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Neurobiology, Attachment & Secure Relationships

A 6-week online Attachment & Trauma Mastery course led by Dr. Diane Poole Heller

Discover how neurobiology can work in tandem with attachment theory to serve as a foundation for resilience, secure attachment and post-traumatic growth.

Why study neurobiology and attachment?

As we know from attachment theory, our earliest attachment experiences often set the pattern for how we behave and communicate in adult relationships.

If we don’t get the security we need, the developing brain quickly learns to adapt in order to survive—and this adaptation often sets the blueprint for how we think, learn, communicate and relate to others throughout our lives.

That’s why it’s so important to understand how early caregiver relationships affect the brain’s neural infrastructure as it’s forming.

Many of these patterns develop unconsciously as implicit memory—where we use past experiences to remember things without thinking of them.

In other words, attachment patterns are remembered without the context or understanding of why the emotions and attachment were produced in the first place.

Because of the nature of implicit memories, they often cause emotional reactions or influence behaviors in ways we don’t always understand. Why do I react that way? Why did I say that? I have no idea why I’m so angry, depressed, anxious, etc.

Often, our strongest, most intense reactions in the present arise from feelings attached to the early memories that formed as our brain was still developing.

Unfortunately for many of us, implicit memories prove to be a powerful (and invisible) force in our lives, manifesting negatively in the body, mind, brain and behaviors.

What does the brain need in therapy?

As therapists, we hold the knowledge that people can heal, long before they actually know or believe it.

For many of our clients, revisiting the past can be very frightening. As implicit memories surface, a flood of feelings can arise and in that moment, seem overwhelming and very real.

Helping people learn how to move through negative thoughts, memories and emotions, rather than staying stuck in them, is crucial to both psychological and physical well-being.

Therapy can be an optimal way to “get at” implicit memories without activating a negative reaction, allowing our clients to feel safe, so they can begin to separate the past from the present.

The good news is that recent neuroscience research supports the idea that relational connection—such as the interaction between therapist and client—bolsters and supports repair, resilience and post-traumatic growth.

Why? It turns out that the brain depends on interactions with others for survival. And our brain only works (or exists) within a network of other brains.

In other words, the brain needs to be in connection with other healthy resonant brains to be able to support neuroplasticity and re-wiring.

What if you could leverage neuroscience & attachment theory principles to promote repair & healing?

It is in the safety of the therapeutic relationship—and the resulting safety within the client’s own brain—that primes the brain’s neuroplasticity, allowing them to shift away from their early attachment conditioning towards secure attachment.

That’s why it’s so important for therapists to have a clear understanding and appreciation for their own attachment style and how they regulate their own nervous system.

But knowing the neuroscience behind attachment alone doesn’t necessarily make you a good clinician. You must be able to operationalize the methods and clinical strategies.

Many of the exercises, tools and information we use for ourselves, we also share with clients.

Knowledge of the brain not only adds to your existing clinical “tool box,” it can also serve as the framework for understanding and explaining a client’s presenting issues to guide the counseling process.

And for clients who aren’t necessarily open to a specific therapeutic framework— when they can’t or won’t grasp anything else—a neuro-scientific explanation often allows them to better conceptualize and participate in the therapeutic process, increasing the likelihood that the therapeutic alliance provides the safety they need to begin moving towards secure attachment.

Change the Brain. Heal Attachment Wounds.

Build stronger brain connections to help clients cultivate their own inner resources and positive attachment experiences.

Broaden your thinking, deepen your clinical toolbox and reactivate neuroplasticity to actually alter the brain’s structure and biochemistry.

“We are fundamentally designed to heal. Even if our childhood was less than ideal, our secure attachment system is biologically programmed in us.

It’s our job as therapists to find out what’s interfering with it and learn what we can do to foster healing and resilience to become intimacy initiators and connection coaches for our families, friends and the larger world.”

“We are fundamentally designed to heal. Even if our childhood was less than ideal, our secure attachment system is biologically programmed in us.

It’s our job as therapists to find out what’s interfering with it and learn what we can do to foster healing and resilience to become intimacy initiators and connection coaches for our families, friends and the larger world.”

Join Dr. Diane Poole Heller For…

Attachment & Trauma Mastery Program

Neurobiology, Attachment & Secure Relationships

A 6-week online course ideal for mental health professionals, social workers, life coaches, educators and individuals seeking personal growth

Discover how you can apply knowledge of brain development and early attachment experiences as an important clinical resource for healing and transformation in relationships.

What’s included?

