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Psychotherapists have an ambivalent relationship with neuroscience. Demonstrating brain changes following successful therapy lends authority and validation to our work, but the latter-day phrenology of fMRI scanners and the amygdala seems many miles from the everyday realities of the consulting room. In this workshop I shall expound — comprehensibly I hope — a new dynamic model of brain function, the Free Energy Principle (FEP), developed by mathematical psychiatrist Karl Friston that has excited huge interest in the world if neuroscience and artificial intelligence research, but thus far has had little impact in psychiatry, psychology or psychotherapy. I shall show that FEP helps explain the ways in which therapy brings about change — both in CBT through encouraging agency and action, and in dynamic therapies through explicating the role of free association, dream work and transference analysis. As an attachment theory enthusiast I will also bring an attachment perspective. Clinically I will link FEP with Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) for personality disorders.
The workshop, which I would argue will be of interest to all open-minded 21st Century therapists, will fall into four sessions. In the opening morning session I will describe the origins and main features of FEP, and in the afternoon first session link it with the established techniques of psychotherapy. In my talks I will use ’share screen’ for my PowerPoint just as I would in a live lecture. The second half of both morning and afternoon will be devoted to ‘live supervision’, when we will discuss two cases each from volunteer delegates.
1) To introduce delegates to Friston’s Free Energy principle (FEP), a new paradigm in interpersonal neuropsychology
2) To make links between the FEP and the everyday practice of psychotherapy, especially cognitive revision, free association, active imagination and dream analysis
3) To explore the links between the FEP and the attachment categories of secure, insecure and disorganised attachment
4) Through the process of ‘live supervision’ to apply these principles to actual cases
Rough Schedule: (GMT +1 time)
09.30 – 11.00 Lecture: Attachment for clinicians — recent advances
11.00 – 11.15 Break
11.15 – 12.45 Live supervision
12.45 – 13.30 Break
13.30 – 15.00 Lecture: The Free Energy Principle: implications for psychotherapy
15.00 – 15.15 Break
15.15 – 16.30 Live supervision
16.30 – 16.45 Plenary & feedback
Please note that the live supervision will not be recorded.