Engaging the Client with a Disorganized Attachment Style: Avoiding the Common Pitfalls

an AEDP Workshop at Psychotherapy Networker Symposium 2016, in Washington, DC

with Diana Fosha, PhD, Diane Poole Heller, PhD & Stephen Porges, PhD

Straightforward problem-solving is simply not an effective option in work with clients with intense trauma histories and disorganized attachment styles. Therapeutic tasks like creating initial conditions of safety, determining optimal therapeutic proximity, effectively using the “relational field,” and resourcing interventions are central to success with such clients. This special workshop will focus on the challenges of doing attachment-based work with an extremely vulnerable treatment population by bringing together two noted therapists and a neuroscientist to discuss videos of actual clinical cases.

Topics Covered Will Include:

  • The dangers of retraumatization and determining the appropriate intensity level a client can tolerate
  • Disentangling the threat response needed to defend against a scary parent from the healthy orientation toward connection of secure attachment
  • How the Polyvagal Theory can illuminate both the nature of disorganized attachment and the process of therapeutic healing

Meet the Presenters

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Diane Poole Heller, PhD 

Diane is the creator of the Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning Experience (DARe), Somatic Attachment Training (SATe) certification program, Therapy Mastermind Circle, Attachment Mastery online courses, and Psychotherapy 2.0 Summit with Sounds True.

Stephen Porges, PhD

Stephen is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he’s creating a trauma research center within the Kinsey Institute. He’s author of The Polyvagal Theory.

Additional Things You May Need to Know

This workshop takes place from 3pm – 5pm and is part of Psychotherapy Networker Symposium 2016, taking place on Day 3 of the four day event (March 17-20, 2016). For 39 years, the Networker Symposium has been psychotherapy’s essential conference, the largest and most celebrated annual meeting in our field. With 130 workshops, a faculty of over 100 of the field’s leading contributors, and 3,500 of its most creative and inquiring practitioners, the Symposium is the place therapists go year after year to catch up on the latest advances in the field.

Check out the Symposium’s web site for all the important details like directions, food options and lodging during your stay.

Fee and Credits

Registration options for the Symposium:

  • Full PASS* (3 Days): $499
  • Full PASS+* (4 Days): $599
  • DAY RATE: $219

Register for the Symposium

*Includes 17-hour bonus video: Best of the 2015 Symposium

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Event Details:


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street, NW
Washington DC,

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