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The Weekend University aims to make the best psychology lectures available to the general public.

To do this, we organise 'lecture days', on the last Sunday of each month, where you get a full day of talks from leading psychologists, university professors and authors.

This podcast features in-depth interviews with our speakers, so you can learn more about their work.

For more information, please see: http://theweekenduniversity.com

The Weekend University Making the best psychology lecturers available to the general public.

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The Weekend University aims to make the best psychology lectures available to the general public.

To do this, we organise 'lecture days', on the last Sunday of each month, where you get a full day of talks from leading psychologists, university professors and authors.

This podcast features in-depth interviews with our speakers, so you can learn more about their work.

For more information, please see: http://theweekenduniversity.com

    The Science of Effective Change - Dr Alan Watkins, PhD

    The Science of Effective Change - Dr Alan Watkins, PhD

    Get early access to our latest psychology lectures: http://bit.ly/new-talks5

    In this interview, I’m joined by Dr Alan Watkins.

    Alan is the CEO of Complete, a leadership development consultancy that specialises in developing exceptional leaders, the author of 8 books, and a 5 time TEDx speaker, whose talks have more than 7 million views.

    In this lively and wide ranging discussion, we explore:

    → Why Alan transitioned out of his career as a medical doctor into executive coaching

    → Why the reduction of human suffering can provide a meaningful trajectory to build your working life around

    → The 4 characteristics to look for in mentors

    → The work of Joseph Campbell, and how having a meta frame around the change process can help you navigate the major transitions in life

    → The benefits of existing in a perpetual state of “beginner’s mind”

    And more.

    You can learn more about Alan’s work by going to: www.complete-coherence.com

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    Dr Alan Watkins is the CEO and Founder of Complete, a consultancy specialising in developing exceptional leadership through individual and team development. Alan is unusual in that he advises completely different businesses in totally different market sectors, in different geographies, and works with many different types of businesses from innovative start-ups to FTSE 100 giants. He is the author of several successful books including Innovation Sucks! co-authored with Simon May, and HR (R)Evolution: Change the Workplace, Change the World, co-authored with Nick Dalton.

    Interview Links:

    — Step Change: The Leader’s Journey: https://amzn.to/3zCLVjN

    — Coherence: The Science of Exceptional Leadership and Performance: https://amzn.to/3zK6MBH

    — The Complete App: https://bit.ly/3Wp6slL

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    For the past 10 months, we've been working on our biggest project yet: The Holistic Psychotherapy Summit.

    This is a free online event which aims to provide mental health professionals with the most essential ideas for practising effective psychotherapy in the coming decade, and, as the name suggests, it will cover mind, brain, body, and spiritual approaches to healing.

    It features exclusive interviews with 30 of the world's leading clinical psychologists, professors, and psychotherapists giving you insights into their best practices and the frameworks they use with clients.

    You'll be learning directly from the likes of Stephen Porges, Dan Siegel, Janina Fisher, Paul Gilbert, Pat Ogden, Steven Hayes, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Richard Schwartz, Mick Cooper, and 29 others.

    The best bit is - it's completely FREE to attend live, and you can register today by going to: bit.ly/pod-summit

    Hope to see you there!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Becoming Safely Embodied - Deirdre Fay

    Becoming Safely Embodied - Deirdre Fay

    Get early access to our latest psychology lectures: http://bit.ly/new-talks5

    Fear can be contagious, especially in times of uncertainty or when we’re physically, emotionally, and psychologically activated.  Many laments not having a “training manual” on how to live this life when there’s no path already charted out for us.  This is where we can draw upon the integration of attachment theory and the ancient wisdom traditions sculpting out an inner path to deal with external reality.  A Bodhisattva is someone who deliberately chooses to transform their suffering into compassion. From this perspective, life is the training manual for us.  This moment….the “stuff” we’re in, the feelings we’re having, the current circumstances of our lives – that is the training manual.  Our task is to learn to take those raw materials, learn the signals we get from inside ourselves, decipher the signals from the outside, exploring the matrix so we can choose who we want to be and how we want to respond to this very moment we are in.

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    Deirdre Fay, MSW is a thought leader with over 35 years of experience exploring the intersection of wisdom traditions and contemporary psychotherapy as a “Modern Day Bodhisattva (Compassion) Training.” In deliberately choosing to cultivate compassion healing is not an accident but the sure result of consistent and persistent practice as we develop an UnShakeable Heart, Solid, Steady, and Secure in the face of all life circumstances. She’s the author of Becoming Safely Embodied (2021), Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation (2017) as well as co-author of Attachment Disturbances in Adults (2016). You can check more of her work at www.dfay.com

    Links:

    - Get our latest psychology lectures emailed to your inbox: http://bit.ly/new-talks5

    - Check out our next event: http://theweekenduniversity.com/events

    - Deirdre’s website: https://dfay.com

    - Deirdre’s books: https://amzn.to/3FDcmrb

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    For the past 10 months, we've been working on our biggest project yet: The Holistic Psychotherapy Summit.

