The International Attachment Network presents:

Attachment, Detachment and Re-Attachment in Psychosis and beyond

Speaker: Dr Maria Canete

Date: Saturday 30th May 10.00 – 13.00

Online Seminar via ZOOM

IAN members and AGIP  members £25 | Non-members £40 | Students £10 (student card follow up by email)

Psychosis is a construct and a diagnosis which, regrettably, has often been used to exclude people or to treat them differently. Mainstream psychotherapy and mental health services have contributed to a culture in which psychotic patients are not fully included. Having worked in mental health and in psychotherapy for over 40 years, Dr Maria Canete has come to the view that psychosis is part of a continuum: any person can potentially have psychotic experiences.

This seminar is designed to be a powerful clinical workshop, in which the audience will be actively encouraged to engage with the material presented. The focus shall be on three patients with a history of loss and severe trauma, two of them diagnosed with psychosis. They all had psychiatric breakdowns and struggled in their therapy groups, in which they initially appeared withdrawn and suspicious. An attachment-based ethos was fundamental in helping them understand the link between the traumatic ruptures in their attachment relationships and their inability to cope. Forming new attachments enabled them to survive and to explore new ventures.

Optional reading for attendees (click to download):

Group Analysis & Psychosis

Developing a group analytic culture in a day project for psychotic patients

Ticket prices are subsidized by IAN and all profits fund the work of the International Attachment Network. It is policy of the International Attachment Network to keep audience size to a minimum so that all attendees may engage directly with the speaker, therefore tickets are limited and early purchase is advised. We welcome attendance from both psychological and allied professions and trainees.

Dr Maria Cañete is a consultant psychotherapist, psychiatrist, and group analyst with over 40 years’ experience working in mental health, including therapeutic communities, out-patient, day-patient and in-patient services. She trained at the Tavistock Clinic and at the London Institute of Group Analysis, where she is a senior trainer. She is former Director of the group psychotherapy programmes at London’s University College Hospital, at St Charles Hospital, and at a day centre for psychotic patients in Tower Hamlets. She teaches at home and abroad, and has published widely in the field, in English, German and Spanish.