we invite you all to participate in the 15th International Attachment Conference Munich, which will take part from October 07 - 09, 2016. The theme of this year’s conference is
Attachment and Emotional Violence
When people have a positive experience of attachment that is characterized by sensitivity, respect, recognition, support and appreciation in which help is readily offered in emergencies, they grow into themselves as healthy individuals who are generally up to everyday demands. By contrast, too little attention continues to be paid to the forms of emotional violence - including in parent-child relationships, families, love relationships, partnerships, and in the workplace - that have the potential to traumatize people in their physical, emotional, and social development - especially when occuring during childhood.
Emotional violence includes rejection, emotional neglect, insulting remarks, the persistent silent treatment, humiliation, and open demonstrations of hatred, all of which may be experienced as intensely and painfully as physical and sexual violence.
Such violence can have long-term and grave effects on the person's emotional, physical, and social well-being. It can, among other things, lead to pathological attachment to the perpetrator, depression, anxiety disorders, dissociative symptoms, and numerous types of attachment disorders. What sorts of factors turn out to be protective? What role do new and important attachment figures play? How can new relationships be built? What do foster and adoptive families need to know in order to assist children in dealing with the effects of previous emotional violence so that they may develop new internal resources and establish secure attachment relationships? What forms of support, counseling, therapy and prevention are helpful to these people? Leading international experts and researchers will report on their experiences and studies, sensitizing us to the problem as a whole and acquainting us with new approaches to treatment.
The conference is aimed at physicians in all the specialties, as well as psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, educationalists, youth welfare workers, and all who are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of posttraumatic emotional disorders in adults, infants, children and adolescents. Members of professions that treat and support persons of all ages who have become ill after emotional violence are also invited, including midwives, teachers, nurses, remedial teachers, contact supervisors, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists, pastors, members of the legal professions, politicians, adoptive parents and foster parents.
Karl Heinz Brisch
Head of the Department of Pediatric Psychsomatics and Psychotherapy
Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital
LMU - Clinic of the University of Munich