Culture is a potential source of both stress and well-being, informing behavior often without conscious awareness. Internalized in our identity, it can influence how the therapeutic relationship develops. It also impacts the effectiveness of interventions.
As clinicians are called upon to understand the influence of diverse historical, social, and economic backgrounds of clients, they need specific tools to help integrate culture and context throughout the process of treatment.
In a thought-provoking conference, UCLA Extension and Lifespan Learning will host a series of distinguished researchers and clinicians who will explore the greater impact of the cultural mind in psychotherapy.
Over the course of three days, experts will consider the significance of how cultural messages indoctrinate therapists to particular world views, and how these impact the practice of psychotherapy. A clear focus will help therapists understand how diverse populations view mental health, and the related challenges this can present in therapy. Participants will receive specific strategies they can utilize to integrate culture and context into their practice more effectively, allowing them to further connect with and empower clients.
Mental health practitioners, including Psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, Psychiatrists, counselors, and others, will benefit from this presentation of new research, discussion of clinical applications, and dialog between researchers and professionals. This program is intended for those with an intermediate level of knowledge and experience.
|9:00 – 9:15am||Wayne Smutz, Dean of Continuing Education and UCLA ExtensionMarion Solomon, PhD||Welcome|
|9:15-10:15am||Stephen J. Suomi, PhD||Primate Culture|
|10:15-11:15am||Darcia Narvaez, PhD||From Neurobiology to Culture: Fostering Sustainable Wisdom
|11:30am-12:30pm||Vittorio Gallese, MD||What Mirror Neuron Research Tells Us About How Brains Influence Each Other|
|1:45-2:45pm||Louis Cozolino, PhD||The Social Brain, Mind and Culture|
|3:00-4:30pm||Robert Lemelson, PhD||Mental Illness in Indonesia: Outcome and Recovery in a Cultural Context|
|4:30-5:30pm||Daniel J. Siegel, Stephen J. Suomi, Darcia Narvaez, Vittorio Gallese, Louis Cozolino, Robert Lemelson||Panel Discussion|
|9:00 – 9:10am||Bonnie Goldstein, PhD||Introduction|
|9:10 – 10:10am||Marion Solomon, PhD||How Culture Affects Modern Relationships|
|10:10 – 11:10am||Melvin Konner, MD, PhD||Powershift: Sex, Evolution and the End of Male Supremacy|
|11:25am-12:25pm||Steven R. Lopez, PhD||Culture and Psychopathology, Assessment and Intervention: A Focus on the Growing Latino Community|
|1:40-2:40pm||Allan N. Schore, PhD||The Early Development of the Cultural Unconscious Mind|
|2:55-4:25pm||Pat Ogden, PhD & Medria Connolly, PhD||The Implicit Influence of Culture in Psychotherapy: What the Body Knows, How the Body Speaks|
|4:25-5:30pm||Marion Solomon, Melvin Konner, Steven R. Lopez, Pat Ogden, Medria Connolly, Allan N. Schore, and Daniel J. Siegel||Panel Discussion
|9:00-9:10am||Bonnie Goldstein, PhD||Review and Introduction|
|9:10-10:10am||David Spiegel, MD||Healing Cultures: How Cancer Support Groups Affect Mood, Coping and Disease Progression|
|10:10-11:10am||Paul Gilbert, OBE, PhD||Evolution, Culture and Compassion – Focused Therapy|
|11:25-12:20pm||Shelly P. Harrell, PhD||Practicing “PEaCE”: Culture, Community and Psychotherapy|
|1:30-2:25pm||Amy Banks, MD||The Impact of Power Over Cultures on Your Brain and Relationships: Lessons Learned from the LGBTQI Movement|
|2:25-3:20pm||Lawrence Hedges, PhD||The Sexualization of Otherness: Transference and Countertransference|
|3:35-4:30pm||Daniel J. Siegel, MD||Interpersonal Neurobiology and Culture|
|4:30-5:30pm||David Spiegel, Paul Gilbert, Shelly P. Harrell, Amy Banks, Lawrence Hedges, Daniel J. Siegel||Panel Discussion