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Diversity in the Arts Therapy Practice. The Mystery of Clients' attachment styles: Core Principles and Strategies for Arts Therapy practice with Aleksandra Gosteva

  • 26 Nov 2022
  • ZOOM
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This workshop is designed for practising clinicians and Arts Therapy students who would like to achieve a better understanding for how clients' attachment styles present in the arts therapy process and is experienced by both the client and the clinician. As commonly seen, clients’ attachment styles, and the problematic perceptions, attitudes, and behaviours consistent with their attachment style shadow clients across time zones, locations, and interpersonal relationships. A person’s attachment style impacts upon almost every person with whom they develop a relationship, including their therapist. This introductory workshop will provide a brief overview of attachment styles using a two-dimensional approach in terms of avoidance of intimacy and anxiety over abandonment (Bowlby, 1969; Miller, 2007). It will also discuss simple practical strategies on how to navigate attachment avoidance dynamics in the art therapy process, helping clinicians feel safe, effective, and positive about their work with clients with various attachment styles. 

Date: Saturday 26 November 2022
Time: 10am - 12.30pm AEDT (7am HKT & WA, 9am QLD, 12pm NZT)
Location: ZOOM (this session will not be recorded due to privacy reasons)
CPD: 2.5 hours
Cost: Free
Open to: All members


Aleksandra Gosteva, MHealSc, MEdPsych, MA AT (Clinical), PhD (Psychiatry) candidate, MNZPSS, AThR, is a registered psychologist and clinical arts therapist working in the areas of health and organisational psychology. Her work focuses on assessing and improving individual and organisational psychological safety, employee health and wellbeing. She often collaborates with leaders and organisations in the implementation of initiatives aimed at creating more human workplaces that promote employees’ wellbeing, strengths and capabilities, leading to the high levels of engagement, productivity and retention. Aleksandra’s specialities also include in service training for staff at all levels in the areas of civility, psychological safety, wellbeing promotion, and cross-cultural literacy and competence. 

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