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Attachment and Trauma: The Neurobiology of Healing

October 20-22, 2017

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Attachment and Trauma: The neurobiology of healing

October 20-22, 2017

Speakers

Antonio Demasio
Diana Fosha
Vittorio Gallese
Sue Johnson
Peter Levine
Pat Ogden

Stephen Porges
Allan Schore
Robin Shapiro
Daniel Siegel
Rachel Yehuda

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ATTACHMENT AND TRAUMA: The Neurobiology of Healing

Over the last decades, the studies on the brain and on psychotherapy have underlined that what happens within the therapist-patient dyad has an impact on the microarchitecture of the brain. Furthermore, with the passing of time, the relation- ship between the development of several areas of the brain during the process of growth and the experiences that each individual makes later on, has been increasingly explored. Consequently, not only researchers have succeeded in understand- ing the links between the different areas of the human brain, but they have also become aware of the influence that the functioning of some specific areas of the brain has on the mental health (or the psychopathology) of each human being. Be- sides this, these studies have shown the effects of every individual’s relationships on the development and the functioning of his/her brain all over the course of life.
Modern psychotherapy, based on both neurophysiology and neurobiology, has been increasingly oriented towards the creation of a therapeutic relationship where the therapist has a mindful attitude to his/her own patient, while the latter can make new experiences, which are able to change his/her neural patterns of functioning and to make them healthier.
Some of the most eminent experts in the fields of Cognitive Neurophysiology, Neurobiology and Psychotherapy, will meet in New York to attend the Congress “Attachment and Trauma: The Neurobiology of Healing” – organized, for the very rst time, in the “Big Apple”, near the vibrant Times Square – to share and integrate their vast knowledge on this subject. After a 60-minute intervention, each speaker will focus on a 30-minute question-and-answer session with the audience. Finally, at the end of each day, all the speakers that have made a presentation will gather in a 180-minute panel discussion, to further analyze different speci c topics.

Presenters Bio’s

ANTONIO DAMASIO
United States

Is University Professor, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psych- ology and Philosophy, and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Trained as both neurologist and neuroscientist, Damasio has made seminal contributions to the understanding of brain processes underlying emotions, feelings, and consciousness. His work on the role of affect in the process of decision-making has made a major impact in neuroscience and psychology and has been distinguished with the Grawemeyer Award, 2014 and the Honda Prize, 2010. He is the author of numerous scientific articles (his Google Scholar h-index is 144; over 129,337 citations) and has been named “Highly Cited Researcher” by the Institute for Scientific Information. Damasio is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has received the Asturias Prize in Science and Technology [2005], and the Nonino, Signoret [2004] and Pessoa [1992] Prizes, among others. He holds Honorary Doctorates from several leading Universities, some shared with his wife Hanna (the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne [EPFL], 2011 and the Sorbonne [Université Paris Descartes], 2015).
Damasio has discussed his research and ideas in several books, among them Descartes’ Error, The Feeling of What Happens, Looking for Spinoza and Self Comes to Mind, which are trans- lated and taught in many universities worldwide.
(For more information go to the Brain and Creativity Institute website at http://www.usc.edu/bci/)

“THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF FEELING”

The management of attachment and trauma require a clear perspective on the relations between body and brain and on how they assist the construction of feelings and emotions. In my lecture I will review recent findings and fundamental theory on these subjects.

DIANA FOSHA
United States

Is the developer of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy), and founder and current director of the AEDP Institute, an internationally re- cognized school that specializes in training therapists in a healing-oriented transformational approach to the treatment of attachment trauma. A leader in the eld of transformational studies in trauma treatment, Fosha’s work on healing transformational processes focuses on integrating neuroplasticity, re- cognition science and developmental dyadic research into experiential clinical process work with patients. She is the author of The transforming power of
affect: A model for accelerated change (Basic Books, 2000) and senior editor, with Daniel Siegel and Marion Solomon, of The healing power of emotion: Affective neuroscience, de- velopment & clinical practice (Norton, 2009). She is the author of numerous papers and chapters on healing transformational processes in experiential therapy and trauma treatment. Three DVDs of her live AEDP clinical work have been issued by the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Fosha practices in New York City and leads workshops and trainings worldwide. She teaches and is on the faculty of the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology of NYU and Mt. Sinai Medical Centers in New York. Many of her papers are available through the AEDP website at www.aedpinstitute.com

THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF HEALING: A FRAMEWORK FOR UNDOING ALO- NENESS AND DOING TRANSFORMATIONAL WORK IN AEDP
Four foundational aspects of AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) allow it to reliably do transformational work and transform suffering into ourishing:
(1) Its healing orientation, and its belief, supported by neurobiology and recent advances in neuroplasticity, that we are all self-righting organisms wired with an innate motivational tendency, towards health, healing and growth, which in the right environments, can be potentiated into clinical action; (2) Undoing the alone- ness that people feel in the face of overwhelming emotional experiences through an attachment-based stance and dyadic affect regulatory techniques; (3) Mobilizing subcortical affective systems specialized to adapt to environmental changes by rapidly transforming behavior through its experiential interventions and transformational work with intense emotions; and
(4) Metatherapeutic processing techniques, where, by experientially working with the experience of transformation, and the positive emotions invariably as- sociated with moments of change for the better, non- nite upward spirals of positive emotions are systematically activated. The positive emotions that fuel the self with energy and vitality, are the vehicles of neuroplasticity that, in effect, re-wire the brain.
AEDP emphasizes the co-creation of safety: with accompaniment, patients can risk revisiting past trauma and suffering. Healing and neuroplasticity are set in motion through fully experiencing previously feared emotions in a secure relationship, and through gentle, yet focused, explicit attention to the experience of healing within the patient-therapist relationship. Processing both traumatic and restorative emotional experiences to completion, the AEDP process culminates in vitality, energy, and the non- nite positive emotion-fueled spirals of resilience, well-being and creativity that are so highly correlated with health.
Clinical videotapes of AEDP in action will be used to illuminate how, through undoing aloneness and experiential work with transformational experience, emo- tional suffering can be not only ameliorated, but systematically

VITTORIO GALLESE
Italy

Is full Professor of Physiology at the Dept. of Neuroscience of the University of Parma, Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at the Dept. of Art History and Archeology, Columbia University, New York, USA and Professor in Experimental Aesthetics at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of London, U.K. He is the coordinator of the PhD Program in Neuroscience and Director of the Doctoral School of Medicine of the University of Parma. Neuroscientist, among his main scientific contributions is the discovery of mirror neurons together with his colleagues of Parma, and the proposal
of a new model of intersubjectivity: embodied simulation theory. He did research and taught at the Universities of Lausanne, Tokyo, Berkeley and Berlin. He is the author of more than 230 scientific articles published in international journals and books, of two books as author and three books as editor.

EMOTIONS IN ACTION. EMOTION REGULATION AND RECOGNITION IN TRAUMATIZED AND NEGLECTED YOUNG INDIVIDUALS.
According to a widely shared perspective, experiencing and expressing a given emotion are two different and independent processes. I’ll propose an alternative perspective: the behavior connected to a specific emotion is part of the emotion itself. In my talk I will present and discuss recent neuroscientific studies showing the link between emotion experience and expression. I will also present recent empirical research on the impact of trauma and neglect on emotion regulation and recognition in children and young adolescents.

SUE JOHNSON
United States

is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of peer-re- viewed clinical research.

As author of the best-selling book: Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson has created for the general public, a self-help version of her groundbreaking research about relationships –

how to enhance them, how to repair them and how to keep them.
Her most recent book, Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships outlines the new logical understanding of why and how we love – based on new scienti c evidence and cutting-edge research. Explaining that romantic love is based on an attachment bond, Dr. Johnson shows how to develop our “love sense” – our ability to develop long-lasting relationships. Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Fo- cused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, Califor- nia, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Dr. Johnson’s best known professional books include, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Cou- ple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002). Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 35 international in- stitutes and af liated centers who practice EFT. She lives in Ottawa with her husband. She adores Gilbert and Sullivan, Monty Python, Argentine tango and kayaking on Canada’s northern lakes.

FACING THE DRAGON TOGETHER: WORKING WITH TRAUMATIZED COU- PLES IN EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED THERAPY
The most potent arena for healing traumatic injuries is in the arms of a trusted loved one, paradoxically the emotional dysregulation resulting from such injuries is also toxic for close relationships. This workshop will outline the attachment perspective on trauma and recovery from trauma and describe the three phases of couples treatment, stabilization, restructuring attachment and shaping restorative interactions, and consolidation. The treatment of relationship traumas such as infidelities and wounding abandonments will also be addressed. Specific issues that arise with traumatized partners, such as intense escalation and chronic numbing will be addressed.

