Affect Regulation Theory: Clinical Applications A 2-day interactive training workshop with Dr Allan N. Schore Dublin, 25 & 26 September 2017 (Monday & Tuesday) 9:30am - 5:00pm on both days
At this interactive training workshop over 2 days, Dr Schore describes his ongoing work on Affect Regulation Theory, an evidence-based interpersonal neurobiological model of development, psychopathogenesis, and treatment of the early forming emotional core of the right brain subjective self. Of particular relevance to psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists, the workshop uses a series of PowerPoint lectures, audience dialogues and examples of early Attachment Trauma; together with essential themes from Dr Schore’s latest book, The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy to elucidate how, as therapists, we can: • focus on our own right brain functions so we can effectively process and regulate our client’s unconsciously communicated bodily-based affective states • gain a deeper comprehension of regulated enactments and allow these to inform our therapeutic approaches • interpret recent neurobiological data – that allows us to enhance our therapeutic creativity and • understand data from neuroscience, developmental psychology, pediatrics, endocrinology, and psychiatry that explains gender differences in brain and developmental psychopathology Overall, the workshop focusses on the pragmatic clinical applications of Affect Regulation Theory, with specific attention to the psychoneurobiological change mechanisms embedded in the psychotherapy relationship. About the speaker Dr Allan Schore is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He is author of four seminal volumes, most recently The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy, as well as numerous articles and chapters. His contributions appear in multiple disciplines, including neuroscience, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, infant mental health, attachment theory, trauma studies, behavioral biology, clinical psychology, and clinical social work. He is past editor of the Norton series on Interpersonal Neurobiology and a reviewer or on the editorial staff of 45 journals across a number of scientific and clinical disciplines. He has received a number of honors for his work, including an Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology from the Division of Trauma Psychology and the Scientific Award from the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, Honorary Membership by the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center Award for outstanding contributions to Child and Adolescent Mental Health. He has had a private psychotherapy practice for over four decades. Workshop Schedule Day 1, Monday, 25 September 2017 9:00AM: Registration 9:30AM: Module 1: A Regulation Model of Clinical Expertise for Working with Early Relational Trauma In this opening PowerPoint lecture Dr. Schore will overview his current clinical, research, and theoretical studies in developmental affective neuroscience, traumatology, and neuropsychoanalysis, in order to discuss the relational and neurobiological underpinnings of clinical expertise in the treatment of clients with histories of early attachment trauma. He will offer interdisciplinary evidence which indicates that our conception of the expert clinician has changed, from one who offers insight-oriented interpretations in order to make the unconscious conscious to one who optimally processes and regulates the client’s unconsciously communicated bodily-based affective states in order to facilitate development of the unconscious mind and thereby a coherent and integrated subjective sense of self. These clinical skills involve the therapist’s right brain functions for receiving, processing, and regulating the client’s bodily-based affective states. 1:00PM: Lunch Break (a light lunch is provided as part of the workshop) 2:00PM: Module 2: A Paradigm Shift in the Therapeutic Approach to Clinical Enactments The ongoing paradigm shift in the psychological and biological sciences is deepening our understanding of the affective and neurobiological dynamics of clinical enactments of early attachment trauma. Very recent relational and neuropsychoanalytic models posit that enactments are inevitable eruptions of unconsciously strong overwhelming affect within the therapeutic relationship and not technical mistakes, and that they represent an important relational context for therapeutically reaching deeply into traumatized areas of the brain/mind/body. The shift from cognition to emotion, from conscious to unconscious processes, and from left to right brain allows for a deeper understanding of how regulated enactments are a central mechanism of therapeutic action, especially for clients with a history of relational trauma. 5:00PM: Close Day 2, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 9:00AM: Registration 9:30AM: Module 3: The Right Brain in Therapeutic Creativity Within psychology and psychiatry there is a long history studying creativity in people with outstanding achievements as well as in those with mental disorders. More recent models view creativity as a personality trait in all individuals. In parallel, a body of research within neuroscience highlights the essential role of the right hemisphere in creativity. In this lecture Dr. Schore will cite both the neuroscience and clinical literatures to offer a neurobiological model of interpersonal creativity in the psychotherapeutic context, in both client and therapist. As examples, he will describe the critical role of the clinician’s creativity when working with right brain affects, especially in joint enactments, in processing novel intrapersonal and interpersonal information within therapeutic moments of spontaneous play, in facilitating the client’s expanding tolerance for interpersonal novelty and psychotherapeutic change, and in the development of therapeutic expertise. He will also present recent neurobiological data which suggests that an optimal therapeutic experience can expand both the client’s and the therapist’s right brain implicit creative functions. 1:00PM: Lunch Break (a light lunch is provided as part of the workshop) 2:00PM: Module 4: The Developmental Neurobiology of Boys at Risk: Gender Differences in Brain and Developmental Psychopathology The alarming increased risk of boys for educational, behavioral, and mental health problems is well documented, and yet few studies have been done on the early social and emotional neurobiological development of these deficits. A large body of studies indicate that males are more at risk than females for autism, schizophrenia, ADHD, and conduct disorders, and that these same disorders are now significantly increasing. Dr. Schore will discuss this problem through the lens of neurobiologically informed modern attachment theory and current research on gender differences in early brain development. He will cite studies from neuroscience, developmental psychology, pediatrics, endocrinology, and psychiatry which suggests that the male fetal and neonatal brain develops at a slower rate than females, and that this longer period of immaturity leads to an increased risk for both early relational trauma and for exposure to endocrine disruptors, environmental toxins that alter the developmental trajectory of the male’s early maturing right brain. He will also discuss the relevance of interpersonal neurobiology for early assessment and interventions with infant and toddler boys. 5:00PM: Close

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