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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

    Healing Trauma with Yoga - Dr Kathie Overeem

    Healing Trauma with Yoga - Dr Kathie Overeem

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

    In this talk, we will cover the psychology and some mechanisms that underly the effectiveness of trauma-sensitive yoga as a therapy for complex trauma. In recent years that has been a shift towards incorporating body-based therapies for treatment of a range of mental health issues including complex trauma. With regards to complex trauma, this is important because of the limitations of cognitive-based therapies. Specifically, the drop-out rates for psychotherapies can range between 60-90%, and more than half of the participants that do complete treatment still reach the criteria for PTSD.

    Trauma-sensitive yoga is a body-based treatment for complex trauma that offers an alternative. This therapy is designed to foster interoceptive awareness (i.e., felt body-sense). The methods include specific language and a trauma-informed approach whereby the facilitator is educated in how trauma can affect felt body sense and how this can interact with the therapeutic process. In this talk, we will introduce some of the methods of trauma-sensitive yoga and discuss some of the neurobiology and psychological theories that are thought to underpin the effectiveness of this treatment. We will discuss the importance of a present moment interoceptive experience and the role it plays in the therapeutic process.

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    Kathie Overeem Ph.D. (psychology) is a trauma-sensitive yoga facilitator with a background in psychology and neuroscience. Kathie has over 13 years of academic research experience. During that time, she published research and lectured on topics including emotional memory, personality psychology, biological psychology, behavioural and systems neuroscience, cognition, and molecular biology. Teaching yoga since 2016, Kathie has over 700 hr of yoga teacher training and started working with clients using trauma-sensitive yoga in 2018.

    She is a certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator, trained and supervised by the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Research Institute (MA, USA). Currently, Kathie works with clients that have experienced stress, anxiety, complex trauma, c-PTSD, PTSD, and eating disorders. She also works with organisations and government programs that support adults and youth experiencing complex mental illness, complex trauma, and alcohol and other drug rehabilitation.

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    The Weekend University’s mission is to make the best minds and ideas in psychology more accessible so that you can use the knowledge to improve your quality of life.

    We release 95% of our content for free and don’t run any ads during the show.

    That said, we’d love to expand our reach and get the knowledge shared by our speakers into the hands of more people so they can benefit too.

    So, if you’re in the mood for doing a random act of kindness today, and helping others improve their lives in the process, it would make a huge difference if you could take just 30 seconds and leave a short review on your favourite podcast provider - whether that’s iTunes (https://bit.ly/iTunes-podcast-review), Stitcher (https://bit.ly/stitcher-podcast-review) or Spotify (https://bit.ly/spotify-podcast-ratings).

    In addition, we’ll pick one review each month and that person will get a free ticket to our monthly online conference, which usually costs £50.

    Thanks for your time and I hope you enjoy the show!

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    Links:

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

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

    - Dr Overeem’s website: www.kathieovereem.com

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Buddhism & Psychotherapy - Bruce Tift MA, LMFT

    Buddhism & Psychotherapy - Bruce Tift MA, LMFT

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

    We all experience suffering and confusion that we intuitively know to be unnecessary. We also experience moments of openness and inherent well being. Western psychotherapy focuses on the relief which comes as we bring our young out-of-date strategies of self-care into our more current adult capacities and realities. We discover that feelings such as fear, grief, rage, and powerlessness that were in fact overwhelming to us as children can now be acknowledged and experienced as adults. Buddhism asserts that our most basic and intimate experience is that of openness – always present but usually out of our conscious experience. Rather than “what” we are experiencing, we investigate “how we are relating” to what we experience.

    Engaging from open awareness, we find no evidence of problems or division. We discover that we are always living in a never resolvable stream of thoughts, feelings, and sensations because we are always and only living in our immediate experience. We will probably engage most skillfully in our lives if we train ourselves to be conscious, embodied and kind to this endless display. Therapy invites us to come out of our identification with our conditioned history. Buddhism invites us to come out of any drama about a personal identity. Both approaches have benefits and limitations. Together, as an on-going dialogue, they offer a powerful potential for less unnecessary suffering and for greater freedom.

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    Bruce Tift, MA, LMFT, has been in private practice since 1979, taught at Naropa University for twenty-five years, worked in a psychiatric ward and as a family therapist with social services, and has given presentations in the United States, Mexico, and Japan. In his twenties he traveled for two years by motorcycle in Europe, North Africa, and overland to India and Nepal. He has worked as a laborer, clerk, postal worker, longshoreman, painter, school bus driver, paper mill worker, miner, and truck driver. He and his wife, Reva, are now empty-nesters living in Boulder, Colorado. A practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism for more than forty years, he had the good fortune to be a student of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and to meet a number of realized teachers.