Outline:

An overview of attachment science and the map for intervention this science offers as provided by Emotionally Focused Therapy
An overview of an attachment perspective on trauma and the unique aspects of working with traumatized couples

Working in session with the escalation/reactivity and the numbing and frozen withdrawal that are part of PTSD
This will consist of didactic presentation, the viewing of DVD’s of EFT sessions and experiential exercises, as well as question and answer and discussion of cases material.

Objectives: Participants will learn how to:

1. Understand the trauma trap – how the echoes of trauma destroy relationships 
and relationship breakdown perpetuates traumatic stress

2. Outline the perspective offered by attachment science for treating couples 
dealing with trauma – the necessity for relationship intervention

3. Systematically use the interventions of EFT to shape a secure bond that allows 
a couple to face trauma together and to face it well.

PETER A. LEVINE
United States

holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the develop- er of Somatic Experiencing®, a body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute, which conducts SETM trainings throughout the world and in various indigenous cultures. Some of Dr. Levine’s achievements include being a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the space shuttle project, as well as a consultant to Sandia Labs during their report on preventing terrorism commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security in 2002. Dr. Levine was a member of the APA Task Force: Psychologists for Social Responsibility in developing responses to large-
scale disasters and ethnopolitical warfare. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Meadows Addiction and Trauma Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona. Dr. Levine has written several books about trauma. His international best seller, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, has been translated into twenty-five languages. His other books include In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory, Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes – a resource book for therapists, Trauma Proo ng Your Kids, a guide for parents and teachers in how to recognize and prevent trauma, and Freedom From Pain, a guide for working with trauma-related pain. Levine’s original contribution to the eld of Body-Psychotherapy was honored with the Life Time Achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP). He also received an honorary award as the Reiss-Davis Chair for his lifetime contribution to infant and child psychiatry.

PHYSIOLOGY OF BONDING AND ATTACHMENT : RENEGOTIATING/ RESTORING BROKEN CONNECTION
Those rst, complex interactions and processes that both parent and infant will ex- perience profoundly shape the child’s larger perspectives of the world throughout the developmental arc of their lives. When there is a disruption in bonding, such as what occurs in trauma, these perceptions become distorted, and our capacity for confidence, happiness and drive for connection and attachment becomes diminished as we are cut off from our social mammalian heritage. Trauma is the product of overwhelming stress that locks the mind and body in a state of perpetual dan- ger, tension and hyper-activation or “shutdown.” Utilizing body-based tools can allow the infant and child to gradually access these dif cult sensations so that they can be integrated and transformed. By employing a graduated (titrated) approach, the evolutionary based bonding physiology can “come back online.” This way distortions and fragmentations of the infant-self can be renegotiated as child and parent emerge together stronger and closer. Dr. Peter A Levine has written several bestselling books on trauma including two books on children and trauma: Trauma Proofng Your Kids: A Parents Guide to Instilling Confidence, Resilience and Joy; as well as Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Hea- ling. During this presentation, Dr. Levine will provide a tour of the evolutionary brain structures that are involved in stress responses, as well as a guide to how the brain develops in utero, showing how these structures interrelate and provide a coherent strategy for effective treatment.

PAT OGDEN
United States

Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology and the Founder and Edu- cation Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances. Her Institute, based in Broomfield Colorado, has 19 certified trainers who conduct Sensorimotor Psycho- therapy trainings of over 400 hours for mental health professionals throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute has certified hundreds of psychotherapists throughout the world in this method. She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, past faculty of Naropa University (1985-2005), a clinician, consultant, and sought after international lecturer. Dr. Ogden is the first author of two groundbreaking books in somatic psychology: Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015) both published in the Inter- personal Neurobiology Series of W. W. Norton. Her current interests include developing training programs in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for children adolescents and families with Dr. Bonnie Goldstein and other colleagues, Embedded Relational Mindfulness, culture and diversity, and working with challenging clients.

