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Attachment, Attachment Disorders and Trauma: Diagnostics, Treatment and Prevention in Children, Adolescents and Caregivers

Dr Karl Heinz Brisch, MD

Held 13-14 March 2014

Dr Brisch Main Photo Landscape

In recent years many studies have shown how attachment theory can be a basis for understanding developmental psychopathology and the psychopathology of patients of any age group, and especially PTSD after traumatic experiences. In this clinical seminar, Dr Brisch explained the latest advances in our understanding of normal attachment and attachment disorders, and presented a clinically useful classification system for attachment disorders, which offered guidance on assessment and diagnosis. Using clinical case studies and audio-visual material Dr Brisch demonstrated a special approach to psychotherapeutic practice, grounded in cutting edge theory and research, to treat various attachment disorders in various age groups of traumatised children and adolescents. Additionally, two attachment based prevention programs were explained: one which helps parents develop a secure attachment to their infant starting during pregnancy; and a program which promotes empathy, and helps to decrease aggression and anxiety in children of different age groups, starting in kindergarten.


Comments from participants

“Dr Brisch was a fascinating and entertaining speaker; stimulating, playful and dynamic”

“Dr Brisch has the priceless gift as a speaker; being able to make the complex simple”

“I found this seminar the best I have ever attended”

About Dr Karl Heinz Brisch, MD

Dr Karl Heinz Brisch is a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy, adult psychiatry and neurology, psychosomatic medicine, psychoanalysis and group psychoanalysis. He is head of the Department of Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich/Germany. He is a lecturer at the university and the Psychoanalytic Institute in Stuttgart/Germany.

His main research topic is early child development with special impact on attachment processes and disorders. He wrote the widely respected book on attachment called ‘Treating Attachment Disorders: From Theory to Therapy’, the second edition published in 2012. He is German Chair of the German Speaking Association for Infant Mental Health (GAIMH). Dr Brisch is so in demand in Europe that it has taken STARTTS three years to get him to Australia. His website is