This engaging dyadic presentation is specifically focused on our clinical conceptualisation of the needs of the families and spouses of addicted people. The talk will move from the 'wife shaming' views if the 1940's to the 'family disease models of the 1960's, ending with an overview the concept of codependency. (1980's, 1990's). The talk will then turn away from this historical critique, toward a discussion/description of a new concept, Prodependence.

Prodependence will be introduced as a fully new, strength based model sourced in attachment theory.

We will look at why has loving and caring for a troubled person become a pathology? In our age of attachment-focused psychotherapy, can anyone really "love too much?" For that matter, what is codependency today?

This clinical, research guided, provocative keynote modelled after the 2018 book Prodependence, critiques the history and present state of codependency, while also introducing something entirely new.

Prodependence is a brand new, attachment sourced view of the families and loved ones of addicts that pushes us past Codependence. Thus in an attachment-focused era, we will discuss whether we can begin to offer caregivers a more loving, strength based treatment model.

Learning Objectives:

1. Introduce a new model of treatment (educate participants) for partners of addicts.
2. Attendees will be able to compare and contrast codependence and prodependence to understand the differences between the models.
3. Attendees will develop three new terms to utilise when intervening loved ones of addicts.

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