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Online Workshop via Zoom

Bonus: receive 60-day access to the recording when you register!

Beyond Attachment: Other Social Motivational Systems that Organize Unhealthy

Relational Strategies

with Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN


***Please read before registering: You have the choice of attending this workshop live on February 9th (and also get 60 days access to the recording to review the content) or if you are not able to attend live on February 9th, you can register for the home study version only. Please only register to one of these options.



Friday, February 9th, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:15 PM Eastern 8:00 AM - 10:15 AM Pacific CA/USA 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM Mountain CA/USA 4:00 PM - 6:15 PM London, UK 5:00 PM - 7:15 PM Madrid, Spain 5:00 PM - 7:15 PM Berlin, Germany 5:00 PM - 7:15 PM Copenhagen, Denmark 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM Helsinki, Finland

Live Online via Zoom

Video via Home Study
(60 days access)






Psychologists, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, MFTs, LPCs, graduate-level Counselors, any other mental health professionals/providers.

Workshop Description

Attachment and defense against threat (flight, fight, freeze and faint) involve inborn neural networks that guide our behavior. These play a central role in understanding and treating complex trauma. These are called motivational systems because they motivate us to act in specific ways, with particular emotions, perceptions and goals. But what prompts traumatized clients to relate in ways that attempt attachment connection but are unsuccessful? We will examine several common relational strategies that are based on other social motivational systems beyond attachment that also influence how we relate to others: collaboration, caregiving, play, competition/ ranking, and sexuality. When we function adaptively, motivational systems – along with attachment, operate unconsciously in the background and shift in seamless harmony, supporting adaptation to the present. However, traumatized clients can engage these other systems as maladaptive relational strategies when attachment is overwhelming or conflicted. We will explore social motivational systems beyond attachment, the role they play in relational strategies, and how to work with them. 

Learning Objectives 

Participants will be able to: 

  1. Identify five (5) social motivational systems in addition to attachment and their goals.

  2. Discuss the impact of disorganized attachment on the use of other social motivational systems instead of attachment.

  3. Identify at least two (2) specific relational strategies and their respective motivational systems.

  4. Utilize at least two (2) specific therapeutic strategies to support clients in shifting to more adaptive relational styles.

The Envision Difference

100 % online:  Develop your skills from the comfort of your home or office via Zoom.

Live Q&A:  Ask Questions during the Live Q & A with the presenter and participants.

60 Days access:  Can't Attend Live?  Watch Later. 60 days of access to the workshop recording and materials and receive a certificate with CEs for home study learning.


Workshop Schedule - Eastern Time (ET) 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm (ET)

  • Social motivational systems beyond attachment, the role they play in relational strategies, and how to work with them. 

  • Motivational Systems and the traumatized client

  • Disorganized attachment 

  • Maladaptive relational strategies

12:00 pm - 12:10 pm (ET)


12:10 pm - 1:00 pm (ET)

  • Relational strategies and their respective motivational systems

  • Specific therapeutic strategies to support clients in shifting to more adaptive relational styles

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm (ET)

Q & A


About Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN

Kathy Steele has been in private practice since 1985, and with Metropolitan Psychotherapy Associates in Atlanta, Georgia since 1988. She was Clinical Director of Metropolitan Counseling Services, a non- profit psychotherapy and training center until 2016. She is a Past President and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and has also served two terms on the Board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Kathy served on the International Task Force that developed treatment guidelines for Dissociative Disorders, and on the Joint International Task Force that has developed treatment guidelines for Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. She has received a number of awards for her work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from ISSTD, an Emory University Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Cornelia B. Wilbur Award for Outstanding Clinical Contributions from ISSTD. Kathy has (co) authored numerous book chapters, peer reviewed journal articles, and three books with her colleagues.


Continuing Education (CE) Credits:
2 CE credits/contact hours awarded
*CE credits also available for the home study version!
See our FAQ section below for more information

American Psychological Association (APA)  

Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)  

Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program.  

National Board for Certified Counselors 


Envision Counselling and Consulting has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7241. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Envision Counselling and Consulting is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)  

CCPA has reviewed and approved the content of this workshop for 2 CEC.

The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)  

This workshop is eligible for 2 CE Credits.

Please ensure to check with your individual state boards/regulatory body to verify Continuing Education Credit Hours requirements and if the workshop you are planning to take qualifies. Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about a specific course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

CE credits



What are the requirements for obtaining CEs?

Participants must have logged in at the start of the live interactive webinar and logged out at the end, and attended the entire webinar to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire webinar. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates will be available following webinar completion. If participants watch the recording (home study) version of the presentation, they will have access to Self-Study CE credits after completion of a short quiz.

Do I have to pay extra for CE credits?

No. The cost of CE credits is included with your workshop registration. 

If I cannot attend live, can I still get CE credits?

Yes. You can access the recording in the home study version, watch it in its entirety, and then pass a quiz with a score of 75% or higher. After taking the quiz, you will be able to download a certificate as proof of completion.

How do I access the home study version when it becomes available?

You will be emailed 5 business days after the live event with instructions on how you can access Envision's online learning platform. Sign in to your online account: Locate the email and click on your personal sign-in link to set your password. You cannot locate the email we sent? Login directly through the platform. Copy and paste the link below into your web browser: To login, use the email address you provided when you registered for the workshop. To create your password, click on "Forgot Password" and set up a password for your account. If you already have an account and password, use those credentials to login.

How long do I have to review the recording?

You will have 60 days to review the recording. The recording will be made available approximately (5) business days after the live workshop.

What is the refund policy?

Cancellation on a registered spot must be no later than 5 days prior to the live event. There will be no penalty fee for cancellation.

If I have special needs or require accommodations, what do I do?

Email at least five (5) business days prior to the live workshop to request accommodations or discuss your needs. Envision cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

If I have a complaint or grievance, who do I contact?

Please email All grievances must be in writing and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.

Is there commercial support or a conflict of interest for this presentation?

Kathy Steele receives a speaking honorarium from Envision. There are no known conflicts of interests or commercial support for this program. Envision does not receive any financial support for this presentation. Literature may be referred to during the presentation. Envision will not receive any book royalties and was not offered any financial incentives for the mention of those books. Please note that authors of these books will get a royalty from any sale made of their books as per their agreement with the publishing company. For more information on any potential conflict of interest or financial support, attendees may email Envision at

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