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Educational Series for Professionals

The Colleagues & Conversation Series @ Yellowbrick seeks to bring professionals together in an informal atmosphere to promote socializing, networking and discussions for interactive learning. CEU's available through Yellowbrick Foundation.

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The Neuroscience of Empathy:

Peeking under the hood of the clinical process.
Wednesday May 12, 2021

Hosted By

Chicago Psychoanalytic Association and Yellowbrick

Presented By

Charles M. Jaffe, M.D.

Appreciating the inner meanings and motives of people is an essential aspect of psychotherapy. It occurs through a search we call empathic understanding. While an everyday part of therapy, what actually happens in this process has been difficult to define. Today, there is fascinating research that is helping to uncover the process of empathic understanding, with important implications for practice. This conversation will discuss the therapy process from a clinical perspective and from the perspective of new research from affective social neuroscience.

Goals

  1. Demonstrate the empathic process from a clinical perspective.
  2. Provide examples of some current social neuroscience research that addresses mirror neurons, mentalizing, and reward/affect systems.
  3. Discuss the implications of current research for clinical theory and practice.

Learning Objectives: At the end of the lecture, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the three elements of the empathic understanding cycle.
  2. Link the mirror, mentalizing and reward/affect systems to the process of empathic understanding.
  3. Articulate some implications for clinical theory and practice.
Charles M. Jaffe, M.D.
Charles M. Jaffe, M.D.

Charles M. Jaffe, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (retired) at Rush University Medical Center. He has been a four-time recipient of the Residents' Award for Outstanding Psychotherapy Teacher in the Psychiatric Residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Jaffe has taught courses in clinical practice, development and theory at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and Rush and has conducted seminars and lectures in research and practice in the United States and China.

Dr. Jaffe’s publications focus on revisions of psychoanalytic theory, brief psychotherapy, a complex dynamic systems approach to adolescent development and treatment, the theory of therapeutic action, and the integration of clinical work and research. Dr. Jaffe's lectures on a Self Psychological approach to brief psychotherapy and a dynamic systems perspective on adolescent psychotherapy have been featured in Audio Digest Psychiatry. Dr. Jaffe is a member of the Referential Process Study Group (Wilma Bucci) and is the drummer in the jazz trio Second City Jazz.

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