Attachment Wounds


Ground Floor, The MRC Building 122 Herring Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113, Enter via Saunders Close


The conceptualisation of depression sets the trajectory for treatment plans for practitioners. If too narrow an understanding of depression is held, a limited scope of treatment is often all the counsellor can offer.

This workshop offers a reconceptualization of depression by presenting an integrated treatment model of the historic work of Dollard and Millar’s (1939, 1941) Frustration-Aggression hypothesis with the current work of Developmental Psychologist Gordon Neufeld, offering insights from Attachment Theory and Depth Psychology.


The integrated model examines:

– attachment frustration as an existential root cause underlying many depressive and aggressive symptoms.
– Case-studies and a working model will be offered in this presentation.


This workshop is for psychologists, counsellors, social workers and students who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in the treatment of depression.


Ruth Lawson-McConnell is a counsellor with more than 25 years’ experience. She trained and worked in Scotland and Canada before moving to New Zealand. She has recently worked as a Senior Lecturer in Counselling at Laidlaw College but now currently is a free-lance professional counsellor/trainer with a private practice where she offers counselling and supervision as well as delivers training and courses.

Ruth completed her MA (Honours) in Social Anthropology and Psychology (Aberdeen University, Scotland), followed by a PhD (Counselling Psychology), Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen, Scotland). She is a Professional Associate of the Neufeld Institute; she trained with Gordon Neufeld in his Attachment-based Developmental paradigm which she applies to her parent consulting on behavioral and emotional difficulties in children and teens as well as dealing with attachment traumas in adulthood. She also specialises in Neuropsychotherapy and has trained in the Partners of Sexual Addicts Trauma model of therapy (APSATs).

She has authored several journal articles, delivers conference papers, and presents professional development training for counsellors here and in Australia. Ruth grew up in the Amazon region of Brazil where her parents were missionaries for 36 years, but she currently lives with her two adult daughters, a labradoodle and two cats in the beautiful town of Red Beach, north of Auckland.

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Event date 27-06-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 27-06-2018 4:30 am
Capacity Unlimited
Location Morling College
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