Over the past 20 years, more and more therapists have devoted themselves to exploring the relevance of neuroscience for the practice of psychotherapy. This session will feature a provocative, far-ranging dialogue about the impact of neuroscience on our field and whether or not it has increased the effectiveness of psychotherapy. It will consider a range of questions including: What specific clinical advances have resulted from therapists’ expanded understanding of neurobiology? How has it extended our capacity for offering deep healing? What have we learned about how to better change both the mind and the brain? Has the therapeutic influence of neuroscience been oversold? What new breakthroughs may be on the horizon? You’ll learn:
- What research has taught us about the most important clinical applications of neurobiological principles
- How a better understanding of the relationship between mind and brain can change your practice
- What new research may shape the future direction of psychotherapy
Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is the founder of the Trauma Center and the bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score. Daniel Siegel, MD, is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute and author of many bestselling books, including Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence.