Project Description

Attachment Theory & Psychotherapy: An Introduction



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Learn how to apply attachment theory in therapeutic practice.

Recent years have seen a resurgence in interest in Attachment Theory and its applications in counselling and psychotherapy.

Attachment theory was developed by John Bowlby in the 1960s. It explains how our relationship with our primary caregiver in early years continues to influence us in later life. Problems in attachment can often be the root cause of common mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and addiction.

Understanding the dynamics of attachment is therefore critical for anyone working in the helping professions today. This workshop will provide a concise, accessible introduction to the basic principles of attachment theory, and how they can be applied in therapeutic practice.

Bringing together 70 years of theory and research, the course will provide a much-needed user-friendly introduction to attachment-informed psychotherapy.

It is an introductory workshop, and no previous knowledge of attachment theory is required.


  • The history, research base, and key figures of attachment theory
  • The key concepts of attachment theory, and their implications for practice
  • The neuroscience of attachment and its therapeutic relevance
  • The parallels and differences between parent-child attachment and the therapeutic relationship
  • The application of attachment in adult individual psychotherapy across the lifespan
  • The applications of attachment to working with complex disorders.

The course is CPD accredited, and will provide five hours of continuing professional development.

What’s Included in the Online Course?

  • 5 hours of video content from one of the world’s leading experts in attachment theory
  • Lifetime access to the course
  • Multiple choice quizzes
  • All course materials including slides
  • CPD certificate (upon completion of multiple choice quizzes).

Course Leader

Prof Jeremy Holmes - The Weekend University

Professor Jeremy Holmes was for 35 years Consultant Psychiatrist/Medical Psychotherapist at University College London (UCL) and then in North Devon, UK, and Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998-2002. He is visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and lectures nationally and internationally. In addition to 200+ peer-reviewed papers and chapters in the field of psychoanalysis and attachment theory, he is the author of six books, and received the Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award 2009.

What TWU attendees are saying:

I just wanted to say what a fabulous day it was on Sunday. The presenters were all highly engaging and the material fascinating. I am ever so grateful to have been able to attend and look forward to any future similar events with ‘zest’!

Caroline Glasner

I found the 3 speakers to be extremely well prepared, professional, charismatic, authentic in their delivery of there content. They all had something to share. They were very clear on the “takeaways” which I found in important for such a long day. They all 3 were also very generous in spending time after their talk, to answer more 1-2-1 questions on the side of the room. Very generous. I look forward to future weekend university days.

Anthony Lee

What an intense and heartening day, Jan 28th at Birkbeck U venue. Despite being crowded (testiment to the desire for these events and the caliber) we were comfortable enough to be riveted by the material for hours. I appreciated the free coffee, because the day was long for those like me who come from outside the city. I look forward to the slides being sent to fill out my notes. Fellow audients were warm and attending for a variety of reasons, and are the second fab reason to be there for the day.

Anne Perry
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If you are not satisfied with the course, simply send your completed quizzes to within 30 days of registration, and you will receive a full refund.



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