Infant Research & Neuroscience at Work in Psychotherapy

Expanding the Clinical Repertoire

About the Course:

In this book, the author shares her journey of applying infant research and findings from neuroscience into everyday clinical practice. The research findings are used as another lens through which to view and think about non verbal, non conscious, implicit aspects of human behavior with specific application to the therapist/patient dyad. The book walks the reader through four major concepts of brain science – 1) memory 2) the mind-body connection 3) the fear system and 4) mirror neurons and shared circuitry. The book demonstrates how basic knowledge of these concepts can lead the clinician towards more effective and informed clinical work. The emerging data does not replace whatever psychodynamic/psychoanalytic model used by the clinician. Rather, it offers an additional way to think and intervene that is “beyond the words”. The scientific data is presented in an accessible way; the application to clinical practice is demonstrated through lengthy clinical vignettes. Throughout, the reader is encouraged to think about the data in relation to her own clinical practice and apply it creatively and spontaneously.


W.W. Norton & Company

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Judith Rustin, L.C.S.W.

About the Author:

Judith  Rustin, LCSW,  is a faculty member and supervisor at the Institute for the  Psychoanalytic Study of  Subjectivity, New York City, The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, New York City and The Chinese American Psychoanalytic Association. She has lectured nationally and internationally on self-psychology,  intersubjectivity systems theory and more recently the interface of  infant research and neuroscience with these two psychoanalytic models.  Her published scholarly papers and recently released book (January, 2013) Infant Research and Neuroscience at Work in Psychotherapy (W.W. Norton  & Co.)  cover  these same subjects  with particular emphasis on  their application  to the therapeutic dyad and the clinical process. In 2005, Other Press published Forms of Intersubjectivity in Infant Research and Adult Treatment, written with Beatrice Beebe, Steven Knoblauch and Dorienne Sorter. She maintains a private practice in New York City.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists and social workers who seek knowledge about infant research as it relates to neuroscience in psychotherapy. It is appropriate for an advanced level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Articulate basic concepts from infant research and neuroscience.

  2. Explain how Rustin integrates concepts from infant research and neuroscience in her practice.

  3. Describe via presentations of clinical examples from their own work the integration of these ideas.

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Course Number: 102163
Credit Hours: 5cr
Exam Fee: $34.85
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