FUNCTIONAL PSYCHO-NEURO-BIOLOGY APPROACH to PSYCHOSOMATICS — in MENTAL HEALTH and EVERYDAY LIFE

Workshop is led by Dr. Inna Rozentsvit
Date: December 10th, 2022, 10:00am – 4pm (Saturday)
Location: Virtual participation only!
Virtual participation is conducted via audio/video or audio mode only
(with minimal technical requirements)
To Register for this workshop, please complete the Registration form
Continuing Education Information: 8.0 CEs (for NYS Psychologists, Social Workers,
and Mental Health Professions outside of NYS — covered by APA)
and 5.5 CEs (for NYS LPs)
See details here

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

This full-day workshop will explore a very needed, although sometimes controversial, trans-disciplinary area of clinical practice and research – PSYCHOSOMATICS. We will touch upon the history of this fascinating field and discuss the Functional Neuro-Psycho-Biology approach to Why’s? How-come’s? and What-to-do-about-these? Questions related to mind-body connections and illnesses.

Sigmund Freud could be called the father of psychosomatics, as he brought to light the origins of psychosomatic phenomena in neuroses, war trauma, and hysteria (a modern conversion disorder). He also was the first one to talk about connection of organic symptoms to mental mechanisms of their origins, as well as utilizing psychoanalytic treatment for these conditions, saying: “the psychoanalytic treatment of obvious organic disturbances is not without a future, since it is not unusual for a psychic factor to play a role in the genesis and persistence of these affections” (Freud, 1923).

Later in the 20th century, the Object Relations psychoanalyst Joyce McDougall talked about “theaters” of the mind and of the body, borrowing the metaphor of a theater from Anna O, who mentioned that the free associations during her therapy (with Breuer and Freud) were her “private theater.” Joyce McDougall called the body theater “the psychosoma on the psychoanalytic stage.” So her 1989 book, Theaters of the Body: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Psychosomatic Illness, became a revelation and offered the opportunity for modern psychoanalysts to appreciate the connection between the body/soma and the mind. McDougall wrote that “severe split between psyche and soma … was due to our patients’ unawareness of their emotional states in threatening situations. The curtains on the mind’s stage were tightly drawn, so to speak; no sound reached the outside ears, and yet a drama was being played out in this secret theater that threatened the very life of the theater owner himself.” McDougall also spoke about “psychosomatic potentiality” that is related to the pronouncement of the psychic stress related dramas in so called “locus minoris” (a weak spot/organ/system of our body).

Can we understand psychosomatics neurobiologically? Definitely.

Neurobiological research of the last 20–30 years revealed (and continue to do so) important neurobiological mechanisms of mind/brain dyad & body/soma interactions, which is at the core of modern field of psychosomatics, but most of medical schools do not teach future physicians the basics of psychology or psychoanalysis, and even one’s mind and his/her brain are not seen as a dyad at play. Same goes for training in the mental health field – “somatic” questions (aka those that pertain to one’s physical/ medical state) are not contemplated at all (or very little).

For example, recently neurobiological researchers utilized trans-neuronal transport of a (rabies) virus to identify regions of cerebral cortex that have multi-synaptic connections with a major sympathetic organ, the adrenal medulla (which produces adrenaline – we need it for fight-and-flight reactions). They found that there are three distinct networks that are involved in movement, cognition, and affect, which are linked to the function of internal organs.

Other examples involve taking a placebo and getting positive, healing, results. And some other examples include clinical observations of physicians-internists about specific three emotions – guilt, envy, and feeling resentment/upset, if chronic and unprocessed, correlating with the majority of gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, cancerous and other medical conditions.

What is the contribution of the FUNCTIONAL Neuro-Psycho-Biology to the field of psychosomatics? It is about truly connecting the psyche/mind and the body/soma – through the “brain”/“neuro” part. The “neuro” part is represented by the central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord), the peripheral neural system (the nerves and plexuses serving the skeleton-muscular organs, skin, and others), and the autonomic nervous systems (sympathetic and parasympathetic). Sympathetic and parasympathetic systems are partners: the first one helps us to deal with stress, fight-and-flight, and be on alert, while the second one helps us to rest, digest, eliminate, etc. These two parts of autonomic nervous system are also involved in hormonal production, so disbalance of the autonomic function leads to disbalance in the whole-body-machine. This way, Functional Neuro-Psycho-Biology can explain our life through “wholistic” approach, as well as provide a platform for creative (and sometimes simple) solutions for health and healing. As double-blinded (placebo controlled) studies related to visualizations, breathing practices, meditative therapies – all point to a bilateral connections between the psyche and the soma: top-down and bottom up processing (an important part of the Functional Neuro-Psycho-Biology system) that can make-or-break psychosomatic illness.

