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Seemed like the Right Call at the Time … Good Intuition or Bad Judgment?

February 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

A workshop with

Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D.

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Tuition is $165.

Clinical intuition is central to every clinician’s repertoire and lies at the heart of effective psychotherapy. When operating in the heat of clinical moments, psychotherapists naturally access a variety of flashes, hunches and gut feelings to guide perception and response. Intuition remains the best guide towards clinical action with fast and deep, subcortical connections, its fully embodied context and its potential for nuance. Yet, whenever we clinicians “shoot from the hip” there arises danger of impulsive reactions, countertransference hauntings and unconscious enactments.

This workshop is designed to help clinicians distinguish between sound vision inspired by grounded intuition and “bad” impulses propelled by ungrounded maneuvers. The day will blend didactic material with internal reflection and group discussion.

We will examine intuition from the perspective of regulation theory and interpersonal neurobiology. We will compare clinical intuition with automatic, implicit biases. We will highlight how fuzzy relational boundaries set the stage for projection as well as projective identification. Participants will identify their own attachment styles plus accompanying relational impulses alongside other countertransference tendencies.  We will weigh the pros and cons of enactments with patients, while drawing on particularly challenging clinical case descriptions.

By the end of the day, participants can expect to:

  • Understand the interpersonal neurobiology of clinical intuition, including its connection with the seeking, care and play circuitry as hardwired into all mammals.
  • Learn the difference between true vision and expression based on holistic intuition versus fragmented reactions based on arousal dynamics and defensive responses.
  • Understand how different attachment styles translate into hard-wired tendencies to lean towards or away from intimate moments.
  • Use clinical case discussion to uncover various intuition styles.
  • Explore advantages versus dangers of clinical enactments.


Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY8853) in private practice in Santa Monica. She is a Research Associate at the Institute for Fractal Research in Kassel Germany. 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), affirm the importance of play, imagination and creativity in psychotherapy. Awakening Clinical Intuition just received the 2015 Gradiva Nomination for Best Book by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Marks-Tarlow has presented workshops and seminars internationally, including a 2012 a conference at the Tavistock Institute in London and the 2015 UCLA Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference. She is on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, where 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 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 libretto for the opera, “Cracked Orlando,” music composed by Jonathan Dawe.

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Continuing Education
Continuing Education Units are available for this training.  There is a $20 charge for each CE certificate.  Certificates are issued after the module evaluation is submitted.

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: MFTs / LCSWs / Professional Counselors: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences now 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.


February 27, 2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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