Part 1: Imagining Tomorrow: Healing and Hope in the Human Age
Poet, essayist, naturalist, teacher, polymath, and all-around creative genius, Diane Ackerman has for decades been writing extraordinarily rich, scientifically informed, and compulsively readable books of astonishing variety. An adventurer as well as a masterful prose stylist, in her far-ranging work, she’s dedicated herself to capturing the variety and sheer wonder of life on this planet. Her latest book, The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us, explores the ramifications of the current Anthropocene age-the first time in history humans have become the dominant force of change on the planet.
Since publishing his landmark book, The Developing Mind, psychiatrist Daniel Siegel has been celebrated for translating the esoterica of neuroscience into clinical language that powerfully demonstrates how psychotherapy changes the brain. Siegel has also contributed major insights to our understanding of the role mindfulness plays in building our capacity to comprehend ourselves and others. In books like Mindsight; The Mindful Therapist; and Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, he’s succeeded at getting both therapists and a lay audience enthralled with the complexity and majesty of the human brain.
In this conversation, Ackerman and Siegel-the naturalist and the brain scientist-will explore how human consciousness can evolve to meet the unprecedented challenges we face on a planet we are altering in ways never before contemplated.
Part 2: The Psychotherapy of Tomorrow
In a speeded-up, increasingly impersonal world in which the face-to-face traditions of the therapeutic relationship seem old-fashioned and even countercultural, this Forum will consider what clinical advances lay ahead and what new forms the healing craft of psychotherapy may take in the years to come. Each presenter offers a 20-minute TED Talk-style presentation, which is followed by the opportunity for further exchange and exploration with the audience.
William Doherty - Moderator
John Gottman & Julie Schwartz Gottman - The Future of Couples Therapy
How to extend our reach and effectiveness by making technology our friend
Bessel van der Kolk - The Trauma Treatment of Tomorrow
The marriage of ancient wisdom and modern science promises to increase the effectiveness of our methods
Daniel Siegel - The Next Steps for Brain Science and Psychotherapy
What the latest advances in neuroscience can tell us about the future of psychotherapy
Diane Ackerman - Why Psychotherapy Needs to Embrace the Natural World
The benefits of helping clients unplug in a digital world
Describe the two aspects of consciousness that can be differentiated and then linked
Explore how human consciousness can evolve to meet the unprecedented challenges we face on a planet we are altering in ways never before contemplated.
Describe what the latest clinical advances in neuroscience mean for the future of psychotherapy.
Explain how combining ancient wisdom with modern science can increase the effectiveness of psychotherapy interventions.
About the Speakesr:
Diane Ackerman, MFA, PhD, is the author of 23 books of poetry and nonfiction. Of late, she has been writing on "nature and human nature" in the Opinion pages of The New York Times. She has taught at a number of universities, including Columbia and Cornell. Her essays about nature and human nature have been appearing for decades in The New York Times, Smithsonian, Parade, The New Yorker, National Geographic and many other journals.
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities.
Dr. Siegel’s psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over three dozen textbooks. Dr. Siegel’s books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind, Second Edition, The Mindful Therapist, The Mindful Brain, Parenting form the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), and the three New York Times bestsellers: Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.), and his latest No-Drama Discipline (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx. For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit: www.DrDanSiegel.com
John Gottman, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington, where he established what the media called, "The Love Lab," and conducted much of his award-winning research on couple interaction and treatment. Dr. Gottman has studied marriage, couples and parent relationships for nearly four decades. He has authored or co-authored 119 published articles as well as 44 books, including: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, The Relationship Cure, Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, and How You Can Make Yours Last, Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting, And Baby Makes Three and The Marriage Clinic.
World renown for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, Dr. Gottman's research has earned him numerous national awards, including: Four five-year-long National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Awards; The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Distinguished Research Scientist Award; The American Psychological Association Division of Family Psychology Presidential Citation for Outstanding Lifetime Research Contribution; The National Council of Family Relations 1994 Burgess Award for Outstanding Career in Theory and Research.
Dr. Gottman, together with his wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, is the co-founder of The Gottman Institute, which provides clinical training, workshops, services, and educational materials for mental health professionals, couples, and families. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Relationship Research Institute which has created treatments for couples transitioning to parenthood and couples suffering from minor domestic violence.
Dr. Gottman has presented hundreds of invited keynote addresses, workshops, and scientific presentations, to avid audiences around the world including Switzerland, Italy, France, England, Israel, Turkey, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Sweden and Norway. A wonderful story-teller and expert, Dr. Gottman has also appeared on many TV shows, including Good Morning America, Today, CBS Morning News, and Oprah, and he has been written up in numerous print articles, including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Glamour, Woman's Day, Men's Health, People, Self, Reader's Digest, and Psychology Today.
Drs. John and Julie Gottman currently live on Orcas Island, near Seattle, Washington. They conduct weekly and intensive couples therapy sessions, provide small group retreats, teach workshops and clinical trainings and give presentations and training workshops around the world.
Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D., is the co-founder and Clinical Director of The Gottman Relationship Institute, and Clinical Supervisor for the Couples Together Against Violence study. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert advisor on marriage, sexual harassment and rape, domestic violence, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues. Creator of the immensely popular Art and Science of Love weekend workshops for couples, she also designed and leads the national certification program in Gottman Method Relationship Therapy for clinicians. Her other achievements include: Washington State Psychologist of the Year; Author/co-author of three books: Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage, And Baby Makes Three, and The Marriage Clinical Casebook; Wide recognition for her clinical psychotherapy treatment, with specialization in distressed couples, abuse and trauma survivors, substance abusers and their partners, and cancer patients and their families.
Inspiring, empowering, respectful, and kind, Julie's leadership of The Gottman Relationship Institute has made it possible to identify and integrate the expertise of her staff, therapists, and the wider research and therapeutic community. Her commitment to excellence and integrity assures that as The Gottman Relationship Institute grows, it continues to maintain the highest ethical and scientific standards.
She is in private practice in the Seattle area, providing intensive marathon therapy sessions for couples. She specializes in working with distressed couples, abuse and trauma survivors, those with substance abuse problems and their partners, as well as cancer patients and their families.
Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., is a clinical psychiatrist who has studied the impact and resolution of trauma on human beings for the past 40 years. His research has ranged from developmental impact of trauma to neuroimaging and from memory processes to the use of EMDR and theater groups in PTSD. He is professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston, where he also serves as director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network. He is past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has taught at universities and hospitals throughout the world. He is author of over a hundred scientific articles, author of Psychological Trauma and co-editor of Traumatic Stress.
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