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Blog Post #1

Incomplete Pathological Mourning

Summer - June 2021 we provided three enlightening workshops introducing John Bowlby's model of incomplete pathological mourning. The workshop presented the conceptual foundations of mourning and used AAP case studies to address the clinical understanding and treatment of clients in unresolved, preoccupied with personal suffering, and failed mourning. To learn more about incomplete pathological mourning, see the chapter on pathological mourning in the AAP book - George and West, 2012. We hope to do more webinars like this one in the future - so please stay tuned and check the training schedule.

Blog Post #2

On the Road Again

November 2021 - webinar. Caroline Lee, Melissa Lehmann, and Carol George are excited to present a first of its kind workshop at the 3rd Conference of the Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment Institute. Some of the biggest challenges for AAP users after coding and classification is thinking through how to conceptualize the AAP in therapy. This collaborative workshop will demonstrate the application of the AAP in Therapeutic Assessment using a clinical case. The workshop will provide a brief orientation to the attachment pattern groups to fortify the developmental connections between early attachment and assessment constructs during adolescence and adulthood. The presenters will provide a “live” AAP case consultation and participants will have the opportunity to collaborate in small groups to analyze AAP stories and other test data, develop a case conceptualization, plan assessment interventions, and collaborate in creating written feedback incorporating the AAP. The primary goal of this “hands on” workshop is for participants to leave with a deeper clinical understanding of the AAP, as well as practical ideas for assessment interventions and written feedback for future clients. Registration information:

July 2022. What a treat to be on the road again with in-person workshops (if COVID cooperates of course).  Carol George and Melissa Lehmann will be presenting the AAP to the International Rorschach Society. A few society members already know about the AAP, but this workshop will be the AAP debut for this group. Please stay tuned for the forthcoming introduction to the AAP in the ISR Bulletin written by our junior colleague Tomoko Miwa who has been working with the AAP for almost a decade. For information contact See you in Geneva!

Blog Post #3

Join an AAP Consultation Group

Ongoing - What is an AAP consultation group and who can join? An AAP consultation group brings individuals who have been trained and some who are reliable judges together to discuss clinical cases in their practice using Zoom. The groups typically have four members that meet every few weeks with each member providing a case for discussion. Meetings begin with AAP coding. Clinical cases are challenging (you thought the reliability cases were challenging!) and we code your AAP together using the same format we use in an AAP training. Then we discuss the questions the clinician brings to the group. Members say that these groups help tremendously with refining AAP coding and case conceptualization. After all, "four heads" are indeed better than one when thinking about going forward with an attachment-informed assessment or therapy. New groups are being formed regularly. For registration information, contact Carol George

              Blog Post #4

Mills College Library

2022 A New AAP Book

Coming in 2022 ! A new AAP book Clinical Application of the Adult Attachment Projective Picture System, published by Routledge. This volume features clinical case studies of adults and adolescents written by seasoned international AAP-users, including ideas about how to use and present the AAP results to clients, and case formulations. Chapter themes include, for example, following clients through treatment, adolescents in foster care, use with parents of children being seen clinically, the intersection of using the AAP with wholistic body therapy, and psychodynamic orientations.