Alumni, Community and Student Engagement Initiatives

2009 Consortium Conference

Dan Hughes, PhD, spoke at the Southwest CT Regional Consortium conference on May 8. His topic, attachment-focused family therapy, uses attachment research theory to build parent-child bonds to “co-regulate” affect, integrating traumatic history and building an ongoing template of safety and exploration. Therapist stance with both children and parents is “playful, accepting, curious and empathic.” He ended his talk with a quote from the Inuit storytelling tradition ” To love a child is to learn the song within their heart and sing it back to them when they forget it.” Hughes is based in Pennsylvania and has written several books that bridge psychodynamic and relational principles.

For more information about Dan Hughes you can visit his website at

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