Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, EMDRIA Approved Consultant
Harry Potter and the Theory of Attachment
October 21-23, 2021
9 am - 4:45 pm each day (Central time)
The Harry Potter books are so universally beloved that the terminology and characters have become culturally embedded, allowing mental health clinicians to benefit from these works within therapeutic contexts. Furthermore, much of the plot serves as engaging material for clients of all ages and abilities to connect to healing concepts from the empirically-robust model of attachment theory. This workshop will allow participants to experience intermediate level expressive techniques related to bibliotherapy, sandtray, art, and creative writing while accessing the attachment-rich metaphors from the magical world of Hogwarts. Participants will engage in collaborative dialogue in identifying attachment-related concepts contained within the Harry Potter books before being invited to explore experiential elements in response to identified attachment themes. It is strongly recommended that participants have knowledge of the Harry Potter books. There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.
1. Identify 3 or more basic tenets of Attachment Theory through the lens of Harry Potter
Discuss how caregiving impacts attachment rhythms while looking at characters’ journeys in the Harry Potter book
Identify characteristics of the 4 attachment styles in Harry Potter characters
4. Describe resulting relational dynamics from the 4 attachment styles by discussing characters in the Harry Potter series
5. Use 3 or more expressive techniques to bring Attachment Theory into the therapy room
6. Use 2 or more ways to use attachment theory terminology in manners that are approachable and relatable to clients
7. Describe the 5 components of a memory network using Harry Potter themes
8. Discuss how attachment patterns influence the internalization of 3 types of trauma and how to heal from it using plot points from the Harry Potter books
9. Apply the power of disconfirming experiences using 2 Harry Potter based techniques
10. Describe the impact of early life attachment patterns on mood disorders using plot points from the Harry Potter books
11. Explain 2 or more ways therapist’s and client’s attachment styles affect treatment
12. Apply 2 interventions designed for clients within each attachment presentation
There will be optional community-building activities for participants like a trivia night,
Tarot and tea get together and an early morning expressive writing and mindfulness circle.
Jami Lynn Bula is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Austin, Texas. Jami Lynn’s foundational treatment model is Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and the use of brain science to direct clinical practice. She specializes working with couples in the areas of trauma recovery and sexuality. Enjoying the complexity of human interaction, Jami Lynn’s favorite work is with couples and groups. Jami Lynn is an experiential therapist, utilizing sandtray, art, color, metaphor, and movement in sessions. For more information visit
Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, has 20 years of practice in family and play therapy. Drawing on lessons learned from working with attachment trauma in a variety of mental health settings, Marshall regularly teaches on trauma, expressive therapies, and attachment-informed family work around the globe. In addition to maintaining a small clinical practice, Marshall also conducts supervision and consultation sessions with counseling professionals who are pursuing EMDR certification and RPT status, often with a particular focus on the use of sandtray therapy. Marshall has published in professional journals and magazines in addition to contributing to the books
Counseling Families: Play-Based Treatment
EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room: An Integrated Approach.
Caleb Matthews is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Austin, Texas. He is the current Board President of The Human Empathy Project, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering empathetic connection around matters of Christian faith, gender, and sexual diversity through confidential consultations and resources. Caleb earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Texas A&M University and his Master of Arts in Counseling at St. Edward’s University. He specializes in counseling work related to the LGBTQIA community, trauma (EMDR Certified), and couples/families. If you are interested in knowing more, please visit
Continuing Education Credit (18 CEs) is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions: Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists
The early bird registration fee is $539 (if registered before July 31, 2021). The registration fee for those signing up on or after 7-31-21 is $589. Email if a payment plan is needed. The training will occur at The Workshop, 300 Allen St., Austin, TX, 78702.
: Registration is non-refundable.
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