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

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

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

8 Fridays, October 9, 2020-February 19, 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. The books of David Wallin (Attachment in Psychotherapy) and Marcus West (Into the Darkest Places) will provide our theoretical grounding. The early sessions will be discussions of chapters from these two books in order to establish a common knowledge base. Then we will move to clinical case discussions. Participants are asked to select one client who is currently in therapy with them to be prepared 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 workshop will be conducted entirely by Zoom. The dates are October 9 & 23; November 13 & 20; January 8 & 22; February 5 & 19. We will meet for eight two-hour sessions (1:00–3:00pm) on Friday afternoon.

The workshop 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
   • David J. Wallin, Attachment in Psychotherapy. (New York: The Guilford Press, 2007).
   • Marcus West, Into the Darkest Places. (London: Karnac Books, 2016).

Course Outline

Oct 9The Basic Concepts of Attachment Theory and their Relationship to Analytical Psychology

Wallin, Chapters 1–4: Bowlby & Beyond
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.
Oct 23Consciousness (Ego) and the Self in Analytical Psychology

Wallin, Chapters 5–7:  Attachment Relationships & the Development of the Self
West, Chapter 3:  A Brief Outline of Trauma Theory
West, Chapter 4:  The relational and attachment perspective

Nov 13Re-Regulating Shame in Clinical Work

Wallin, Chapters 8–10:  From Attachment Theory to Clinical Practice
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

Nov 20The Development of Jung’s understanding of the Reflective Instinct in Clinical Work

Wallin, Chapters 11–14:  Attachment Patterns in Psychotherapy
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

Jan 8Being Human and Not Narcissistically Driven as a Therapist

Wallin, Chapters 15–17:  Sharpening the Focus
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.

Jan 22The 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

Feb 5Analytical 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.

Feb 19TBA

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


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.