Interpersonal Neurobiology of Morality and Empathy

  • 24 Sep 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Alliant International University-Fresno (across from the airport)


  • Attendee will receive 6 hours of continuing education credit
  • Attendee will not receive continuing education credit
  • This registration option is for current students with an active student ID card which must be presented at check-in for event

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Interpersonal Neurobiology of Morality and Empathy

Errol Leifer, Ph.D., ABPP


Over the recent past twenty years or so, there has been a growing effort to integrate and realign psychological theory and practice with emerging neuroscience and attachment research findings. The integrative effort has been termed Interpersonal Neurobiology.

Finding an integrative conceptual basis of anchoring theory to empirical research findings, in conjunction with clinical findings, and bringing together convergent perspectives across numerous disciplines, ranging from genetics and cellular biology to attachment research, to psychoanalysis, and to neuroimaging, has begun to offer very exciting integrated conceptual and theoretical formulations. Psychological concepts and theory are in many instances being dramatically altered, expanded and clarified by their juxtaposition with and integration with cross disciplinary empirical findings.

This presentation will focus on efforts to integrate findings and their implications specifically focused on the interface of neurobiology unfolding, attachment phenomena and the development and functioning of empathy and morality.

This class will be taught at an introductory level, although participants should possess a general understanding of attachment theory and have completed or are currently attending a graduate level program.

Educational Objectives: 1-Describe fundamental elements of brain neurophysiological development, 2-Describe core perspectives of interpersonal neurobiology, 3-Describe fundamental processes in human interaction and their impact on the developing brain and attachment dynamics, 4-Describe the factors embedded in the processes of early caretaking and attachment formation that form the nonconscious and subsequent conscious elements of human empathy perspectives, 5-Describe the factors embedded in the processes of early caretaking and attachment formation that form the nonconscious and subsequent conscious elements of human morality perspectives, 6-Describe the entwined interactions and development of empathy and morality in the ongoing dynamics of interpersonal neurobiology.





The Sullivan Center for Children is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Sullivan Center for Children maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

For questions, comments, or concerns regarding SC4C CE program content, material, registration, or any related manners, please contact our Continuing Education Program Director Lisa Ganiron, Psy.D., at (559) 271-1186 ext 132 or email

A special thank you to SJVPA for their assistance with registration and advertising of this SC4C CE event. 

 *Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the evaluation form will receive ( 6 ) continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

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