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

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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