During this workshop, we will brush up our knowledge about utilization of Triune Brain theory of Paul MacLean, Polyvagal theory of Stephen Porges, Epigenetics, Attachment, as well as all processes and phenomena used in Functional Neuro-Psycho-Biology (brain laterality, “don’t use it – lose it,” “what fires together – wires together,” “regions connected together – grow up together,” and others), and we will integrate all of these into one comprehensive whole.

Case examples will include psychosomatic conditions related to respiratory, gastrointestinal, cardiac, immune, allergy, metabolic and other systems.


We must recollect that all of our provisional ideas in psychology will presumably one day be based on an organic substructure.Sigmund Freud, “On Narcissism”

The deficiencies in our description would probably vanish if we were already in a position to replace the psychological terms with physiological or chemical ones.…We may expect [physiology and chemistry] to give the most surprising information and we cannot guess what answers it will return in a few dozen years of questions we have put to it. They may be of a kind that will blow away the whole of our artificial structure of hypothesis.Sigmund Freud, “Beyond the Pleasure Principle”


[S]evere split between psyche and soma … was due to our patients’ unawareness of their emotional states in threatening situations. The curtains on the mind’s stage were tightly drawn, so to speak; no sound reached the outside ears, and yet a drama was being played out in this secret theater that threatened the very life of the theater owner himself. Joyce McDougall, “Theaters of the Body: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Psychosomatic Illness”

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:

Saturday, December 10th, 2022

Morning Session:
10am — 11:30am
11:35am — 12:35pm

Lunch
12:35pm — 1:10pm

Afternoon Session:
1:10pm — 2:25pm
2:30pm — 4:00pm

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

At the end of this educational activity, its participants will be able to:

  • Discuss and analyze the brain-mind-body paradigm shift.
  • Discuss and analyze one of the main concepts of functional psychoneurobiology: neurogenesis, neuroplasticity, neurointegration, neurocircuitry, connectomes.
  • Discuss and analyze one of the main concepts of functional psychoneurobiology: electrochemical conduction (and brain as an electro-chemical machine).
  • Discuss and analyze brain-mind phenomena: fire together — wire together; born together — wire together, synaptic pruning.
  • Discuss and analyze the Triune Brain theory of Paul McLean, Polyvagal theory of Stephen Porges, Biological Stress Response theory, Attachment theory, and Windows of Tolerance.
  • Discuss, compare and analyze the top-down modulation and the bottom-up processing.
  • Utilize the Triune Brain theory and understanding of the Autonomic Nervous System regulation in trauma-sensitive clinical practice.
  • Utilize the Triune Brain Theory and the NEW Attachment theory of body regulation in clinical practice working with families, parents, children.
  • Utilize the concepts of the top-down modulation and the bottom-up processing in clinical cases and in one’s life.
  • Discuss the concept of mindfulness, placebo response, introspection, coregulation, and others, as well as their application in one’s life and practice.

READINGS:

Hubschmid, M., Aybek, S., Maccaferri, G.E., et al. (2015). Efficacy of brief interdisciplinary psychotherapeutic intervention for motor conversion disorder and nonepileptic attacks. Gen Hosp Psychiatry, 37, 448–455.
Hutchinson, E. (2011). Neuroplasticity: Functional recovery after stroke. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 12(1), 4.
Kandel, E. R. (1998). Biology and the future of psychoanalysis: A new intellectual framework for psychiatry revisited (Special Article). American Journal of Psychiatry, 156(4), 505–524.
Kandel, E. R. (1998). A new intellectual framework for psychiatry. American Journal of Psychiatry, 155, 457–469.
Kandel, E. R. (2012). The age of insight: The quest to understand the unconscious in art, mind, and brain, from Vienna 1900 to the present. Random House.
Kandel, E. R. (2016). Reductionism in art and brain science: Bridging the two cultures. Columbia University Press.
LeDoux, J. (2003). The emotional brain, fear, and the amygdala. Cell Mol Neurobiology, 23(4–5), 727–38. doi: 10.1023/a:1025048802629. PMID: 14514027.
Shonkoff, J. P., & Phillips, D. A. (Eds.). (2000). From neurons to neighborhoods: The science of early childhood development. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

