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Complex trauma-related disorders (Giovanni Liotti)


PIE - Psychotraumatology Institute Europe


Dr. Liotti (1945) is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist who is practicing in Rome, Italy. Currently he teaches ?Implications of attachment theory for psychotherapy? in the APC School of Psychotherapy and in the Post-graduate School of Clinical Psychology of the Salesian University, Rome, Italy. His interest in the clinical applications of attachment theory and research dates back to 1975, and was first expressed in a book co-authored with V.F. Guidano, (?Cognitive processes and emotional disorders?, New York, The Guilford Press, 1983). Since then, this interest has focused mainly on the links between dissociative psychopathology and disorganization of attachment. For the papers published on this theme, he received the 2005 Pierre Janet?s Writing Award (The International Society for the Study of Dissociation). He has been an invited speaker at the John Bowlby Memorial Conference, London 2007 and the Keynote Speaker to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Section of Psychotherapy Annual Bi-National Conference, Hobart 2008 (on the theme of attachment disorganization in trauma-related disorders).


2009 - 11. and 12. September


2009 - 11. and 12. September: 380.00 €
Complex trauma-related disorders and disorganized attachment
Fee For All Dates: 380.00 €
Fee incl. drinks, lunch, and dinner.

Payment of fee please to the account:

Recipient: PIE

Account number: 117863823

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Bank: Rabobank Westerbork

IBAN: NL41RABO0117863823



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Seminar - PIE038
Complex trauma-related disorders (Giovanni Liotti)

Early attachment disorganization is a likely risk factor for many different types of severe trauma-related DSM disorders, ranging from Complex PTSD and BPD to dissociative disorders. It is also a likely risk factor in the genesis of other DSM disorders. An explanation of the influence of this type of infant attachment on so many different syndromes may be found in the intersubjective dynamics that typically follow it (controlling strategies in the relationship between the child and the caregiver), and in the role of the collapse of these strategies in mediating dissociative responses to traumatic experiences.
In order to understand the nature of both early disorganized attachment and the controlling/disorganized strategies, an overall theory of the systems (variously called action systems, emotional systems, or motivational systems) that organize and govern human behaviour and experience will be discussed in the first part of the workshop. In the second part, the dynamics that lead from attachment disorganization to the controlling strategies, and those that link trauma to dissociation through the collapse of the controlling strategies will be dealt with extensively. The analysis of these dynamics suggests that dissociative processes may play a major role in the genesis of many DSM disorders.
The second part of the workshop also focuses on some consequences for psychotherapy of the theory of dissociation based on attachment disorganization. One theme will be the understanding of the potentialities of parallel integrated treatments in the psychotherapy of severe disorders implying dissociation, traumatic memories and attachment disorganization. The relational configuration created by the simultaneous presence and close cooperation of at least two therapists working in two different settings may constitute an ideal basis to prevent or correct the consequences of disorganized attachment emerging in the therapeutic relationship.



Psychotherapeutist (practical experience in treating trauma)

Qualified specialists working in the trauma area


Seminar auf English .

Complex trauma-related disorders and disorganized attachment

PIE038-01 (2009 - 11. and 12. September)