Presentation: Exploring the Dynamics of Attachment in Adult Life

The McCluskey Model

The McCluskey model seeks to address the fact that while we work in jobs that require us to respond to the needs of others, too often we don’t create the conditions to support our own personal and psychological development.

Our childhood experiences of careseeking and caregiving: our experience of attachment, shape our approach to careseeking and caregiving in adult life.

Our experience of attachment affects:

  1. how we seek care
  2. how we give care
  3. our sexuality
  4. how we interact with others
  5. how we psychologically defend ourselves
  6. how we support ourselvers (or not) in our inner life
  7. how we support ourselves (or not) in our outer lives

The McCluskey model offers a novel way of understanding and working with the self from an attachment perspective. It enables us to see how our needs are met (or not) and the impact this has on the self by looking at the dynamics of human behaviour through the lens of those 7 systems.

When they are working well these 7 systems work together to maintain our wellbeing. This model helps us understand what happens when there is a problem with one or more of those system.

The goal of Goal Corrected Exploratory Psychotherapy (GCEP) is to understand ourselves better and so manage interactions with others more effectively – especially when the self-defence system has been triggered. Working with this model can increase our awareness of these triggers so we can catch them and handle those threats in a new way.

This workshop is suitable for anyone working in the caring professions and is designed as an introduction to those new to the model. It will include information and experiential exercises.

This workshop is presented by Eliane Meyer and Karen Ellis