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May 5th Educational Conference:
Synapses & Psychoanalysis

May 5, 2017 Educational Program

This continuing education program was sponsored by Yellowbrick Foundation and The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. The event was hosted by Yellowbrick Foundation. Registration was required. Registration Fee: $125.00.


Allan N. Schore, Ph.D.

Allan N. Schore, Ph.D.

Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences,

University of California at Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

Creativity In Psychotherapy:
An Adaptive Function Of The Right Brain Unconscious

Within psychology and psychiatry there has been a long history studying creativity in not only people with outstanding achievements and those with mental disorders, but also as a personality trait in all individuals. In parallel, a large body of research within neuroscience highlights the essential role of the right hemisphere in creativity. Indeed, very recently neuroscience authors are contending that the immense capacity of human beings to be creative can be gleaned from virtually all realms of our lives whenever we generate original ideas, develop novel solutions to problems, or express ourselves in a unique and individual manner.

Dr. Schore will cite both the neuroscience and clinical literatures to offer an interpersonal neurobiological model of creativity in the psychotherapeutic context, in both patient and therapist. As examples he will describe the critical role of the clinician’s creativity when working with right brain affects, especially in joint enactments, in spontaneous play embedded in mutual regressions, in the patient’s expanding tolerance for interpersonal novelty and psychotherapeutic change, and in the development of therapeutic expertise. He will also present recent neurobiological data which suggests that an optimal therapeutic experience can expand both the patient’s and the therapist’s right brain implicit creative functions.

Learning Objectives
The participant will:

  1. Underline the current definitions of creativity common to a number of disciplines.
  2. Expand our understanding of the nature of unconscious processes – their origin in childhood experiences and their prevalent and on-going influence on emotional, cognitive and behavioral functioning.
  3. Explore the centrality of the enacted unconscious – the brain/mind’s tendency to automatically and unconsciously enact established patterns and self-states.
  4. Provide a neuropsychological explanation for the frequent therapeutic phenomena of resistance, repetition compulsion and enactments.
  5. Suggest therapeutic interventions capable of producing change in affect regulation, negative self-narratives and the patient’s overall sense of self.

Dr. Allan Schore is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He is author of four seminal volumes, most recently The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy, as well as numerous articles and chapters. His contributions appear in multiple disciplines, including neuroscience, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, infant mental health, attachment theory, trauma studies, behavioral biology, clinical psychology, and clinical social work. He is past editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology and a reviewer or on the editorial staff of 45 journals across a number of scientific and clinical disciplines. He has received a number of honors for his work, including an Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology from the Division of Trauma Psychology and the Scientific Award from the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, Honorary Membership by the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center Award for outstanding contributions to Child and Adolescent Mental Health. He has had a private psychotherapy practice for over four decades.

Cristina M. Alberini, Ph.D.

Cristina M. Alberini, Ph.D.
Center for Neural Science New York University

Remembering, Forgetting and the Neurobiological Basis of Identity

How are memories formed and stored? Can they be changed, weakened or strengthened? What happens during the first few years of life when memories are formed but rapidly lost, thus leading to infantile amnesia? I will discuss studies from my laboratory on the biological mechanisms of memories revealing very dynamic processes of memory storage and their critical modulation by emotions. I will discuss recent data indicating that infantile experiences are not forgotten, but stored in a latent form, and, in fact, they can be re-instated by recalls given later in life. The biological mechanisms underlying the formation of these latent infantile memories revealed the existence of critical periods of learning to learn and remember. These findings have important implications for the use of memory consolidation and reconsolidation in therapeutic settings, and for understanding how individuality is shaped.

Learning Objectives
The participant will learn:

  1. Basic knowledge on infantile amnesia.
  2. Animal models of infantile amnesia.
  3. Biological and brain circuitry mechanisms associated with infantile amnesia.
  4. Implications for clinical translation and practice.

