Exploring the Dynamics of Attachment in Adult Life™

From: Sat 9th Feb 2019
To: Sun 24th Feb 2019

Start: 10:00

Finish: 17:30

Location: 11, Herbert Place, Dublin 2

CPD hours: CPD Hours

Exploring the Dynamics of Attachment in Adult Life™

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Exploring the Dynamics of Attachment in Adult Life™

 Courses run over 2 Weekends

 February 9th and 10th and February 23rd and 24th 2019

10.00am – 5.30pm

Venue: 11, Herbert Place, Dublin 2

This is a course over 2 weekends for professionals offering an opportunity to explore their own experience of attachment dynamics in the context of a confidential closed experiential group. The work will be supported by didactic input and time for reflection, application and analysis.

Facilitator: Tessa Normand MIAHIP, ICP

Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist and Supervisor


This course seeks to address the fact that our work requires us to respond to the needs of others and too often we don’t create the conditions to support our own personal and psychological development.

Experiences of care-seeking and caregiving have their roots in infancy and shape our expectations and responses to care-seeking and caregiving in adult life.

As professionals offering a service in the field of mental health and other fields we will be aware of the many different ways that people express their care-seeking needs, and how difficult it is sometimes to interpret these accurately and respond. People who have had contradictory experiences of caregiving will often tend to miscue professional caregivers so that any attempt at caregiving is frustrated and can end up as a frustrating experience for both parties.

Participants will be introduced to the Theory of Attached Based Exploratory Interest Sharing (TABEIS) as developed by Dorothy Heard and Brain Lake and also to the practice of Exploratory Goal Corrected Psychotherapy (EGCP) developed by Una McCluskey.

The dynamics of attachment consist of several goal-corrected systems. These are care-seeking, care-giving, affection and sexuality, exploratory interest sharing with peers, the personal system for self- defence, the internal supportive or unsupportive environments and the personally created external supportive environment. The theory suggests that these systems work together as a single process to contribute to and maintain maximum wellbeing.

Each session will have a short didactic input on the attachment system to be explored, followed by an experiential session with a short break in between. There will be time to identify what people are learning, discovering or applying to their own practice.

Further information, and booking: tessa.normand@gmail.com / 087 2756196

Cost:                                 E. 450.00 ( payable in instalments)

Non- refundable deposit:  E 75 .00   to secure a place.

Places are limited to 10 and allocated on first come basis.

CPD points.

 “Exploring the Dynamics of Attachment has brought me on a profound journey both personally and professionally. The model speaks to the struggle we face in negotiating our need for and our fears of being in relationship with the other. I couldn’t recommend this course highly enough.”

 “This is one of the best and most informative courses I have attended in a long time. I definitely recommend it to those who would like to learn more about attachment, care-seeking and care-giving.”

  “I would recommend this course without reservation. I would suggest this is fundamental work in being alive in and to the world.”


Tessa is a Humanistic and Integrative therapist and clinical supervisor in private practice for over 20 years. She has further trained in Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Emotional Focussed Couples Therapy. She has also supervised teams in statutory organisations. She works with individuals, couples and groups. She has been working with Una McCluskey within this model for the past 9+ years.

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