Attachment, compassion, the brain and health: Developmental understandings and clinical implications

1 day Workshop: 9:30am - 5pm

Conference Details

Presented By: Dr Graham Music

Date/Time: 21st May 2018 at 9:00am until 21st May 2018 at 5:00pm

Venue: Holiday Inn Riverlights, Morledge, Derby, DE1 2AY

Location: Derby

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Event Description

Registration is from 9am. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, as will a CPD certificate.


This one day training will introduce some of the latest and relevant research about attachment and neurobiology and how early life experiences can give rise to specific clinical issues. A particular focus will be on the relationship between attachment styles and their effect on the development or stymeing of compassionate states of mind. We will examine the implications of this for how we work with our clients.

We will see how attachment styles develop as adaptive ways of coping in early environments, but can then give rise to a range of problems later in life. The day will unpack some of the following issues:

  • Infancy and early childhood, and their legacy
  • Attachment research, returning to basics and recent advances
  • The interface of attachment theory, compassion and also mindfulness
  • The effects of  trauma and abuse on the brain and the body, and the clinical implications of this for direct work
  • Differentiating neglect and abuse, and the very different clinical challenges in each. 

The importance of  empathy, mentalization and mind-mindedness and how this links to compassion and our therapeutic work

 The day will be illustrated with a rich array of video material. It will describe  research demonstrating the inborn human potential to become trusting, secure, compassionate and prosocial, given the right environment. It will also examine what can 'go wrong' in trauma and neglect, giving rise to presentations including aggression, hyperactivity, depression and anxiety and a range of physical and psychological symptoms. Finally some thought will be given to the possibilities of change throughout the life-course and how an attachment approach can be central to this



Holiday Inn Riverlights, Morledge, Derby, DE1 2AY, Derby

Additional Information

Graham Music 

Graham Music (PHD) is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics and an adult psychotherapist in private practice. His publications include Nurturing Natures: Attachment and children’s emotional, sociocultural and brain development (2016), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good Life: Wellbeing and the new science of altruism, selfishness and immorality (2014). He has a particular interest in exploring the interface between developmental findings, and clinical work, including mindfulness and compassion-based approaches. Formerly Associate Clinical Director of the Tavistock’s child and family department, he has managed a range of services working with the aftermath of child maltreatment and neglect, and organised many community based psychotherapy services. He currently works clinically with forensic cases at The Portman Clinic. He teaches, lectures and supervises on a range of trainings in Britain and abroad.

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Terms and Conditions: 

Please contact us as soon as possible on for any cancellations. Refunds, less a 20% administration fee, will be made if cancellations are received in writing up to six weeks before the event.  Any cancellations received after this time will not be eligible for a refund.  We regret, refunds for failure to attend cannot be made but you can transfer your event fee to a future event within 12 months.

Please note that information about the event and venue are subject to change and cancellation. Occasionally, an event may have to be cancelled or postponed.  We will try and inform of any changes and cancellations as soon as possible via email.  We cannot be held responsible for any resulting costs you may incur for travel, accommodation, any other related goods or service or other compensation.

We will confirm the final details of the event, 7-10 days before the start date.

Lunch provided at the event will be vegetarian and will include eggs, but no meat or fish. However, please advise us of any dietary requirements in the notes section whilst booking online and we will try to accommodate your request.