Clinical Application of the
Adult Attachment Interview
Joni Lavick, LMFT
February 19, 2022
1:00 pm – 5:00 PM PST
A Somatically Safe Event
Attachment is learned behavior passed on from parent to child. Insecure attachment strategies manifest in maladaptive interpersonal relationships and failed attempts to resolve or repair wounds resulting from past traumatic experiences. Insecure attachment creates affect-regulation problems characterized by mood disturbances, poor impulse control, substance abuse and dependence, and the lack of ability for self-regulation.
This training will provide a guide for the use Adult Attachment Interview in the repair of attachment disturbances.
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I’ll explain the structure and function of the AAI’s 20 question assessment. The inventory begins with early childhood attachment, separation, trauma assessment, and shifts in attachment from adolescence to adulthood. I will discuss organized attachment strategies in infants and adults.
There will be a demonstration of the meat of the AAI followed by a dyadic experiential breakout where you will give and answer parts of the AAI. Following this interaction we’ll evaluate what we have learned.
We will move on to questions for trauma assessment and changes from adolescence to adulthood. From the evaluation perspective we will focus on becoming resolved to trauma or remaining unresolved and how this matrix impacts sustaining secure attachment. This section will also include demonstration and experiential dyads.
The training will end with ideas for the formation of a treatment plan and interventions to guide your clients toward repair of insecure attachment. Analysis of how attachment strategies reveal themselves in the transference will also be explored.
At this workshop you will learn:
- To use the Adult Attachment Interview in a one session framework and how to listen for and understand the adult categories of organized attachment.
- Identify your own attachment strategy
- Describe models for attachment repair
- Use the AAI to help identify the attachment patterns of your clients.
Continuing Education Units are available for this training. There is a $20 charge for each CE certificate. Certificates are issued after the evaluation is submitted and must be purchased within 30 days of the workshop.
Psychologists: The Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is provides 4 CE units.
MFTs / LCSWs: MFTs / LCSWs / Professional Counselors: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences now accepts APA CEs. This course provides 4 CE units.