Dan Siegel – Live NYC Event – How Psychotherapy Works

How Psychotherapy Works

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As we continue to discover more about the deeply social nature of the brain and neural integration we are moving towards remarkable new insights into the nature of the mind. In this seminar, we will explore the properties of psychological well-being and how new scientific insights are providing us with a deeper understanding of how psychotherapy works.

Date: Saturday March 31, 2012

Fee: $250


Students: (Graduate and postgraduate) $185

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Groups (5 or more) $215

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CE Credits: 5


Mt. Sinai Hospital
Goldwurm Auditorium
1425 Madison Ave (98th St)


9-10:15 am: What is a “healthy mind?” The systems that underpin psychological well-being.

Interpersonal neurobiology draws on a wide range of scientific, contemplative, and artistic disciplines to provide an interdisciplinary view of the human mind and the development of well-being. By viewing health—within an individual, relationship, or group—as emerging from the process of integration (the linkage of differentiated parts) we will explore how the rigidity and chaos of many mental disorders are examples of impaired integration. Three human experiences have been documented as promoting well-being: secure attachment, mindfulness meditation, and effective psychotherapy. We will explore how these systems have similar neural mechanisms and the implications that this has for both attaining a state of well-being and transforming the brain.

11:15 am: Coffee

10:45-11:45 am Definition of “mind” and the healing power of emotion

We will elaborate the concept of the mind as an embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information – an approach that places the relationship between clinician and patient/client at the heart of the successful psychotherapeutic work – and we will explore how we can embrace this regulatory process in a scientifically grounded and practical way to offer new and effective approaches to psychotherapeutic clinical assessment and intervention.

11:45-12:15 pm: Q&As

12:15- 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30-2:45 pm: The domains of integration

Integration is defined as the linkage of differentiated parts of a system and when it is present, flexibility and harmony result; when it is absent, chaos or rigidity occur. When we transfer this model to the human mind, we find that that a lack of integration produces symptoms and syndromes that we might consider to be mental disorders. This presentation will propose that integration can serve as an organizing principle that illuminates the nature of resilience and well-being and as a central mechanism of health that can be revealed in clinical interventions. Specific “domains of integration” will be illustrated that enable us to direct therapeutic interventions toward integration—the linkage of differentiated elements. These domains include those of consciousness, bilateral, vertical, memory, and narrative, state, interpersonal, temporal, and transpirational. Working in each domain entails specific therapeutic interventions that will be highlighted and explored. The ultimate outcome of integration is the movement of the individual from the presenting states of chaos and rigidity and into the harmony and ease of well-being

2:45 pm: Break

3:05-4:05 pm: What constitutes effective therapy? The significance of neural integration for both therapist and client

Studies of physical health, emotional well-being, longevity, happiness, and even wisdom suggest that our ability to be aware of our own internal world and feel deeply connected to others is at the heart of both resilience and mental health. Research in the field of development also illuminates how the capacity to perceive the mental sea inside – within ourselves and others – is a crucial element of healthy parent-child relationships. When this capacity to see the sea inside is also focused on cultivating integration, we use the term “mindsight,” a learnable skill that stabilizes the lens through which we come to sense energy and information flow within ourselves and among one another. Once this perceptual lens has been stabilized to see inside with depth and clarity, specific interventions to modulate the flow of energy and information toward integration can be initiated. This presentation will explore, through case discussions, how integration can be assessed, mindsight can be taught, and interventions applied across a wide range of domains. Ultimately, effective therapy stimulates neuronal activation and growth toward a more integrated state. From an interpersonal neurobiology perspective, we will see how the clinician can use the therapeutic relationship to cultivate the growth of new integrative processes at the heart of health and transformation.

4:05pm: Q&As

4:35 pm: End of day

Educational Objectives:

  1. Understand how to define the mind.
  2. Understand how the regulatory process of mind unveils the importance of monitoring and modifying energy and information flow.
  3. Know the ways in which energy and information flow through the body and are shared in relationships, influences mental life.
  4. Examine a wide range of accessible domains of integration, evaluate their degrees of integration, organize strategies for intervention, and carry out specific changes in how we focus the mind and communicate within relationships to promote integration in the brain itself.

Presenter Biography:

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is also on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. Dr. Siegel is the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions and communities. He has published extensively for the professional audience including his latest book, The Mindful Therapist. His latest parenting book, The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, with Tina Bryson, PhD., was released on October 4, 2011. Dr. Siegel’s ability to make complicated concepts exciting as well as easy to understand has led him to be invited to address local, nation, and international groups of educators, parents, public administrators, health care providers, policy-makers, clergy, and neuroscientists. For more information on Dr. Siegel’s work, please visit DrDanSiegel.com.

Continuing Education Accreditations:


PsyBC is an approved sponsor of CEU’s for counselors by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Provider #5751

MFT’s and LCSW’s
PsyBC has been approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to offer CE credits to licensed clinical social workers (LCSW’s) and licensed marriage, family therapists (MFT’s) in the state of Californio Provider #PCE439

PsyBC has been approved by NAAP for psychoanalysts.

PsyBC is approved by the American Psychological Association (provider #10801) to offer continuing education for psychologists. PsyBC maintains responsibility for the program. Approved by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE #439).

Social Workers
This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Provider #886357582-8128) for 13 continuing education contact hours (pending approval by the NASW).

Psy Broadcasting Corporation, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Psy Broadcasting Corporation is provider #1099 and maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to review the current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

States Approved by ASWB:Alaska, Alberta Canada, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Manitoba Canada, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Wisconsin, Wyoming



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