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WEBINAR: Completion of Secure Attachment and Working with Relational Rupture and Repair Across a Lifespan

  • 7 Nov 2019
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Zoom


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We are pleased to bring you Part 2 of a special 2-Part series*. Presented by Dr. Abi Blakeslee, SEP, CMT, MFT, Ph.D.

Completion of Secure Attachment and Working with Relational Rupture and Repair Across a Lifespan:

Examples include working with toddlers and parents, couples and adults. 

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Workshop Description

In this presentation you will learn about secure attachment from a somatic (body oriented) perspective.  Dr. Abi Blakeslee will present a research article in the International Journal for Neuropsychology that she co-authored with Dr. Jospeh Riordan (from Australia) and Dr. Peter Levine that explores the newly coined concept of dyadic completion of secure attachment.  For babies, toddlers and young children attachment is an imperative survival need.  If a young person’s physiology becomes dysregulated by traumatic experiences, as in the article which examines a toddler’s response to medical trauma, secure attachment can become disrupted.  By organizing the young person’s defensive and survival responses through Somatic Experiencing, healthy attachment can redevelop. 

The following is the abstract from the article “Toddler Trauma: Somatic Experiencing, Attachment and the Neurophysiology of Dyadic Completion”:  A combination of Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Play Therapy can be effective interventions for post-surgical traumatized toddlers, using Rescue Role Play in a behavioral sequence to achieve neurobiological “completion” of autonomic, survival imperatives that have been thwarted through the experience of traumatic overwhelm. Comfort-Seeking (CS), i.e., the toddler’s autonomic behavior of safety-orienting and running- to their Primary Attachment Figure (PAF) for soothing at times of threat arousal, is a phylogenetically ordered, neuro-motor, survival imperative (Levine & Frederick, 1997; Porges, 2011) that completes the toddler’s incomplete survival response (Levine, 2010; Levine & Kline, 2007) and renegotiates neuro-integration from primitive, lower brain, survival structures reconnecting with prefrontal social engagement systems (Siegel, 2012), thereby restoring whole brain neural integration and neurobiological homeostasis in the toddler’s nervous system. When CS is followed by PAF-Somatic-Attachment-Soothing (SAS), the toddler’s nervous system can regulate into Quiescent Attunement (QA), a state related to Quiescent Immobility (Porges, 2016; Kozlowska et. al., 2015) where attuned, secure-attachment in the Traumatized Attachment Dyad (tad) is restored, a phenomenon described as Dyadic Completion (DC).

Furthermore the presentation will explore how we connect through our bodies and introduce a new somatic work called Relational Rupture and Repair.  Developed by Dave Berger and Abi Blakeslee, the work looks at moment to moment rupture and repair cycles between dyads and how to repair them on structural, physiological, and emotional levels.  Both of these concepts of dyadic completion and rupture and repair can aid connection and reconnection throughout a life cycle.

5 - 7 Bullet Points Summarizing Main Points of Workshop

1.     Introduction to Somatic Attachment

2.     Presentation of Research:  Toddler Trauma: Somatic Experiencing, Attachment and the Neurophysiology of Dyadic Completion

3.     Clinical Tools to Support Dyadic Completion

4.     Introduction to Relational Rupture and Repair Work

5.     Tools for Somatic Therapists to facilitate Relational Repair


5 minute interview with presenter

15 minutes intro to somatic attachment

30 minutes presentation of research and dyadic completion

10 min Q and A

40 minutes Rupture and Repair slides (concepts, exercises and clinical examples)

15 min Q and A

5 minutes closing comments and bibliography

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

1.     Learn about physiological patterns that underly attachment theory

2.     Review of Toddler Trauma Article and it’s findings

3.     Understand concept of the completion of dyadic attachment

4.     Understand physical and physiological underpinnings of rupture and repair for people across the lifespan

5.     Gain several tools to work with embodiment in Relationship Rupture and Repair

Participants will learn:

Participants of this webinar will be introduced to the research of Dr. Jospeh Riordan, Dr. Peter Levine, and Dr. Abi Blakeslee that addresses the recovery of secure dyadic attachment after a toddler’s medical trauma. Key concepts from Somatic Experiencing, a widely recognized psychobiological approach to healing trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine, will be reviewed in relationship to trauma and attachment.  Dr. Blakeslee will discuss to concept of the imperative completion of the survival response toward secure attachment.  Also Relational Rupture and Repair, developed by Dave Berger and Abi Blakeslee, that looks at physical and psysiological structures of attachment will be briefly introduced.  Several tools for practitioners to learn how to repair attachment through a lifespan will be offered.

Your Presenter:

Photo credit: Sarit Rodgers

Dr. Abi Blakeslee, SEP, CMT, MFT, Ph.D., integrates Somatic Experiencing with clinical research, the psychobiological principals of attachment, psychodynamic therapy, and somatic bodywork in her practice and teaching. She has conducted original research on the role of implicit memory in Somatic Experiencing with a committee that included Dr. Daniel Siegel.

Dr. Blakeslee holds a Masters of Arts in Counseling and Depth Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical and Somatic Psychology. She is interested in the intersection between neuroscience, current trauma research, and the psychobiological principals of Somatic Experiencing.

She works with individuals, couples, children, and families and treats a broad base of issues.

Dr. Blakeslee currently resides in Bozeman, MT with her husband, two young boys and young daughter. She focuses on providing faculty-level individual and group consultations to all levels of Somatic Experiencing students, teaching SE trainings and somatic workshops, and presenting at professional conferences.

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