Attachment Theory & Repair Level 1 8 Week Online Meditation Course

  • Date: Mon 25th Jan – 15th Mar 2021
  • Cost: Sliding scale
  • Instructor: Cedric Reeves

This course is suitable for beginners to meditation and attachment repair. It’s aimed at people who are looking to improve their psychological health, especially those who have tried other healing modalities with disappointing results. The primary focus of the course is the Ideal Parent Figure Protocol (IPF).

Format

  • 8 Week Course: One live 90-minute class per week.

    A week or two might need to be skipped in some circumstances, resulting in the class finishing a week or two later

  • Live online sessions: The live sessions will be hosted on Zoom. An email with the zoom links will be sent to you after you have registered.
  • Q&A: There will be opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A section.

Convenience

  • View at your own pace: The event will be recorded and sent out to registered participants for viewing on their own schedule.
  • Partial attendance is fine - However you get best results if you attend all sessions.
  • Late Starts: You can join even after it has started. We will send you the recordings and you will be able to catch up and watch on your own schedule.

Registration

We have a sliding scale to accommodate people of different means.

Tier 4

$400 ($50 per class)

I have enough resources and would like to support others.

Tier 3

$200 ($25 per class)

I have sufficient resources.

Tier 2

$80 ($10 per class)

I have some resources.

Tier 1

$1

I don't have the resources
(pay whatever you can)

After clicking Register you can choose your payment amount.

Bank cards from certain counties might get an error. If so, please contact us saying ‘I can’t make payment via paypal for the 8 week course’ and we’ll send you other options.

Refunds: If you miss a class or are unsatisfied for any reason, simply let us know and we can issue you a full refund.

What to Expect

This 8 week course focuses on repairing early attachment conditioning. We will go about this primarily with the Ideal Parent Figure Protocol (IPF) meditation along with complementary psycho-education.

Attachment Theory describes on the earliest phases of our psychological development. It describes the behaviors and experiences of the infant from ages 6 to 24 months when it ventures away from the caregiver to explore and then goes back to seek safety, affection, and care from the ‘secure base’. These experiences consolidate into an “Internal Working Model of Attachment” (IWM).

This Internal Working Model of Attachment forms the foundation of our psychological health. When our foundational attachment conditioning is insecure our psychological growth trajectory is undermined. Particularly, we experience developmental problems with our exploratory abilities, self-development, emotional self-regulation and abilities to be in relationships with others.

This course’s structure is set up to help us heal this central piece of psychological conditioning.

We will primary use the Ideal Parent Figure Protocol (IPF) to do this. The IPF was developed by meditation teacher and psychotherapist Dr. Dan Brown. It was designed to heal early attachment conditioning.

Course Overview

Guided meditation will be the main focus of the program. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and share whatever you feel comfortable with. There will be no pressure to do so; passive participation is perfectly fine.

Class 1 – How do we establish core psychological health? Using meditation to heal attachment conditioning:

Attachment Theory & Attachment Repair (First Pillar)

  • What is attachment theory generally
  • Why attachment conditioning is the core of your mental health
  • Internal Working Model of Attachment
  • Emotional development, relationship development, self-development, and explorations skills
  • The value of attachment
  • What is the Ideal Parent Figure Protocol (IPF)
  • How IPF relates to other healing modalities like talk therapy, and mindfulness
  • Attachment repair
    • how long it takes
    • how much work
    • is it worth it?
  • Primer on the four major attachment styles
  • Guided IPF
  • Homework assignment

Class 2 – Going deeper on the four primary attachment styles

  • Secure attachment vs Insecure attachment
  • Dismissing attachment
  • Preoccupied attachment
  • Disorganised attachment
  • How is adult attachment assessed?
    • AAI
    • value of assessing attachment pre and post treatment
  • What does the path to earned security look like
    • my own experience
    • the experience of others
  • Secure functioning relationships
    • you can establish them between insecure people
    • benefits generally and in terms of supporting attachment repair itself
  • Attachment as a mind state
  • Attachment mechanism activation and dis-activation
  • Guided IPF Meditation on the Schema of Emotional Deprivation
  • Homework assignment

Class 3 – Mentalization – (Second Pillar)

  • Poles of mentalization
    • inside / outside
    • self / other
    • emotional / cognitive
    • spontaneous / monitored or controlled
  • non-mentalizing modes
    • pretend mode
    • psychic equivalence
    • teleological mode
  • Giovanni Liotti et al. / Third Generation
    • Identification
    • Relating Variables
    • Differentiation
    • Integration
    • Decentration
      • Ken Wilber’s “Taking the role of other” visualisation
    • Mastery
  • Mentalization meditation techniques
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  • Reflective Functioning
  • Homework assignments

Class 4 – Dismissing (Avoidant) attachment

  • Further description of dismissing attachment in adults
  • Causes of dismissing attachment
  • Strengths and weaknesses and remedies of dismissing attachment
    • Turning on the attachment mechanism
    • Dealing with shame and rejection
    • General Mentalization exercises
      • Opening up to feelings
    • Exploration behaviors they are 80% well developed – focus on collaborative sharing
    • importance of seeing ineffectively substituting exploration for attachment needs.
  • Schemas, coping modes, and schema modes that correlate with dismissing attachment.
  • IPF guided the Schema of Shame and Defectiveness