6 Downloadable Training Module Videos

+ 6 Client Demo Videos

Each week, you get 24/7/365 access to the teaching videos

Module 1: Neurobiology of Attachment

See how the limbic/emotional brain plays a role in the development of the attachment system.

Module 2: Attachment and Languaging

Learn how language usage + patterns can be used to uncover clients’ attachment styles and support secure attachment.

Module 3: The Brain

Learn where implicit memories are stored in the brain and how to work clinically to uncover and bring them to conscious awareness.

Module 4: Polyvagal Theory

Explore polyvagal theory and how to apply it clinically to support clients in both “draining high arousal” and “lifting out of dorsal.”

Module 5: Intergenerational Trauma

Examine the symptoms and effects of intergenerational trauma, so you can discover new ways to promote and support clients’ healing.

Module 6: Therapeutic Integration and Case Consult

Explore clinical applications and interventions, so you can integrate and apply knowledge of neuroscience into your clinical practice.

Our program kicks off with our first live call on September 1, 2021 at 11 am MT!

+6 LIVE Weekly Training Calls and Q&A session with Dr. Heller

Each week, you and your colleagues join Diane for a 60-minute live call where we learn an experiential exercise, review the week’s teachings and discuss client demos.

At the end of the calls, there’s always time set aside for your questions and answers.

Audio + Written Transcripts of Online Training Videos

All training videos and client demos are accompanied by both audio and written transcripts, because we know some people prefer not only to watch material, but also to have the written copy on hand.

Download (or print) the transcripts and use them for reference and note-taking.

Access to our Private Facebook Group

You’ll join a warm, friendly and encouraging online community where we support each other as we learn.

It’s also a great place to discuss difficult cases, ask questions and share valuable references and articles.

Can’t attend live? All calls are recorded and posted to your personal learning dashboard within 48 hours, where they’re yours to keep forever.

Neurobiology, Attachment & Secure Relationships is the training I love most, as it focuses on brain/behavior strategies that heal relational ruptures and clear the path for greater wholeness of body, mind and spirit.

I trust Diane. Trauma solutions are woven throughout her whole being.
She is a fabulous teacher…you and your practice will be transformed as I was.

Charlotte Dillon, PhD, SEP, DARe Certified

Here’s What’s In the Training Curriculum

All classes meet weekly on Wednesdays from 11 am — 12 pm MT

MODULE 1: September 1, 2021

Neurobiology of Attachment

An understanding of neurobiology and attachment systems helps therapists (and their clients) identify relational difficulties, so they can create a more precise, efficient framework to navigate and promote healing.

In this module, we get an introduction to the intersection of how the brain works and how attachment evolves, paying special attention to the role that neurobiology plays in the development of secure attachment and insecure attachment adaptation patterns.

We’ll explore concrete strategies that shift painful memories into new, healthier and embodied experiences.

MODULE 2: September 8, 2021

Attachment and Languaging

Research in neurobiology has shown that both language and attachment patterns develop at approximately the same time during early childhood.

In this module, we explore the neurobiology behind distinct language and narrative traits for each of the attachment styles—and learn how what we say can not only reveal the origins of our attachment wounds, but also help us work towards repair and healing of the brain and body.

MODULE 3: September 15, 2021

The Brain

Over 90% of what we know about how the brain works has been learned in the last 20 years. And many of these discoveries are now thought to be relevant to help us address the wounds of less-than-optimal attachment.

In this module, we look at the scientific underpinnings of how the brain functions as the foundation for attachment, language, emotional regulation and healing.

We’ll explore brain structure and a variety of neurobiological processes, focusing on clinical implications and strategies that repair ruptures and support secure attachment.

MODULE 4: September 22, 2021

Polyvagal Theory

Polyvagal Theory was developed by Stephen Porges as a tool for understanding social connection and working with trauma. We know that the autonomic nervous system helps us find safety. Polyvagal Theory offers precise science to how the vagus nerve—one part of the system—connects to the brain, heart and viscera (the organs of the belly).

In this module, we’ll unpack Porges’ three-part hierarchical model as it relates to social behavior and connection. We’ll pay special attention to the “dorsal vagal,” a part of the parasympathetic nervous system that enables us to “freeze” when a dangerous situation feels overwhelming.

MODULE 5: September 29, 2021

Intergenerational Trauma

When clients seem stuck or perpetuate harmful patterns of behavior and it’s not clear why, it can sometimes be difficult to determine the best way to help them heal.

