May 5, 2017 Educational Conference
Synapses & Psychoanalysis
This continuing education program is sponsored by Yellowbrick Foundation and The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Yellowbrick Foundation will host the event. Registration is required. Registration Fee: $125.00.
Creativity In Psychotherapy: An Adaptive Function Of The Right Brain Unconscious
Allan N. Schore, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences,
University of California at Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
Within psychology and psychiatry there has been a long history studying creativity in not only people with outstanding achievements and those with mental disorders, but also as a personality trait in all individuals. In parallel, a large body of research within neuroscience highlights the essential role of the right hemisphere in creativity. Indeed, very recently neuroscience authors are contending that the immense capacity of human beings to be creative can be gleaned from virtually all realms of our lives whenever we generate original ideas, develop novel solutions to problems, or express ourselves in a unique and individual manner.
Dr. Schore will cite both the neuroscience and clinical literatures to offer an interpersonal neurobiological model of creativity in the psychotherapeutic context, in both patient and therapist. As examples he will describe the critical role of the clinician’s creativity when working with right brain affects.
Remembering, Forgetting and the Neurobiological Basis of Identity
Cristina M. Alberini, Ph.D.
Center for Neural Science New York University
How are memories formed and stored? Can they be changed, weakened or strengthened? What happens during the first few years of life when memories are formed but rapidly lost, thus leading to infantile amnesia? I will discuss studies from my laboratory on the biological mechanisms of memories revealing very dynamic processes of memory storage and their critical modulation by emotions. I will discuss recent data indicating that infantile experiences are not forgotten, but stored in a latent form, and, in fact, they can be re-instated by recalls given later in life. The biological mechanisms underlying the formation of these latent infantile memories revealed the existence of critical periods of learning to learn and remember. These findings have important implications for the use of memory consolidation and reconsolidation in therapeutic settings, and for understanding how individuality is shaped.
The Enacted Unconscious:
A Neuropsychological Model of Unconscious Processes and Therapeutic Change
Efrat Ginot, Ph.D.
Integrating neuropsychological research with clinical material, this presentation advances a new, clinically relevant view of unconscious processes. This model explains how unconscious patterns are created, enacted and repeated. Most significantly, it explains the frequent difficulties encountered by patients as they struggle to attain emotional and behavioral growth. Therapeutic issues such as resistance, repetition compulsion and enactments are addressed in a fresh way. Recent neuropsychological findings indicate that unconscious processes underpin all brain/mind emotional, cognitive and behavioral patterns; they are pervasive, ongoing and influential. Significantly, the unconscious and conscious realms are closely intertwined.
Dr. David Daskovsky, Director of Training at Yellowbrick, will lead a panel discussion with the audience encouraging dialogue from everyone’s clinical experience.