IASP Conferences


Affect Regulation: The Heart of

presented by:

Daniel Hill

 Saturday, April 13, 2019      9:00am – 3:30pm 

George Ignatieff Theatre   15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON M5S 1H8

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Conference Program

Affect Regulation Theory: the Broad Strokes  

This will be a two-part presentation of regulation theory’s clinical model; its theory of bodymind, theory of optimal development, theory of pathogenesis and theory of therapeutic actions.  Clinical examples will be used throughout to illustrate the concepts being presented.  Questions will be taken during the presentations.

Part 1: The Clinical Realm of Hyper- and Hypo-arousal

Dr. Hill will illustrate the theories of optimal and pathogenic development for affect regulation therapy.   The emphasis will be on early attachment trauma in the aetiology of narcissistic and borderline personality disorders.

Part 2: Being Dysregulated and the Implicit Therapeutic Relationship

 Dr. Hill will present regulation theory’s ideas of the bodymind and therapeutic actions.   We will see that when we are dysregulated consciousness is altered; we become automated, and more immersed in or detached from experience.  Dr. Hill will also discuss treatment aimed at increasing the capacity to regulate affect through therapeutic action mediated by the implicit relationship.  As well Dr. Hill identifies the importance of the emotional flexibility and robustness of the therapist as central to the establishment of a growth-facilitating therapeutic environment.  He links the therapist’s emotional engagement                     and affect regulation with successful  outcomes in psychotherapy.

About Daniel Hill  

Daniel Hill, PhD, is a psychoanalyst, educator and a leading proponent of the affect regulation model.  He has written articles on topics ranging from the erotic transference to religious fundamentalism and most recently Affect Regulation Theory: a Clinical Model. He is currently writing about the relationship between affect, consciousness and self.

He is in private practice in NYC and is on the faculties of the National Institute of the Psychotherapies and the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

Conference Schedule

  • 8:15 Registration
  • 9:00 Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:15 – 10:30  Presentation Part 1
  • 10:30 – 10:50 Coffee Break
  • 10:50 – 12:00  Presentation Part 2
  • 12:00 – 1:15 Lunch (included)
  • 1:15 – 3:00 – A case presentation centred on the therapeutic process by Christina Connell, Dipl. TCPP, RP, followed by a discussion with Daniel Hill.
  • 3:00 – 3:30 Questions and Discussion
  • 3:30  Closing Remarks

Learning Objectives

    The attendee will have the opportunity:

  •  Understand how affect regulation theory is derived from developmental psychology and research in neuroscience, infant development, attachment and trauma.
  •  Identify how to apply the principles of affect regulation theory to clinical practice.
  •   Consider the importance of one’s own affect regulation as a psychotherapist in responding optimally in the clinical situation.