In conjunction with
November 20, 2004,
Ernest Lawrence Rossi, Ph.D. received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Psychotherapy from the Milton H. Erickson Foundation. He is the Science Editor of Psychological Perspectives and the author, co-author and editor of twenty professional books in the areas of psychotherapy, dreams, psychobiology and therapeutic hypnosis that have been translated into a dozen languages. His most recent book is The Psychobiology of Gene Expression: Neuroscience and Neurogenesis in Hypnosis and the Healing Arts (W.W. Norton Professional Books, 2002). Internationally recognized as a gifted psychotherapist and teacher of innovative approaches to the creative process, he has pioneered new approaches to mind/body communication theory, healing and human consciousness.
1. To understand activity-dependent approaches to facilitating gene expression, brain plasticity, and healing in psychotherapy of pain conditions.
2. To build skills in recognizing and facilitating the 4-stage creative process with implicit processing heuristics dealing with end-of-life issues.
3. To build skills in the practical applications of the new neuroscience concepts of creative replay in psychotherapy.
November 20, 2004,
CE credit will be awarded to the MD, LCSW, MFT and Psychologists. This event is an activity offered by, The Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, a CMA-accredited provider. Physicians attending this course may report up to 6 hours of Category 1 credits toward the California Medical Associations Certification in Continuing Medical Education and the American Medical Associations Physicians Recognition Award. LAPSI programs are recognized by: the American Medical Associations Physician Recognition Award, the California Medical Association CME Provider No. 4367 and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences PCE Provider No. 280. Psychologist must report CE credit directly to MCEP using the Certificate given at the completion of the course to verify attendance.
PAIN AND HEALING:
9 a.m.: MORNING Lecture with Large Group Discussion (1 1/2 hours)
Emergency Mind-Body Mechanisms in Pain and End of Life Experiences
Pain and catastrophic illness toward the end of life may evoke emergency mind-body mechanisms in that offer possible pathways toward healing and rehabilitation. Recent research on the Human Genome Project and neuroscience can be interpreted as supporting 4 evidence-based processes in the creative dynamics of mind-body healing and rehabilitation from pain and catastrophic illnesses. (1) We are constantly engaged in a natural process of constructing and reconstructing our brain and body on all levels from mind to gene during the many normal alternating states of waking and sleeping in everyday life. (2) Pain, novelty, enriching life experiences, physical exercise and catastrophic illness can evoke gene expression and brain plasticity new growth in the brain throughout our entire lifetime. (3) Salient and numinous psychological experiences during life emergencies can turn on gene expression within minutes throughout the brain and body to guide growth, the differentiation of stem cells, and healing in ways that could only be described as miraculous in the past. (4) Whenever we recall a fear, stress or traumatically encoded memory, nature opens up the possibility of creatively replaying and reconstructing it on the molecular-genomic level with activity-dependent psychotherapeutic and behavioral methods. Taken together these 4 fundamentals outline the essence of a psychobiological perspective on coping with pain and end of life experiences in art, cultural rituals, and psychotherapy.
Noon: LUNCH (provided) 30 minutes
12:30 p.m.: AFTERNOON Lecture with Large Group Discussion (1 1/2 hours)
The Nature of the Numinosum during End of Life Emergencies
Rossi will review personal memoirs of pain and catastrophic illness in dreams and active imaginations during his rehabilitation from a stroke 2 years ago. Accessing and re-experiencing the novelty-numinosum-neurogenesis effect in creative replay is postulated as the psychobiological essence of the psychological, cultural, and spiritual approaches to life emergencies, pain and end of life experiences. Paradoxically, painful experiences that evoke the novelty-numinosum-neurogenesis effect during creative moments of art, music, dance, drama, humor, literature, poetry, spirituality, awe, joy, and cultural rituals as well as end of life emergencies could optimize the psychosocial genomics of mind-body healing and rehabilitation. This contains the seed of a new theory of aesthetics and science that reifies Keats poetic and philosophical conundrum, "Beauty is truth, truth beauty, - that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. A variety of novel approaches to activity-dependent creative work with the entire audience will be demonstrated as a series of exercises to facilitate the possibility of gene expression, brain plasticity and mind-body healing during pain and end of life emergencies.