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(FULLY BOOKED Please do not attend unless you have received confirmation of your booking from BAAT) Attachment & The Arts Conference

Being close to others and having trusting relationships is at the heart of being human. The breaking of these affectional bonds can have cruel and catastrophic effects on any of us. The BAAT ‘Attachment and the Arts’ conferences have aimed to explore art therapy through the lens of attachment theory. The questions are: ‘What is the value of art in building close, trusting relationships?’; ‘What are the implications for art therapy practice and research?’.

Friday 6th of October 2017

10am to 16:30pm


Regent's University London, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NS PLEASE NOTE THIS CONFERENCE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED


In this conference (the seventh in the series), we are delighted to welcome as our keynote speaker Professor Colwyn Trevarthen. His presentation ‘Healing Emotional Life Stories with Visual Art’ explores how visual art presents traces of intentional movements, generally ones made by hand. Human hands have evolved new functions for both intricate and productive carrying and manipulation of objects, and for gesture - the communication of direction of interest and affective appraisal in a shared world where events and objects are given either special emotional importance, or arbitrary meaning for use. Professor Trevarthen will review how advances in the psychology of aesthetic properties of infant intentions and of the affective or moral regulation of their communications have supported acceptance and development of dynamic, relational, non-verbal therapies for emotional disorders.

We are also delighted to welcome Dr Sandra Bucci, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology who will present a study on ‘Client and Therapist Attachment Styles and Working Alliance’. Working alliance has been shown to be important in influencing the outcome of therapy. Research has typically focused on client’s attachment style and its impact on factors such as outcome and therapeutic alliance. However, evidence suggests that characteristics of both clients and therapists impact on the development of working alliance.

Presenters include:

Mary Rose Brady - When less is more: Using an attachment-based model in a brief art therapy intervention with complex trauma

Alex McDonald - On the same page: Shared understanding in primary-school-based art therapy

Ioanna Xenophontes, Nicci Mills and Dr Neil Springham- Queens of the stick people: Epistemic trust, genuineness and artistic style in art therapy.

Dr Hayley Berman - Providing an atmosphere of extraordinary safety to promote secure attachment: Case study on Lefika la Phodiso - the Art therapy Centre ( in Johannesburg, South Africa.

For more information, click on the PDF Attachment and the arts 2017 full programme.docx.pdf


Additional Information:

(FULLY BOOKED Please do not attend unless you have received confirmation of your booking from BAAT)

Employer funded BAAT Member: £140

Full BAAT member self-funded: £125

Under-employed BAAT member self-funded: £110

Unemployed BAAT member Self-funded: £100

Trainee BAAT member self-funded: £80

10 reduced fees places for unemployed/trainee BAAT Members have been claimed.

Non BAAT member fee: £160


If you would like to be invoiced for your place on this conference, please complete this Invoice form Invoice Details Request - Event Booking.docx and return it to If you would like to be invoiced and are not a BAAT member, you will need to create a BAAT booking account by registering via our website here: This does not incur a fee and is free to set up. Please include your registered BAAT number within your form.

Lunch and refreshments included.

Can you please let us know via by the 19th of September 2017 1pm if you wish to book any of the following dietary requirements:



Gluten free

Please note we cannot cater outside of these options, and any requests received after this date cannot be catered for.

Convenors: Various

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