Events and Conferences

Right Relationships – Ezra Professional Development Course

Right Relationships: Attachment theory and the  healthy development of relationships across the lifespan

One Day Workshop – 30 June 2018, 9:30am– 4:30pm

Early Bird Price Ends 30 May. 

About the Workshop

This workshop outlines the vital need for healthy attachments from cradle to the grave. Insights will be given as to how counsellors can assist clients whose attachments not developed to their full potential leading to anxiety, depression, relationship problems, addictions or parenting problems.

Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea included.
If you have any dietary requirements, please add these in the order notes section at the checkout. 

Workshop Outline

– An introduction to Gordon Neufeld’s model of how six levels of attachment develop from shallow to deep intimacy

– How healthy attachment develops in the early years and transfers across the lifespan

– How current practices in parenting and education may lead to secure or insecure attachment in children

– What happens when childhood attachment wounds impact adult relationships

– How can attachment wounds be healed in later life

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is for psychologists, counsellors, social workers and students who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in the treatment of depression.

Your Presenter – Ruth Lawson-McConnell

Ruth Lawson-McConnell is a counsellor with more than 25 years’ experience. She trained and worked in Scotland and Canada before moving to New Zealand. She has recently worked as a Senior Lecturer in Counselling at Laidlaw College but now currently is a free-lance professional counsellor/trainer with a private practice where she offers counselling and supervision as well as delivers training and courses.

Ruth completed her MA (Honours) in Social Anthropology and Psychology (Aberdeen University, Scotland), followed by a PhD (Counselling Psychology), Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen, Scotland). She is a Professional Associate of the Neufeld Institute; she trained with Gordon Neufeld in his Attachment-based Developmental paradigm which she applies to her parent consulting on behavioral and emotional difficulties in children and teens as well as dealing with attachment traumas in adulthood. She also specialises in Neuropsychotherapy and has trained in the Partners of Sexual Addicts Trauma model of therapy (APSATs).

She has authored several journal articles, delivers conference papers, and presents professional development training for counsellors here and in Australia. Ruth grew up in the Amazon region of Brazil where her parents were missionaries for 36 years, but she currently lives with her two adult daughters, a labradoodle and two cats in the beautiful town of Red Beach, north of Auckland.

Morling College - 122 Herring Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113. Access via Saunders Close
Ruth Lawson-McConnell
30 June 2018, 9:30am– 4:30pm



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