Class 5 – Preoccupied attachment

  • Origins of preoccupation
    • role-reversal – involvement in the mental states of the parent.
    • parental distractednes
    • a form of rejection: your authentic, child presentation self wasn’t actually received. Instead you leanred that you could get your needs met if you tended however you did learn the painful lesson that
  • Schemas, coping modes, and schema modes that correlate with preoccupied attachment.
  • the false self
  • Guided IPF Meditation on Schema of Dependence and Incompetence

Class 6 – Disorganized attachment

  • Origins of disorganized attachment
  • How to treat disorganized attachment
  • Fearfully preoccupied
  • Fearfully avoidant
  • Cannot Classify
  • Guided IPF Meditation on Schema of Abuse and Mistrust

Class 7 – Psychoeducation / Cooperative Adult relationships – (Third Pillar)

  • Importance of collaboration
  • Thinking in terms of teams
  • Life Purpose
  • Guided IPF Meditation with emphasis on exploration and cooperation
  • In depth on Schemas, Schema Modes, and Coping Strategies

Class 8 – Wrap up

  • Review
  • Support for healing attachment conditioning
  • Guided IPF

Benefits

By the end of the course you will have:

Theoretical understanding

  • A basic understanding of attachment theory, the importance of attachment repair and how to start doing it.
  • A more coherent understanding of the role your childhood experiences had in producing your adult personality.

Support Structure

  • A structure that will support your ongoing attachment repair meditation:
    • Homework assignments
    • Slack student group
    • Opportunities to get questions answered during class
    • Ability to find meditation accountability partners and make like-minded friends
    • Weekly 40 minute attachment repair guided meditation session.

Psychological

  • A better ability to observe your mind with meta-cognitive awareness as a result of the mentalization exercises assigned.
  • A better sense for the importance of your personal explorations as a source for meaning in your life and more clarity on how to proceed in life towards those explorations and goals.
  • Less identification with your psychological maladies and quirks (ego-distonia with your maladaptive schemas).
  • A very effective way to do emotional regulation on the spot in your daily life with ‘micro-hits’ of IPF.
  • Greater understanding and compassion for psychological problems and vulnerabilities that affect you and others.

Relational

  • Better appreciation for the importance and value of secure functioning relationships
  • Better appreciation for the importance and value of interpersonal collaboration generally and especially as it relates to supporting you do the explorations that
  • Better understanding of your own relationship shortcomings and how to remedy them.
  • Less blame of self or others.
  • A sense of camaraderie as a result of seeing how our psychological difficulties are rooted in common experiences that affect us all.

Event Times

The class will be taught twice a day in order to reach people in different time zones. The content is the same. Both time options' Zoom links will be in the confirmation email. Just pick the one that works best for you.

Option 1

USA Monday Morning & Europe Monday Evening Class
  • In the US:
    • 12:00pm Eastern Time Zone
    • 11:00am Central
    • 10:00am Mountain
    • 9:00 am Pacific
  • Brasilia/Buenos Aires: 2:00pm
  • In Europe:
    • 18:00 CET (Paris)
    • 17:00 WET (London)

Option 2

USA Monday Evening Class
  • In the US:
    • 7:00pm Eastern
    • 6:00pm Central
    • 5:00pm Mountain
    • 4:00pm Pacific.
  • 9:00pm Brasilia/Buenos Aires

Schedule Common to each 90 minute Class

Duration Event
5 min 5 mins of meditation to settle the mind.
5 min Review of last week’s class (first class will be introductions instead)
20 min Q&A about last week’s material (first class would be lecture instead)
15 min Lecture on new material
5 min Q&A about new material
30 min Guided meditation related to material just discussed (usually a version of IPF)
10 min Q&A about guided meditation just completed and homework assignment.

Registration

We have a sliding scale to accommodate people of different means.

Tier 4

$400 ($50 per class)

I have enough resources and would like to support others.

Tier 3

$200 ($25 per class)

I have sufficient resources.

Tier 2

$80 ($10 per class)

I have some resources.

Tier 1

$1

I don't have the resources
(pay whatever you can)

After clicking Register you can choose your payment amount.

Bank cards from certain counties might get an error. If so, please contact us saying ‘I can’t make payment via paypal for the 8 week course’ and we’ll send you other options.

Refunds: If you miss a class or are unsatisfied for any reason, simply let us know and we can issue you a full refund.

This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. Claudia

    Do you offer CEUs?

  2. Leanne Kidd

    I’m not sure if I registered properly.

  3. John S

    Can you please confirm if I’m registered to attend the 6:00 PM CST session today? Thanks.

  4. Jeanette

    Wow! ?
    I have just persisted in the first lesson, this is so good! I can’t find enough words to describe how thankfull I am to coming across this great structured course and heeling tool. Lots of love and appreciations ??????
    (Hope this will be available in Swedish as well some day.)

  5. Maggie Fichtner

    I just heard of this amazing offering. I signed up too late to start today. Is there a recording or way to catch up?

  6. Varsha

    Hello, I just signed up, unfortunately a little late. I look forward to joining class next week and to see the recording of yesterday’s class later. Thank you for doing this!

  7. Amy

    Hi. I registered yesterday and did not yet receive a confirmation, nor did I receive a zoom link for the meetings.

    I see a recording is forthcoming, but want to make sure you have my registration.

  8. Anna

    Hi, I think I won’t be able to attend this class due to my schedule, but I’m very interested in the material and would like to just follow along the recordings at my own pace. Would that be okay?

  9. Lisa

    Is it too late to sign up for this, just hearing about it and it sounds wonderful?

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