The Closer I get, the More Dangerous You Look: Trauma and Attachment
We all have attachment styles which shape our responses to people close to us. The attachment styles typically associated with people with traumatic histories pose particular challenges for the development of healthy relationships in adulthood and therapeutic relationships with counsellors and therapists. This workshop will examine how attachment develops, how it is affected by childhood maltreatment, and how it is reflected in adult relationships. Understanding our clients’ attachment styles can help explain intense emotional reactions in relationships, including the therapeutic relationship. Understanding our own attachment styles helps us avoid exacerbating insecure attachment and increase our clients’ sense of security. Participants will have the opportunity to consider their own attachment styles and the implications for their work.
Who Should Attend:
* Frontline Mental Health Workers
* Students Studying Psychology, Sociology, or Counselling
* Agency Workers who are interested in the information for the development of policies and procedures
About Speaker Dr. Julie Darke:
Julie is a psychologist with the Personality Disorders Service, Providence Care, Mental Health Services. She provides a range of clinical services with the primary focus being group therapy. Consultations and education are primarily related to working with people diagnosed with personality disorders, especially Borderline Personality Disorder, and related areas such as self-harm, dissociative processes, trauma sequelae, and sexuality and gender. Julie has worked for many years with survivors of trauma and has been active in the community with equity-seeking groups and organizations. In addition, she served as a human rights advisor for many years with the Human Rights Office at Queen’s. She obtained her degrees at the University of Western Ontario, the University of New Brunswick, and Queen’s University. Julie is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario and the Canadian Psychological Association.