Biennial lecture – Professor Jeremy Holmes
Professor Jeremy Holmes
Attachment as a Therapeutic Modality
Attachment has been a background presence in therapeutic work for several decades. In this talk Professor Holmes will argue that the time has come for Attachment-based Therapy to take its rightful place alongside other psychotherapeutic approaches. He will outline the ’10 pillars’ of attachment based therapy, and discuss their basis in neuroscience and developmental psychology. Clinical material will inform the presentation, and in the second half delegates will have an opportunity to discuss their cases in a ‘live supervision’/masterclass format.
For 35 years Jeremy was Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in the NHS first at UCL and then in N Devon. He was Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998-2002. He set up and teaches on the Masters/Doctoral Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training and Research Programme at Exeter University; where he is visiting Professor; and lectures nationally and internationally.
He has written 200 + peer reviewed papers and chapters in the field of Attachment Theory and Psychoanalytic psychotherapy. His many books, translated into 9 languages, include the best-selling John Bowlby and Attachment Theory (1993/2013 2nd Edition, Routledge), The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy (2005, co-editors Glen Gabbard and Judy Beck), Storr’s The Art of Psychotherapy (Taylor & Francis 2012). Exploring In Security: Towards an Attachment-informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Routledge 2010) won the 2010 Canadian Psychological Association Goethe Award. 2013 saw the 6-volume compendium of the 100 most important papers in Attachment (Benchmarks in Psychology: Attachment Theory, SAGE, co-edited with A. Slade).
His 2014 books are: The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy, Attachments: Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis (both Routledge) and Psychiatry, Past, Present and Prospect (co-editors S. Bloch and S. Green), Oxford. He was recipient of the 2009 New York Attachment Consortium Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award, and the 2013 BJP Rozsika Parker Prize.
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