Attachment Theory – Bowlby to Current Theory and Practice

Attachment theory from Bowlby to current theory and practice: A workshop with Dr Mario Marrone in Manchester on Fri 18th Sept 2015

09:30 – 16:00

Attachment theory 1 Attachment theory remains one of the most practical, useful and unifying theories in the world of counselling and psychotherapy.  In this one day workshop Dr Mario Marrone will give an overview of attachment theory that links Bowlby’s pioneering work to current theory and practice.  The workshop will be held in Manchester on Friday 18th September 2015.

In November 2014 we had an extremely successful return visit from Sir Richard Bowlby, who provided a unique insight into attachment theory; his father’s work; its wide ranging applications; and directions it could take in the future.  In response to this, a number of attendees commented that they would like something that was more practice oriented.  We have decided to address this by inviting one of the most eminent practitioners in the field, Dr Mario Marrone for an event that will taking place in the year of the 25th anniversary of the death of John Bowlby.

Attachment theory is a wide ranging and virtually universal piece of psychological theory. Although John Bowlby was a psychoanalyst, he was shunned by the psychoanalytic establishment.  He challenged current ideas and individuals; worked with other professions, and insisted that conclusions from clinical practice should be backed by research.  The task of reclaiming Bowlby’s legacy is one to which Dr Marrone has returned throughout his career (e.g. 2004).  And, of course, the world has moved on; so it is necessary to take account of more recent developments is both theory and practice.

The day will be structures around three topics:

  1. Basic concepts
  2. Intergenerational transmission of patterns of attachment
  3. Attachment and sexuality

There will be group discussion after each section and at the end of the day.  This will allow delegates to participate fully in the event and to raise areas of interest and concern.

For further information and frequently asked questions on attachment theory, visit the International Attachment Theory website by clicking here.

Attachment theory 2Mario Marrone is a psychoanalyst and a group analyst.  He originally trained as a medical doctor in Rosario (Argentina), choosing to specialise in psychiatry.  He has worked as a psychiatrist in Argentina and in the NHS, has lectured internationally, and is now in full time practice as a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist.  He works with individuals and couples, and runs group therapy workshops.

He is currently chairman of the International Attachment Network, a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and the Association of Independent Psychoanalysts.  He has been a member of the Institute of Group Analysis, the Experts’ Committee on Mental Health Promotion for the European Commission, and the Board of Directors of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy.

Attachment and IntersubjectivityHis interests in therapy are wide ranging and he has trained in social psychology and psychodrama which he now regards as an especially effective way to reach the emotional brain.  However it is in the area of Attachment Theory that he has achieved most recognition.  Attachment theory is central to his approach to practice.  He received clinical supervision with John Bowlby for ten years and is co-founder of the International Attachment Network and the Journal of Attachment and Human Development.  His approach to therapy will be of interest to counsellors and psychotherapists of all orientations.

On his website he states that:

Following Bowlby, I see therapy as a safe and confidential space where a secure attachment between patient and therapist can be promoted and developed.  This safe space acts as a platform from where it may be possible to explore the patients’s attachment history and current relationships (including the relationship with the therapist).  Warmth, empathy and connectivity are important elements of the therapeutic relationship.

Attachment and PsychoanalyticHe has published a number of books and papers on attachment theory.  These include Attachment and interaction: From Bowlby to current clinical theory and practice (2014), now in its second edition; and Attachment and intersubjectivity (2003), co-written with Nicola Diamond.  He also co-edited Attachment theory and the psychoanalytic process (2003) with Mauricio Cortina.

His academic writings have generally been published as papers in psychoanalytic and group analytic journals or as book chapters in edited works.  They are mostly related to attachment theory or to the situation and development of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and group analysis in other parts of the world.  His 1984 article on ‘Aspects of Transference in Group Analysis’ was accompanied by a response from John Bowlby.

The event, which includes lunch, will be held at the St Thomas Conference Centre, in Central Manchester. After registration, the event will commence at 09:30 and end promptly at 16:00.

The cost is £110 per delegate. We are also offering a discount rate for three or more people who book and pay at the same time of £95 per person.

The event provides 6 hours CPD – and a signed certificates of attendance will be provided to all registered delegates. Those who register within 24 hours of the event, or who wish to obtain an additional or replacement copy may order this on the website.  For further information click here.

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To download the programme for the day click here.

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Bowlby, J. (1984). Discussion on Paper by Mario Marrone. Group Analysis, 17 (3), 191-194.

Cortina, M. & Marrone, M. (2004). Reclaiming Bowlby’s contribution to psychoanalysis. International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 13 (3), 133-146.

Diamond, N. & Marrone, M. (2003). Attachment and intersubjectivity. London, Whurr.

Marrone, M. (1984). Aspects of Transference in Group Analysis. Group Analysis, 17 (3), 179-190.

Marrone, M. (2000). Attachment Theory and Group Analysis. In: Brown, D. & Zinkin, L. (eds.) The Psyche and the Social World. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Marrone, M. & Diamond, N. (2014). Attachment and Interaction: From Bowlby to current clinical theory and practice. 2nd ed. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


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