Temporal Dimensions to Being, Self, and Psychotherapy
Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D.
Time is an aspect of life that is always lived, yet rarely discussed meaningfully. This workshop approaches time from multiple perspectives. We begin in a highly personal way by examining our ongoing relationship to time during the course of daily life. This is among our most intimate relationships, yet surprisingly few stop to consider its texture and qualities.
We then examine the observer-dependent nature of time through various theoretical lenses. We discover what phenomenologists, Buddhist thinkers, physicists, and neurobiologists have to say about time. We explore how shifting conceptions of time relate to de Chardin’s concept of the noosphere and Dan Siegel’s recent formulation of time as an illusory function of change. We compare brain time with mind time to ascertain what the workings of our brains tell us about time and free will.
In the afternoon, we explore temporal dimensions of psychotherapy, highlighting the importance of timing to effectiveness. Timing is important at the macro-level, as a gauge of readiness to change, as well as at the micro-level, as a gauge of a well-aimed intervention. There is also an intersubjective quality to timing, such that mutuality and simultaneity of timing is key.
I suggest the dimension of time separates the science of clinical theory from the art of clinical practice and may be the cornerstone of how clinical intuition operates.
Finally, I introduce a theory of fractal time, as a nonlinear way to approach an understanding of time. As a system of time management, I will show you how to increase your productivity while decreasing your effort, in order to embody the famous, paradoxical dictum, “If you want to get something done, give it to a busy man (or woman).”
Continuing Education Units are available. A CE certificate is issued for each module for a $20 charge per module. Instructions for purchasing CE certificates will be emailed once registration is completed and certificates are issued after the module is completed.
Psychologists: The Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is provides 6 CE units.
MFTs / LCSWs / LPCCs: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA CEs. This course provides 6 CE units.
Nurses: The Insight Center, Provider Number 14914, is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course provides 6 CE units.Purchase CE Certificate