One-Day Workshop, 10 January 2014, London, UK

Overall Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course participants will understand how to incorporate attachment theory, anxiety regulation and positive emotions (including play, care and love) when working with patients who have a fragile sense of self and relational difficulties. Participants will participate in interactive exercises and learn how to integrate neurological and affect research into their clinical practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to assess ‘Receptive Capacity’
  • Learn when and how to do Defense Restructuring
  • Learn when and how to do Anxiety Regulation
  • Learn how to assess and intervene with positive emotions
  • Learn when to ‘Expose and Desensitize’ for ‘Closeness’

Learning Methods:

  • Power-point Presentation
  • Video-Segments of Psychotherapy
  • Case Presentation with Video Segment
  • Role-Playing
  • APT Publications


  • Treating Affect Phobia:  A Manual for Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy by Leigh McCullough, Nat Kuhn, Stuart Andrews, Jonathon Wolf, Amelia Kaplan, and Cara Lanza Hurley


  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Other Stories by a Child Psychiatrist, by Bruce Perry


  • The Archeology of the Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions by Jaak  Panksepp and Lucy Biven (2012)


  • Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown and Christopher Vaugn (2010)


  • Course hand-outs and power-point presentation


My Big Fat Greek Wedding


Friday, January 10, 2014

10-11:30 am                         Introduction


Attachment Style

Video Segment: My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Therapist ‘Use of Self’

11:30 am-11:45 am             Break

11:45 am-1:00 pm                Defense Restructuring

Anxiety Regulation

Exposure and Desensitization to ‘Closeness’

Video Segment: ‘The Fatherless Son’

1:00pm-2:00pm                    LUNCH

2:00 pm- 3:30 pm                 Assessment and Intervention with ‘Positive Emotions’

Receptive Capacity

Self/Other Restructuring

Video Segment: ‘Amazing Grace’

3:30 pm-3:45 pm                  Break

3:45 pm- 6:00 pm                 Interactive Exercises

Case Presentation



Location : 58 South Molton Street, London W1K 5SL

Course cost : £120.00 (free for students of UK APT Core Training)


For more information or to register, please contact Ronete Cohen or phone 077 4766 8444.

Ronete CohenWorkshop: How to integrate attachment, anxiety regulation and play when working with the difficult patient