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Gillian Isaacs Russell, Ph.D. – Screen-Based Treatments: Better Than Nothing? Routinely Good Enough? Functionally Equivalent?

February 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

These critical questions about screen relations based treatments elicit controversial and polarizing answers. Emotions and desires, as well as organizational agendas and the power of personal experience, often overwhelm data and scholarship. Conviction undermines inquiry into what technologically mediated treatments offer, and cannot offer. Nevertheless, psychotherapists still need to make informed decisions about the best ways to use technology, as well as communicate that understanding to patients. This presentation will jump into these conflicts by discussing both emerging clinical and multi-disciplinary research in neuroscience, virtual reality, human-computer interface development, and communications theory, as well as the speaker’s ethnographic research about how differences between screen relations and actual presence influence therapeutic processes and outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

1. To assess and discuss the relevance of research in fields outside of psychoanalytic psychotherapy (computer/human interaction; neuroscience) for assessing the gains and losses of technologically-mediated treatment

2. To define the technical concept of Presence as used by researchers in computer mediated communication and how it directly applies to psychoanalytic psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic effectiveness.

Gillian Isaacs Russell, Ph.D. is a UK-trained psychoanalyst and psychotherapist currently living in Boulder, Colorado. She is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council and the British Psychotherapy Foundation and has been in private practice since 1988. She has been on the Editorial Board and Book Review Editor of the British Journal of Psychotherapy. In the USA she is a member of the NAAP, the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the APA and on the faculty of the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance. She is guest editor for a special Psychoanalysis and Technology issue of Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Her book, Screen Relations: The Limits of Computer-Mediated Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, was published by Karnac Books in March 2015. Lecturer, author, consultant and researcher, Dr. Russell speaks and teaches internationally on technology and its impact on intimate human realtionships, particularly psychotherapeutic treatment.


February 3
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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