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Chapter Meeting: Trauma & Disorganized Attachment

October 13, 2018 @ 8:45 pm - October 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am

Educational Goals:  Disorganized attachment can be understood as an unconsciously organized strategy to manage severe attachment and developmental trauma. From this lens, we can begin to look at the wisdom of “disorganization” as protecting a client’s severely wounded parts from further harm or a sense of annihilation. The revolving appearance of parts or domination of one part over others may also reflect brain changes associated with a chronic stress response resulting from trauma. This workshop will look at those brain changes and to begin to create effective tools with clients to: increase mindful awareness and communication amongst parts; honor and respect the protective functions of and needs of different parts; and move towards compassionate, empowered self-knowledge and regulation.

Learning objectives:

  • Recognize basic theoretical premises of disorganized attachment and parts work
  • Identify specific changes in brain structures that accompany severe attachment and developmental trauma.
  • Identify the concept of parts as: responses to trauma; protectors; reflecting and holding differing aspects of Self and the observing witness/watcher.
  • Apply two interventions/concepts that can help clinicians respond to a disorganized strategy being used by clients. 

Presenter:  Karen Rachels, LMFT, a San Francisco Bay Area psychotherapist, is the author of “Body, Brain, Love: A Therapist’s Workbook for Affect Regulation and Somatic Attachment.” Karen is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, and uses her own integrated approach, Somatic Attachment Therapy. Demonstration videos are available on YouTube. Her current practice focuses exclusively on providing training and consultation for psychotherapists through consult groups, practice groups, workshops and classes. More information can be found at www.karenrachels.com 

Meeting schedule:

3:45- 4pm Registration
4 – 6 pm   Trauma and Disorganized Attachment

  • Recognize basic theoretical premises of disorganized attachment
  • Identify specific changes in brain structures with severe trauma
  • Identify parts concepts as responses to trauma
  • Apply two intervention/concepts to help clinicians respond to a disorganized client strategy

CEs offered: 2 CEs for $10, general admission is free.

SF CAMFT is a CAMFT approved CEU provider (#62283).  The above course meets the qualifications for two hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  If you are interested in obtaining CEUs, you may do so by paying $10 (cash or check) at the beginning of the workshop. To qualify for CE credit, you must arrive on time, sign in at the CE table, stay until the end of the program, sign out at the CE table, turn in the evaluation and pick up your certificate.

SFCAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs of any level of experience, in private practice, non-profit and hospital settings. SFCAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Contact: For any questions, concerns, special needs accommodations or grievances related to programming, please contact the Programming Chair, Rose Dito at (650) 692 – 4118.


October 13, 2018 @ 8:45 pm
October 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am


Rose Dito


CPMC Davies Campus, Gazebo Room