Inter-personal Neuro-biology

“Interpersonal Neurobiology” with Dr Dagmar Edwards on Saturday 25th April 2020

Interpersonal Neurobiology within the psychotherapeutic field provides an interdisciplinary view of the mind/brain and mental well-being.

An introduction to Interpersonal Neurobiology for practitioners supports the engagement with areas of human development, which enables the understanding of the structure and function of how the mind and brain are shaped by experiences, especially within emotional relationships.

This workshop will draw on several areas within a multidisciplinary frame, for example affective neuroscience, genetics, implicit/explicit memory, and mental well-being and mind, brain and body connections, and how these can inform your practice.

Interpersonal Neurobiology can support our understanding of human development and the structure and function of the mind-brain-body and how they are shaped especially by those involving emotional experiences.

This one-day workshop offers participants the opportunity to engage with current literature and research from interpersonal neurobiology and to reflect on the implications for therapeutic practice. The workshop will focus on the importance of affect regulation relating to wellbeing, resilience and individual reflective capacities. We will also consider when affect is dysregulated and dissociated how this compromises our capacity to think and feel clearly about our own and others’ self-states.

We will also reflect on how early developmental experiences can impact the architecture of the brain-mind-body functioning and ‘enhance the growth of neurons and the integration of neural networks’, (Cozolino, 2016).

Relevant concepts:

• The importance of affect regulation and how it impacts wellbeing, and reflective functioning;
• Individual capacity of affect regulation and extending the ‘window of tolerance’;
• Regulation theory, deficits and dysregulation;
• The importance of early relationships and communication; and the development of the brain;
• The importance of the therapeutic relationship, implicit communication and brain plasticity;
• Integration into practice;
• Final questions and thoughts.

The workshop enables consideration of the ongoing developments, and forum for interdisciplinary discussions among practitioners. There will also be space on the workshop for the inclusion of experiences of individual participants. Integration of the perspectives of this workshop, will hopefully emerge over time as you consider what has interested you.

Dr Dagmar Edwards has been a practising psychotherapist for almost 30 years and has taught for many years at the Metanoia Institute. She is trained in a range of approaches to therapeutic work, including Person-Centred, Gestalt, CBT and Supervision.


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