The Power of Connection: Attachment Theory and the Practice of Restorative Justice

Our understanding of what it means to be human is undergoing rapid change. We are learning that humans use emotion and patterns of connection and disconnection to navigate the world. Discoveries from neuroscience and research from attachment theory have paved the way for more effective practitioner intervention in situations of conflict. These discoveries both shift and sharpen our understanding of how change happens and are crucial for effective intervention in situations of conflict and restoration. This webinar will:

  • Delineate basic attachment processes relevant to situations of conflict and restorative justice.
  • Explore the implications of social baseline theory and activation of the social engagement system for human relating.
  • Provide a lens for assessing key moments of rupture and repair.
  • Describe the importance of attending to the implicit in order to facilitate resonance and attunement.
  • Introduce “Affect Narratives” as an embodied pathway for creating personal and relational transformation.

Howard Zehr will facilitate the webinar.

When: January 29, 2014, 4:30-6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (United States)

Cost: $10 USD

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Annmarie Early, Ph.D., LMFT, is professor of counseling in the Master of Arts in Counseling program at Eastern Mennonite University. She is licensed as a marriage and family therapist in California and Virginia and is a certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Trainer and Supervisor – an evidence-based, empirically-validated treatment approach for working with relational distress. Her research and writing pursuits expand beyond attachment theory to include working more intentionally with implicit, embodied processes to more effectively enact change. She is co-editor of “Integrating the New Science of Love and a Spirituality of Peace: Becoming Human Again,” a volume that explores the interface between attachment theory, neuroscience, ethics, and conflict transformation.