    This is a free online event which aims to provide mental health professionals with the most essential ideas for practising effective psychotherapy in the coming decade, and, as the name suggests, it will cover mind, brain, body, and spiritual approaches to healing.

    It features exclusive interviews with 30 of the world's leading clinical psychologists, professors, and psychotherapists giving you insights into their best practices and the frameworks they use with clients.

    You'll be learning directly from the likes of Stephen Porges, Dan Siegel, Janina Fisher, Paul Gilbert, Pat Ogden, Steven Hayes, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Richard Schwartz, Mick Cooper, and 29 others.

    The best bit is - it's completely FREE to attend live, and you can register today by going to: bit.ly/pod-summit

    Hope to see you there!

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Sensorimotor Psychotherapy In Context - Dr. Pat Ogden, PhD

    Sensorimotor Psychotherapy In Context - Dr. Pat Ogden, PhD

    Get early access to our latest psychology lectures: http://bit.ly/new-talks5

    This session will provide an accessible introduction to this groundbreaking somatic-cognitive approach to PTSD and attachment disturbances treatment.

    Dr. Ogden will introduce the core principles of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP), and then explore how a sensorimotor ‘lens’ can provide practitioners with a deeper sensitivity to issues of marginalization, racial injustice, and oppression. You’ll discover how SP can be applied to effectively work with a wide range of issues, including trauma, dissociation, dysregulation, and early attachment injuries. The talk will expand upon the current conception of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, demonstrating its utility as a truly holistic and contextual form of therapy; one that takes both the whole person and broader socio-cultural considerations into account.

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    Dr. Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology, the creator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy method, and the founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Dr. Ogden is a clinician, consultant, international lecturer, and the first author of two groundbreaking books in somatic psychology: Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015). Her third book, The Pocket Guide to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Context, advocates for an anti-racist perspective in psychotherapy practice. Her current interests include couple therapy, child and family therapy, social justice, diversity, inclusion, consciousness, and the philosophical/spiritual principles that underlie her work. You can learn more about her work if you go to www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org

    Links:

    - Get our latest psychology lectures emailed to your inbox: http://bit.ly/new-talks5

    - Check out our next event: http://theweekenduniversity.com/events/

    - Dr Ogden’s website: www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org

    - Dr Ogden’s book: https://amzn.to/3PgzmAD

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    For the past 10 months, we've been working on our biggest project yet: The Holistic Psychotherapy Summit.

    This is a free online event which aims to provide mental health professionals with the most essential ideas for practising effective psychotherapy in the coming decade, and, as the name suggests, it will cover mind, brain, body, and spiritual approaches to healing.

    It features exclusive interviews with 30 of the world's leading clinical psychologists, professors, and psychotherapists giving you insights into their best practices and the frameworks they use with clients.

    You'll be learning directly from the likes of Stephen Porges, Dan Siegel, Janina Fisher, Paul Gilbert, Pat Ogden, Steven Hayes, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Richard Schwartz, Mick Cooper, and 29 others.

    The best bit is - it's completely FREE to attend live, and you can register today by going to: bit.ly/pod-summit

    Hope to see you there!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Resetting Your Brain’s Dopamine Balance -Dr. Anna Lembke

    Resetting Your Brain’s Dopamine Balance -Dr. Anna Lembke

    Get early access to our latest psychology lectures: http://bit.ly/new-talks5

    All around us people are looking at their phones too much, eating too much, drinking too much. Our world is addicted to fleeting distracting pleasures that get us nowhere. This talk will aim to provide a clear way back to a balanced life. It’s about pleasure. It's also about pain. Most importantly, it's about how to find the delicate balance between the two, and why now more than ever finding balance is essential. We're living in a time of unprecedented access to high-reward, high-dopamine stimuli: drugs, food, news, gambling, shopping, gaming, texting, sexting, Facebooking, Instagramming, YouTubing, tweeting.... The increased numbers, variety and potency are staggering.

    The smartphone is the modern-day hypodermic needle, delivering digital dopamine 24/7 for a wired generation. As such, we've all become vulnerable to compulsive overconsumption. In this session, Dr. Anna Lembke, psychiatrist and author, will explore the exciting new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of pleasure leads to pain...and what to do about it. You’ll learn how finding contentment and connectedness means keeping dopamine in check, and how combining the science of desire with the wisdom of recovery can help you find balance.

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    Dr. Lembke was one of the first in the medical community to sound the alarm regarding opioid overprescribing and the opioid epidemic. In 2016, she published her best-selling book on the prescription drug epidemic, “Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). Her book was highlighted in the New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic (Zuger, 2018). Dr Lembke’s latest book: “Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence” is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller which explores how to combine the science of desire with the wisdom of recovery to find balance in an overindulgent era.

