Online via Zoom - 19 August

***See below for our Special Offer***

Via ZOOM - 9.00 am - 4.00 pm

If you are waiting on funding approval - we strongly recommend you contact us today to pencil book a place.

The Power of Connection: Attachment informed approaches to working with depression

Working with unipolar depression from an attachment and trauma informed perspective.

In this training, Dr Ruth Lawson-McConnell presents a reconceptualization of Dollard and Millar’s (1945) Frustration-Aggression hypothesis for unipolar depression, integrated with insights about attachment dynamics and trauma to help therapists gain insights for this type of work.

Neufeld’s attachment-based developmental model will be presented offering three intervention points for working with clients who struggle was depression.

These interventions include mapping the source of frustration, registering futility, the process of adaption and the integration of mixed emotions in the prefrontal cortex for therapeutic work with clients was unipolar depression.

This training will cover:

This training examines how our clients may have unresolved attachment injuries, leading to high levels of attachment frustration. They may struggle with the process of adaption resulting in their frustration being expressed as aggression, whether that be internalised by bullying self-talk, self-injurious behaviour, self-blame, helplessness, or powerlessness, or externalised and directed at others attacking either verbally, physically, by emotional abuse and impotent rage.

In this context we will explore the role of tears futility leading to adaption, and the role of mixed emotions (which involves the integrative function of the pre-frontal cortex) and being at psychological rest for the neo-cortex and executive functioning to come ‘back on-line’ moving the client from a victim stance to an empowered one.

What others have said about Ruth’s presentations

First, a big thank you for the excellent workshop you presented yesterday.  I have been a psychologist for almost 30 years (12 years in New Zealand, the rest in USA) and have a very high standard for the word “excellent”.  You are most definitely in that category!  You are a pleasure to listen to…. your manner of delivering information is one which makes it a pleasure to receive and digest the material!   It all made perfect sense to me and increased my understanding of a process that had not yet been understandable to me!!!“ – Psychologist, NZ

"Your presentation was top marks for presentation and delivery.  Just loved all the work put into those slides.  And I have heard only favourable comments.  And so often people refer to your warmth and lovely personality.  Can't better that!  Thank you again!!!" – Counsellor.

"Your presentation on “Developing resilience in the heart of a leader”  was one of the most outstanding presentations I have seen – anywhere!  For me it was new material and has given me a new resource to refer to and to contemplate.  Thanks for the insights from that workshop". CEO, Australiasia company.

Your presentations on attachment are easily absorbed and so missing (I have found anyway) where the people who are making the decisions are concerned. Ah...if only we had a sincerity, and passion, such as yours in those organisations.” Social Worker, Auckland.

I really appreciate your warm open-hearted style, your research and digestible way of offering complex information.” Psychotherapist, Auckland.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful knowledge, humour and inspiration with me during your awesome workshop”. Psychotherapist, Wellington.

“I was privileged in attending your seminar. I found the whole presentation flowed and you were wonderful in listening and answering everyone’s questions.” Counsellor, Tauranga.

"Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and knowledge with us at the Professional Development day. The feedback from participants has been SO positive. Everyone thinks you were informative, easy to listen to and they all want you to come back." Organiser of Event in Christchurch for Counsellors. 

Who Should Attend:

Mental health professionals, educators (teachers, teacher aides, RTLB’s, school counsellors), social workers, counsellors, Justice Dept staff (Corrections, Police). Those supporting both adults and children who are displaying attachment issues, or developmental trauma.

NOTE - If your organisation is interested in having Ruth present face-face to between 15 - 40 members of your team, please contact Faye Johnson for more information.

***Special Offer**
Additional Training - two workshops available:

Applying Attachment Theory to Clinical Practice: an introduction to Attachment Theory

Attachment-Informed approaches to calming anxiety: an intermediate level workshop

On the Registration form, indicate your interest in either of these workshops and receive a $25.00 discount off the normal price of $320.00 pp.

This workshop is the next step for people who have already attended the 1-day Power of ConnectionAttachment Theory workshop provided through Grow with Dr Lawson-McConnell. It is for those who want to further develop their understanding of Attachment Theory by looking at it through the lens of how Attachment-informed approaches can calm anxiety and reduce stress in your clients. It will be a deeper dive into the Theory’s practical application.

The following peak bodies and organisations recognise that the training we offer is of a high quality, evidence based and relevant for their members CPD.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Ruth Lawson-McConnell

Ruth Lawson-McConnell is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (Canada) and a member of the New Zealand Counselling Association and the NZ Psychological Society with nearly 30 years experience. She trained and worked in Scotland and Canada, and has been in New Zealand for the past 11 years. She has an MA (Honours) in Social Anthropology and Psychology (Aberdeen University) and a PhD (Counselling Psychology - Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland).

Ruth specialises in attachment issues both in adults and children. She works with a foster care agency supporting carers looking after children with complex developmental trauma. Ruth also has a private practice where she offers specialist supervision on attachment and trauma with adults, and parent consulting on children’s emotional and behavioural issues. Ruth has specialist training as a neuropsychotherapy practitioner and a trauma specialist working with partners of sex addicts.  

ZOOM Date & Details

Monday, 19 August 2024

This workshop will be delivered via ZOOM and you will be sent the login in details once you have registered, and emailed resources prior to the training. There will be group discussions and participants are encouraged to ask questions.

This is an interactive workshop with breakout room activities and we therefore ask all participants to have their own computer / laptop with a working camera and mic as this makes interaction with the breakout room activities and discussions easier and enhances the learning for all.

This training will not be recorded.

Price & Registration Information

Online Workshop
$320.00 inc GST

The price stated is per person. 

Contact us for a discount if you're registering more than 5 people.

Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process. Our registration platform is hosted by Lil Regie, our NZ based booking agent.

Upon completing your registration by hitting the blue 'Confirm Booking' button, you will receive an automated email from Lil Regie confirming the booking and amount paid by credit card. This will appear on your statement as from LIL REGIE LTD WELLINGTON.

A GST Tax Invoice showing your payment in full will also be emailed to you.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson

Can't pay online and require an invoice?

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If your organisation is unable to use our automated booking system and pay by credit/debit card and therefore require an invoice instead to pay by direct bank credit, there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply the following please:

  1. The full organisation name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.

  2. The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.

  3. Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

Please email this information to Brian - and , and along with the Invoice we will also send you a special booking link which will come up as free of charge. Through this link you will need to complete your registration. 

Our workshops fill quickly so if you would like to reserve a place, please contact

Please note: If you require an Invoice and you are seeking funding approval, please include this surcharge in the price you have on your application.

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Online Events - Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.

Face-Face Events - Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $60.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.

If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred. 

All cancellations must be received in writing (email). 

Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be rescheduled or cancelled.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

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