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JUNE 24 - 26, 2021 / WORLDWIDE




SEGMENT 1: 9.00 - 10.00


Interpersonal Neurobiology and the Virtual Connection 

with George Lockwood, Rita Younan, Sara Caprini, Samantha Reynolds and Suzy Redston

Virtual connection as a means of dealing with social distancing has always been central to Limited Reparenting. Once found and bonded with, the child within our adult patients usually longs for more time and responsiveness than is possible, resulting in an inevitable experience of  a social gap built into the process. Rather than the typical emphasis on setting limits on these needs, limited Reparenting involves leaning more in the direction of finding and developing ways to extend ourselves beyond these limits by one form or another of virtual connection. In this way Schema Therapy, perhaps more than most other therapies, has a long history of addressing social distancing by means of virtual connection during challenging times. Limited reparenting usually leads to the therapeutic attachment taking on an importance and depth over time. When bigger forms of social distancing arise, such as a therapist or patient needing to move, this has made it more likely that both therapist and patient will be motivated to find a way to continue the relationship. This has taken Schema Therapy further in the direction of developing processes that allow for forging and nurturing secure attachments via virtual connection.These influences have led to a range of tools and strategies and an accompanying theoretical framework that we see as based on the notion of transitional objects, space and processes. 

In this webinar we will draw on 25 years of experience with virtual connections in the context of limited reparenting, initially using phone and transitional objects and then adding email, text and video. This has transpired in the midst of cross country moves and, over the past year,  into the phase of near exclusive virtual connection. We will discuss some of what we have learned in terms of what has been gained, what has been lost, what has remained unchanged, which patients are not able to adapt to this format and why, how best to integrate virtual with actual, how to best leverage the plasticity that comes with virtual and how best to minimize the risks.  An overview will be provided of how virtual connection has allowed for more systemic leverage by enabling a flexible integration of individual, couples, family and extended family therapy.  Particular attention will be paid to working with BPD and complex PTSD. We will outline the above mentioned tools, strategies and theoretical frame and discuss how our understanding of the findings emerging out of the fields of attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology have informed our efforts. This includes what is being discovered about the pivotal role of right to right hemisphere interactions and the impact that differential susceptibility (i.e. being more or less highly sensitive) has on working virtually. 

About the Presenters

George Lockwood

Rita Younan

Sara Caprini

Samantha Reynolds

Suzy Redston

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