Attachment Centred Therapy: An integrated therapy centred on DMM AAI, deconstructing the clients attachment strategy to reorganise and improve their adaptation to life.
Date: Tuesday, May 12, and Thursday May 14, 2020 (Friday, May 15 in Australia/Asia)
Length: 60 minutes
Host/Facilitator: Session A is hosted by Charley Shults. Session B will replay a video recording of Charley’s introduction from session A followed by a group discussion.
RSVP: required, meeting is open to everyone
Platform: Zoom meeting
Sponsor: Conflict Science Institute
Session A: (EU/US): Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 9:00 a.m. Seattle (UTC -7) (12 noon Miami, and 5:00 p.m. London time.)
Session B (Aus/Asia/US/EU): Thursday May 14, 2020 2:00 p.m. Seattle time (5:00 p.m. Miami, 10:00 p.m. London, and (in Australian/Thailand/China on Friday May 15) at 9:00 a.m. in Auckland, 7:00 a.m. in Sydney, 5:00 a.m. in Perth/China, and 4:00 a.m. in Bangkok.
Multiple sessions: Each session will be unique, please join both!
Charley Shults was a lawyer in Alabama, USA, and retired to become a therapist. He moved to Manchester U.K. and married U.K. psychiatrist Louise Atkin. Charley has been applying his knowledge of the DMM, through his study and use of the Adult Attachment Interview (DMM-AAI), to therapeutic techniques working his therapy clients. Charley will provide an overview of Attachment Centred Therapy (ACT) and share examples of how he uses the DMM to target his therapy.
Charley’s web page is https://www.charleyshults.co.uk/. Here is an article by Charley providing an overview of Attachment Centred Therapy. His new website (2022) is https://attachmentcentredtherapy.co.uk/.
The following week, May 19, 2020, his wife Louise will host a session where she will interview a young adult client she worked with three years ago, with whom she used ACT techniques. The two will share their experiences and take questions from session attendees. (Please note, this session will not be recorded and will not be repeated during the Thursday session on May 21.) Here is fantastic and brief article by Louise about Why Attachment Matters (especially the DMM).
Upcoming DMM Coffee House sessions:
May 19, Louise Atkin and her client: A therapist and client in conversation 3 years on from Attachment Centred Therapy. This session should be both unique and rare. Louise has considerable clinical experience applying the DMM with teenagers.
May 26 and 28, Attachment and the courts, an overview by Ben Grey with follow up discussion. We will experiment with recording Ben’s session and replaying it in the second session. Ben is ever thoughtful and detailed about the science, theory, and application of the DMM.
June 2 and 4, Narcissism and the DMM, by Melanie Gill, with follow up discussion. Melanie has spent a good bit of effort ferreting out several specific DMM classifications to describe narcissistic parents, and how each pattern uniquely affects children. She doesn’t have formal scientific findings, but has been applying her theory in her forensic work.
June 9 and 11, Autism in children and the family system, an overview and reference to two DMM/autism papers (cites and links below). By Ben Grey with follow up discussion. We will experiment with recording Ben’s session and replaying it in the second session. Ben will cover two studies authored in part by Rudi Dallos which examine the SAFE intervention, developed in part with Attachment Narrative Therapy.
June 16 and 18, The DMM as reflected in the arts and politics, with Melanie Langer, who will reference episodes and clips from the show Mad Men. She recommends you watch at least the first episode before the session, and she invites you to share your own examples from a movie, book, song, or prime minister, for the follow up discussion.