Free Energy

Free Energy, Free Association and Free Spirit in Psychotherapy

Saturday 14 November 2020 - A Live Webinar

With Dr Barnaby Barratt, Professor Jeremy Holmes and Dr Saadia Muzaffar

  • Includes a recording of the event with access for a year (14 days post the event)
  • Bookings close at 9.00am BST Wednesday 11 November

The aim of psychotherapy is freedom: to liberate sufferers from repetitive self-defeating patterns of thought and relationship. Its clients feel stuck, unable to move forward, trammelled by depression, anxiety, physical and/or mental pain and cut-offness.

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FULL PROGRAMME

14.00 BST (09.00 EDT)
Professor Jeremy Holmes
The Free Energy Principle: The Neuroscience of Dynamic Psychotherapy
The Free Energy Principle, (FEP), a new model of brain function, parallels Freud’s abandoned neuroscience project. FEP sees the brain/mind as continuously engaged in “free energy minimisation”, in which “bottom up” information from the sense organs is met and bound by pre-existing “top-down” models of the world. This dynamic process depends on subjects’ action in order to enhance sensory precision, and capacity for model modification. People with psychological distress typically have inhibited agency; ignore their feelings and sensations; cling to outdated models or attempt to reproduce the familiar, however maladaptive. Effective therapy addresses and redresses these themes, and psychoanalytic theory itself needs reformulation in the light of relational neuroscience.

14.45
Discussant Barnaby Barratt

15.15
Break

15.30
Dr Saadia Muzaffar
Spirituality, & CAT as Psychotherapy in Psychiatric Practice
As a trained psychiatrist and an accredited Cognitive Analytical Therapist, Saadia believes the relationship of an individual to themselves as ‘I’ or that of a transcendental one beyond themselves, is of great value and meaning in achieving a better understanding of peoples’ lives. Over the years she has discovered the role of spiritual freedom in patient’s lives especially where science and algorithms have failed and uncertainties prevail. The use of Balint groups, the role of the CAT formulation, and the practice of writing letters to patients using their own words at the beginning of the therapeutic alliance as well as the endings, has helped patients embrace the tangible as well as think of their relationship to the other, in a spiritual manner.

16.15
Discussant Jeremy Holmes

16.45
Break

17.00
Dr Barnaby Barratt
Free-association, Subtle Energy, and Intimations of the Spiritual
As we use certain sorts of methods – for example, free-associative speaking and listening, meditation and movement – to explore all that occurs in our “mind” and in our “body,” we find depths that are surprising, often terrifying and often enriching. This is a wellspring of meaningfulness that takes us behind, beneath or beyond what may be encapsulated in our everyday modes of interpretation or even in the most sophisticated representations of our self, of others and of the universe we inhabit. This talk will discuss these ideas in relation to psychoanalytic and spiritual practices.

17.45
Discussant Jeremy Holmes

18.15
Open Discussion with all speakers

18.45
End

FEES

Handouts included:

Bookings close at 9.00am BST Wednesday 11 November

Confer member:
£56
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Self-funded:
£70

CPD

Certificates of attendance for 4 hours will be provided

VENUE

This is a live online webinar using Zoom software. Zoom is free to download and use.

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SCHEDULE

Saturday
14.00 BST (09.00 EDT) Start
14.00 Professor Jeremy Holmes
14.45 Discussant Barnaby Barratt
15.15 Break
15.30 Dr Saadia Muzaffar
16.15 Discussant Jeremy Holmes
16.45 Break
17.00 Dr Barnaby Barratt
17.45 Discussant Jeremy Holmes
18.15 Open Discussion
18.45 End

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