BEYOND CONVERSATION: NEUROPLASTICITY, EMBEDDED RELATIONAL MINDFULNESS AND THE BODY
The manner in which we think, feel, and act is based on early learning that is established into patterns of organizing internal experience over time. Rewiring the brain is potentiated when clients discover these routines, inhibit them, and practice new options. Using mindfulness in the therapy hour quiets the mind and increases sensitivity to internal signals — sensations, movements and emotions — that sustain the routines. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy’s relational mindfulness calls for clients to verbally share their moment to moment awareness of internal signals with the therapist, rather that only noticing the signals in solitude and privacy, as is the case with most mindfulness and meditation practices. Embedded relational mindfulness cannot take place without safety. This presentation will clarify the foundational principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy that, when embodied, convey an active, deep compassion and positive regard to the client that optimizes relational safety. Drawing on the polyvagal theory, affect regulation theory, and principles of interpersonal neurobiology, principles and interventions of sensorimotor psychotherapy that capitalize on the brain’s capacity for neuroplastic change will be illustrated through video illustrations and brief experiential exercises. In a safe therapeutic relationship, with interventions that specifically target emotional, psychological and physical signals that contribute to suffering, clients can process painful states (including child or regressive states), and then focus their attention on novel actions that change these states and speak directly to the unconscious implicit self in ways that words rarely do.

STEPHEN W. PORGES
United States

Is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he directs the Trauma Research Center within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of both the Society for Psycho- physiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more
than 200 peer-reviewed scienti c papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian auto- nomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders.

THE POLYVAGAL THEORY: THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF FEELING SAFE

Safety is critical in enabling humans to optimize their potential. The neurophysiological processes associated with feeling safe are a prerequisite not only for social behavior but also for accessing both the higher brain structures that enable humans to be creative and generative and the lower brain structures involved in regulating health, growth, and restoration. The Polyvagal Theory explains how social behavior turns off defenses and promotes opportunities to feel safe. It pro- vides an innovative model to understand bodily responses to trauma and stress and the importance of the client’s physiological state in mediating the effectiveness of clinical treatments. From a Polyvagal perspective, interventions that target the capacity to feel safe and use social behavior to regulate physiological state can be effective in treating psychological disorders that are dependent on defense systems.

ALLAN SCHORE
United States

Author of numerous articles and books on theory of emotional regulation, he works on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.

THE GROWTH-PROMOTING ROLE OF MUTUAL REGRESSION IN DEEP PSY- CHOTHERAPY
Dr. Schore will discuss his ongoing theoretical and clinical work on therapeutic expertise in facilitating structural changes in the patient’s early developing right brain attachment and stress regulating systems. He will focus on right brain systems of the deep unconscious, and how they can be directly accessed in treatment. Expanding his neurobiological studies of interpersonal creativity and clinical intuition he will present neuropsychoanalytic models of both structural and topographic regression in the treatment of early attachment trauma, and will differentiate clinical work with spontaneous enactments and controlled mutual regressions at different stages of therapy. He will argue that the concept of re- gression, banished at the end of the last century, needs to return to the clinical literature.

ROBIN SHAPIRO
United States

MSW, LICSW, edited and contributed to EMDR Solutions: Pathways to Healing (Norton, 2005) and EMDR Solutions II: Depression, Eating Disorders, Performance & More (2009) and wrote Trauma Treatments Handbook (2010), and Easy Ego State Interventions (2016). She loves her work: writing; presenting about ego states, EMDR topics, and suicide prevention; clinical consultation for EMDR practitioners and other therapists; and thirty- ve years of psychotherapy practice, especially around issues of trauma, anxiety, and attachment. She lives in Seattle, Washington in the US with her photographer/musician husband, Doug Plummer.

IDENTIFYING, UNZIPPING, AND REASSIGNING “PROTECTOR” PARTS IN DISSOCIATED CLIENTS
This practical talk shows how to use ego state therapy (and EMDR, if you know it) to work with entrenched and often self-destructive parts that may “protect” clients from uncomfortable (negative or positive) affect, intimacy, or new, positive expe- riences in their healing process.

DANIEL SIEGEL
United States (live video conference)

Is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Develop- ment and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic bio- logical processes. Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His three New York Times bestsellers are: Brainstorm: The
Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (Tarcher, 2013), and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D: The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Devel- oping Mind (Random House, 2011) and No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind (Bantam, 2014). His other books include: The Developing Mind, Second Edition (Guilford, 2012), Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation (Ban- tam, 2010), The Mindful Brain: Re ection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being (Norton, 2007), and The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician’s Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration (Norton, 2010). Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over three dozen textbooks. Dr. Siegel’s unique ability to make complicated scientific concepts accessible and exciting has led him to be invited to address diverse local, national and international groups. He 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.
THE MIND IN MENTAL HEALTH: HOW DEFINING THE MIND EMPOWERS THE HEALING PROCESS
The field of mental health, along with a range of academic disciplines focusing on the mind, rarely define what “mind” actually is. With a range of descriptions of emotion, consciousness, and thought, we naturally have a sense of what we mean by this commonly used term. But without even a working definition of what the mind is, we are left without a common ground, and without a clear view of what a healthy mind might in fact be. In this presentation, we will offer a definition of one aspect of the mind as an embodied and relational, emergent self-organizing process that regulates the flow of energy and information. Optimal self-organization arises with the differentiation and linkage of elements of a system—a process of “integration.” Without integration, systems move toward chaos, rigidity, or both—as is seen with post traumatic stress conditions. The neurobiology of abuse and neglect, for example, result in impairments to the growth of the integrative fibers of the brain, including the corpus callosum, the hippocampus, and the prefrontal cortex. Healing emerges with identifying chaos and rigidity and offering the experiences that can now promote the growth of integration, in the brain and in the relationships that are the inner and interpersonal sources of the emergent mind.

