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Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy:

The Neurobiology of Flashes, Hunches, and Gut Feelings

Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D.

May 20, 2017

$195 full / $165 early registration until May 10, 2017

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How do we know exactly what to do and say as psychotherapists? Clinical intuition is indispensable to effective psychotherapy, yet the topic is rarely discussed within the current social politics of our field. Clinical intuition fills the gap between theory and practice through moment-­to-­moment, embodied perceptions and emergent responses unique to each person, moment, and therapeutic dyad. This workshop explores conscious as well as nonconscious aspects of intuition that arise in therapists and patients alike. An interactive format integrates interpersonal neurobiology with artful dimensions of psychotherapy.

This workshop combines didactic and experiential explorations of clinical intuition from the integrative perspective of interpersonal neurobiology. We will examine our intuition as a bottom-­up, implicit, nonconscious mode of communication. We will explore the evolutionary and developmental roots of intuition in mammalian limbic emotional and motivational circuits. Finally, we will use a play model of healing and growth in the therapeutic dialogue, using unconsciously orchestrated games that organize relational bids and rhythms of engagement, defence, and creative emergence.

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

  1. Describe the nonlinear, unpredictable, spontaneous, and emergent nature of clinical intuition
  2. Contrast right-brain intuition with left-brain deliberation in terms of implicit, bottom-up, nonconscious processes versus explicit, top‐down, conscious analyses
  3. Analyse evolutionary and developmental contexts in which intuitive processes arise
  4. Integrate a play model into psychotherapy, where creativity, improvisation, curiosity and exploration complement a rupture and repair approach to psychological healing and growth.

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Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica. She is teaching faculty, Insight Center, Los Angles; visiting professor, Italian Universita Niccolo Cusano, London; and  Research Associate, Institute for Fractal Research, Kassel Germany. Dr. Marks-Tarlow is also on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, where as Community Outreach Co-Chair, she co-created, curated and co-edited the exhibition books for “Mirrors of the Mind: The Psychotherapist as Artist.”

Dr. Marks-Tarlow has authored numerous papers and chapters as well as five book,most recently including: Truly Mindful Coloring (2016, PESI); Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy (2012, Norton), and Awakening Clinical Intuition (2014, Norton; nominated for the Gradiva Award for Best Book). She has illustrated them all herself, aiming to affirm the importance of play, imagination and creativity in psychotherapy.

Dr. Marks-Tarlow has presented workshops and seminars nationally and internationally.She strives to embody a balance in life between play, imagination and creativity through her dance, art and yoga. Her creativity also has been expressed musically in her opera libretto for “Cracked Orlando,” with music composed by Jonathan Dawe, which played last March in New York City at Lincoln Center,. 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.

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May 20
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