UCLA Extension and Lifespan Learning Conference Explores Integration of Neuroscience, Attachment Theory and Affect Regulation

International expert lineup includes Dr. Allan N. Schore, Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Sir Richard Bowlby and many others

An international who’s who of mental health experts and researchers will come to UCLA in March to discuss the latest research, advancements and therapeutic techniques concerning the healing of trauma, addiction and related disorders.

“Affect Regulation and Healing of the Self” is a three-day conference offering in-depth presentations and discussions concerning how the right hemisphere regulates emotion and processes our sense of self. Interpersonal neurobiology is an emerging field of study with broad applications in the areas of mental health, education, parenting, addiction therapy, as well as in business and industry.

“This conference is essential for a range of health care practitioners to further realize the broad spectrum of benefits and continued advancements in the fields of attachment, neurobiology, neuroscience and affect regulation,” said Dr. Marion F. Solomon, director of clinical training at the Lifespan Institute and conference co-coordinator.

Presented by UCLA Extension and the Lifespan Institute, the conference will be held March 14-16 on the campus of UCLA at the Ackerman Grand Ballroom.

Presentations will cover neurobiologically-informed models of addiction, attachment, infant health, behavioral biology, trauma education, psychoanalysis, and individual, couple and body psychotherapies. The opening and closing sessions will review 20 years of interpersonal neurobiology and will look into the future.

These sessions will feature Dr. Allan N. Schore and Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, who are recognized pioneers in the field of affect regulation and interpersonal neurobiology. Schore, clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development, will be joined in his closing presentation by Dr. Judith R. Schore, dean of students and core faculty member at the Sanville Institute, regarding their personal and professional journey in neuroscience study.

Dr. Drew Pinsky, well known for his radio and television appearances as an addiction specialist as well as a professor of psychiatry at the University of Southern California, will offer a presentation on addiction and affect regulation.  Actor, producer and activist Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who has authored best-selling books about addiction, will discuss the changing public perception about the disease of addiction.

An international line-up of experts includes Sir Richard Bowlby, who has carried on the work of his father, British psychologist and attachment expert John Bowlby; Australian Dr.Jennifer McIntosh, family therapist and author of numerous research studies, will discuss the impacts of divorce on children; and Dr.Ruth Lanius, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, will present a model for healing from trauma.

Pre-registration closes March 11. Conference details and online registration are available at https://www.uclaextension.edu/attachment. Up to 20.25 hours of continuing education credit is available for mental health professionals attending this conference.

For information about UCLA Extension’s mental health and counseling programs, call (310) 825-7093, email at mentalhealth@uclaextension.edu, or type “mental health” on the main website search box.