RACHEL YEHUDA
United States

Is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mental Health Patient Care Center Director at the Bronx Veterans Affairs. She has published several hundred scientific papers and compiled over 10 books examining diverse aspects of traumatic stress, and has studied PTSD and resilience in combat veterans, survivors of genocide, interpersonal violence and terrorism, as well as in animal models. Her work has focused on neuroendocrinology, neuroim-
aging, genomic and molecular biological studies of trauma, experimental therapeutics (pharmacological and psychotherapy trials), biomarkers, genetic and epigenetic her- itability, gender differences, and suicide.

BIOLOGICAL CORRELATES OF TREATMENT OUTCOME AND SYMPTOM IM- PROVEMENT IN PTSD
Can information obtained from blood provide meaningful information to clini- cians seeking information relevant to detection of risk, prognosis, diagnosis or treatment response related to PTSD? To date, there have been numerous, large efforts underway to detect PTSD biomarkers. This presentation will review the rationale for new integrative biological approaches towards biomarker detection in PTSD as well provide an update on the state of the science and data thus far. Knowledge about molecular networks is critical for informing treatment innovation for PTSD, and blood markers have the greatest potential for widespread ap- plication. A scienti c risk is that peripheral blood will not re ect the brain regions associated with PTSD, but validation studies with animals comparing blood to brain, and reprogrammed human neuronal cell comparisons. These approaches, and the data that can be obtained from them, will be discussed. The presentation will also comment on what promising future data can be anticipated towards the development of customized precision medicine techniques. Indeed, to the extent that molecular disruptions related to PTSD can be identified, it will be possible to use novel drug repositioning approaches to identify novel treatments for PTSD.

LOCATION
Playstation Theater
1515 Broadway at W. 44th Street
New York,  NY

FEE
Full price: $390
CSAR subscribers: $280 (28% discount)

SCHEDULE

OCTOBER 20:

9.00 – 9.30   Registration
09.30 – 11:00   Stephen Porges
The Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe
11.00 – 11.30     Break
11.30 – 12.30  Daniel Siegel  (Live Video Conference)
The Science of Consciousness and the Future of Psychotherapy.
12.30 – 14.00    Lunch Break
14.00 – 15.30     Rachel Yehuda
Biological correlates of treatment outcome and symptom improvement in PTSD
15.30 – 16.00     Break
16.00 – 17.30     Pat Odgen
Beyond Conversation: Neuroplasticity, Embedded Relational Mindfulness and the Body
17:30 – 18:30    Panel

OCTOBER 21:

9.00 – 10.30    Antonio Damasio
The Neurobiology of Feeling
10.30 – 11.00    Break
11.00 – 12.30    Vittorio Gallese
Emotions in action. Emotion regulation and recognition in traumatized and neglected young individuals
12.30 – 14.00   Lunch break
14.00 – 15.30    Allan Schore
The growth-promoting role of mutual regression in deep psychotherapy
15.30 – 16.00    Break
16.00 – 17.30    Sue Johnson
Facing the dragon together: working with traumatized couples in emotionally focused therapy
17.30 – 18.30    Panel

OCTOBER 22:

9.00 – 10.30    Peter Levine
Physiology of Bonding and Attachment : Renegotiating/Restoring Broken Connection
10.30 – 11.00    Break
11.00 – 12.30    Robin Shapiro
Identifying, unzipping, and reassigning “protector” parts in dissociated clients
12.30 – 14.00    Lunch Break
14.00 – 15.30     Diana Fosha
The Neurobiology of Healing: A Framework for Undoing Aloneness and Doing Transformational Work in AEDP
15.30 – 16.00    Break
16.00 – 18.00    Panel

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