Cristina Alberini, Professor at the Center for Neural Science at New York University, has been investigating the biological mechanisms of long-term memory for more than 20 years. Her studies explore the molecular mechanisms of long-term memory formation and of retrieval-dependent changes in memory storage in adult as well as developing brains. This knowledge is also utilized to identify approaches that can either enhance or disrupt memories. Her results provide information for developing potential therapeutics against cognitive impairments, such as those occurring in aging or developmental disorders, as well as psychopathologies like those associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cristina Alberini graduated in Biological Sciences with Honors at the University of Pavia, Italy, and obtained a Doctorate in Research in Immunological Sciences from the University of Genoa, Italy. She then trained in neurobiology as a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University in the laboratory of Eric Kandel studying the role of gene expression regulation during long-term synaptic plasticity consolidation in Aplysia californica. From 1997 to 2000, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Brown University, Providence, RI, and then joined the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York in 2001 where she worked until 2011.  In 2011 she moved to the Center for Neural Science at New York University where she is currently Professor in Neuroscience. She received a Hirschl-Weill Career Scientist Award, the NARSAD Independent Investigator Award, the Golgi Medal, the Athena Award and a MERIT award. She has been a member of the Council of the Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (MCCS), the society’s Treasurer from 2007 to 2009 and the President elected from 2009 to 2012.  From 2002 to 2012 she trained in psychoanalysis at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP), and since 2012 she is a licensed psychoanalyst in the state of NY. She is a member of The Aspen Institute Italia.

Efrat Ginot, Ph.D.

Efrat Ginot, Ph.D.
Private Practice

The Enacted Unconscious:
A Neuropsychological Model of Unconscious Processes and Therapeutic Change

Integrating neuropsychological research with clinical material, this presentation advances a new, clinically relevant view of unconscious processes. This model explains how unconscious patterns are created, enacted and repeated. Most significantly, it explains the frequent difficulties encountered by patients as they struggle to attain emotional and behavioral growth. Therapeutic issues such as resistance, repetition compulsion and enactments are addressed in a fresh way. Recent neuropsychological findings indicate that unconscious processes underpin all brain/mind emotional, cognitive and behavioral patterns; they are pervasive, ongoing and influential. Significantly, the unconscious and conscious realms are closely intertwined.

Learning Objectives
The participant will:

  1. Underline the complete integration between brain and mind.
  2. Expand our understanding of the nature of unconscious processes.
  3. Explore the centrality of the enacted unconscious.
  4. Understand the frequent therapeutic phenomena of resistance, repetition compulsion and enactments.
  5. Explore therapeutic interventions.

Efrat Ginot Ph.D., a graduate of the NYU Postdoctoral Program for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, is a psychologist-psychoanalyst and a supervisor in NYC. Her published papers on enactments, intersubjectivity and self-narratives integrate neuropsychology and psychoanalytic thinking. She received the 2002 Gradiva Award for best article re-examining the concept of the Holding Environment. Her recently published book, The Neuropsychology of the unconscious: Integrating brain and mind in psychotherapy presents a new neuropsychological model for understanding unconscious processes. It continues the important integration between clinical experience and neuroscience. This book also received the Gradiva Award for Best Book, 2016. Dr. Efrat Ginot is also an artist. Her work can be seen at www.efratginot.com.

Schedule - Friday, May 5
8:00 am
Registration & continental breakfast
Yellowbrick, third floor atrium
8:45 am Introduction - David Daskovsky, PhD, Director of Training, Yellowbrick
9:00 am Allan N. Schore, Ph.D.

11:10 am Cristina M. Alberini, Ph.D.
12:30 pm Lunch on your own
1:30 pm Efrat Ginot, Ph.D.
3:00 pm Panel Discussion & Audience Q & A
4:00 pm Adjourn

Parking rates range: $6 - $8

Attached parking garage at Sherman and Grove

City parking garage is 1 block north, 1 block west at Benson and Davis

On-street parking is limited

Continuing Education Credits


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

7 CEU Credits are available with completion of evaluation.
7 CME Credits are available with completion of evaluation.

Psychologist - 7.0 hours

Yellowbrick Foundation is a registered Psychologist Continuing Education Sponsor by the State of Illinois, License, #268.000019.

Registered Social Workers - 7.0 hours

Yellowbrick Foundation is a registered Social Work Continuing Education Sponsor by the State of Illinois, License, #159.001043.

Marriage and Family Therapists - 7.0 hours

Yellowbrick Foundation is a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor by the State of Illinois. License# 168.000180. Counselors– 3.0 hours

Yellowbrick Foundation is a registered Professional and Clinical Counselor Continuing Education Sponsor by the State of Illinois, License #197.00160.

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