The International Attachment Network together with the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme invites you to:

Reflective Functioning and Attachment Theory

Saturday 23rd November 14.00 – 17.00

1 Fairbridge Road, London. N19 3EW. Free event- subsidized by IAN. Booking essential.

Speakers Dr Mario Marrone joined by Dr Nicola Diamond

The International Attachment Network invites you to join the IAN team and its European ERASMUS+ Digi-family research project partners from across the EU to an afternoon’s exploration of reflective functioning and attachment theory.

Since its inception by John Bowlby in the late 1940’s, attachment theory has grown to become a key foundation for theory and research into human development, pathology, connection and health. Of this research, one of the most fundamental questions to emerge is on the development of the reflective mind: what are the mechanisms by which we learn to think creatively about our minds and those of others; how and in what ways can this become compromised; and if as well as how the process of psychotherapy modifies this.

In a short but fascinating afternoon seminar led by Dr Mario Marrone, founder of IAN and the Journal of Attachment & Human Development, Chair of International Liaison Committee IAN, Psychoanalyst, Psychotherapist, Psychiatrist and author of numerous texts in English and Spanish including Attachment and Intersubjectivity co-authored with Nicola Diamond; Whurrs publisher (2003) and supervisee of John Bowlby, will present his perspective on the many iterations of theory of mind, focusing then on ‘reflective functioning’, its development within the family context, its role in psychotherapy, and place within the theories of John Bowlby. Mario will then be joined by Dr Nicola Diamond Psychoanalyic Psychotherapist, Senior Lecturer and author who will draw on her extensive clinical and academic experience to further explore the role of reflective functioning in psychotherapy. The afternoon will close with a group discussion on clinical and theoretical perspectives.

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 booking is advised.

Ticket costs for this event are funded by the International Attachment Network.

CPD certificates issued for 3 hours


Dr Mario Marrone is a Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Group Analyst, Family Therapist, Psychodramatist and Founder of International Attachment Network. Dr Mario Marrone established the International Attachment Network, having been directly supervised by the founder of Attachment Theory, John Bowlby at the Tavistock Clinic in London. He remains a very active member of the IAN Executive Committee and is the coordinator for the IAN International Liaison Committee. Mario was a co-founder of the Journal for Attachment and Human development and has published 8 books in English, Spanish and Italian as well as many journal articles. He has also lectured extensively across the world on the subject of attachment theory and its clinical applications. Formerly a psychiatrist in the NHS (where he developed psychotherapy resources for the severely disturbed patient). Mario is now a psychotherapist in private practice. His training spans multiple disciplines, having trained in group analysis at the Institute of Group Analysis (London), in psychodrama in Buenos Aires, and in psychoanalysis at the Institute of Psychoanalysis (London). He has also trained in family therapy, tantra and meditation in the UK and has participated in multifamily therapy groups in Elche, Spain. Mario currently lives between the UK and Spain. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

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). Now running a private practice, Nicola previously worked as a psychotherapist for The Helen Bamber Foundation (for survivors of torture and trauma) and at the Women’s Therapy Centre in London. She is the author of Between Skins: The Body in Psychoanalysis -Contemporary Developments; Wiley &Sons (2013) and co-author of Attachment and Intersubjectivity with Mario Marrone; Whurrs publisher (2003). Recent journal and chapter publications include, ‘Between Bodies: Working on the Liminal Zone with Traumatised clients’ ( co-authored with P,Valerio) and ‘A case of Mistaken Identity: Countertransference and Multiple Dissociation’, (co-authored with M.Marrone) in the book ‘Introduction to countertransference ‘A myriad of mirrors’  Ed Valerio,P .Routledge, Taylor & Francis (2018); ‘Exploring Some Vicissitudes of Feminine Sexuality’ in Free Associations  (2013); The Body and Film: Estranged Body States – A Case of das Unheimlich, Journal of Psychosocial Studies(2013); ‘Between the Body and Social Trauma: Working with the Aftermath of Torture’ in the book, Emotion: Psychosocial Perspectives, Eds: Sclater & Jones atal Palgrave (2009); ‘Between Touches’ in Dialogues on Touch in the Psychoanalytic Space,Ed: Galton Karnac, (2007), ‘When Thought is not Enough’ in book How Does Therapy work, Karnac, Ed: Ryan(2005); and ‘Attachment Trauma and the Body’ in  Attachment theory and the psychoanalytic Process, EdsCortina & MarroneWhurr (2002)