When clients experience ambiguous symptoms of anxiety, depression, fear, anger, hypervigilance, hyperarousal or avoidance that seemingly have no root cause, it may be that they are suffering from unresolved injuries inherited from previous generations.

In this module, we will examine the origins, symptoms, effects and expressions of inherited wounds, so we can better understand how to foster repair, reconciliation
and resolution.

MODULE 6: October 6, 2021

Integrating Neuroscience with Attachment Work + BONUS Live Q&A session with Linda Graham, MFT

In our final week together, we discuss how to integrate and apply neuroscience and attachment principles into our clinical work—so that we can continue to support our clients’ (and our own) healing process.

During our LIVE class, we’ll be joined by expert Linda Graham, MFT for a 30-minute bonus Q&A session, where she’ll provide additional insights/advice and answer your questions about this week’s pre-recorded training.

Plus, You’ll Get these special Bonuses…

Expert Attachment Training + LIVE Q&A

BONUS #1: Linda Graham, MFT

Integrating Neuroscience with Attachment Work

+ 30-minute LIVE Q&A on October 6th at 11 am MT

In this recorded video training session, Dr. Diane Poole Heller and expert psychotherapist, consultant and coach, Linda Graham, explore clinical applications of neuroscience in attachment work—including how therapists can use this work to best attune and support secure functioning. During our last live call, Linda Graham will also join us for 30-minutes to answer questions, and offer additional insights and practical advice.

We cover:

Includes audio recording and PDF transcripts, so you can take notes and follow-along.

BONUS #2: Dr. Diane Poole Heller

Introduction to Attachment Styles (New Mini-Course)

In this 2-hour, 4-part video training series, Dr. Diane Poole Heller delivers a quick, yet thorough refresher of the four attachment styles: secure, avoidant, ambivalent and disorganized.

We cover:

This mini-course comes with a short welcome + four video and audio recordings.

“The material presented during this training has informed my work with both individuals and couples in a manner that results in greater intimacy and relationship fulfillment.

Diane’s style makes the science of neurobiology accessible, interesting and helpful. She provides new ideas and examples of how those ideas can be applied with clients. It is a great balance of theoretical and practical training.”

—Catherine Mollner, MA, LP, SEP, St. Paul, MN

Enroll Now!

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Our first live call kicks off on September 1, 2021!

You’re protected by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

We’re confident this program will be a valuable investment in both your education and clinical practice.

Try the Attachment & Trauma Mastery Program: Neurobiology, Attachment & Secure Relationships course, 100%, risk-free. If for any reason, you don’t feel it meets your needs, please contact our friendly Support Team within 14 days of purchase — and we’ll happily issue you a refund.

You could benefit from this course if…

In this training, we’ll bring a deep focus to the role of neuroscience in restoring the brain’s natural attunement to secure attachment.

Don’t miss your chance…

to learn directly from Dr. Diane Poole Heller in
this in-depth course that’s only offered once a year!

Continuing Education (CE) Option

Licensed Mental Health Professionals

You may be able to purchase 20 CE credit hours for this program, for an additional fee.

Course Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Target Audience: Licensed mental health professionals

Continuing Education Credit is pending approval, but not guaranteed for the following professions:

A Certificate of Completion is available to all participants at the end of the course at no additional charge via our website.

It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. For additional information regarding CEs, please contact our Customer Support Team.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

“This training was a very powerful personal and professional experience. I have directly experienced the strength of these processes by working on some of my own trauma and regulation. I have learned great techniques to use as I integrate it into my own work with clients.”

Dana Squares, Miami, FL

“Diane brilliantly consolidates and simplifies complex concepts—handing it over skillfully to the student in a non-pathologizing manner. Students can breathe knowing they are not being judged while learning attachment repair that they can pass onto their clients. Nowhere else will you learn how to start the repair of our deepest attachment wounds.”

Julie Manwiller, BFA, CC, LMT,
SEP, BCST, CST-D, DAP, SEM,
ORDM, DARe

Frequently Asked Questions

How can we help you decide?

Do I need to be a therapist to benefit from this training?

Absolutely not. While many of the people who participate in our Attachment & Trauma Mastery courses are both novice and experienced practitioners—exploring the core concepts of neuroscience and how they relate to the origins of attachment styles can be extremely beneficial to anyone who would like to better support and promote their own psychological, emotional and behavioral growth.

With this program, you’ll learn how an understanding of brain biology can help you address unhealthy behaviors, language styles and attachment adaptation patterns.

Is there a prerequisite for this training?

