The Disintegrating Self: Understanding and working with adults with ADHD and/or Autistic Spectrum traits

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Date(s) - Saturday 27th February, 2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Brighthelm Centre

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Saturday 27th February 2016

Trainer: Dr Phil Mollon

Venue: The Auditorium, Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD

Schedule: 10am to 4.00pm (Registration at 9.45am)

Course Fee: early bird £105 (before 30th January; £125 thereafter), including ample lunch, all refreshments, and CPD Certificate

In this one-day presentation renown author and psychotherapist Dr Phil Mollon will consider the key characteristics and functions of both ADHD and Autistic traits in-depth, and consider how psychotherapy can helpfully (and unhelpfully) understand and respond to clients and patients who present with these characteristics. 

Traits of both ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and Autistic Spectrum are common, and often occur together. Many of those who seek help from psychotherapists suffer from such problems – but often neither they, nor their therapists, are aware of these brain-based conditions. Despite the misleading emphasis upon attention in the name, ADHD is essentially a disorder of impaired self-regulation, including affect regulation.

Associated with emotional instability, storms of affect, impulsivity, novelty-seeking, rage, panic, volatile relationships, and general chaos, ADHD is often a hidden core in ‘borderline’ or ‘emotionally unstable’ personality disorder. The person with such a neurobiologically-based condition has an enhanced need for Kohutian selfobject responses from others, to help regulate his or her brain state – and will tend to experience, and express, rage when these needs are not met.

By contrast, a person with predominantly Autistic Spectrum traits will tend to experience the world of other people as overwhelming and disorganising, and so will tend to turn to non-human or inanimate objects and systems for soothing and affect-regulation. ADHD and Autistic Spectrum constellations are vivid examples of the interplay of the neurobiological, the psychodynamic, and the interpersonal – and, as such, are of intense interest to the psychotherapist.

This event is suitable for training or qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, and other therapeutic professionals. Others are welcome to attend on the understanding that the content will be geared towards a therapeutic audience and that the confidentiality of any material presented must be respected.

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