A Day School on Neuropsychoanalysis


In this online workshop, psychological theories of attachment, social behaviours, stress, personality, grief, and resilience, will be presented with a focus from a neuropsychological perspective. This assumes that brain and mind overlap to an extent.

The workshop will present both experimental and theoretical information for clinical and experimental psychologists, therapists, counsellors, psychiatrists, and other clinicians, taking as a starting point that that brain and mind are linked and overlapping.

Programme details

All times UK times, GMT (UTC)

10.00am: Brain development, attachment theory, infants and prosocial behaviours

During this first session we will discuss brain development and attachment theory, with consideration of both healthy and of disrupted attachments upon the human brain, such as childhood adversity, neglect, and early parental loss. An integrative, neuroscience-based model of attachment-based psychotherapy will be presented. Infants are born with a bias towards pro-social behaviours. There will be discussion of the extremes of social behaviours such as effects of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) both where the infant and/or parent has ASD (“being aspergated”).

11.15am: Break

11.35am: Biological models of stress, motivation and personality

A session on biological models of stress and the HPA Axis, with discussion of the impact on neurons and brain structures, as well as its adaptive features upon motivation and how this may be harnessed in personal growth.

1.00pm: Lunch break

2.00pm: Trauma, PTSD & memory, and grief: theories of causation and maintenance

The third session considers trauma, in particular the effects of PTSD upon memory, and the cycles of grief with ideas for psychological therapies. There will be an emphasis on positive processes such as post-traumatic growth and resilience.

3.15pm: Break

3.45pm: Managing PTSD, grief, personality disorders and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The last session of the day will draw together information from the rest of the day for practical ideas about psychological therapies. Treatment for clients with specific problems such as ASD and personality disorders will be considered, with ideas about identifying different patterns of behaviour in therapy sessions. Students will be invited to share examples from professional practice. Results from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness and meditation will be discussed, along with preliminary implications for the clinical practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

5.00pm: Course ends


Description Costs
Standard course fee £75.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Anna Scarna


Dr Anna Scarnà is a psychologist who is interested in language, personality traits, and psychological disorders. Her research has been on non-drug treatments for mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder, and autism in females. Anna's most recent work has involved the occurrence of trauma in chimpanzees who were taught sign language, and her first book with Robert Ingersoll, friend and carer of Nim Chimpsky, is called Primatology, Ethics and Trauma and is published by Routledge.


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.

IT requirements

The University of Oxford uses Microsoft Teams for our learning environment, where students and tutors will discuss and interact in real time. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

If you have not used the Microsoft Teams app before, once you click the joining link you will be invited to download it (this is free). Once you have downloaded the app, please test before the start of your course. If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, you will also be offered the option of connecting using a web browser. If you connect via a web browser, Chrome is recommended.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.