Normally, we ask that course participants should have completed (or be enrolled in) the Fundamentals of Attachment Styles—either live or online—which is the first course (Level 1 / DARe 1) in our Attachment & Mastery Training Program and DARe Certificate Program.

Because Fundamentals of Attachment Styles has already been offered this year, we’ve included our new mini-course, Introduction to Attachment Styles, as a FREE BONUS to help you satisfy the prerequisite.

We strongly encourage you to watch this recorded video training before the beginning of the first class on September 1st—you’ll get access to it via your personal learning dashboard immediately after purchase.

Please note, if you are enrolled in the DARe Certificate Program, the Introduction to Attachment styles will not count towards completion of your DARe 1 requirement.

What is the DARe Certificate Program?

DARe stands for Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience—a groundbreaking somatic, adult attachment approach for therapists and other mental health practitioners who want to help their clients develop stronger and more secure attachment.

The DARe Certificate Program consists of four training modules in which you learn a unique blend of somatic experiencing techniques, modalities for treating attachment adaptation injury, neuroscience and spiritual perspectives.

The DARe Certificate Program provides valuable credentials, as well as a chance to be listed online in our Approved DARe Provider directory.

Our DARe graduates demonstrate a high level of understanding of attachment theory and somatic methods and skills, as well as the ability to integrate exercises and interventions into clinical practice.

If you wish to learn more about the DARe Certificate Program, please visit our website at www.dianepooleheller.com/about-dare-certificate-program

Is this online training equivalent to the DARe 3 live event?

Yes, this course covers the same content and learning objectives as our live, DARe 3-day training, but in a different format.

This program, Neurobiology, Attachment & Secure Relationships, is a 6-week, online, self-paced course that also includes additional bonus resource material and weekly live calls with Dr. Diane Poole Heller.

Additionally, you get lifetime access to ALL training materials, including video and audio recordings, transcripts, worksheets, exercises and demos.

If you are enrolled in the DARe Certificate Program, this course WILL count towards your completion requirements.

What if I can’t show up live for all the training calls?

We would love to have you join each session live, but if you are unable to do so, all our sessions and training calls (including the Q&A) are recorded, so you can still receive all the information and coaching you need.

Additionally, the program module materials are yours to download and keep in your professional reference library. The only thing you cannot download, are client demos—because we need to honor and respect client confidentiality.

Will there be any opportunities to ask Dr. Heller questions?

Yes, we’ve structured this program in such a way so that we don’t just tell you about theoretical concepts—we show you how to apply them.

You’ll be able to watch actual client demo videos and participate in LIVE Q&A sessions, where you can submit case consults for challenging cases and Dr. Heller answers your specific questions, discusses techniques and gives you practical tips and exercises you can use integrate into your everyday practice immediately.

How much time will I need to spend on this program every week?

The time most people spend varies because of individual learning styles and preferences. Most of our students tell us they spend an average of 2-3 hours per module per week outside of our 1-hour LIVE Q&A sessions.

This course is structured so that everyone can move at their own pace—at the very least, we encourage you to join us for the interactive sessions and demos, so you get a chance to ask questions from Dr. Heller, live.

Ready to take the next step?

Here’s Everything You Get In…

Neurobiology, Attachment & Secure Relationships

Explore how the link between brain development and early attachment experiences can serve as an important clinical resource for healing and transformation in adult relationships.

that provide an overview of the role of neurobiology in attachment, how insecure attachment adaptations become wired into the brain (and body)—and how to work with the brain’s innate neuroplasticity to resolve trauma and heal attachment wounds.

where you learn directly from Dr. Heller in real time to integrate knowledge of neuroscience and attachment theory into your everyday clinical practice.

so you have access to everything you need to complete this course—in a variety of learning formats—so it’s easier to learn exactly how to apply tools and techniques to individualized interventions in a clinical setting.

where you’ll get answers, share insights and get support from me and your
friendly colleagues.

PLUS, these additional

Bonuses!

Expert Attachment Training + LIVE Q/A

Everything is yours to keep forever in your personal learning dashboard.

Enroll Now!

Choose Your Payment Option

One Payment

5 Monthly Payments of

Our first live call kicks off on September 1, 2021!

You’re protected by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

We’re confident this program will be a valuable investment in both your education and clinical practice.

Try the Attachment & Trauma Mastery Program: Neurobiology, Attachment & Secure Relationships course, 100%, risk-free. If for any reason, you don’t feel it meets your needs, please contact our friendly Support Team within 14 days of purchase — and we’ll happily issue you a refund.