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Course description

Attaching or non-attaching:

The meeting of mindfulness, emotional development, the brain and attachment theory


Graham Music

1st June 2018

Crowne Plaza - Chester


What is the Masterclass about?

This masterclass will explore the interface between attachment, mindfulness and brain science.  This is a chance to catch up on research findings which will be presented in an easily digestible and accessible way, including the use of fascinating video footage, both of research and clinical work. The day will include a blend of experiential practices, formal teaching and group discussions.  

Participants will refresh their child development research knowledge.  The training will outline the similarities and differences between secure attachment and mindfulness, and hear about what we really know from the brain science and what claims are overstated.

Key themes will include:

  • Early development as adaptative strategies: the role of secure and insecure attachment
  • The role of the autonomic nervous system and links to recent brain science
  • Compassion, its links to secure attachment, key science and what turns altruism and prosocial traits on and off
  • Security, playfulness and how it can develop 
  • Interoception and the place of the body and body awareness in mindfulness practice and working with trauma 

Who is it for?

The day will be of interest mindfulness practitioners, teachers and interested lay people, as well as a range of professionals working with people clinically and in a range of contexts, such as psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and social workers, as well as people working in educational contexts. . It will be of interest to people who want to learn more about the importance of early development and grapple with the relationship between mindfulness and therapeutic work, as well as those who want to learn more about, or refresh their knowledge of attachment, developmental science and early development.   

Speaker bio

Graham Music (PHD) is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics and an adult psychotherapist in private practice. His publications include Nurturing Natures: Attachment and children’s emotional, sociocultural and brain development (2016), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good Life: Wellbeing and the new science of altruism, selfishness and immorality (2014). He has a particular interest in exploring the interface between developmental findings and clinical work. Formerly Associate Clinical Director of the Tavistock’s child and family department, he has managed a range of services working with the aftermath of child maltreatment and neglect, and organised many community based psychotherapy services. He currently works clinically with forensic cases at The Portman Clinic. He teaches, lectures and supervises on a range of trainings in Britain and abroad. 

Key references/pre-workshop reading

Music, G. (2016) Nurturing Natures: Attachment and Children’s Emotional, Social and Brain Development. London: Psychology Press (2nd edition)

Music. G. (2014) The Good Life: Wellbeing and the new science of Altruism, Selfishness and Immorality. London:Routledge

Fees are set at £130.00 this is a Standard Market rate for this type of event

Other information

Please note that we give a certificate of attendance which details the nature of the course and the hours involved. This does not constitute a qualification to teach mindfulness-based approaches. Within the UK there are currently no formal qualifications/certification processes, which regulate competency in teaching mindfulness-based approaches, however there are voluntary guidelines, which we endorse and adhere to. Please see

Please feel free to contact Frances Hooton on or phone 01248 382498 to discuss any questions you may have about the course or whether it is appropriate for you at this time or if you have any administrative queries. 

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