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Connecting with the Heart:

Exploring How Attachment Patterns Influence Grief


Led by Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S

Friday January 25, 2019

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Location: Eaton Hall - Covenant Presbyterian Church

3003 Northland Dr., Austin, TX 78757


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Professional Registration $100

Student Registration (limited) $50

CEU's Offered: 6 hours for LCSW, LMSW, LMFT, LPC

Lunch, light snacks and beverages will be provided.  

The Austin Center for Grief & Loss will be hosting a 6-hour workshop on how attachment patterns influence grief.  This workshop will provide invaluable information and training on understanding the process of grief in light of attachment theory principles.  Clients’ attachment patterns with the deceased, with their families and in therapeutic relationships will be explored.  In addition, clinicians will increase their awareness of their own attachment patterns and how these interact with those of their clients.  The relationship that emerges provides opportunity for the client to begin developing more intrapersonal and relational skills that are consistent with secure attachment as they heal in their grief. 

This workshop is inspired by grief-focused treatment, the latest theories of attachment, and relational neuroscience.  Participants will learn to apply these concepts through case examples, group discussions and experiential activities.

Participants will learn to: 

  • Identify key tenets of attachment theory that relate to facilitating therapeutic grief work.

  • Understand how different attachment styles may affect the grief process.

  • Articulate relevant aspects of the relational neurosciences pertinent to attachment-sensitive grief work.

  • Develop strategies for relationally-engaging with clients' grief work in light of their attachment wounds and protective stances.

  • Increase awareness of the necessity and potential risks that come with the therapeutic use of self when working with grieving clients.


Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, has 15 years of practice in family and play therapy. He has extensive speaking and training experience and has worked in a variety of mental health settings. Most of Marshall’s clinical practice has focused on attachment trauma and its effect on family relationships. Marshall conducts supervision and consultation sessions with counseling professionals and leads training in both parenting and professional settings; much of his consultation and training focuses on the use of sandtray therapy within a trauma-informed context. He is EMDR-certified and TBRI-trained and uses these with foster and adoptive families.