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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
Neuroendocrinology for Psychotherapists

The psychophysiology of the inflammatory response in states of emotional disregulation

Led by Dr Dianne Lefevre and Dr Alan Watkins

Saturday 26 September 2015 (SOLD OUT)

09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Dr Dianne Lefevre

The impact of inflammatory disorders and the risks for health
Freud said that the ego is first and foremost a body ego. If there can be an equivalent of the Grand Unifying theory for a body, it could be inflammation. Inflammatory processes underlie both physical and mental illnesses and therefore should be a major consideration if we wish to heal, to prevent illness pain and suffering. The interactions between physical and mental states are reflected in the increased morbidity and mortality in chronic psychoses, PTSD, and attachment problems. How do these systems interact?
11.15   Coffee
11.45   Dr Alan Watkins

The psychophysiology of affect dysregulation
There are a number of integrated regulatory pathways that link cognitive, psycho-emotional and physiological processes. We will explore these from the vantage point of each relevant discipline. In unpacking complex systems such as the human body-mind where do we even start and does it matter where? Do we need to build multi-disciplinary teams to address the complexity of our patients? Or should practitioners be trained in immunology, neuroendocrinology as well as psychotherapy to be able to intervene effectively in their patients' overall health?
13.00   Lunch break
14.15   Dr Alan Watkins

What can psychotherapists and psychologists do to support the well-being of their patients or clients?
Having understood the sophistication, boundary-less complexity of human health and the pathogenesis of dis-ease, whether that be chronic inflammation of something more, it will be proposed that there are key questions that psychotherapists or psychologists must address to reduce the risk of missing underlying physiologically-based pathology. In addition, there are some relatively straightforward immune-enhancing strategies that psychotherapists can embrace that can reduce the risk of psychological issues triggering inflammatory-based, chronic illness. These will be introduced.
15.30   Tea
15.45   Dr Dianne Lefevre

How can we incorporate these considerations into psychotherapeutic technique?
Observational work with patients with severe chronic mental illness indicates that the origins of such illnesses can be traced to infancy. Interestingly, an anti-inflammatory, multifaceted treatment regime, which included intensive psychotherapy and nutritional factors, was effective in bringing about positive changes. We also know that the re-experiencing of early infantile trauma in non-psychotic patients is known to trigger distress and corresponding physiological responses. How can we best, as psychotherapists, deal with and understand such developmental dynamics without triggering an inflammatory response in the process?
17.00   End

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Early bird: £108 (SOLD OUT)
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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6.5 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and drinks
10.00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea
17.00 End