Event Title

Integrating social interest and attachment based couples therapy

Faculty-Student Collaboration

1

Faculty Sponsor(s)

John Thoburn, Ph.D.

Project Type

Theoretical paper

Primary Department

Clinical Psychology

Description

This poster describes the potential benefit of incorporating interventions that target concern for and involvement with the wider community into an existing framework for attachment-based couple's therapy. Secure attachment, as cultivated through Emotion focused therapy (EFT) allows for healthy exploratory behaviors that venture beyond the secure base into the wider context. The authors propose the Adlerian construct of social interest, meaning engagement with the well-being of a wider community, as a pro-social outcome of such exploration, which in turn strengthens the dyadic relationship by developing a sense of shared purpose that is attuned, focused, and collaborative.

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This poster was also displayed at the Family and Couples Psychology, Chicago, IL, June 2017

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Integrating social interest and attachment based couples therapy

This poster describes the potential benefit of incorporating interventions that target concern for and involvement with the wider community into an existing framework for attachment-based couple's therapy. Secure attachment, as cultivated through Emotion focused therapy (EFT) allows for healthy exploratory behaviors that venture beyond the secure base into the wider context. The authors propose the Adlerian construct of social interest, meaning engagement with the well-being of a wider community, as a pro-social outcome of such exploration, which in turn strengthens the dyadic relationship by developing a sense of shared purpose that is attuned, focused, and collaborative.