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    Links:

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

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

    - Bruce Tift’s website: http://www.brucetift.com

    - Bruce Tift’s books: https://amzn.to/30ijdWV

    • 1 hr 25 min
    The Social Media Addiction Machine - Dr Richard Seymour, PhD

    The Social Media Addiction Machine - Dr Richard Seymour, PhD

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

    Former social media executives tell us that the system is an addiction-machine. We are users, waiting for our next hit as we like, comment and share. We write to the machine as individuals, but it responds by aggregating our fantasies, desires and frailties into data, and returning them to us as a commodity experience.

    This talk will provide an unflinching view into the calamities of digital life: the circus of online trolling, flourishing alt-right subcultures, pervasive corporate surveillance, and the virtual data mines of Facebook and Google where we spend considerable portions of our free time. You’ll learn about the political and psychological effects of our changing relationship with social media, what’s really behind our addiction, and how to set yourself free.

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    Richard Seymour is a writer and broadcaster and the author of numerous books about politics, including The Liberal Defence of Murder (Verso, 2008), Against Austerity (2014), Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics (Verso, 2016) and The Twittering Machine (The Indigo Press, 2019). He completed his PhD in sociology at the London School of Economics under the supervision of Paul Gilroy.

    In 2005, Seymour’s blog: ‘Lenin’s Tomb’ was named as the 21st most popular blog in the UK, and his writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Jacobin, the London Review of Books, the New York Times and Prospect.

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    Links:

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

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

    - Richard Seymour’s book: https://amzn.to/2S0XpHL

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    The Weekend University’s mission is to make the best minds and ideas in psychology more accessible, so that you can use the knowledge to improve your quality of life.

    We release 95% of our content for free and don’t run any ads during the show.

    That said, we’d love to expand our reach and get the knowledge shared by our speakers into the hands of more people so they can benefit too.

    So, if you’re in the mood for doing a random act of kindness today, and helping others improve their lives in the process, it would make a huge difference if you could take just 30 seconds and leave a short review on your favourite podcast provider - whether that’s iTunes (https://bit.ly/iTunes-podcast-review), Stitcher (https://bit.ly/stitcher-podcast-review) or Spotify (https://bit.ly/spotify-podcast-ratings).

    In addition, we’ll pick one review each month and that person will get a free ticket to our monthly online conference, which usually costs £50.

    Thanks for your time and I hope you enjoy the show!

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Spirituality & Post Traumatic Growth - Dr Steve Taylor Ph.D.

    Spirituality & Post Traumatic Growth - Dr Steve Taylor Ph.D.

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

    For 15 years, the transpersonal psychologist Steve Taylor has been researching cases of ‘transformation through turmoil,’ or spontaneous spiritual awakening caused by suffering. In times of bereavement, serious illness, addiction, deep depression and intense stress, a miraculous transformation can occur: the death of an old identity and the birth of a new, spiritually awakened self.

    In this session based on his upcoming book Extraordinary Awakenings, Steve shares some cases from his research, and explains the reasons why intense suffering can lead to transformation. Then he explains what we can learn from the phenomenon, with principles that we can apply to our own spiritual development. He also explains the global and evolutionary aspects of the phenomenon, in relation to the crises we
    face as a species. Steve will also lead meditations and exercises to show how we can harness the transformational power of crises and turmoil in our lives.

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    Steve Taylor, PhD, is the author of Extraordinary Awakenings and many other bestselling books including The Leap and Spiritual Science. He is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University and the chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society.

    Steve’s articles and essays have been published in over 100 academic journals, magazines, and newspapers and he blogs for Scientific American and Psychology Today. Eckhart Tolle has described his work as ‘an important contribution to the shift in consciousness which is happening on our planet at present.’ Steve lives in Manchester, England, with his wife and three young children. Visit him online at www.stevenmtaylor.com

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    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 Taylor’s website: https://www.stevenmtaylor.com/

    - Dr Taylor’s books: https://amzn.to/3gblkke

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    The Weekend University’s mission is to make the best minds and ideas in psychology more accessible, so that you can use the knowledge to improve your quality of life.

    We release 95% of our content for free and don’t run any ads during the show.

    That said, we’d love to expand our reach and get the knowledge shared by our speakers into the hands of more people so they can benefit too.

    So, if you’re in the mood for doing a random act of kindness today, and helping others improve their lives in the process, it would make a huge difference if you could take just 30 seconds and leave a short review on your favourite podcast provider - whether that’s iTunes (https://bit.ly/iTunes-podcast-review), Stitcher (https://bit.ly/stitcher-podcast-review) or Spotify (https://bit.ly/spotify-podcast-ratings).

