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SATURDAY MORNING HOT TOPICS 1 (S1HT1): 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM

Hot Topics: Session 1 

Client-Therapist Physiological synchrony and therapeutic alliance in an imagery-based treatment

by  Eshkol Rafaeli, Jessica Prinz, and Eran Bar-Kalifa



Eshkol Rafaeli: 

Prof. Eshkol Rafaeli is a professor of clinical psychology and the former director of clinical training in the psychology department and neuroscience center at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, where he directs the Affect and Relationships Lab. Prior to joining BIU, the lab and Eshkol were at Barnard College, Columbia University, where Eshkol continues to serve as a research scientist. Eshkol and his students study two key components of daily life – our affect and our relationships. In projects funded by the NIMH, ISF, BSF, the Templeton Foundation, the Hope & Optimism Initiative, and others, they’ve been examining the nature and structure of moods and emotions in the daily lives of both distressed and non-distressed individuals and couples. they look at the attempts partners make to make sense of each other’s thoughts, feelings, and needs, as well as at the interplay of good (supportive) and bad (hindering) actions that happen in the life of any couple. They also conduct psychotherapy/intervention studies, and are interested in the process and outcome of such interventions. He is a co-founder of the Israeli Institute for Schema Therapy, the co-author (together with David Bernstein and Jeffrey Young) of the 2010 Routledge book on Distinctive Features of Schema Therapy, and he continues to be very interested in using, teaching, supervising and researching this approach. 


Jessica Prinz:

coming soon

Eran Bar-Kalifa:

coming soon 


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