Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology
Saturday, April 13, 2019 9:00am – 3:30pm
George Ignatieff Theatre 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON M5S 1H8
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Affect Regulation Theory: the Broad Strokes
This will be a two-part presentation of regulation theory’s clinical model; its theory of bodymind, theory of optimal development, theory of pathogenesis and theory of therapeutic actions. Clinical examples will be used throughout to illustrate the concepts being presented. Questions will be taken during the presentations.
Part 1: The Clinical Realm of Hyper- and Hypo-arousal
Dr. Hill will illustrate the theories of optimal and pathogenic development for affect regulation therapy. The emphasis will be on early attachment trauma in the aetiology of narcissistic and borderline personality disorders.
Part 2: Being Dysregulated and the Implicit Therapeutic Relationship
Dr. Hill will present regulation theory’s ideas of the bodymind and therapeutic actions. We will see that when we are dysregulated consciousness is altered; we become automated, and more immersed in or detached from experience. Dr. Hill will also discuss treatment aimed at increasing the capacity to regulate affect through therapeutic action mediated by the implicit relationship. As well Dr. Hill identifies the importance of the emotional flexibility and robustness of the therapist as central to the establishment of a growth-facilitating therapeutic environment. He links the therapist’s emotional engagement and affect regulation with successful outcomes in psychotherapy.
About the Presenter:
Daniel Hill, PhD, is a psychoanalyst, educator and a leading proponent of the affect regulation model. His publications and presentations include topics ranging from the clinical use of multiple models to religious fundamentalism. The founder/director of PsyBC (1996-2014), he is currently the Editor-in-Chief of CSAR.NYC (the Center for the Study of Affect Regulation. CSAR.NYC conducts yearly conferences and workshops. Privately, Dr. Hill conducts on-going study groups focused on an in depth understanding of the regulation of affect. He is in private practice in NYC where he is on the faculties of the National Institute of the Psychotherapies and the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
9:00 Welcome and Introduction
9:15 – 10:30 Presentation Part 1
10:30 – 10:50 Coffee Break
10:50 – 12:00 Presentation Part 2
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch (included)
1:15 – 3:00 – A case presentation centred on the therapeutic process by Christina Connell, Dipl. TCPP, RP, followed by a discussion with Daniel Hill.
3:00 – 3:30 Questions and Discussion
3:30 Closing Remarks
The attendee will have the opportunity:
Understand how affect regulation theory is derived from developmental psychology and research in neuroscience, infant development, attachment and trauma.
Identify how to apply the principles of affect regulation theory to clinical practice.
Consider the importance of one’s own affect regulation as a psychotherapist in responding optimally in the clinical situation.
The Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology in Toronto is a community for ongoing education and support for clinical psychotherapists. We are steeped in the tradition of relational self-psychology, which focuses on human development and on therapeutic process based on the empathic understanding of each human being’s subjectivity as embedded in an intersubjective context of relationship.
We believe that every clinical therapist, regardless of orientation, needs and benefits from joining with colleaugues in a community that provides for ongoing case discussion and learning in our rapidly evolving field of psychotherapy.