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Registration for workshops is available through the conference registration portal linked above. If you would like to register for a pre- or post-conference workshop only click here.

Please note the date(s) of each workshop, as some are offered as pre- or post-conference workshops. ALL workshops will be held at SFU Harbour Centre which is a 10-minute walk from the conference venue. 

Discounted rooms are available at the official conference venue, the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, for 3 days prior and 3 days post IAC 2019 for workshop attendees. Click here to book accommodations at a discounted rate. Rooms are limited and subject to availability.

Reflective-Functioning (RF) Training (July 15-16, 2019)

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

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Led by: Dr. Howard Steele

Reflective functioning (RF), also known as ‘mentalization’, has been shown to overlap with mental health in adults, and has been the focus of a number of recent books and articles detailing its vital place in developmental and clinical research. Each day we will be reading AAI transcripts and fragments from community and clinical samples, with a close focus on variations in the way loss and trauma is discussed.

Attachment-Focused Coding System for Story Stems (July 16-17, 2019)

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

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Led by: Dr. Allison Splaun

This workshop will train participants to administer and code The Attachment Focused Coding System for Story Stems (AFCS).  The AFCS is a brief 

measure of the attachment representations of children ages 4 – 9. This system is brief, consisting of 4 Story Stems that are coded on 9 dimensions.  The AFCS is user-friendly and easy to become reliable on, while providing useful information regarding the child’s attachment to each parent and ability to resolve challenging everyday dilemmas. The training will address story stems administration and coding, as well as how the AFCS may be used in clinical and research contexts.

Video Intervention Therapy (VIT) (July 17, 2019)

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

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (one-day)

Led by: Dr. George Downing

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. This workshop focuses on practical application and is designed so that participants so wishing will be able afterwards to start in with a simplified version of VIT.

Resilience for Attachment Researchers and Practitioners: Protecting Ourselves from Secondary Traumatic Stress (July 17, 2019)

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

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (half-day)

Led by: Dr. Patricia K. Kerig

This workshop will introduce participants to promising techniques to increase resilience and foster effective coping in the face of exposure to others’ trauma in the context of attachment-related research and treatment and to apply these skills in real-world situations. Learning outcomes will include: 1) understanding the concepts of traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue and the factors that confer risk or resilience; 2) implementing strategies designed to prevent STS/VC/CF by increasing preparedness to respond to challenging situations, such as participants who disclose traumatic experiences or who exhibit posttraumatic stress reactions during research protocols or treatment sessions; 3) using evidence-based tools designed to monitor our own stress reactions and detect the signs of STS/VC/CF; 4) carrying out effective strategies to recover our emotional balance and promote resilience.

Connect: Attachment, Adolescence & Intervention (July 17, 2019)

Pre-Conference Meeting of the Connect Program in Vancouver, prior to the SEAS, International Attachment Conference (IAC)

9:30 am – 4:00 pm (one-day)

Led by: Dr. Marlene Moretti

This meeting brings together national and international clinical researchers, practitioners and agency stakeholders involved in the implementation and evaluation of the Connect Program. Connect, is an attachment based and evidence supported program that grew out of the recognition of attachment security as a key determinant of adolescent mental health and the need to address the gap in attachment focused interventions for this age group. This pre-conference meeting will include presentations and discussions that focus on the therapeutic change mechanisms and processes related to attachment focused intervention; predictors of treatment outcome; adaptations for foster parents, kinship carers and mental health workers in group homes/staffed institutions; and applications to gender and culturally diverse populations.

Emotionally Focused Therapy with Trauma Couples: Guiding Principles for Effective Practice (July 17, 2019)

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

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (one-day)

Led by: Dr. Veronica Kallos-Lilly

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is uniquely suited to helping survivors of trauma in their close relationships.  With its focus on emotional processing and restructuring attachment, the EFT therapist helps partners co-regulate and send clear signals about their needs.  The relationship thus transforms into a resource for secure connection, safety and healing.  Participants will view excerpts of couple therapy sessions showing key interventions in this empirically validated approach.  The EFT concepts will come to life with engaging didactic presentation, case examples, and experiential exercises. 

Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting & Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD) (July 21-24, 2019)

Post-Conference Workshop in Vancouver, following the SEAS, International Attachment Conference (IAC)

9:30 am – 5:00 pm (4 day workshop)

Led by: Dr. Lavinia Barone & Dr. Jenny A. Ortiz

Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD) has been developed by Femmie Juffer, Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg, and Marinus van IJzendoorn, and is based on attachment theory. To promote sensitive limit setting, components of ‘coercion’ theory of Gerald Patterson (1982) are incorporated into the method. VIPP-SD is an ‘evidence-based’ intervention: Effectiveness has been demonstrated through more than 12 ‘Randomized Controlled Trials’ in different countries. Currently, the VIPP-SD is used in more than 15 countries.

VIPP-SD is a preventive intervention aimed at increasing sensitivity and improving adequate discipline strategies of parents and other caregivers in order to encourage positive interaction with the developing child, and to prevent or reduce behavior problems in children aged 1 to 6 years.

Connect Program Training Workshop (July 21-23, 2019)

Post-Conference Workshop in Vancouver, following the SEAS, International Attachment Conference (IAC)

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (3 day workshop)

Led by: Dr. Marlene M. Moretti

Connect, is an attachment based and evidence supported program that grew out of the recognition of attachment security as a key determinant of adolescent mental health and the need to address the gap in attachment focused interventions for this age group. Security within the parent-child relationship is one of the most robust protective factors for adolescent mental health. Building on research and clinical practice, Connect brings the building blocks of secure attachment to families of children and teens (ages 8-18) with serious behavior and social-emotional challenges. This 10-week program invites parents and other caregivers to meet together in small groups with two Connect facilitators to engage in new learning, dialogue, role-plays and reflective activities that strengthen parental reflective function, caregiver sensitivity, dyadic emotion regulation and shared partnership.

*Workshops are subject to sufficient registration. Space is limited.