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Unconscious Processes in Everyday Life

  • Saturday, April 13, 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • VIRTUAL

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Unconscious Processes in Everyday Life

Live, Interactive, Virtual

Saturday, April 13, 2024 

9:00AM - 5:00PM ET


Most clinicians have some conceptualization of the unconscious.  However, ask a group of clinicians, "What is the unconscious?" and you are likely to get a wide range of responses.  

The Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey is pleased to welcome John Bargh, Ph.D. for this year's annual workshop.  John, the Susan Nolen-Hoeksema Chair in Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University, has spent his career researching unconscious processes.

Whether one is well versed in hypnosis or simply interested in advancing their understanding of unconscious processes, John's presentation is one that will inform and hone your clinical practice.  

      

About the Presenter

John Bargh grew up in the college town of Champaign, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois, majoring in Psychology, in the 1970s.  He graduated summa cum laude and moved on to the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the University of Michigan, where he received his PhD in social psychology in 1981 under Robert Zajonc.  He immediately took a faculty position at New York University where he continued his research on automatic or unconscious mental processes in everyday life for the next 22 years.  He moved his ACME laboratory to Yale in 2003 and is currently the Susan Nolen-Hoeksema Chair in Psychology and Cognitive Science.  Bargh is the author of 220 academic publications and one mainstream book, Before You Know It (Simon & Schuster, 2017), and the editor of 11 other books.  He has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Emotion, and was on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science magazine for five years.  Among his awards and honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship, election into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary doctorate from the University of Nijmegen, and both the early career and lifetime achievement awards from the American Psychological Association.

Program Description

Please join us VIRTUALLY on Saturday, April 13, 2024 as John reviews the concept of unconscious thought and influences in philosophy and history, in particular since Descartes' famous division of the conscious mind from the physical body. He will discuss Behaviorism and the cognitive revolution of the 1960s and present the research on the important dimensions on which mental processes differ, such as fast/slow, effortful/effortless, aware/unaware. John will present the Cognitive psychology research addressing the question of what can be and is done unconsciously, not just in the lab, but in everyday life settings: impressions and judgments, evaluations and attitude formation, even social behavior and goal pursuits operating unconsciously. John will then present the major sources of these unconscious influences: from the past: (a) evolution and primary motives, early childhood, recent experiences carrying over into the present moment. (b) Preconscious analysis of the present environment, causing mimicry and contagion, automatic evaluations, and impressions from faces. (c) Influences from the (psychological) future in the form of our goals and aspirations coloring how we see (literally, what we see and don't see) our present world. After addressing the surprising power of our currently active goals over the rest of our mental machinery, he will close with a summary and practical 'life hacks.'

Learning Objectives:

  1. The concept of unconscious thought and influences in philosophy and history, in particular since Descartes' famous division of the conscious mind from the physical body.  Participants will be able to describe how the common sense of 'unconscious' differs from the particular Freudian model of 'the' unconscious.
  2. Behaviorism (e.g., Skinner) and the cognitive revolution of the 1960s; research on the important dimensions on which mental processes differ, such as fast/slow, effortful/effortless, aware/unaware. Participants will be able to explain how the modern "System 1 and System 2" is a false oversimplification and a misleading 'two separate minds" conception similar to Freudian psychology.
  3. Cognitive psychology research since 1970s into the question of the precise role played by conscious mental processes – which started with 'they do everything' – and the outcome in terms of what can and is done unconsciously: impressions and judgments, evaluations and attitude formation, even social behavior and goal pursuits operating unconsciously.  Participants will develop a more detailed understanding of unconscious mental processes and how they differ from conscious mental processes.
  4. Participants will be able to identify the different factors of unconscious influence. The major sources of these unconscious influences: from the past: (a) evolution and primary motives, early childhood, recent experiences carrying over into the present moment. (b) Preconscious analysis of the present environment, causing mimicry and contagion, automatic evaluations, and impressions from faces.  (c) Influences from the (psychological) future in the form of our goals and aspirations coloring how we see (literally, what we see and don't see) our present world. 
  5. The power of our currently active goals over the rest of our minds – what we selectively attend to, how we evaluate it, how we act on it, all varies as a function of what goal we currently have – and these strong effects disappear as soon as the goal is satisfied or no longer active. Participants will be able to describe the important fact of the autonomy of our goal pursuits from our 'self' values and beliefs.
  6. Summary with practical 'life hacks' advice: The main source of unconscious influences is consciousness itself; the main source of conscious experience are unconscious (pre and postconscious) processes.  Participants will develop a deeper understanding of how knowledge of unconscious influences can be used to improve life outcomes and further advance our important goal pursuits. 

