Workshop Presented by Allan N. Schore, Ph.D.

Contemporary Applications of Neuroscience to Diagnosis and the Practice of Psychotherapy



Saturday, May 5, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110


Lunch will be provided.


In a PowerPoint-lecture dialogue Dr. Allan Schore will present his ongoing work on synchronized mutual regressions, an implicit mechanism of therapeutic change that operates. Using an interpersonal neurobiological perspective he will discuss the importance, especially in heightened affective moments, of synchronized, mutual regressions unconsciously co-constructed by the patient and therapist.


Regression, the process of returning to an earlier stage of development, is associated with sudden shifts out of the later maturing conscious analytic left hemisphere into the early developing unconscious emotional right hemisphere. He will suggest that although the paradoxical process of regression may reflect a clinical deterioration it may also represent a creative return to fundamentals and origins that can facilitate a potential reorganization leading to better integration, healthy individuation, and increases in the adaptive capacities of play and intimacy.


Throughout the lecture Dr. Schore will present neuropsychoanalytic models and clinical case examples for working with unconscious dissociated affect in spontaneous mutual regressions, and with unconscious repressed affect in voluntary mutual regressions. He will also suggest that mutual regressions in long-term psychotherapy can facilitate a re-balancing of the cerebral hemispheres, and he will argue that the concept of regression, banished by the end of the last century, needs to return to the clinical literature.

Learning Objectives


After attending this workshop, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the role of clinical mutual regressions in progressions in right brain development.
  2. Distinguish unconscious dissociated affect in spontaneous mutual regressions from unconscious repressed affect in voluntary mutual regressions.
  3. Understand how mutual regressions can re-balance the hemispheres.




Dr. Allan Schore is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He is author of four seminal volumes, most recently The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy, as well as numerous articles and chapters. His contributions appear in multiple disciplines, including neuroscience, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, infant mental health, attachment theory, trauma studies, behavioral biology, clinical psychology, and clinical social work. He is past editor of the Norton series on Interpersonal Neurobiology and a reviewer or on the editorial staff of 45 journals across a number of scientific and clinical disciplines. He has received a number of honors for his work, including an Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology from the Division of Trauma Psychology and the Scientific Award from the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, Honorary Membership by the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center Award for outstanding contributions to Child and Adolescent Mental Health. He has had a private psychotherapy practice for over four decades.


Registration Opens March 20


With Early Bird pricing (March 20 - April 17)


Regular, $150; Center Member, $130; Candidates/Residents/Students, $85


Pricing After April 17:


Regular, $160; Center Member, $145; Candidates/Residents/Students, $100


Continuing Medical Education Credits


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.