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Neuroanatomy of the Unconscious

September 25, 2021 @ 1:00 pm 5:00 pm Los Angeles

Neuroanatomy of the Unconscious: 
How our Bodies, Minds, and Brains Connect Beneath Awareness 

 Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD

September 25, 2021

1:00 – 5:00 PM PST



Since Freud’s popularization of psychoanalysis, the unconscious has been of interest to clinicians. But what is it—a realm of mind? Another name for the right brain? A tangle of neural circuitry? Does the unconscious reside primarily in the head? Or is it more related to bodily functioning? Does it belong to a single person or is it fully relational? What are implications for the notion of free will? This seminar integrates psychoanalysis, neurobiology, and nonlinear science to conceptualize the unconscious plus implications for psychotherapy. In the process, we will draw upon exciting brain scan research that is hot off the press. This seminar might change the very way you look at your self, others, and the therapeutic alliance.  

Course Objectives

  • Compare different historical accounts of the unconscious; 
  • Describe the relevance of mirror neurons; 
  • Describe the default mode network, the salience network,
  • Describe right brain and other neural circuitry to unconscious functioning; 
  • Contrast implicit with explicit realms of the body/mind/brain as a unified, complex system; 
  • Describe the importance of interpersonal synchrony to functional and dysfunctional relationships. 

Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY8853) in private practice in Santa Monica. She is a Visiting Professor at Italian Universita Niccolo Cusano London and a Research Associate at the Institute for Fractal Research in Kassel Germany. She is on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, where as Community Outreach Co-Chair, she co-created and curates an annual exhibition of visual and performance arts, “Mirrors of the Mind: The Psychotherapist as Artist.”  Dr. Marks-Tarlow is a member of the Insight Center teaching faculty.

Dr. Marks-Tarlow has authored and co-edited numerous books, including Play and Creativity in Psychotherapy (2018, Norton), Truly Mindful Coloring (2016, PESI), Awakening Clinical Intuition (2014, Norton), and Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy (2012, Norton), andPsyche’s Veil (2008, Routledge), all of which she has illustrated herself. Dr. Marks-Tarlow has presented workshops and seminars internationally and nationally, including a 2012 a conference at the Tavistock Institute in London relating to her second book, Psyches Veil, on nonlinear dynamics, and the 2015 UCLA Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference.

Dr. Marks-Tarlow embodies the balance of life between play, imagination and creativity through her dance, art and yoga. Her creativity also has been expressed musically, through writing opera librettos with Juilliard teacher and composer Jonathan Dawe. Her first opera, “Cracked Orlando”, premiered in New York City in 2010 with a ballet. Her second opera, “Oroborium” is scheduled to premiere at Lincoln Center in April, 2018. For more information visit her website at http://markstarlow.com

Continuing Education Units are available.

Purchase CE Certificate

A CE certificate is issued for a $20 charge. Instructions for purchasing CE certificates will be emailed once registration is completed and certificates are issued after the workshop is completed.  Continuing Education Certificates must be purchased within thirty (30) days of the event.

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 4 CE units.

MFTs / LCSWs / LPCCs: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA CEs. This course provides 4 CE units.

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