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CE Workshop: Addiction as an Attachment Disorder
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 Export to Your Calendar 10/30/2020
When: Friday, October 30, 2020
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Philip J Flores, PhD, ABPP
Contact: Hannah Steinberg

Online registration is available until: 10/30/2020
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Addiction as an Attachment Disorder:  A Polyvagal Theory & Developmental Trauma Perspective


 CE Credits: 6

Workshop Description:

New discoveries in the neurosciences and Polyvagal Theory have transform attachment theory into an affect regulation theory. Addiction is now viewed as a disorder in affect-regulation. However, not everyone with affect regulation difficulties becomes addicted; but everyone with an addiction suffers from relational and affect-regulation difficulties. Consequently, addiction can be either a cause or a consequence of the impaired ability to establish and maintain healthy attachment relationships. Evidence from the neurosciences and child development (i.e. ACE Study) are also teaching us that early developmental trauma increases affect regulation difficulties, putting individuals at greater risk for developing an array of multiple addictive behaviors (substance abuse, sex, food, money, cutting). This workshop interprets and translates the implications that these discoveries have for clinical application and treatment of addiction. (Introductory)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe ways attachment theory applies to psychotherapy, especially with individuals who suffer from substance abuse, addiction and co-occurring conditions.
  2. Explain how early treatment strategies need to differ from later stage treatment strategies in addiction treatment.
  3. List the different styles of attachment (Avoidant, Ambivalent, Disorganized & Secure) and their relationship to treatment.
  4. Identify the ways that secure base and exploration in psychotherapy are intricately connected.
  5.  Describe how the Polyvagal Theory explains several features related to attachment disorders, affect regulation and addiction treatment.


      About the Presenters:

      Philip J. Flores, Ph.D, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA is a clinical psychologist who has worked extensively for the past thirty years in the area of addictive disorders and group psychotherapy. He is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) and is a Diplomate in Group Psychology, a certification issued by the American Board of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Flores is also Adjunct Faculty at Georgia State University, the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University and is supervisor of group psychotherapy at Emory University.

      In addition to his two books, Group Psychotherapy With Addiction Populations by Haworth Press (3rd ED), and Addiction as an Attachment Disorder by Jason Aronson Press, he was also Consensus Panel Chair for Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy, A Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP #41) issued by the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services. Dr. Flores is the lead author on the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s treatment manual, Group Psychotherapy of Substance Abuse and Addiction. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on addiction, group psychotherapy and Interpersonal Neurobiology

      Dr. Flores is co-chair and contributing member of the Science to Service Task Force of American Group Psychotherapy Association that produced the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Group Psychotherapy. Dr. Flores’ latest book, Addiction as an Attachment Disorder was the 2005 Gradiva Award Winner issued by The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. He has also presented numerous workshops nationally and internationally on these two subjects. Dr. Flores and his wife, Lisa Mahon, Ph.D., continue to run several outpatient psychotherapy groups a week in their private practice in Atlanta, Georgia.


      Registration Costs (per workshop): 

      Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before October 16, 2020 to receive this rate.)

      • $140: GPA Members
      • $170: Non-members
      • $50: *GPA Student Members

      Registration (After October 16, 2020)

      • $150: GPA Members
      • $180: Non-members
      • $60: *GPA Student Members

      Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

      *If a GPA Student Member needs continuing education credits, he/she will need to pay the higher GPA Member fee regardless of status as a student.

      Cancellation Policy:
      All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Hannah Steinberg via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to October 16, 2020. No refunds will be given after October 16, 2020.

      The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.