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.
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Starting with a review of recent studies on the neurobiology of trauma, Dr. van der Kolk will examine the utility of approaches from the fields of hypnosis, body oriented therapies and EMDR, both with research data and videotaped clinical interventions. The integration of these approaches during different stages of treatment will be discussed.
To name four basic principles of interpersonal neurobiology in relation to the process of psychotherapy.
To describe the ways in which the therapeutic relationship shapes brain function in the present, helps loosen old neural maps, and "snags" the brain in order to promote neural activation and growth in very targeted ways.
This talk first briefly reviews the history of the Developmental, Self and Object Relations theoretical approach to the personality disorders as a preface to exploring the latest additions to the theory, i.e., Attachment Theory and Neurobiological Development of the Self in the Right Brain. Attachment Theory: The work of Ainsworth and others is described leading to the attachment categories in the infant and the adult. Many follow-up studies are presented validating the persistence of the categories over time. Neurobiologic Development of the Self in the Right Brain: The work of Alan Schore, Ph.D. is used to describe the development of the self in the right prefrontal cortex of the brain. Integration: The integration of the two theories with the object relations approach are described and illustrated through therapeutic alliance
An interpersonal neurobiology approach to parenting helps psychotherapists promote secure attachment within families by nurturing the creation of coherent narratives of parents' early life experiences. This scientific view proposes that empathetic relationships making sense within our life stories, harmonious mental functioning and an integrated brain all mutually reinforce each other.
Anthropologist Helen Fisher discusses the brain networks associated with romantic love to explain frustration attraction, abandonment, rage, the despair response, love, addiction, stalking, love, suicide and other phenomena associated with romantic rejection. She concludes that long term use of serotonin-enhancing antidepressants can jeopardize romantic love and attachment to a mate.
Anthropologist Helen Fisher discusses the brain networks associated with romantic love to explain frustration, attraction, abandonment, rage, the despair response, love, addiction, stalking, love, suicide, and other phenomena associated with romantic rejection. She concludes that long term use of serotonin-enhancing antidepressants can jeopardize romantic love and attachment to a mate.
The new brain science explains many of the mysteries of love and offers new hopes for troubled relationships. Neuro-scientific approaches are used to address the most common reason cited for divorce, i.e. growing apart. Three clinical techniques will be presented which are specifically designed to create an intimate bond between two people and pave the way to grow together instead of apart. Lecture, video, handouts and experiential exercises will be used.