The Neuroscience of Attachment

Course Description

Continuing Education Hours: 5.5

This course will focus on working with adults and children that have experienced attachment trauma. We will focus on how to approach work and healing with people attachment issues with a trauma informed approach. We will fully explain how attachment is formed from a neuro scientific perspective. Participants will discover how the interaction between the internal wiring in the brain, the first relationship, and the environment set the grounds for attachment relationship. The training will explore the ACES and attachment-based work that supports clients in healing attachment wounds.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand how to work with attachment trauma from a trauma informed lens.
  • To understand ways that attachments are formed and why we need attachments.
  • To understand how the brain is neurobiologically wired for attachment and connection and how the prenatal and post-natal experience can impact this.
  • To learn how to work with neuro developmental delay caused by trauma and evaluation using the ACE’s and other tools.
  • To learn what attachment-based activities can be used with this client group.
  • To understand the importance of psychoeducation around default wiring and templates for this group and draft usable scripts to help clients understand how their brains and bodies may have been impacted by this trauma.

Camea Peca, Ph.D., MSc, CFTP, CCTS-I

Camea has spent over 15 years working with Children and Families in a vast range of settings both locally and abroad. After completing a Bachelor of Science at ASU, Camea spent 10 years abroad studying and working. During this time, she completed a MSc in Psychoanalytic Development Psychology at the Anna Freud Center/University College London including a dissertation in Sensory Integration Therapy and Tactile and Vestibular Processing Disorder. During this training Camea was trained by leaders in attachment and infant development including Dr. Peter Fonagy and Mary Target. As a part of this training Camea had the chance to work with the Child Center for Mental Health and participating in specialty training with leaders in the expressive arts as well as Sir Richard Bowlby, Dr. Dan Hughes, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Bruce Perry, and many others. She completed clinical training and supervision in the Expressive Arts with Dr. Margot Sunderland and the Helping Where It Hurts program which puts expressive arts therapists in inner city London schools. Professionally Camea has worked in a variety of settings including adolescent shelters, inpatient psychiatric units, schools and specialty projects targeting physical and sexualized trauma. For over two years Camea has worked as a Trauma Therapist in a local specialty service targeting children and families that have experienced sexual abuse. Camea specializes in work with very young children and their families and has extensive experience with early developmental trauma and attachment based therapy using the expressive arts and sensory based modalities. Camea uses her eclectic and wide range of international training and clinical experience to deliver dynamic and experiential training.

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