    Dr. Anna Lembke received her undergraduate degree in Humanities from Yale University and her medical degree from Stanford University. She is currently Professor and Medical Director of Addiction Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also Program Director of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

    Links:

    - Get our latest psychology lectures emailed to your inbox: http://bit.ly/new-talks5

    - Check out our next event: http://theweekenduniversity.com/events/

    - Dr. Lembke’s website: https://www.annalembke.com

    - Dr. Lembke’s book: https://amzn.to/3AWlMfh

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    For the past 10 months, we've been working on our biggest project yet: The Holistic Psychotherapy Summit.

    This is a free online event which aims to provide mental health professionals with the most essential ideas for practising effective psychotherapy in the coming decade, and, as the name suggests, it will cover mind, brain, body, and spiritual approaches to healing.

    It features exclusive interviews with 30 of the world's leading clinical psychologists, professors, and psychotherapists giving you insights into their best practices and the frameworks they use with clients.

    You'll be learning directly from the likes of Stephen Porges, Dan Siegel, Janina Fisher, Paul Gilbert, Pat Ogden, Steven Hayes, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Richard Schwartz, Mick Cooper, and 29 others.

    The best bit is - it's completely FREE to attend live, and you can register today by going to: bit.ly/pod-summit

    Hope to see you there!

    • 56 min
    How to Not Die Alone: Overcoming Your Dating Blindspots - Logan Ury

    How to Not Die Alone: Overcoming Your Dating Blindspots - Logan Ury

    Get early access to our latest psychology lectures: http://bit.ly/new-talks5

    Have you ever looked around and wondered, 'Why has everyone found love except me?' you're not the only one. Great relationships don't just appear in our lives - they're the culmination of a series of decisions, including who to date, how to end it with the wrong person, and when to commit to the right one. But our brains often get in the way. We make poor decisions, which thwart us on our quest to find lasting love.

    Drawing from years of research, behavioural scientist turned dating coach Logan Ury reveals the hidden forces that cause those mistakes. But awareness on its own doesn't lead to results. You have to actually change your behaviour. In this live interview session, Logan will show you how.

    Incorporating insights from behavioural science, original research, and real-life stories, you'll learn:

    — What's holding you back in dating (and how to break the pattern)

    — What really matters in a long-term partner (and what really doesn't)

    — ⁠How to overcome the perils of online dating (and make the apps work for you)

    — ⁠How to meet more people in real life (while doing activities you love)

    — How to make dates fun again (so they stop feeling like job interviews)

    — ⁠Why 'the spark' is a myth (but you'll find love anyway)

    And more…

    Logan’s data-driven, step-by-step approach has the potential to help you find, build and keep a relationship, in which both partners thrive.

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    Logan Ury is a behavioural scientist turned dating coach, and the author of How To Not Die Alone. As the Director of Relationship Science at the dating app Hinge, she leads a research team dedicated to helping people find love. After studying psychology at Harvard, she ran Google’s behavioural science team—the Irrational Lab.

    Logan’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, TIME, The Washington Post, GQ, Glamour, Vice, on HBO, BBC, and she was a featured speaker at SXSW in 2021. You can learn more of her works at: https://www.loganury.com

    Links:

    - Get our latest psychology lectures emailed to your inbox: http://bit.ly/new-talks5

    - Check out our next event: http://theweekenduniversity.com/events/

    - Logan’s website: https://www.loganury.com

    - Logan’s book: https://www.loganury.com/book

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    For the past 10 months, we've been working on our biggest project yet: The Holistic Psychotherapy Summit.

    This is a free online event which aims to provide mental health professionals with the most essential ideas for practising effective psychotherapy in the coming decade, and, as the name suggests, it will cover mind, brain, body, and spiritual approaches to healing.

    It features exclusive interviews with 30 of the world's leading clinical psychologists, professors, and psychotherapists giving you insights into their best practices and the frameworks they use with clients.

    You'll be learning directly from the likes of Stephen Porges, Dan Siegel, Janina Fisher, Paul Gilbert, Pat Ogden, Steven Hayes, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Richard Schwartz, Mick Cooper, and 29 others.

    The best bit is - it's completely FREE to attend live, and you can register today by going to: bit.ly/pod-summit

    Hope to see you there!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Depression: The Unexpected Truth - Johann Hari

    Depression: The Unexpected Truth - Johann Hari

    In this provocative talk, Johann Hari discusses the “chemical imbalance” theory of depression, why it’s so damaging to our mental health—both individually and collectively, and offers an alternative view backed by the latest scientific research.

    If you're interested in taking an approach to healing that accounts for the whole person: mind, brain, body, and spirit, you might want to check out our upcoming summit:

    http://bit.ly/hps-2023

    This is a FREE online event, featuring interviews with 30 of the world's leading psychologists, including:

    — Dan Siegel
    — Janina Fisher
    — Richard Schwartz
    — Stephen Porges
    — Pat Ogden
    — Steve Hayes
    — Anna Lembke
    — Paul Gilbert
    — Lisa Feldman Barrett
    — Lou Cozolino

    And 20 others!

    The summit will take place from 23rd - 28th January 2023 and tickets are free for a limited time.

    If you are interested in participating, please use the link below to register:

    http://bit.ly/hps-2023

    • 12 min

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