The Enacted Unconscious: A Neuropsychological Model of Unconscious Processes and Therapeutic Change A 2-day training workshop at London with Dr Efrat Ginot author of: The Neuropsychology of the Unconscious: Integrating Brain and Mind in Psychotherapy London, 7 June & 8 June 2019 (Friday & Saturday) 10:00am - 4:00pm on both days
As therapists, whenever we are attempting to comprehend our clients’ internal and interpersonal struggles, we inevitably look for unconscious motivation, conflicts, relational patterns and dissociative processes – often, however, we may not be considering the neuropsychological attributes of such processes. At this practical and intellectually stimulating new workshop, Dr Efrat Ginot draws on affect theory, cognitive neuroscience, recent neuropsychological findings and therapeutic experiences to present a new way of understanding the unconscious – a way that continues to evolve from the integration of neuropsychological research with clinical practice. With a view to deriving therapeutic implications from our comprehension of the pervasive and ongoing influence of unconscious self-states; the workshop examines how implicit patterns are created, enacted and repeated. Current theory and findings in neuropsychology reveal an unconscious realm that is not a static and hidden aspect of our psychological structure. Rather, the unconscious can be described as an amalgamation of brain / mind / body processes that characterise much of who we are. Dr Ginot explains how the new model emphasises the connection between unconscious and conscious processes – especially the brain /mind’s propensity to automatically enact entrenched patterns. Not only will we examine the role of the fear system in establishing self-states, but we will also gain a deeper understanding of the unconscious by looking at clinical issues including resistance, repetition compulsion and enactments in transference / countertransference.
Using illustrative case studies, the material presented begins to answer two key questions: 1. Why are emotional and behavioural difficulties so enduring, stubborn and repetitive, even when we gain insight? 2. Why do we continue to engage in behaviours and interactions that cause misery to ourselves and others? To address these questions, we will look at a wide range of brain / mind / body processes that give rise to unconscious self-states or patterns including: The evolutionary roots of unconscious processes The characteristics of the unconscious realm The role of sub-cortical and prefrontal regions The continuum of conscious-unconscious processes The role of intersubjectivity, learning and early childhood memory traces in establishing unconscious patterns The centrality of the fear / anxiety system and amygdala activity to unconscious patterns, PTSD and defense mechanisms The centrality of enaction and automatic repetition Enactments as manifestation of unconscious patterns Self-narratives as aspects of unconscious patterns The intergenerational transmission of affect and trauma Therapeutic entanglements and enactments Equipped with this understanding, the workshop highlights both implicit and explicit therapeutic approaches that leverage our new comprehension of the interplay between the conscious and the unconscious. About the speaker Efrat Ginot graduated from the NYU Postdoctoral Program for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She currently works as a psychologist-psychoanalyst and supervisor in New York City. She is the author of The Neuropsychology of the unconscious: Integrating brain and mind in Psychotherapy which integrates the work and purposes of a new model for understanding unconscious processes. Her book has received the Gradiva award for the Best Book of 2016. She has also published a number of papers on therapeutic enactments, intersubjectivity and self-narratives which reflect her long-standing interest in integrating neuropsychology and psychotherapeutic practices. She has received the 2002 Gradiva Award for the best article examining the concept of Holding Environment within the Psychotherapeutic dyad. Efrat Ginot is also an artist, and is especially focused on abstract paintings of the natural world.

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