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'We are the Tools of Our Trade: How the Therapist's Own Attachment Patterns Shape Therapy'

  • Corporate College 4400 Richmond Road Warrensville Heights, OH, 44128 United States (map)

Presented by Northern Ohio Clinical Social Work Society and co-sponsored by Jung Cleveland. 


With a new twist, David Wallin, Ph.D., takes attachment therapy from its niche in the parent-child relationship and applies it to the process happening between psychotherapist and patient. Because we are the tools of our trade, our own attachment patterns strongly influence our effectiveness as therapists. Rather than our own techniques, it is who we are that ultimately determines our capacity to create with our passions a genuinely therapeutic relationship. Dr. Wallin is a lively and engaging speaker who combines a scholarly perspective with vivid case materials and videos as he explores with us how mindfulness of our own attachment patterns in the therapist-patient relationship can lead to new opportunities and insights for both patient and therapist.

Dr. Wallin's workshop, We Are The Tools of Our Trade: How the Therapist's Own Attachment Patterns Shape Therapy, will be sponsored by the Northern Ohio Clinical Social Work Society on Saturday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It provides 6 CEU's for social workers, professional counselors and psychologists. For more information, go to

Learning Objectives
Attendees Will Learn To:

1. Utilize the attachment relationship as a crucible of therapeutic change

2. Detect the collusions and collisions that arise where your attachment patterns intersect with those of the patient.

3. Integrate, in yourself and the patient, the mindfulness and reflection conductive to awareness, flexibility and change.

4. Identify attachment-based obstacles to dealing effectively with the financial dimension of the therapeutic relationship.

About the Presenter: David Wallin, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Albany and Mill Valley, Calif. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College who received his doctorate from the Wright Institute in Berkley, he has been practicing, teaching and writing about psychotherapy for nearly three decades. His most recent book, Attachment in Psychotherapy, is currently being translated into nine languages and will be available for purchase at the workshop.

CEUs: 6.0 hours; Ohio CSWMFT Board #RCS091201 approval for Social Workers and Professional Counselors; 6.0 MCE credits will be provided  

Admission: General: $149, Early (before April 1) $139, Students $50, NOCSWS Members $100. Fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Registration: Please RSVP to Betty Salomon, 216-268-9424, or Alice Dub, 216-496-9198. Or mail registration to: Northern Ohio Clinical Social Work Society, POB 202322 Shaker Hts, OH 44120.

Please note: Jung Cleveland is not handling or accepting registrations for this event.