Neuropsychoanalysis

Neuropsychoanalysis is a modern psychotherapeutic approach, which is a continuation of the “Project of Scientific Psychology” laid down by Sigmund Freud 100 years ago. Freud postponed his project due to the very limited capabilities of the neuroscience of that time.

Today the situation has changed radically. The study of neural processes involves a branched interdisciplinary field of knowledge, the core of which are such sciences as neurobiology, neurpsychology, neurolinguistics, neuropsychiatry, clinical neuroscience. Psychoanalysis joined them just recently. At the very beginning of this millennium, the Nobel laureate, neuropsychiatrist E. Kandel, proclaimed the task of integrating psychoanalysis and the latest achievements of neuroscience, as he saw in such integration a huge resource for the development of modern psychotherapy. A new generation  therapist is a specialist who is aware of the neurodynamics of the psychotherapeutic process, who has knowledge of the mechanisms and laws of neural processes in the brain, which can build this knowledge into the system of his professional competencies.

Purpose: to introduce specialists into the methodology and theory of the neuropsychoanalytical approach, to introduce the possibilities of practical application of neuropsychoanalytical techniques in psychotherapeutic work.

In Programme:

  • Neuropsychoanalysis or the legacy of Freud through the prism of modern neuroscience.
  • Psychic energy and neural coding.
  • Cathexisation and decathexisation and their neural mechanisms. Why it is necessary to know that for the therapist?
  • Neural integration. How to use it in the psychotherapeutic process?
  • Mirror neurons or the phenomenon of “mirroring” in working with clients.
  • Neuropsychoanalytical diagnostics: neurological identification of the defense mechanisms.
  • Depression – reactivation of early loss and its neural mechanisms (local-based and functional based approaches).
  • Neuropsychoanalytical practice: attachment in child-parent relations (neurobiological mechanisms).
  • Psychosis and brain activity (self-objects, self-borders), anxiety disorders and brain structures (coordination of emotional systems), post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Correction of dissociation of neural networks), narcissism: neuropsychoanalytic approach, stimulation of the client’s neuroplasticity.

Forms of work: mini-lectures with case studies, web presentation, answers to questions.

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