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Developing a Secure Enough Base: Attachment Essentials & Interventions

April 19 @ 9:45 am - 5:30 pm


Led by: Catherine D. Nugent, LCPC, TEP
Sunday, April 19, 9:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

OVERVIEW: Early caregiving has a lasting impact on psychological development, ability to learn, capacity to regulate emotions, and ability to form satisfying relationships (Siegel 2012). Secure, nurturing environments and stimulating, engaging experiences help build the actual architecture of the brain. Conversely, the absence of caring, stable relationships, especially in early childhood, can lead to host of life-long problems that psychotherapists see in their clinical practices, such as: intractable shame, chronic depression, acting-out behaviors and self-harming, personality disorders, and inability to form close adult relationships.


Findings from the contemporary field of interpersonal neurobiology (Badenoch, 2017; Siegel, 2012) explain why talk therapies are not always able to support the repair of developmental wounding. This is especially the case when the attachment wound occurred before the child’s capacity for language was formed. Experiential and body- based approaches offer effective non-verbal ways to engage clients with challenging attachment histories.

This workshop presents a basic overview of attachment theory and offers experiential interventions from psychodrama, sensorimotor psychotherapy and yoga-based therapy for working with clients with attachment-related problems. Participants are equipped with knowledge and skills to help create a safe haven for clients struggling to overcome the legacy of attachment deficits. For those already familiar with attachment theory, the

workshop offers a good refresher and an opportunity to experience psychodramatic and other experiential interventions to apply in clinical practice.

TRAINING OBJECTIVES: After completing this workshop, participants should be able to:

■     Explain the role and significance of safety and connection in human development.

  • Review human development from the perspectives of: evolutionary psychology, neurophysiology, and
  • Describe the four attachment styles identified by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth & Mary
  • Define the terms: co-regulation, neuroception, earned secure
  • Experience and explain at least 3 holistic, integrative and experiential interventions to help clients with the effects of attachment

WORKSHOP LEADER: Catherine D. Nugent, Executive Director & Principal Trainer with Laurel Psychodrama Training Institute, is a licensed clinical professional counselor and Board-certified psychodrama trainer. From 2013-2019, Cathy taught in the clinical mental health counseling program at Johns Hopkins University. In her private practice, she specializes in using integrative/experiential psychotherapy to help individuals and groups heal from trauma and attachment injuries. To her clinical and teaching roles, Cathy brings not only her 30+ years of experience as a psychodramatist, but also training in sensorimotor psychotherapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, mindfulness and hatha yoga. Cathy is the recipient of the 2019

J.L. Moreno Award for Lifetime Achievement in Psychodrama.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: 6.5 continuing education/training hours (NBCC, Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners, American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama) See below for full CE information/disclosures.

INVESTMENT: $185 – general public

$150 – LPTI training cohort member

$150 – three or more from the same organization

$100 – students from JHU counseling program (current or within one year of graduation)


Contact Cathy – 410-746-7251 or cathynugent@verizon.net

Continuing Education Information

Laurel Psychodrama Training Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider with the National Board for Certified Counselors

(AEP #6788) and certifies that this program meets the criteria for up to 7.0 hours of continuing education for counselors. Programs that no not qualify are clearly identified. Laurel Psychodrama Training Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Catherine D. Nugent is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education with the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners and certifies that this program meets the criteria for up to 7.0 credit hours of Category I continuing education for social workers in Maryland.

These training hours may be counted towards the Certified Practitioner in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy certification, C.P. credential, as approved the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.


April 19
9:45 am - 5:30 pm


April 19
9:45 am - 5:30 pm