9 December, 2017 9:30 am - 4:00 pm The River Lee Hotel, Western Road, Cork

A one-day seminar with Dr. Iain McGilchrist

When: 09 December, 2017 9.30am – 4.00pm
Where: The River Lee Hotel, Western Road, Cork

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Psychotherapy – and indeed psychiatry and psychology – find themselves squeezed by demands that are fundamentally destructive of their proper practice and ethic.  This comes from a misunderstanding of the nature of the therapeutic encounter, which is not a product but a process.

The mental health professions have not been singled out, however, for this inappropriate treatment, which comes from a life–denying, mechanistic and reductive world view that is fundamentally opposed to human flourishing, and is found across the whole spectrum of modern Western life.  Almost everything you think you know about differences between the brain hemispheres is wrong; but Iain McGilchrist will explain why a new appreciation of this extraordinary divide at the centre of our being helps us to see what is going on around us, and why we need to recapture the importance of the implicit over the explicit, of quality over quantity, and of relationships over things.

Who should attend: Psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals will find this seminar rewarding. It will also be of interest to academics, students and indeed to anyone interested in questions of mind and meaning.


9.30 – 10.30 First talk

10.30 – 11 Q&A

11 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30 Second talk

12.30 – 1.00 Q&A

1 – 2 Lunch (special menu available in the hotel restaurant)

2 – 3 Third talk

3.30 – 4.00 Interview and Final Q & A

Iain McGilchrist
Dr Iain McGilchrist is a former Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and former Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at the Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospital, London.  He was a Research Fellow in neuroimaging at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Stellenbosch. He delivered the Samuel Gee lecture at the Royal College of Physicians in 2014. He has published original articles and research papers in a wide range of publications on topics in literature, medicine and psychiatry.  He is the author of Against Criticism (Faber 1982), The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World (Yale 2009), The Divided Brain and the Search for Meaning; Why Are We So Unhappy? (e-book short) and is currently working on a book entitled The Porcupine is a Monkey, or, Things Are Not What They Seem to be published by Penguin Press. He lives on the Isle of Skye.

Learn more at www.iainmcgilchrist.com

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