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DRC - Depression and Anxiety: Disorders of the Self? Causes and the implications for working with these conditions. (25/05/19)

Presenter: Barbara Dowds

Event Details
The Croke Park Hotel, Jones's Road, Dublin 3, D03 E5Y8
Registration 09:30 Starts 10:00 to 17:00

Dublin Regional Committee 

Depression and Anxiety: Disorders of the Self? Causes and the implications for working with these conditions 

Presenters Bio: Barbara Dowds is a psychotherapist and supervisor working in Greystones, Co. Wicklow.  She taught on a B.Sc. In counselling and psychotherapy for 10 years and was a university lecturer in genetics prior to 2002.  Barbara is the author of numerous articles and two books, the latest Depression and the Erosion of the Self in Late Modernity (Routledge, 2018).. 

Workshop Outline: Depression, together with its associated condition of anxiety, affects about 1 in 5 people in the developed world.  It is increasing by 20% per year and therefore cannot be attributed to 'bad' genes- the prevalence of this belief within the medical model.  What are the alternative explanations?  It is central to Barbara's evolutionary perspective that depression has a purpose, whose message we ignore at our peril.  Accordingly she will put forward a biopsychosocial model, in which the impact of social conditions on both childhood vulnerability and adult triggers will be explored.  In particular, she will examine the ways in which our current pays of living block the satisfaction of fundamental human needs, including our rootedness and belonging, the development of an authentic and embodied sense of self and our capacities for relationship and meaning.  Barbara- inviting case example from participants- will discuss the implications of her analysis for working with depression in the therapy room.  In experiential sessions, we will also learn to interpret the signals of our depression.

CPD certificates will be emailed to participants after attendance at the Workshop

Workshop Limited to 50 places

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