John Bowlby



International Attachment Network 2019 Seminars and Discussions

Join us for fascinating discussions and debate on various topics in 2019.

Events are held on Saturday mornings generally from 10am to 1pm or from 10am to 5pm

CPD Certificates are issued within 5 working days and provided by email. 


Costs :

HALF DAY WORKSHOPS :IAN members and AGIP/ AppT £25; Non-members £40

FULL DAY WORKSHOPS: IAN members and AGIP/AppT £50; Non-members £80

Complementary tea, coffee, water is available during seminars. 


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Brexit: who is afraid of group attachments?

An open workshop.


Saturday, 26th January

Time: 10:00 - 15:30

Speakers:  Frances Griffiths, Maria Canete, Chris Ridley, Arturo Ezquerro and Peter Keller

Convenors: Maria Canete and Arturo Ezquerro

Venue: Institute of Group Analysis, 1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY


Brexit means what? More than two years on …, we still do not know. So we’ve decided to organise a workshop to explore Brexit, or otherwise, from an attachment and group-analytic perspective. 

John Bowlby, a quintessentially English gentleman, conceived attachment as a primary instinctual force for meaningful human connectedness, essential for our physical and emotional survival. Healthy attachment evolves from individual to group bonding. The UK is a mature democracy which has played a significant role on international development. The European Union is a serious, ambitious project in the making – in which increasingly larger, more sophisticated and ever evolving forms of group collaboration, and of group attachments, are being tried. Who is afraid of that? Is Brexit a ‘mutation’ to maximise survival of the fittest or the richest? Is survival of the other a threat to my survival?

This workshop will be open and inclusive, with the aim of creating an atmosphere where dialogue and mutual understanding can be cultivated. Delegates will be encouraged to take an active part in the reflective space provided by professionally conducted, small and large, discussion groups.

Interfamily Therapy

A multifamily approach in sanitary,

educational and social context


Saturday, 23rd February 

Workshop: 10:00 - 17:00

Speakers: Javier Sampere & Caludio Fuenzalida

Interfamily Therapy is a modern tool of therapeutic intervention scientifically validated and which is placed half-way between psychotherapy and social intervention. It brings together the most useful aspects of techniques, settings and ways of intervention of current models such as Attachment Theory and Open Dialogue Practices It is applicable not only in mental health contexts but in the approach of any human problem and in any type of institution.

It is a model that does not underestimate nor exclude other therapeutic practices that could be applied and it is not exclusive for any professional collective in a way that psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, doctors, social workers, occupational therapists, pedagogues and other professional groups can make use of it in their daily work.

Besides, it is a simple, practical and human treatment which implies a more social, ecological and democratic way of understanding and of acting on the problems of human beings and which could be expanded as a universal model of sanitary assistance thanks to its efficiency and low cost.

Triple Stance Framework- Empowering

survivors of Trauma without compromising safety      


Saturday, 13th April 2019 

Workshop: 10:00 - 17:00

Speaker: Christian Herreman


Christian Herreman is a Mexican Psychoanalyst. He is founder and director of the Enso Center, a center that offers psychological services and training. He also founded Thinktaalik, Enso´s study group of cultural evolution. He is the author of the Triple Stance Framework, combining attachment theory, evolutionary psychology and social psychology in a framework that helps front line workers plan, supervise and deliver their services.

He is founding member of the Iberoamerican attachment Network. He is also member of the International Psychoanalytical Association, the International Attachment Network and the Mexican Psychoanalytilal Society.

Attachment-based Play:

from Mess to Monsters


Workshop: 10:00 - 17:00 

Saturday, 29th June 2019 

Speaker: Dr Sue Jennings

Power Point Presentation and Practical Workshop

This day will explore how attachment develops from conception and is strengthened by pregnancy and childbirth.  Parents-to-be have imagined, playful conversations with their unborn child which continue after birth.  Interactive attachment-play involving sensory, messy and rhythmic exploration strengthens positive attachment, empathy and resilience.  This process is defined as Neuro-Dramatic-Play (Jennings 2011) which forms a basis for healthy attachments.

In this workshop we will show how sensory and messy play and human heart beats are essential for developmental attachment-based play and leads to form and order from seeming chaos!  The archetypal  monster is then created and embodied, this empowering the increasingly independent infant. 

NDP is applicable at all ages and stages and examples will be given or work with adults and elderly people.  NDP also addresses loss of Attachments and life transitions beyond teenager hood.

The workshop encourages 'take-away skills' for therapists of all backgrounds as well as teachers and parents.

Trauma and Attachment


Saturday, 12th October 

Workshop: 10:00 - 13:00

Speaker: Felicity de Zulueta



Body and attachment 


Saturday, 30th November 

Workshop: 10:00 - 13:00

Speaker: Nicola Diamond


In this seminar I am going to look at the relation between the body and attachment , look at developments in the attachment field and it's implications for therapy. I will give my take on the upsurge of neuroscience in attachment thinking and will in this context refer to my take which i started to address in my book Between Skins 2013.

Dr Nicola Diamond is a Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies, University of East London, and teaches at the Tavistock Clinic. She is also a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist  (BPC reg).

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