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EP05 State of the Art Address 10 - Toward an Interpersonal Neurobiology of Psychotherapy - Daniel Siegel, MD

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State of the Art Address |  Neurobiology |  Psychotherapy
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2005
Daniel Siegel, MD
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Dec 11, 2005
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Interpersonal neurobiology is a way to define mental health and the kinds of social experiences the brain requires to achieve a coherent mind. This interdisciplinary synthesis of science reveals an exciting convergence among research findings that helps us in mental health to explore the interplay among relationships, the mind and the brain. Experience shapes the connections in the brain in ways that we can now understand and harness within psychotherapy to help stimulate the neuronal activation and growth necessary to achieve resilience and emotional well-being.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To name the nine prefrontal functions that underlie secure attachment and emotional well-being.
  2. To list the ways in which experience shapes the brain. 

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Daniel Siegel, MD, received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. Dr. Siegel has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, London's Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and TEDx.