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Video intervention to promote secure attachment representations in families

Many children are taken to therapy because they present behavior or emotional symptoms related to the interactions present in families. Most of the families do their best to relate and educate children, not being aware that some interactions are stimulating and mantaining the symptoms in their children. The relations stablished between parents and children are usually influenced by the parents attachment representations based on how they were treated in their infancy and also on cultural assumptions. In this workshop I will present a technique based on videotaping family interactions and work on the videos always promoting good interactions. This technique is centered in the interactions that are functioning, not in the wrong ones. It is a respectful way of intervening, when parents behave with their children in wrong ways, usually it is not to hurt them, but with the intention to do things well. There is a good objective, but the way to achieve it is wrong. The technique follows different steps to work with parents and is very useful to change attitudes and selfperceptions, promoting more secure attachment styles in children.

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Maite Pi Ordonez

I studied psychology in Barcelona and after that, I got training in group analysis, psychodrama, integrative psychotherapy, attachment theory and did many seminars about family systems. Since 1979 I have always worked in Public Mental Health System in Terrassa, Reus, Tarragona and from 1992 until July 2019 in Girona (Catalonia, Spain), where I have worked as clinical psychologist and director in an infant and adolescence mental health service. Now I am retired from my work in the institution. I have been associate professor in the University of Girona for three years and now I collaborate as teacher in the same university in a master about Attachment and families in social risk. IAGP member from 1995, chair of the Dream Translation Team from 2009 to 2014 and board member from 2012, after being co-chair of the SPC in the IAGP International Congress of IAGP in Cartagena (Colombia). From 2014 until 2018 I have been the Chair of the Family Therapy Section, from 2018 until 2022 I have been the Secretary of the organization. Now I am a member of the Education Committee.
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