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Epistemic trust: A fresh perspective on ruptures in psychotherapy with Peter Fonagy


The 2nd Annual Jeremy Safran Memorial Lecture

Epistemic trust: A fresh perspective on ruptures in psychotherapy

with Peter Fonagy

Sunday, April 25
2:00-3:30 ET

Virtually by Zoom

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FREE event
Donations are welcome: proceeds will go to the Jeremy Safran Student Fellowship

Jeremy Safran made a lasting contribution to our field being one of a small handful of psychotherapy researchers whose scientific discoveries can unequivocally be said to have impacted on clinical practice. This lecture in his honour will build on his ground-breaking work on therapeutic ruptures taking an attachment theory and social learning perspective and explore why and how ruptures can serve to deepen epistemic trust – a state of openness to learning. This tribute will consider the emergent concept of the We-Mode, the first person plural perspective which enables collective mentalizing and a temporary sharing of minds that may be critical in the process of achieving lasting therapeutic change.

Peter Fonagy, OBE, Professor of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Developmental Science, Head of Division for Psychology and Language Sciences, UCL; Chief Executive of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families; Consultant at Child and Family Program at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

His clinical and research interests lie in early attachment relationships, social cognition, borderline personality disorder and violence. A central focus has been mentalization-based treatment, which was developed in collaboration with a number of clinical sites in the UK and USA.

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