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Wacky World of Fractals

February 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Wacky World of Fractals

Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D.

February 25, 2017
10:00 – 5:00 pm

 $165 registration

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Psychotherapy is about perceiving and changing personal, interpersonal or intergenerational patterns. Patterns exist both in nature and in human nature, and our brains are designed to be pattern makers. But where do these patterns come from and what is the deepest most useful level of drawing connections? This seminar is all about fractals: perhaps the most universal pattern of patterns in nature. Fractal patterns extend across mind, body, brain, soul, world, and relationships.

Fractals are connecting threads that weave together similarities while separating differences across space and time as well as symbolic/imaginary realms. Once you “see” a fractal you forever see it.  The you will start to see fractals everywhere—within the whacky drawings of Dr. Seuss, the branching of neurons, and even within the unpredictable yet very recognizable patterns of fate.

This workshop will teach about fractals: where they appear in nature and why fractal patterns are so important in psychotherapy.  We will look at how fractals relate to:

  1. transference dynamics
  2. borderline personality disorder
  3. parallel processes within supervision and psychotherapy
  4. clinical intuition
  5. repetition compulsions
  6. repetitive dream themes

Fractals contribute to a realistic understanding of what “recovery” means. Because fractals exist in the spaces between traditional dimensions they are especially useful to model psychological boundaries, including their paradoxical features.

Participants will leave the day equipped with a new pair of holistic and effective lenses for seeing interpersonal patterns and responding to patients.

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

  1. Describe a fractal
  2. Explain multiple ways of constructing them
  3. Explain how fractal geometry applies to body-mind connections
  4. Identify fractal hallmarks of self-similarity and scale-invariance and their application to clinical patterns of repetition compulsion and multigenerational transmission
  5. Identify how fractals inform parallel processing between patient, therapist, and supervisor
  6. Analyze the fractal nature of psychological boundaries, including their paradoxical features.

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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, 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 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.

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February 25, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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