SHORT BIO OF THE WORKSHOP LEADER:

Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., PhD, MBA, MSciEd is a neurologist and neurorehabilitation specialist, trained in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, with extensive experience in brain trauma, autoimmune neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions.
Dr. Rozentsvit is a founder of the Neurorecovery Solutions, Inc. (neurorecoverysolutions.com), a non-profit organization which helps neurologically impaired and their caregivers in their often heart-breaking journey to well-being. She is also an educator who works with children and adults with learning and emotional disabilities, while applying knowledge from the fields of neurology, basic sciences, mental health, and pedagogy to solving puzzles of miscommunications and every-day interactions of these children and adults with their parents and significant others.

Dr. Rozentsvit is passionate about people and supporting the possibilities that all people are. This passion fueled her publishing endeavors, which realized into founding the ORI Academic Press (oriacademicpress.org), the MindMend Publishing Co., and the MindConsiliums (a trans-disciplinary journal with main focus on cross-pollination of knowledge and experience from various mental health, medicine, and science fields, mindconsiliums.org).

Dr. Rozentsvit is the scientific faculty member, programs director, and administrator of the Object Relations Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (ORI, www.orinyc.org) in NYC. Her course on Neurobiology for Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists and the Parent-Child Development Program at the ORI include important for all mental health professionals topics: Neurobiology of Self; Neurochemistry of Emotions; Attachment Theory/ Love before First Sight; Neurological Disorders (Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and multiple sclerosis) through the Eyes of a Psychotherapist; Neurobiology of Psychosomatic Illness; Neuroscience of Anger and Violence; and others.

For more information, please visit https://innarozentsvit.com/

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Titles:

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (ORIPP). Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Psychologists (APA) Credit Designation

This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis. Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 23.0 hours (for both programs) 8.0 CE

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MO, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY
MI: No CE requirements
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for MFTs: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY
MA / MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Addictions Professionals: AK, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY (outstate held), OK*, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI, WY
* OK accepts APA credit for live, in-person activities. For all ethics and/or online courses, an application is required.
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Social Workers: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NE, NH, NM, OR, PA, VT, WI, WY

New York Board for Social Workers (NY SW)
Amedco SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0115. 23.0 hours (for both programs) 8.0 CE

New York Board for Psychology (NY PSY)
Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0031. 23.0 hours (for both programs) 8.0 CE

National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an Approved Provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P‑0019. 5.5 CE hours

To receive CE certificates for the actual hours attended – please request them at the time of registration or any time prior to beginning of the conference. CE certificate fee: $25 (in addition to the registration fees). No fees charged for PD (Professional Development) certificates from ORI.

REGISTRATION AND FEES:

Early Bird registration (before November 9th, 2022)
$65 regular/ $45 grad students & candidates/ $15 undergrad students.
If CEs are requested — please use the “regular” registration option. There is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid prior or on the day of the conference).

Regular registration (November 9th – until 6pm on Deceber 9th, 2022)
$75 regular/ $50 grad students & candidates/ $20 undergrad students.
If CEs are requested — please use the “regular” registration option. There is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid prior or on the day of the conference).

Registration ‘at the door’ (after 6pm EST/ NYC time on December 9th or December 10th, 2022)
$85 regular/ $55 grad students & candidates/ $25 undergrad students.
If CEs are requested — please use the “regular” registration option. There is an additional fee of $25 (can be paid prior or on the day of the conference).

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS are available for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for retired or disabled practitioners, or need-based or/and those who live outside of the USA.
To apply for your scholarship, please go to the registration form below.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
Full refund will be issued if cancelled before the beginning of the event on December 10th, 2022.
No refund from the beginning of the event on December 10th, but full paid tuition will be applied to any further ORI events.

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