Two interwoven developmental processes--attachment and intersubjectivity--are central in the develop of an individual's sense of safety, identity, meaningful relationships, and a coherent narrative. These processes guide the developmental trajectory within the family during childhood and adolesence, while still active and central in the successful integration of autonomy and intimacy over the course of the life span. These processes are equally important in managing stress, resolving trauma, developing resiliency, and discovering new aspects of self from infancy through old age. When an individual at any age experiences intrafamilial trauma, these processes greatly aid in the successful resolution of the trauma and its integation into the narrative.
This presentation describes the essence of a treatment model that is based on the theories and research of attachment and intersubjectivty.