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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
Contemporary intersections in psychotherapy:
relational neuroscience, therapeutic imagination, secular spirituality
A day led by Professor Jeremy Holmes


Saturday 7 June 2014


FULL PROGRAMME
09.30   Registration and Coffee
10.00   

From Attachment to Relational neuroscience
A growth point for 21st Century psychotherapy is the intersection between contemporary neuroscience and the understanding of intimate relationships provided by Attachment Theory and research. Examples illustrating this will be drawn from recent advances in working with depression and Borderline Personality Disorder. The therapeutic implications will be outlined.
11.00   Coffee Break
11.30   

The Therapeutic Imagination
Attachment Theory sees attachment behaviours and challenging exploration as mutually incompatible. Sensitivity to the client’s attachment state of mind guides therapists in how much to push for exploration, challenge and change, versus containment and security. Theory is illustrated by the suicidal ‘patient’, exemplified by George Eliot’s novel, Daniel Deronda. I will discuss the role of the imagination in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, as an antithesis to current tick-box appraisals so enamored of health service planners.
13.00   Lunch (included)
14.00   

Secular spirituality and psychotherapy
Health workers are enjoined to take into account their clients' physical, psychological and spiritual needs. But what does the term 'spiritual' mean in the clinical context and what, if any, is its relevance to the practice of psychotherapy? Starting from Tolstoy's famous 'oak tree' metaphor I shall argue that connectedness (etymologically linked with 're-ligion) is a fundamental aspect of psychological health. I will advocate the bringing together of self and other, self and society, and self and nature as an attachment-theory based reworking of the notion of the 'depressive position'.
15.15   Tea
15.30   Live supervision
17.00   End
Fees

Self-funded: £130
Organisationally-funded: £190
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CPD Hours

Certificates of Attendance for 6.5 hours will be provided at the event
Venue

5th Floor Lecture Theatre
Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane
London
NW3 5BA
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Schedule

Registration: 09.30
Start: 10.00
End: 17.00
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