    In addition, we’ll pick one review each month and that person will get a free ticket to our monthly online conference, which usually costs £50.

    Thanks for your time and I hope you enjoy the show!

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Neuroscience, Dreams & Psychotherapy - Prof. Mark Solms

    Neuroscience, Dreams & Psychotherapy - Prof. Mark Solms

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

    Freud claimed that dreams provide unique insights into human motivation. The discovery of the brain mechanisms of REM sleep (between the 1950s and 70s) cast considerable doubt on this: REM dreaming occurs automatically in 90-minute cycles and it is generated by a mindless part of the brainstem. This lecture will present findings which show that dreaming is not in fact isomorphic with REM sleep, that it does not occur automatically, and that it is generated by a part of the brain that is deeply implicated in emotion, motivation, and memory. Recent findings will also be presented from an ongoing study which is seeking to establish the biological function of dreaming.

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    Professor Mark Solms is best known for his discovery of the forebrain mechanisms of dreaming, and for his pioneering integration of psychoanalytic theories and methods with those of modern neuroscience. He holds the Chair of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital (Departments of Psychology and Neurology). His other positions have included: Honorary Lecturer in Neurosurgery at St. Bartholomew’s & Royal London School of Medicine, Director of the International Neuro-Psychoanalysis Centre, London, and Director of the Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuro-Psychoanalysis at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.

    Professor Solms’ books include: Clinical Studies in Neuro-Psychoanalysis (winner of the NAAP’s Gradiva Award Best Book, Science Category in 2001), The Brain and The Inner World (2002), and most recently: Hidden Spring: A Journey to the Source of Consciousness (2021).

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    Links

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

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

    - Professor Solms website: http://www.psychology.uct.ac.za/psy/staff/professors/marksolms

    - Professor Solms book chapter: https://bit.ly/encyclo-behavioralneuro

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Transformational Chairwork Psychotherapy - Dr Scott Kellogg Ph.D & Amanda Garcia-Torres

    Transformational Chairwork Psychotherapy - Dr Scott Kellogg Ph.D & Amanda Garcia-Torres

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

    Chairwork is a highly emotional and very powerful experiential psychotherapy that is currently undergoing a renaissance as clinicians all over the world are beginning to integrate it into their practices.

    Originally created by Dr. Jacob Moreno, the creator of Psychodrama, it was made famous in the 1960s by Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Perls, the creator of Gestalt Therapy. Chairwork, at its essence, involves: (a) inviting a patient to sit in one chair and to have an imaginary encounter with someone from the past, the present, or the future in the chair opposite; and/or (b) using several chairs to create dialogues among different parts of the self—with love, desire, fear, and courage often emerging as core themes.

    This presentation will include an introduction to the Four Dialogues – which is a crystallization of over 50 years of Chairwork Practice.

    Using Chairwork to:

    — Engage with Difficult Relationships;

    — Heal from Grief and Loss; and

    — Work through Traumatic Memories

    This will be followed by live case consultation/demonstrations with volunteers by Amanda Garcia Torres, LMHC & Dr Scott Kellogg, PhD.

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    Amanda Garcia Torres, LMHC is a certified Chairwork Psychotherapist and Co-Director of Training at the Transformational Chairwork Psychotherapy Project. Ms. Garcia Torres received her Master’s Degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University and has also completed training in Voice Dialogue. She began her journey with TCPP in 2013 and has trained clinicians in NYC and internationally. Her presentations and writings have addressed such topics as chairwork, trauma, social justice, oppression, and identity issues. Ms. Garcia Torres is in private practice at Chairwork Therapy NYC.

    Scott Kellogg, PhD is the author of Transformational Chairwork: Using Psychotherapeutic Dialogues in Clinical Practice (2015, Rowman & Littlefield). He is a former Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at New York University and a Past-President of Division of Addictions of the New York State Psychological Association. An ISST-certified Advanced Schema Therapist, he has also trained in Gestalt Therapy and Voice Dialogue. Dr. Kellogg currently runs a chairwork-centered private practice in New York City. Through the Transformational Chairwork Psychotherapy Project, he has taught this method of psychotherapeutic dialogue to practitioners in the United States and abroad.

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    Links:

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

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

    - Amanda Garcia Torres, LMHC website: https://chairworktherapynyc.com

    -Scott Kellogg, PhD website: http://transformationalchairwork.com/about/about-scott-kellogg

    - Amanda Garcia Torres, LMHC latest article: https://bit.ly/transformational-chair

    -Scott Kellogg, PhD latest article: https://bit.ly/APA-Psychnet

    • 1 hr 6 min

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