Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse

Attachment-based practice with adults who have committed sexual abuse - Auckland

Presented by: ANZATSA

A 2 day course facilitated by Clark Baim - Co-Director, Birmingham Institute for Psychodrama, UK.

Why are some people stoic and unemotional even when facing the most harrowing threat? What happens when these self-protective strategies fail to meet a person's basic needs? How might these strategies contribute to the development of behaviour that is self-defeating or harmful to others, including sexually abusive behaviour? Attachment theory can offer some useful insights when we
consider these questions.
The course is a mixture of theory-based presentations and small group discussion around specific tasks, where you will get a chance to apply the theory to your own setting and client group. Full handout packs are provided. This promises to be a unique and compelling workshop, as Clark Baim is well known for bringing to life complex issues in a way that balances theory and practice in memorable, learner-friendly ways.

What the course offers:

  • Understanding of the key elements of contemporary attachment theory.
  • Understanding how and why attachment theory is a key to understanding the development of sexually abusive behaviour.
  • Understanding the relevance of attachment strategies across the life span, especially in relation to danger and unresolved loss and trauma.
  • Treatment applications, responsivity and the processes of purposeful eclecticism: Learning how to tailor your intervention to best fit the attachment strategy of your clients.
  • Applying attachment theory to relationship-based practice and reflective practice (this includes reflecting on our own attachment strategies).
  • Applying theory in practice through transcript analysis of interviews and case studies.


Where: Eden Garden, 24 Omana Ave, Epsom, Auckland

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