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UCLA Extension and Lifespan Learning Institute Present
the Annual Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference

This year’s conference explores:

Play, Creativity, Mindfulness & Neuroscience in Psychotherapy

Fri, Sat & Sun, Mar 6, 7 & 8 at UCLA, Ackerman Grand Ballroom

Throughout the lifespan, play supports neurological growth and development while building complex, skilled, flexible, responsive, and socially adept brains. Play also improves the natural ability to convey emotions. Yet clients who suffer from early trauma sometimes experience a reduced capacity for play which may impact their potential for spontaneous laughter, joy, excitement, creativity and connection. Some clinicians are comfortable integrating improvisation and playfulness into their practice. Others have difficulty embracing the uncertainty which may emerge, particularly when delving into the pain experienced by their clients.

During this conference, leading researchers and clinicians will draw on the evidence-based research in neuroscience and positive psychology to examine ways that clinicians can stimulate client resilience, creativity and spontaneity using play.  Through lectures, case presentations and interactive panels, participants will increase their therapeutic efficacy by developing skills which enhance their receptiveness and presence during client sessions. Presentations will also provide skills for connecting empathically and attuning to non-verbal body reactions and movements so therapists can resonate with clients at a deep, somatic level.   Innovative methods for including humor, positive psychology and play in the therapeutic milieu will be explored with the goal of bringing more joy, creativity into the therapeutic process.


Marion Solomon , PhD

Bonnie Goldstein , PhD


For complete program information, including specific learning objectives, grievance policy, speaker biographies, speaker/coordinator disclosures, and other details, call (310) 825-7093, email, or search

3 Enrollment Options

You may enroll for all 3 days, for Saturday and Sunday together, or for Friday only.


If you are a GAINS Member in 2014, You are Eligible to Receive a 10% discount off Your 3 Day Registration to the 2015 Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference at UCLA! CURRENTLY, A SAVINGS OF $49.50!
To receive this discount, mention your GAINS membership when you register with UCLA. GAINS will send UCLA a list of active members on December 30.



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