Attachment theory and Attachment-based Interventions

Tuesday 22 May 2012, 12.30PM to 4pm

Speaker(s): David Howe, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, University of East Anglia. (Chair - Paul Dyson, Independent Social Worker)


In the first presentation, there will be a brief outline of normal psychosocial development in the context of ‘good enough’ parent-child relationships, including mention of secure attachments, affect regulation, and Perry’s model of neurosequential development. Having sketched the developmental picture under optimal conditions, the talk will then consider the developmental consequences for children who suffer abuse, neglect and relational trauma.  Parents whose caregiving is described as hostile, helpless, neglectful and out-of-control tend to report difficult and distressed relationship histories themselves. Some of the mechanisms that link the parents’ own experiences of difficult childhoods and their current helpless, neglectful caregiving will be explored.

The second presentation builds on the principles outlined in the first. The principles of attachment-based assessments and interventions will be briefly outlined as they relate to primary, secondary and tertiary interventions. The concept of sensory, somatic and affect ‘regulation’ will be mentioned including a (very) short note on Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).

MRC Seminar 22 May 2012 (MS Word , 263kb) 

Location: University of Hull

Admission: see flyer


Telephone: 01904 321237