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Digital Seminar

Relational Trauma and Compromised Attachment in Adulthood: From Victim to “Overcomer”

Terry Levy, PhD, DAPA
1 Hour 30 Minutes
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May 07, 2021
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Unresolved relational trauma prevents attachment security and perpetuates a victim mindset and identity. To change from victim to “overcomer”, we must help clients: create self-enhancing narratives and core beliefs (cognitive rescripting), substitute survival coping mechanisms (e.g., emotional numbing) for beneficial coping skills (e.g., emotional processing), develop new neuronal networks in the Limbic brain, achieve mastery over trauma (desensitize fear and anxiety, approach rather than avoid frightening memories and emotions), and learn that others can be relied on for comfort and support (change attachment patterns).

Join Terry Levy, PhD, as he teaches you how to treat relational/attachment trauma by using the Life Script to assess attachment patterns and traumas, teaching couples Attachment Communication Training to facilitate secure attachment, and employing experiential interventions to achieve emotional, mental, relationship and neurobiological change in traumatized clients, moving them from victim to “overcomer”.


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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TERRY M. LEVY, PhD, DAPA, has been a psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor and consultant for over 40 years. Dr. Levy is the director of the Evergreen Psychotherapy Center and the Attachment Treatment and Training Institute in Evergreen, Colorado. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado and Florida, a Board Certified Forensic Examiner and a Diplomate and Master Therapist of the American Psychotherapy Association. He is co-author of the best-seller Attachment, Trauma & Healing (2nd edition, 2014, Jessica Kingsley Publisher, London), editor of Handbook of Attachment Interventions (2000, Elsevier Press) and co-author of Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children Learn to Trust and Love (2006, Child Welfare League of America).

Dr. Levy was the founder and previous director of the Family Life Center (Florida) and the Miami Psychotherapy Institute, which offered family systems treatment and training. He was co-founder and past-president of the board of directors of the Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACh), an international organization dedicated to attachment and its critical importance to human development.


Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Terry Levy is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Terry Levy is a member of the American Psychological Association; American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy; American Family Therapy Association; and Colorado and Florida Psychological Associations. He does not receive compensation.


  1. Apply the Life Script to assess and treat attachment patterns.
  2. Assess Attachment Communication Training to help couples achieve trust and security.
  3. Appraise experiential interventions (first year attachment cycle, inner-child metaphor, psychodrama) to promote positive change.
  4. Develop new neuronal networks in the Limbic brain to desensitize fear and anxiety, approach rather than avoid frightening memories and emotions.


Life Script

  • Assess and treat attachment-related trauma in adults and couples

Attachment Communication Training

  • Mitigate destructive ways of relating, and foster trust, safety and security in relationships

Experiential Interventions

  • First year attachment cycle – psychoeducation about early childhood attachment
  • Inner-child metaphor – therapeutic method to address early life perception and emotion
  • Psychodrama – utilizes role play

Target Audience

Mental Health Clinicians

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