Attached from the Start: Moreno and Attachment Theory (1 of 2)
Catherine D. Nugent
6:30 – 9:30 (3hrs)
(This is one of two thematically linked sessions facilitated by Cathy Nugent. The other linked session is on the evening of 21st of September. A 20% discount applies if both workshops are booked together. You can attend either workshop independently of the other.)
Catherine D. Nugent:
Secure environments and stimulating, engaging experiences help build the architecture of the brain and support mental health and wellness. Conversely, the absence of caring, stable relationships, especially in early childhood, can lead to a host of life-long problems that psychotherapists encounter in their clients, including shame, chronic depression, acting-out behaviors and self-harming, personality disorders, and inability to form close adult relationships.
When Moreno branded psychodrama as social atom repair, he was responding to the profound effects a person’s early experiences with doubling, mirroring, and childhood connections play throughout the lifespan. Contemporary researchers of interpersonal neurobiology have confirmed the lasting impact early caregiving has on our psychological development, including our abilities to learn, to regulate emotions, and to form satisfying relationships (Badenoch, 2017; Siegel, 2012).
In this workshop we explore the basics of attachment theory as articulated by John Bowlby, Mary Ainsworth and Mary Main through presentations and discussion, sociodramatic role-play and a short vignette.
This workshop is suitable for people with all levels of experience. For those already familiar with attachment theory, these workshops offer a refresher and an opportunity to learn psychodramatic and other experiential interventions to apply in clinical practice.
Catherine D. Nugent, LCPC, TEP, Executive Director & Principal Trainer with Laurel Psychodrama Training Institute, is a licensed clinical professional counselor and Board-certified psychodrama trainer. From 2013-2019, Cathy taught in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Johns Hopkins University. In her private practice, she specializes in using integrative/experiential psychotherapy to help individuals, couples and groups heal from trauma and attachment injuries. Beyond her 30+ years of experience as a psychodramatist, Cathy’s clinical practice and teaching are informed by her training in sensorimotor psychotherapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, mindfulness, and hatha yoga. Cathy is the recipient of the 2019 J.L. Moreno Award for Lifetime Achievement in Psychodrama.