The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy

By Dr Allan Schore

Khiron House is delighted to present this two-day master class with Dr Alan Schore

In this workshop Dr. Schore will discuss the essential themes of his recently published book, The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy.

In this clinical workshop Dr. Schore will discuss the essential themes of his recently published book, The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy (Norton), as well as more recently published articles.  Using the biopsychosocial perspective of Regulation Theory, a model of the development, psychopathogenesis, and treatment of the implicit self, he will discuss a number of essential clinical phenomena that occur beneath the words of the patient and therapist. Referring to his current clinical, research, and theoretical studies in neuropsychoanalysis, traumatology, and developmental affective neuroscience, he will discuss the relational and neurobiological change mechanisms that lie at the core of psychotherapy, especially in heightened affective moments of treatment. This data suggests that changes in the connectivity of the “emotional” right brain is a fundamental outcome of effective treatment, and that the incorporation of current scientific studies of the right brain into updated clinical models allows for a deeper understanding of not only why but how psychotherapy works.  Throughout the 2 days the format will include numerous audience dialogues with Dr. Schore.

Working in the Right brain: A Regulation Model of Clinical Expertise for Treatment of Attachment Trauma

Dr. Schore will offer interdisciplinary evidence that our conception of the expert clinician has changed, from one who offers insight-oriented interpretations in order make the unconscious conscious to one who optimally processes and regulates the patient’s unconsciously communicated bodily-based affective states in order to facilitate development of the unconscious mind and thereby a coherent subjective sense of self.

Working in the Right Brain: New Therapeutic Approaches to Clinical Re-Enactments of Attachment Trauma

The ongoing paradigm shift from conscious cognition to unconscious affect is deepening our understanding of the emotional and neurobiological dynamics of clinical enactments. Very recent relational and neuropsychoanalytic models posit that enactments are eruptions of unconsciously strong overwhelming affect within the therapeutic relationship and not technical mistakes, and that they represent a way of reaching deeply into traumatized areas. The shift from cognition to emotion, from conscious to unconscious processes, and from left to right brain allows for a deeper understanding of how regulated enactments are a central mechanism of therapeutic action, especially for patients with a history of attachment trauma.

Working in the Right Brain: Creativity in Psychotherapy

Neuroscience authors are now contending that the capacity of humans to be creative is revealed whenever we generate original ideas, develop novel solutions to problems, or express ourselves in a unique and individual manner.  A large body of studies now shows that the right brain is central in these functions. Dr. Schore will offer an interpersonal neurobiological model of creativity in the psychotherapeutic context, in both patient and therapist.  As examples he will describe the critical role of the clinician’s right brain creativity when working with affects, especially in mutual enactments, in spontaneous play and co-creativity in the processing of novel interpersonal information within the therapeutic alliance, in the patient’s expanding tolerance for interpersonal novelty and psychotherapeutic change, and in the development of therapeutic expertise

Feedback for this event:

“This was an excellent conference: well above expectation. Meals were delicious – good variety and presentation. Good support from staff.”

“It was excellent – thank you.”

“It was excellent.”

“Brilliant – thank you.”

“A wonderful 2 days. So informative.”

“Please keep providing these vital workshops!”

“It was excellent.”

“Dr Schore’s affirming for transposal and child therapists is a great inspiration. Very skilled at taking on difficult questions or obvious questioning without shaming.”

“Positive experience.”

“Much better venue and organization than last workshop I attended – Dan Siegel.”

“Just to say a big thank you for last Saturday’s workshop with Allan Schore, it really was excellent. Beautifully organised and such wonderful contents, I learnt so much – my head is still bulging.”