Pre-Conference Workshop in Vancouver, prior to the SEAS, International Attachment Conference (IAC)

Date: July 17, 2019 (one-day workshop)

9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Led by: Dr. George Downing


Workshop Goals: Video Intervention Therapy (VIT) is an attachment-based, empirically supported method, which facilitates rapid change in human relationships.  It can be integrated into therapy and counseling for parent-infant, parent-child, child-child, and adult couple relationships. The approach employs a wide technique repertoire.  The video is regularly used for cognitive-behavioral exploration, but attention is also often given to mentalization, emotion, and role of the body in shaping interaction. 

VIT is currently an integral part of numerous mental health and psychiatric treatment programs in Europe and North and South America. This workshop focuses on practical application.  It is designed so that participants so wishing will be able afterwards to start in with a simplified version of VIT. 

Our themes will include the following.

  • How to motivate a patient to work with video
  • How an interaction video can be easily made, either in the institution or the therapist’s office, or by the family or couple  members themselves at home
  • How an interaction video can be quickly analyzed, using an attachment and video microanalytic perspective
  • The overall structure of a session
  • Basic techniques possible to use during a session
  • The integration of VIT into institutional as well as private practice settings

Workshop Details: This workshop is a one-day workshop (July 17, 2019) from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (with a 1 hour lunch break). 

Registration Fees: 

  • Regular Registration: $130 CAD
  • Student Registration: $65 CAD

Presenter’s Biography: George Downing, Ph.D., psychologist, is based in Paris.  For a number of years he was part of the clinical staff and teaching faculty of Salpetriere Hospital.  He currently teaches and supervises video intervention at the Universities of Heidelberg, Munich, Basel, Girona, the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the New School for Social Research, New York.   He is the author of numerous articles on both psychotherapy and developmental research.