MAMFT Annual Conference

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The 2019 Annual Conference will take place on September 12th & 13th at the Westin in Edina.  The keynote speaker on the 12th will be Diane Poole Heller, PhD. Workshops will be provided by local therapists on the 13th.

REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE IS NOW OPEN HERE!


Clinical Interventions to Help Heal Attachment Wounds

Healing childhood wounds is key for enjoying fulfilling relationships as an adult. This workshop will be a blend of lecture, experiential exercises, guided imaginary meditations, and multimedia presentations. You will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of Attachment Styles: Secure, Ambivalent/ Preoccupied, Avoidant/Dismissive and Disorganized, as well as how they impact adult relationships.

Dr. Diane Poole Heller’s groundbreaking approach will help you learn what the hallmarks are for identifying each style, as well as what is needed to enhance secure attachment. As you explore this material and your own attachment history, you will discover how to heal this important part of the human journey, overcoming the grip of past wounds to have more fun, deeper connection and healthy intimacy in relationships.

Attendees will learn to:

  • Identify how dynamics between early childhood “family of origin” attachment patterns may play out in adult
  • Compare the distinctions between Secure, Avoidant, Ambivalent, and Disorganized Attachment
  • Use Corrective Experiences to aid in resolving fixed attachment
  • Describe “Earned Attachment”, which means a return to healthy Secure Attachment that occurs as early bonding wounds are repaired and healed.

See all of the Friday workshops listed below. Click here for the bios for Friday’s presenters.

*Registration fee includes all materials, refreshments and breakfast fare both mornings.  Lunch is “on your own” both days.  There are several food venues connected to the hotel via the Galleria skywalk.

Click here to reserve a hotel room at the block rate.  The cut-off date for the room block rate is August 13, 2019.

Refund Policy: 

Requests must be made in writing. Refunds will be given on requests received 10 days prior to the training event. A 20% administrative fee per person will be deducted from all cancellations. No refunds will be given if received less than 10 days prior to the event, but registrants can transfer their registration to another person.


Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., is an established expert in the field of Child and Adult Attachment Theory and Models, trauma resolution, and integrative healing techniques. Diane developed her own signature series on Adult Attachment called DARe (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience) also known as SATe

(Somatic Attachment Training experience).  Dr. Heller began her work with Dr. Peter Levine, founder of SETI (Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute) in 1989. As Senior Faculty for SETI, she taught Somatic Experiencing® trauma work internationally for over 25 years. As a dynamic speaker and teacher, Diane has been featured at prestigious international events and conferences.

She is the author of numerous articles in the field. Her book “Crash Course” on auto accident trauma resolution is used worldwide as a resource for healing a variety of overwhelming life events. Her film, “Surviving Columbine”, produced with Cherokee Studios, aired on CNN and supported community healing in the aftermath of the school shootings. Sounds True recently published Dr. Heller’s audio book: “Healing Your Attachment Wounds: How to Create Deep and Lasting Relationships” and “The Power of Attachment: How to Create Deep and Lasting Intimate Relationships”. As developer of DARe and president of Trauma Solutions, a psychotherapy training organization, Dr. Heller supports the helping community through an array of specialized topics.