Milan: Open Workshop

March 17-18, 2016

Open Workshop:
Traumatic Attaching: a Phenomenological Approach

with Ruella Frank, Ph.D.

Milan, Italy
Conference Center “Turro,”
25 Via Stamira D’Ancona, Map

M1 (red line), towards Sesto FS, stop: Turro Network map

310 Euros until February 15, 2016;
360 Euros after February 15, 2016

For more information and registration, please contact :
Istituto di Gestalt HCC
or for English Speakers register by sending an email to:

About the workshop:

According to the traditional perspective on the development of trauma in the first years of a baby’s life, the parent initiates what is thought to become a habitual traumatic reaction in the child.

Consequently, the baby reacts to the parent in ways that are rigid and repetitive.  This understanding of developmental trauma, however, does not take into consideration the relational dynamics that are part and parcel of any organizing experience.

Observing baby and parent interactions from a relational and contextual perspective and through micro-movements, it can be seen how the baby’s behaviors can powerfully impact their parents and can generate the threat of re-traumatizing for them.

This two day workshop will center on the interaction patterns of both baby and parent that over time create traumatic attaching and the passage of intergenerational trauma.

We will also explore how these early patterns influence the unfolding patient and psychotherapist relationship in the here-and-now.