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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
Where is our emotional centre and what is the relevance to psychotherapy?

With Speakers: Michael Ash, Dr Janina Fisher, Dr Art O’Malley, O’Malley, Laurie Slade and Dr Alan Watkins

Saturday 1 July 2017

08.30 - 09:45   Social Dreaming Matrix led by Laurie Slade

"An opportunity to share your dreams from the night before in a facilitated group setting."
09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Dr Alan Watkins

Mind control – who is in charge? Can we change the way we think by using our hearts?
Alan Watkins’ work is focused on how adults develop, including how to teach individuals to develop much greater levels of emotion regulation. Emotional regulation starts by developing the ability to control your physiology, specifically the electrical signals of your heart. Alan will demonstrate this live during the talk. But your heart doesn’t just alter your emotional state, Alan will review the heart’s role in perception and identity.
11.15   Coffee
11.45   Dr Janina Fisher

Minds and Hearts: Using the Heart to Heal the Mind
Advances in the field of neuroscience over the past twenty years have revolutionized our understanding of psychotherapy. We now know that psychological growth requires not only emotional change but also brain change. One of the most powerful organs regulating both emotions and the brain is the human heart. But how can an emphasis on changing brain and heart function feel caring, relational and respectful to clients who have come to talk? How can the modern psychotherapist help clients recruit their hearts in the service of both accessing their emotions and changing brain function? Understanding the heart-brain connection is the first step in this revolution in clinical practice.

We will:
  • Identify how the heart-brain connection affects human emotion and behavior
  • Describe interventions that regulate heart rate and autonomic arousal
  • Discuss the effects of mindful awareness on heart function
  • Utilize the heart as a resource in treatment
  • Identify interventions that are both neurobiological and relational
13.00   Lunch break (Lunch not included)
14.15   Michael Ash

Increasing research evidence is confirming that appropriate diversity in the gut microbiota is essential not only for a healthy gut but also for normal physiologic functioning in other organs, especially the brain. Disturbed gut microbiota in the form of dysbiosis at any point in our life can have a profound impact on brain function. Dysbiosis might emerge for a variety of reasons, including the mode of birth delivery, diet, and antibiotic and other drug exposure. Michael Ash will explore its relevance to clinical practice, and suggest safe and easy interventions.
  • Gut microbes can communicate with the brain through a variety of routes, including the vagus nerve, short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), cytokines, and tryptophan
  • Psychobiotics are bacteria that when ingested in adequate amounts produce a positive mental health benefit
  • The brain-gut-microbiota axis represents a paradigm shift in neuroscience and provides a novel target for supporting individuals with conditions, such as depression, autism, and Parkinson disease
15.30   Tea
15.45   Dr Art O'Malley

Gut Feelings: incorporating bodily awareness as a dynamic model for psychotherapy
This presentation offers an integrated approach to psychotherapy, which incorporates elements of trauma, focused cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness and sensorimotor psychotherapy (SP), and will offer an understanding of information processing in the body following significant life events. A critical domain of emotional awareness is the gut, and affect is initially registered at the level of the 'gut brain'. The next level of reprocessing takes place at the level of the 'heart brain', which is often linked to feelings of loss, panic and anxiety. A key component of reprocessing as a treatment for trauma is overcoming the symptoms of speechless terror, which are felt at the level of the throat and pharynx. The goal of activating and reprocessing these sensations, motor impulses, feelings and thoughts is to bring unconscious triggers into conscious awareness. This presentation will illustrate the use of BART Psychotherapy (Bilateral Affective Reprocessing of Thoughts) as a treatment for different types of traumatic dissociation, which incorporates an understanding of the autonomic function of the organs of the body in emotional processing.
16.30   Panel discussion
17.00   End

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8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

08:30 - 09:45 Social Dreaming Matrix
09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea
17:00 End