Concurrent Session

Using Attachment Theory to Develop Coaching Capabilities in Managers and Leaders

Lead Presenter
David Drake, PhD

Target Audience
Transitioning Psychologists, Mid-Level, Senior-Level

Skill Level
Beginner, Intermediate

CE Credits
1.5

Abstract
This session features the key elements of attachment theory (“moments of meeting” in particular), simple practices, and organizational case stories. Topics include: The role of neural dissonance and resonance, the importance of self and mutual regulation, and the benefits of a greater sense of attachment security in employees.

This is part of a broader approach to developing managers and leaders who can effectively coach and develop others. One of its unique attributes is the emphasis on applied mindfulness as a generative rather than merely palliative resource for development. It addresses four core needs people are seeking to fulfill in the course of their roles in organizations.

Learning Objectives

  • Name the four types of “moments.”
  • List at least three attachment implications of “moments.”
  • Explain neural dissonance/resonance and the importance of regulation in development.

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