    Time Agenda: 6 Hours of Instruction

    Morning session

    • 1.       (90 minutes) History of unconscious influences, contemporary scientific notions of conscious versus unconscious mental processes; (continuing) legacy of Freud, problems caused by popular ‘two types’ models; how evolutionary biology can help make sense of it all
    • 2.      15-minute break
    • 3.      (90 minutes) Unconscious influences from the past: (a) the deep evolutionary past, and primary motives that operate in contemporary life in unseen ways; (b) evolved and learned associative connections between physical (sensory) experience and psychological/abstract thought and judgment; (c) influences of the personal early childhood past; (d) carryover effects of context and one situation into the next

    Lunch break (60 minutes)

    Afternoon session

    • 4.       (90 minutes) Unconscious (preconscious) influences of the present moment: Contagion and mimicry, context and situations, evaluations and intuitions, plus the power of currently active goals over those evaluations and the choices based on them.   Part 1 of influences of the (psychological) future – the power of goals and motives focused on attainment of a future state, on thought, judgments, evaluations, and behavior in the present.
    • 5.      15-minute break
    • 6.      (60 minutes) Part 2 of on unconscious motivations – their autonomy from stable important self values and beliefs, their natural triggers (both internal and external) in everyday life, the consequences of motivations operating outside of awareness on interpersonal and intergroup conflict. 
    • 7.      (30 minutes).  Summary and conclusions (including ‘life hacks’ advice).  Knowledge of unconscious influences allows us to take control over them and use them strategically to our advantage.  How conscious and unconscious mental processes operate together and influence and support each other.  Paradoxically: the major source of unconscious influences is consciousness itself, and the proximal source of conscious experience and thought are, in turn, unconscious (preconscious and postconscious) mental processes. 

    Registration:

    This workshop is appropriate for Licensed Health and  Mental Health Professionals such as: Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Psychologists & others holding a license to practice independently, or graduate student currently enrolled and under the supervision of a licensed professional. Master's level clinicians practicing in a non-profit setting under the supervision of a licensed professional. Students and non-licensed professional are required to submit proof of their status and supervisor. 

    Certificates of attendance will be emailed to professionals who attend the entire program, provide their license number and complete a course evaluation.  For questions about CEs, please email chsnj1986@gmail.com. 

    Continuing Education Approval:

    The New Jersey Psychological Association, an approved sponsor for the American Psychological Association, has approved this program for 6 CEs for psychologists.

    This program has been certified by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) to offer 6 CEs

    “This course, Unconscious Processes in Everyday Life , Approval #20240131, provided by Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: through August 31, 2024. New Jersey social workers will receive 6 Clinical CE credits for participating in this course.”

    NJ Professional Counselors: As per New Jersey Administrative Code

    Title 13: Law and Public Safety; Chapter 13: Board of Marriage and

    Family Examiners; Subchapter 10-31 Professional Counselor Examiners Committee, courses or programs approved by the American Psychological Association and the National Association of Social Workers are acceptable sources of continuing courses, programs, articles, as long as the courses, programs or articles fall within the content areas.

    See Subchapter 15 for Continuing Education, Course Approvals, and Content Areas.  CHSNJ has not sought NBCC CE approval and recommend that you check with your state licensing board. The NJ administrative code is provided for your convenience.

    Source: New Jersey Administrative Code Title 13: Law and Public Safety;

    Chapter 13: Board of Marriage and Family Examiners; Subchapter 10-31 Professional Counselor Examiners Committee   

    Please note: This does not guarantee approval for license renewal. Participants are strongly encouraged to keep CHSNJ CE certificate and participate in APA CE approval process. Counselors from states other than NJ are encouraged to check with their licensing boards.


    Cancellation policy: A full refund less a $50. cancellation fee will be granted up to 14 days prior to the workshop. After that no refunds are available.

    This workshop will be held virtually. Individuals requiring special accommodations should contact the society at chsnj1986@gmail.com.

    All grievances must be in writing to Robert Staffin, PsyD, ABPH at drstaffin@gmail.com. A reply will come within 14 days.

    "New Jersey social workers not pleased with a grievance resolution provided by the Clinical Hypnosis Society of New Jersey may appeal to the approving entity or their jurisdictional board."

    The presenter does not have any commercial support and/or conflict of interest for this program. NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA co-sponsored programs. No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared. NJPA does not endorse the presented material as the only approach to a given area of study or therapeutic approach. 





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