A Practical Introduction to Neuropsychoanalysis: Clinical Implications A 2-day training workshop with Mark Solms London, 29 and 30 June 2018 (Friday & Saturday) 9:00am - 4:30pm on both days
Neuropsychoanalysis starts from the assumption that the brain and mind are the same thing, considered from two different observational perspectives (objective and subjective, respectively). This implies that everything we have learnt about the brain has implications for how we conceive the mind, and vice-versa. It is evidently dichotomous to have two different and incompatible theories about the same part of nature. In this workshop, the two perspectives are reconciled with each other, and the practical implications for our clinical work as psychoanalysts and psychotherapists are discussed in detail. The first session discusses how basic psychoanalytic concepts can be translated into basic neuroscientific concepts and vice-versa. Then it focuses on one important respect in which the two sets of concepts cannot be easily translated, because they contradict each other. This contradiction concerns the fact that the part of the brain which performs the functions that Freud called the id is not unconscious, as Freud had claimed. The session explains how, the id, is the fount of all consciousness. The second session focuses on the parts of the brain that correlate with what Freud called the unconscious. We consider the implications for our understanding of this central psychoanalytic notion that arise from new findings about the functions of these parts of the brain (for example, the finding that the unconscious memory systems do not contain representational images). This culminates in a radical new conceptualization of repression. The third session outlines modern knowledge about the basic drives and instincts of the human brain, which requires substantial modification of Freudian ‘instinct theory’. This knowledge also has many important implications for our understanding (and classification) of various psychopathologies. The fourth session (first session of the second day) draws together the implications that the three innovations introduced on the first day have for the clinical practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. The emphasis here falls on the implications of three important points: (1) the ‘talking cure’ cannot revolve around dragging the consciousness of words down into the unconscious id, thereby rendering it thinkable, since the id is in fact conscious from the outset; (2) the ‘talking cure’ also cannot revolve around the undoing of repressions for the reason that repressed unconscious memories cannot be recalled in the form of representational images; (3) the aims and mechanisms of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are reformulated in the light of modern drive and instinct theory. The fifth and sixth sessions illustrate all of these clinical implications, especially for technique, with reference to two case presentations by members of the audience, discussed ‘live’ by Mark Solms. About the speaker Mark Solms is best known for his discovery of the forebrain mechanisms of dreaming, and for his integration of psychoanalytic theories and methods with those of modern neuroscience. He holds the Chair of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital (Departments of Psychology and Neurology) and is President of the South African Psychoanalytical Association. He is also currently Research Chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association and Science Director of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He was the Founding Editor of the journal Neuropsychoanalysis in 1999 and founded the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society in 2000. He is the authorized editor and translator of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 vols), and the Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 vols). His most recent books are The Feeling Brain (Karnac) and Beyond Evolutionary Psychology (Cambridge). His earlier book, The Brain and the Inner World (Karnac) was a best-seller which was translated into 13 languages. What is the format of the training course? The workshop consists of a two-day programme on 29th and 30th of June 2018 (Friday & Saturday). The course starts at 09:00AM on Friday, the 29th of June 2018 and is scheduled to end on both days at 4:30PM. The workshop utilises a combination of lectures, discussions and case vignettes. Two volunteers will be asked to present clinical material for discussion on the last two sessions on Day 2.
Workshop Schedule Day 1, Friday, 29 June 2018: Theoretical Lessons 9:00AM: Module 1: The affective basis of consciousness itself (the conscious id) The unconscious nature of cognition (the unconscious ego) Working memory: the role of consciousness in cognition 11:30AM: Module 2: Consolidation, automatization and repression (the ‘cognitive’ and ‘dynamic’ unconscious) Reconsolidation (“consciousness arises instead of a memory trace”) Repression and defense (the return of the repressed) 1:30PM: Lunch Break (a light lunch is provided as part of the workshop) 2:30PM: Module 3: Life’s problems: a taxonomy of drives, instincts and affects (implications for psychopathology) 4:30PM: Close  Day 2, Saturday, 30 June 2018: Clinical Lessons 9:00AM: Module 4: Implications of the conscious id for the ‘talking cure’ Why our patients suffer mainly from feelings The meaning of symptoms The actual task of psychoanalytic treatment Countertransference (affective and object-relational dimensions) Why transference interpretation is mutative Why psychoanalytic treatment takes time: ‘working through’ 11:30AM: Module 5: Practical Examples First case presentation (by a workshop participant) and discussion 1:30PM: Lunch Break (a light lunch is provided as part of the workshop) 2:30PM: Module 6: Practical Examples Second case presentation (by a workshop participant) and discussion 4:30PM: Close
Note: all bookings for seminars, workshops and webinars through this site are subject to our booking terms and conditions: click here Course aims This workshop not only summarizes strong evidence that the core models of psychoanalysis are supported by empirical evidence in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, but also that these models need updating in some important respect. The workshop emphasises the latter (need for theoretical revisions) and presents in detail the consequent implications for clinical technique. A CPD certificate for 14 CPD hours is provided at the end of the training. Recommended reading list Solms, M. (2017) What is ‘the unconscious’ and where is located in the brain? Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences, 1406: 90-97. Solms, M. (2015). The Feeling Brain. Karnac: London Solms, M. (2013) The conscious id. Neuropsychoanalysis, 15: 5-85. Fotopoulou, A. (2012). The history and progress of neuropsychoanalysis. In: A. Fotopoulou, D. Pfaff, & M.A. Conway (Eds.), From the couch to the lab: Trends in psychodynamic neuroscience (pp. 12-24). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press Solms, M., & Turnbull, O.H. (2011). What Is Neuropsychoanalysis? Neuropsychoanalysis, 13, 133-145.

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