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Providing Psychotherapy in a Digital Era - the relational and neurobiological implications

With speakers Linda Cundy, Catherine Knibbs, Dr Andrea Marzi and Dr Gillian Isaacs Russell

Saturday 24 June 2017

09.30   Registration and coffee
10.00   Dr Andrea Marzi

New digital technologies and psychoanalysis: a new world or a dreadful voyage for identity?
A raging debate regarding online analysis has long started and it is still unresolved. These new methods of online communication require us to confront and give meaning to the evolving ways in which our minds can interact and our relationships take shape., But before taking on the subject of online analysis, and the possible relationship between psychoanalysis and the digital world, it is of seminal importance to try to shed light on the our attitude toward symbolization and the construction of identity.
11.15   Coffee
11.45   Dr Gillian Isaacs Russell

Screen Relations: the limits of computer mediated psychotherapy and psychoanalysis
Better than nothing? Routinely good enough? Functionally equivalent? These critical questions about screen relations based treatments elicit controversial and polarizing answers. Emotions and desires, as well as organisational agendas and the power of personal experience, often overwhelm data and scholarship. Conviction undermines inquiry into what technologically mediated treatments offer, and cannot offer. Nevertheless, psychotherapists still need to make informed decisions about the best ways to use technology, as well as communicate that understanding to patients. This presentation will jump into these conflicts by discussing both emerging clinical and multi-disciplinary research in neuroscience, virtual reality, human-computer interface development, and communications theory, as well as the speaker's ethnographic research about how differences between screen relations and actual presence influence therapeutic processes and outcomes.
13.00   Lunch (not included)
14.00   Catherine Knibbs

Mind, body and brain in the interpersonal relationships we have in therapy and through the screen
If the mind is not bound by skin then perhaps a cyber therapy relationship can be similar to a corporeal one? How does the polyvagal theory account for the behaviours we have in cyberspace and through the screen? In this talk the Interpersonal Neurobiological Approach (IPNB) will be used to consider what occurs in our therapeutic relationships, and how cyberspace has an impact on this both, in face to face aspects and through the screen. What emotions could be missing or missed and how does a somatic therapist work with this?
15.00   Tea
15.15   Linda Cundy

"Freud probably would, Winnicott wouldn't - but what about Bowlby?"
From their origins as number-crunching tools and repositories of information, computers have evolved into tools for relating. Whatever we may feel about the quality of relationships conducted via the Internet, this has the potential for contributing to secure attachment. This presentation will consider the possibilities and deficits of digital devices for the purposes of psychotherapy. Each theoretical approach has its own implicit or explicit aims - can these be achieved "remotely"? And does online communication promote or undermine the therapist's role as secure base?
16.30   Panel discussion
17.00   End

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09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:15 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17:00 End