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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)

It is well understood that psychological stress impacts our emotional states via processes of affect disregulation, and is measurable by cortisol levels and other biomarkers. This one-day seminar looks at the impact of the psycho-neuro-endocrinological system upon health, how our day-to-day emotional response to stress alters immune functioning and how this can potentially cascade into chronic inflammatory-based illness. Our presenters will describe the basic physiology of perceived stress and how it affects the body in states of chronic illness, examined via psycho-neuro-immunology, endocrinology and psychodynamic theory.

We will pose 6 discussions.
  • How does stress make us ill?
  • Should practitioners try to assess if their patient might be suffering from a psychophysiological inflammatory condition?
  • How do we know when a physiological or immunological intervention may be needed?
  • What do we know about the interaction between physical and mental states?
  • What can mental health practitioners do to help people get some control back over their physiology?
  • Can psychophysiological measures be incorporated into a therapeutic modality that does not normally work with psychophysiological processes?

Dr Alan Watkins
Alan Watkins is recognised as an international expert on leadership and human performance. He has a broad mix of commercial, academic, scientific and technological abilities. Drawing on his background as a physician and neuroscientist he has an ability to integrate different lines of development and scientific advances from many fields. Over the past 15 years he has been a coach and confidant to many of Europe's top leaders. He is passionate about developing enlightened leadership in the world in multiple market sectors and enabling leaders to make a more meaningful contribution in an increasingly complex world. More >>

Dr Dianne Lefevre
Dr Dianne Campbell Lefevre, MB ChB FRCP FRCPsych, worked for 40 years with patients with mental illness including intensive work with people with psychoses. She worked initially as a physician and later as a Consultant Psychiatrist and a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy. She ran an MSc course in the Psychodynamics of the Psychoses for 6 years. She is interested in the multiple factors contributing to the genesis, course and effective management of mental illness and in particular in the psychoses and their relationship to PTSD, OCD, BPD and DID. More >>

Clow, A. Evans, P. and Hucklebridge, F. (2000) Mind, Immunity and Health: The Science of Psychoneuroimmunology (Key texts in the psychology of health & illness)

Sapolsky Robert M., (2002) Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers. An Updated Guide to Stress, Stress-related Diseases, and Coping. W.H Freeman and Company. New York (a readable book)

Minihane, Anne et al (2015) Low Grade inflammation, diet composition and health: current research evidence and its translation. British Journal of Nutrition. (free access) British Journal of Nutrition July 31, 2015 DOI:

Richardson Alex. (2006) They are what you feed them. Harper Thorsons. is Dr Alex Richardson's web site and it is an excellent source of information.

Siegel Daniel J. (March 1996) Cognitive Neuroscience Encounters Psychotherapy. Lessons from Research on Attachment and the Development of Emotion, Memory and Narrative.

Smith Ronald S. (1997) Cytokines and Depression. How your Immune system CAUSES depression. (Very Good but long. )
Available as a book on line for downloading at:

Watkins, A. (2013) Coherence: The Secret Science of Brilliant Leadership


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Early bird: £108 (SOLD OUT)
A maximum of 15 earlybird tickets are available
Self-funded: £130 (SOLD OUT)
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