Attachment, Affect Regulation, and the Reflective Function in Analytical (Depth) Psychotherapy



Educational Consultation Group

Attachment, Affect Regulation, and the Reflective Function in Analytical (Depth) Psychotherapy

Catharine Jones, LCSW, Jungian Analyst
Arlo Compaan, PhD, Jungian Analyst

8 Bi-Weekly Fridays, Sept 10 – Dec 17, 2021 | 1:00-3:00pm CDT/CST via Zoom | Convert Time Zone | Space is Limited

This 8-session consultation group for licensed psychotherapists will focus on the specialized long-term work with clients who carry wounds from traumatic experiences in childhood. Our approach is informed by Analytical Psychology, Object Relations Theory, Interpersonal/Relational Theory, and especially the recent research on attachment and affect regulation. Marcus West’s Into the Darkest Places will provide our theoretical grounding. David Wallin’s Attachment in Psychotherapy is recommended for supplemental reading. Each session will include discussion of a couple of chapters from the West book. We will move to clinical case discussions in the second hour. Participants are asked to select one client who is currently in therapy with them and to prepare to present vignettes from their sessions for consultation.

Specialized Focus
Affect Regulation, the Reflective Function, and Attachment Dynamics in Psychotherapy with Trauma Wounded Clients.

Format & Schedule
This group will be conducted entirely by Zoom. The dates are September 10 & 24, October 8 & 22, November 5 & 19, December 3 & 17.   We will meet for eight two-hour sessions (1:00–3:00 pm) on these Friday afternoons.

The group is interactive. Participants will be expected to share audio and video.

The group is limited to 10 licensed psychotherapists (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists).

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this course, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the three types of insecure attachment and their relationship to affect regulation.
2. Describe the connection of Jung’s idea of “the reflective Instinct” to Fonagy’s research on the Reflective Function.
3. Relate and differentiate each of the following: the Reflective Function, the Transcendent Function, the Observing Ego, Meditation, and the Analytic Third.
4. Describe the importance of body consciousness to affect regulation.
5. Identify the client’s insecure attachment type in the case they present.
6. Observe & identify their preferred insecure attachment style
7. Recognize the presence and absence of marked accurate empathy.
8. Recognize the feeling of security that comes with a well- developed reflective function.
9. Describe the centrality of reflective function development in psychotherapy.
10. Identify when a client is in their attachment complex and how it impacts you as a therapist

Required Reading
• Marcus West, Into the Darkest Places. (London: Karnac Books, 2016).

Recommended Reading
• David J. Wallin, Attachment in Psychotherapy. (New York: The Guilford Press, 2007).

Course Outline

Sep 10 The Basic Concepts of Early Relational Trauma and the Borderline State of Mind
West, Chapter 1: Early Relational Trauma and borderline states of mind
West, Chapter 2: The clinical picture and the traditional psychoanalytic understandings of borderline phenomena.
Sep 24 Trauma, Attachment and the Feeling Function in Analytical Psychology
West, Chapter 3:  A Brief Outline of Trauma Theory
West, Chapter 4:  The relational and attachment perspective
Oct 8 Re-Regulating Shame in Clinical Work
West, Chapter 5:  Trauma, complex and narcissistic defences of the core self—from fight and flight to personality organization
West, Chapter 6:  Internal Working models on different levels and in direct and reversed forms
Oct 22 The Development of Jung’s understanding of the Reflective Instinct in Clinical Work
West, Chapter 7:  Into the darkest places: microanalysis of the analytic relationship—intersubjectivity, co-construction, and re-enactment
West, Chapter 8:  Broad and flexible ego-functioning and the core self—the ego-self axis and ps-dp.
West, Chapter 9:  Idealization and the longing for paradise—relinquishing the wish for an idealized, conflict-free relationship
Nov 5 Being Human and Not Narcissistically Driven as a Therapist
West, Chapter 10:  Bringing it all together—an extended clinical example
West, Chapter 11:  The pressures on the analyst—being human and bearing to be inhuman
West, Chapter 12:  The analyst’s journey and the defeat of the analyst’s ego—Orpheus and Eurydice and the journey through the underworld.
Nov 19 The Analytic Attitude and the Reflective Function
West, Chapter 13:  Trauma and the analytic attitude
West, Chapter 14:  When the earth swallows you up—shame, regression and the collapse response
West, Chapter 15:  In thrall to the spectre of death—suicidality, submission and collapse
Dec 3 Analytical Psychology and Current Brain Research on Dissociation
West, Chapter 16:  Dissociation and dissociative identify disorder
West, Chapter 17:  The body remembers—working analytically with the body
West, Chapter 18:  Jung’s early relational trauma and spiritual experience
West, Chapter 19:  Summary and conclusion—emerging from trauma and returning to everyday life.
Dec 17 TBA

This group will meet via Zoom
The Zoom link to attend will be emailed to registrants 2 hours before the first session

$345 | 16 CEs $15

There is no member or student discount for groups

Registrants will need to sign a consent form, which will be emailed after registration


Catharine Jones is an Analytical Psychoanalyst and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been in clinical practice for 42 years, the last 26 of which were as a psychoanalyst. She is a training analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago where she teaches and supervises candidates. She served as Director of the Analyst Training Program, as well as a member of numerous other Institute committees. She maintains a clinical practice in Chicago and in Evanston. She has a special interest in attention, affect regulation, the body, and attachment dynamics in psychotherapy. She lectures and does workshops in this area.

Arlo Compaan is an Analytical Psychoanalyst and a Clinical Psychologist. He has been in clinical practice for 46 years, the last 22 of which were as a psychoanalyst. He is a training analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago where he teaches and supervises candidates. He served as Director of Training of the Analyst Training Program, as well as a member of many other Institute committees. He maintains a clinical practice in Chicago and in Frankfort, IL. He has a special interest in affect regulation and especially the regulation of shame and shamelessness (narcissism). He lectures and does workshops in the area of affect regulation and attachment dynamics.

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