AINC Proudly Presents:
The Myth of Self-Regulation
will be held online, over 2 days, 3 hours each day on
Friday, March 26, 5pm-8pm CST
Saturday March 27, 10am-1pm CST
“We have created the self-other distinction in our explicit discourse, along with many other constructs that divide us. Our neurobiology, in contrast, puts us within each other.”
– Marco Iacoboni
Gaining a felt sense of how much we are part of each other is so challenging in this culture that prizes self-regulation, self -reliance, and self-care. Our left-hemisphere dominant society means that we experience ourselves as alone no matter how many people are around us. This lens drives us to take control to make sure we can guarantee our own survival.
Relational neuroscience tells us this isolation is a painful violation of our core neurobiological expectation that we will be with one another. This experience of frightening disconnection touches so many aspects of our daily experience: from the persistence of white supremacy and systemic racism to our individualistic response to the pandemic to the polarized political world to the escalating prevalence of anxiety, depression, addiction, and violence.
On the joyful side of things, it doesn’t need to be this way.
Over the course of two days, our work will be to connect as deeply as we can with the felt sense of our interwovenness with each other as well as humbly notice when we slip away from each other into left-hemisphere dominance. To create a stable foundation of knowledge in our left hemisphere, we will spend time with the work of Marco Iacoboni, Iain McGilchrist, Stephen Porges, Joseph Henrich, and James Coan and Lane Beckes. We will weave in reflective practice and nondominant hand drawing as we seek to help our two hemispheres find the beautiful balance that helps us become a safe and healing presence in the counseling room and in our daily walk in the world.
- Describe three ways the left and right hemispheres see the world differently according to Iain McGilchrist.
- Explain how the practice of farming and the advent of reading began to rewire our brains for left hemisphere dominance according to Joseph Henrich.
- Describe the role that neuroception plays in influencing which branch of the autonomic nervous system is activate according to Stephen Porges.
- Describe how left hemisphere dominance contributes to keeping white supremacy and systemic racism in place.
- Explain how being with a trusted beloved reduces our perception of pain according to James Coan and Lane Beckes.
- Describe the role of mirror neurons and the associated resonance circuitry in the internalization of each other according to Marco Iacoboni.
- Describe the neural architecture that explains why there is no felt sense of “we” when the left hemisphere is dominant.
- Describe the research that assures us connection is a biological imperative.
Bonnie’s latest writing is The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships (2017). These books seek to build a bridge between science and practice with clarity, compassion, and heart.
We are excited and look forward to sharing this sacred space and time with you. A note to all ticket holders from the 2020 event. You should have received an email about your existing ticket, if you did not, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
6 CEU Credits will be provided for LPC, LMFT, LCSW, and psychologists.