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2nd Annual Attachment and Addictions Conference:
Intensive Emotion-Focused Approaches

October 26th & 27th

AC Hotels Marriott, Cambridge MA

Conference Overview
Intensive Emotion-Focused Approaches

Friday, October 26th & Saturday, October 27th

8 AM - 5 PM

AC Hotels Marriott, Cambridge MA


Psych Garden and Ellenhorn are pleased to announce the Second Annual Conference on Attachment and Addiction, bringing together experts on the latest research and practices regarding effective and efficient relational therapies for addictive behavior. A sea-change is occurring in this field, and it’s time to make the new thinking mainstream so all practitioners can better understand and help our clients. 


This year, we are offering a two-day training in the use of Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy with people with addictive issues. This is the first-ever training on the combination of this highly effective form of psychotherapy and addictions treatment.   


Addictive behaviors may start out as rewarding but are especially compelling if they help us cope with painful or unacceptable emotions. They can become learned responses that are highly resistant to change despite increasing limitations in function and relationships, with further suffering and aloneness. A change requires them to relinquish strategies which may have helped them for years, and take risks to cope differently. They may experience emotions that have been rigorously defended against or which cause overwhelming anxiety that they are ill-equipped to manage. Therapists must embolden, accompany and champion their clients on this journey, to reach a place where emotions are identified, tolerable, trusted and shared, where relationships and self-control, and a new sense of self renders the addictive behaviors redundant and unwelcome.


In this innovative workshop, participants will learn how to use active, focused, experiential, attachment-based techniques to mobilize innate resources of health and resilience within the client. The first primary focus will be for therapists to gain a clear understanding of the nature and function of maladaptive coping mechanisms and ways to transform them therapeutically so clients can align with healthy, buried and previously inaccessible internal resources. The other primary focus will be on effective ways to regulate anxiety to help clients manage the change process safely and keep motivation optimal. The principles taught can be readily integrated with any clinician’s existing orientation and skill set. The therapist needs to have an explicit Harm Reduction philosophy, a clear understanding of the developmental and acquired neurobiological changes, and of the stages of addiction recovery. The ultimate goal is to accelerate the healing process for clients, but also to help clinicians practice in a way that substantially reduces counter-transference, is deeply rewarding, effective, and authentic, fully compatible with your personal and professional style. 


This course will use didactic modules focused on practical skill building, enhanced by videos of actual sessions with clients and experiential role-plays to teach real, immediately applicable skills that will improve therapists’ success with difficult treatment issues, complex dynamics and addictions.


Mark Green MD, Psych Garden

Steve Shapiro, PhD

Ross Ellenhorn, PhD, Ellenhorn

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