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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
Healing of the Mind/Body Interface

With Professor Richard Kradin

Friday 15 and Saturday 16 April 2016

Friday 15 April 2016
Day 1 The placebo response and the power of unconscious healing
09.30   Registration and coffee

The mechanisms of the placebo response
Placebo responses are automatic and unconscious and cannot be predicted based on conscious volition. Instead, they reflect complex interactions between the inherent reward system of the nervous system and encoded procedural memories rooted in early attachment relationships. The placebo response contributes inextricably to virtually all therapeutic effects, varies in potency, and likely exhibits its own pathologies. What are the mechanisms at play, and how can these insights be incorporated into psychoanalytic theory?
11.30   Coffee

The placebo response in healing
This presentation will propose that the placebo response is an innate restorative processes that operates in the service of health; that it is a process of self-healing that is evoked by the social transactions of the therapeutic encounter. The interface between the relationship and the activation of the immune system will be discussed.
13.00   Lunch

The placebo response in the therapeutic encounter
The critical elements required to provoke placebo responses overlap substantially with what most current psychotherapies consider therapeutic, that is, an interpersonal dynamic rooted in concern, trust and empathy. The skills involved in optimizing the placebo responses will be considered.
15.30   Tea

The placebo response in the therapeutic encounter - Continued
16.15   Elaboration and discussion
17.00   End

Saturday 16 April 2016
Day 2 The curious domain of psychosomatic disorders
09.30   Registration and coffee

What do we understand about the mind-body interface?
Psychosomatic disorders represent a therapeutic conundrum. Despite compelling evidence to suggest the integrity of mind and body, humans are famously prone to experiencing them as separate. This presentation explores the scientific challenges posed by psychosomatic disorders and how changing cultural notions contribute to their perplexing presentations. Excerpts of cases from patients with chronic pelvic pain, chronic fatigue, and a factitious disorder are presented as examples of the challenges that these patients pose in analysis.
11.30   Coffee

What do we understand about the mind-body interface? Continued
13.00   Lunch

Psychosomatic disorders: developmental stress and attachment disorders
Patients suffering from psychosomatic disorders represent a formidable challenge. They are challenging to diagnose, treat, and are rarely completely cured. Currently, little is known as to how they develop or why their symptoms tend to transform over time. In this presentation, Richard Kradin focuses on the role that developmental stress and attachment disorders appear to play in increasing the risk of developing psychosomatic symptoms. An explanatory model of mind/body interaction based on early maternal-infant interactions is proposed as the basis for how psychosomatic pathologies may develop. Therapeutic approaches to the psychological treatment of patients with psychosomatic issues rooted in developmental deficits are considered.
15.30   Tea
15.45   Psychosomatic disorders: developmental stress and attachment disorders - Continued

17.00   End

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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 9.5 hours will be provided at the event

Grange Fitzrovia
Conference Suite
22-28 Bolsover Street

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:30 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea
17:00 End