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The self as seen, the self as felt – attachment and body representations (CPD45C)

Join us in the third and final of our summer 2022 trauma lectures

This lecture is part of an innovative series organised by the Tavistock Trauma Service and is designed to reflect the clinical approach of the work whilst emphasising an adapted psychoanalytic approach with multi-modality and trauma-informed care.

We use neurobiological and attachment theory to understand the impact of trauma. Our series will present a range of external speakers, each experts in the field, who will bring their own understanding of trauma via a presentation, followed by an audience question and answer session.

This lecture can be booked individually or as part of a cost-saving bundle comprising the three summer 2022 series lectures.

Who is this lecture for?

This lecture series is for you if you are a professional working within the mental health field who has an interest in trauma. You may be a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, mental health nurse, support worker, counsellor or therapist.

Our talks will cover neurobiology, attachment theory and different psychoanalytic perspectives on trauma, including historical child sexual abuse.

Lecture details

This is the third and final lecture in the summer 2022 series.

Lecture 3: The self as seen, the self as felt: attachment and body representations

27 October 2022

(Please note that this lecture date has been rearranged. It was previously 8 September 2022.)

This lecture will be recorded.

Lecturer: Prof. Miriam Steele

This talk will focus on a series of studies using the innovative mirror paradigm (across a series of studies).

Attachment theory has served as a highly influential framework for the understanding of psychopathology from a developmental viewpoint, due in large part to a robust theory and reliable assessment methodology.

The influence of insecure attachment on attitudes towards the body and the impact this might have for the development of psychopathology is however less well elucidated. Unfavourable attachment experiences may give rise to negative body image and influence the expression of psychopathology.

This talk will present data from a series of studies using the Mirror Interview (Kernberg, P. F., & Buhl-Nielsen, B., & Normandin, L., 2006) to study attachment and body representations in adolescents with borderline personality disorders and studies of intergenerational transmission of body representations from mothers to their infant daughters.

The mirror interview could be a clinically useful instrument for understanding the role of negative body attitudes in the development of the self in both typical and contexts.

This lecture will take place on:

DateStart timeEnd timeWill lecture be recorded* and available after the live event?
Thursday 27 October 20227pm8.30pmYes

*To enable access to the widest possible audience these lectures are planned to be delivered live, but remotely, as webinars. Where we are able, a recording will be made available to all booked delegates although we encourage live attendance wherever possible. Please see the details above to see if this lecture will be recorded and available after the live event.

This lecture will be delivered remotely using Zoom.

You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of a laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this Zoom test link to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us to discuss how we can best help you.


“Fantastic webinar about a topic that is difficult to talk about, rarely spoken about and hard to work with. Tonight was very enlightening and encouraging. Certainly will motivate and guide my personal research on the subject and undoubtedly open up my practice hoping to better support my clients.”
“Absolutely stunning. Such an in-depth journey into new territory of work with trauma.”
“This lecture has been enormously helpful in providing me with a space to reflect on some of my cases alongside the presentation and discussion.”
“Yet again the standard of lecturers is excellent as well as the variety of viewpoints. Very stimulating course, thank you.”
“Thought provoking, relevant and very interesting.”


Book your place today

You can book a place on this lecture at any time using our MyTAP booking system. You’ll receive confirmation by email, and we will be in touch approximately one week before with detailed joining instructions.

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