The Mind Science Foundation
117 West El Prado Drive
San Antonio, TX, 78212, USA
Tel: (210) 821-6094
Event Schedule8:30am Registration 9:00am Introductions 9:15am 1st Session 10:30am 2nd Session 11:45am Lunch 12:45pm 3rd Session 2:15pm 4th Session 3:30pm Final Remarks and Q&A 3:50pm Evaluations
Due to an insufficient response for us to be able to move forward with this event, we are taking some time to reflect about offering the workshop next spring. Stay tuned, and thank you for your support!
From Self to Selfies Workshop
Friday, July 14, 2017, Time 8:30am-4:00pm
Since the invention of the telegraph, the construction of the self has been determined in significant ways by technological advances that now occur more rapidly than ever before. As mental health professionals we are affected both personally and professionally by the pervasiveness of technology in our lives and the lives of our clients.This workshop will be an opportunity for us to take time out from being deeply immersed in our technologically driven life and reflect on contemporary views of the psychology of the self. Psychoanalysis provides us, regardless of our clinical orientation, with the tools to make sense out of this evolving sense of self. Through lectures, videos, small and large group discussion, we will provide a structure out of which all of us will be able to reflect upon and discuss this timely topic.
Session Presenter: Dr. Joshua Essery
Technological advances are changing the human experience at such a rapid rate that it is difficult for us to be conscious of how we are impacted. This is true both individually and collectively. Technology will be discussed as a 'cultural artifcact' with implications for our collective human identity and human relationships. This presentation will be organized around the question "Are we connected?" as related to our emerging understanding of technology. Psychodynamic, social constructivist, and existential perspectives will be highlighted as relevant to the impact of technology on the self.
Session Presenter: Dr. Cynthia Diaz de Leon
Adolescence is a time when individuals work to establish a sense of identity, capacity for intimacy and management of sexual desires. The internet and use electronic devices is certainly impacting the way in which youngsters navigate this time of their life. This presentation will outline some of the possible pluses and pitfalls of technology on teens as they move through the developmental tasks of adolescence.
Session Presenter: Dr. Paul Ingmundson
The drive for recognition by others is as old as human society. These ancient human appetites are being transformed by social media platforms that, while providing tremendous social benefits, are engineered to reinforce patterns of use that become behavioral addictions. How can we redesign these platforms (or the ways we interact with them) to enhance human health, happiness, and relationships, and reduce patterns of compulsive use? This presentation will outline the problem, and provide a forum to discuss some potential solutions.
Session Presenter: Dr. Tom Stone
The digital world provides unique opportunities for individuals to find groups in which they are able to meet their individual needs from group dynamics. Along with the benefits, there are also some limitations. This talk will discuss the dialectical nature of participation in on-line groups of a wide variety utilizing concepts from contemporary psychoanalysis and interpersonal group theory.