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Applying Child Development Theory and Research in Psychotherapy with Adult Clients Developmentally-based, Relationally-focused Integrative Psychotherapy

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 Healing the neglects and traumas of childhood requires a psychotherapist who is attuned to each client’s levels of emotional and cognitive development. To achieve this, psychotherapists and counsellors need to be able to apply Child Development concepts and research findings in their therapeutic practice; in order to identify and work with challenges like:

  • Early childhood memory that is embodied in physiological sensations, entrenched in affect, or unconsciously enacted in relationships. Such memories are not available to conscious thought because they are prelinguistic, presymbolic, procedural, and implicit. However, these neurological imprints give rise to unconscious relational patterns that effect our clients in their adult lives.
  • Physiological, emotional and behavioral signs of infant and parent relational disruptions are evident in the first few months of a child’s life and throughout adolescence. We may see subtle versions of these same self-stabilizing dynamics in adult clients when they tighten their bodies, agitate, avoid eye contact, or deflect from their feelings. Such behaviours may signal unresolved relational disruptions in early childhood, that continue to create disruptions and conflicts later in adulthood.
  • Generating methods that are attuned to an infant’s, young child’s, or school-age child’s particular rhythm, their affect and cognitive level of functioning, and the unique relational-needs at the level of development where an adult client may be fixated. We need to be therapeutically responsive to the withdrawn and silent client, the client who is either hypo- or hyperactive, as well as the client who is resistive or belligerent. Each of these behavioural manifestations may reflect the neglects and traumas that leave a person stuck at an earlier level of development.

This 2-day workshop at London will focus on various methods of psychotherapy that are influenced by the theories and research in Child Development. We will explore various child development hypotheses and concepts that are based on the writings of John Bowlby, Eric Erickson, Selma Fraiberg, Lawrence Kohlberg, Jean Piaget, Daniel Stern, and Donald Winnicott as well as a number of current child development researchers. 

Location London
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 20 Nov 2020
Start time 10:00am
Venue Address Holiday Inn Kensington, Wrights Lane, Kensington, London W8 5SP
Amount £249
Organiser Nscience
Speaker Dr Richard G Erskine
CPD hours 10
Contact No. 020 7096 1722
Keywords Child, Counselling, Psychological, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Therapy, Trauma
Regions Greater London


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