Events and Seminars

Event:24th John Bowlby Memorial Conference 2018: Shame Matters
Venue:Institute of Child Health, UCL, 30 Guildford Street, London WC1N 1EH
Date:21/09/2018 - 22/09/2018
Duration:Friday evening & all day on Saturday
Extra Info:Shame can be one of the most paralysing and withering of affects and relational experiences. It can be unbearably painful and corrosive, attacking one’s body and identity. It threatens to freeze the self and can have a significant and long lasting negative impact on the quality of attachment relationships. Shame seems to emerge as a consequence of neglect, critical and humiliating caregiving and other attachment traumas. In the context of our clients’ experience in the therapeutic relationship, the feeling of shame may relate to past or current events, actions and memories. In the absence of meaningful relationships and connections, shame can often trigger the terror of aloneness and dissolution.

John Bowlby, along with an ever expanding body of empirical research, has taught us that secure relationships are the bedrock of affect regulation and reflective functioning, creative exploration and robust well being. Understanding shame as a relational problem, it is here that the client can gradually learn to move away from the overwhelming cycle of unbearable shame affects.

This conference will bring together experts from across the world to discuss and explore different aspects of shame which can so often immobilise both the therapist and the client’s capacity to move on. Bringing together infant researchers, trauma experts, somatic interventions and clinical work, the aim of this conference is to explore and develop our understanding of the shameful deflations we encounter in the consulting room and will nurture new ways of relating.

Speakers: Dr Ulrich Schultz Venrath, Dr. Colwyn Trevarthen, Dr. Judith Solomon, Dr. Richard Chefetz, Dr. Aileen Allyene, Dr. Adriano Schimmenti, Victoria Settle.
Organised By:The Bowlby Centre
Web Link:http://
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