated, alone, without guidance or perspective. Parts rail against “doing it by themselves” defending against Self-energy. This experiential workshop is designed to invite participants into a co-created dialogue exploring the energetic language and flow that operates fluidly between persons at all times, everywhere. Making this intersubjective explicit in therapy helps those with attachment wounds to feel seen, heard, and responded to.
Combining the intrapsychic, Self-led approach of IFS with a dynamic interpersonal attachment perspective benefits those with developmental trauma. They get the best of both approaches. Adding an explicit attachment model to the implicit attachment model of IFS invites client and therapist into a collaborative dialogue.
The Intersubjective Matrix of Daniel Stern maintains that our nervous systems are “constructed to be captured by the nervous systems of others, so that we can experience others as if from within their skin, as well as from within our own.” (2004, p. 76). The continuous co-creative energetic dialogue of therapist and client provides a vehicle for exiles to communicate regardless of protectors. Doing this while supporting the Self/Other differentiation creates a container where the exiles’ unmet relational needs can be more easily digested. The therapist learns to translate intersubjective experience into clinical process giving language to the felt communication of their own parts instead of being seduced into a blended communication often resulting in reenactments.
This workshop is designed for experiential learning to remap somatic memory and benefit your clinical practice when you return to work after the conference.