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About Time

March 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

About Time!
Temporal Dimensions to Being, Self, and Psychotherapy

Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D.

March 24, 2018
10:00 – 5:00 pm

$195 full / $165 early registration
(Pre-licensed students can get a discount of 30% using “student30” coupon)
Early registration ends February 23, 2018

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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.  We will look at the prevalence of synchronized body & brain processes.

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).”

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  1. Describe the subjective dimensions of time described by phenomenologists and Buddhist thinkers;
  2. Describe the relative nature of time, as described by Einstein and other physicists;
  3. Explain the observer-dependent nature of time, as suggested by de Chardin and a deep understanding of fractal geometry;
  4. Identify differences between mind time and brain time, including implications for the existence of free will;
  5. Describe biological synchrony;
  6. Explain why the multiple ways the dimension of time, including the intersubjective nature of timing, is central to effective psychotherapy.


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TerryTerry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY8853) in private practice in Santa Monica. She teaches developmental neurobiology at the Reiss Davis Child Study Center and is 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, serving as Community Outreach Co-Chair, she co-created, curated and edited the exhibition book for “Mirrors of the Mind: The Psychotherapist as Artist.”  Dr. Marks-Tarlow is a member of the Insight Center teaching faculty.

Dr. Marks-Tarlow is the author of numerous papers and chapters as well as four books. Her most recent books, Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy (2012, Norton) and Awakening Clinical Intuition (2014, Norton), both of which she has illustrated herself, affirm the importance of play, imagination and creativity in psychotherapy. Dr. Marks-Tarlow has presented workshops and seminars nationally and internationally, 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 in her 2010 opera libretto “Cracked Orlando,” with music composed by Jonathan Dawe.  For more information visit her website at http://markstarlow.com

Continuing Education:

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.


March 24, 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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