The Self: Evolutionary, Ontological, Experiential, and Psychodynamic Influences

  • 07 Mar 2020
  • 8:30 AM
  • 08 Mar 2020
  • 4:00 PM
  • Sullivan Center for Children: 3443 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA 93711


  • This includes 12 hours of CE credit

Registration is closed

The Self

Evolutionary, Ontological, Experiential,

and Psychodynamic Influences

Presented by

Shelley Stokes, Ph.D. and Errol Leifer, Ph.D., ABPP

Subjectively, interpersonally, socially, clinically and therapeutically the concept, experience and perception of SELF forms a core aspect of how we are seen and see.

This 2-day offering by Shelley Stokes and Errol Leifer is comprised of three time periods of presentation and one of interactional explorations of the many variables and processes comprising this foundational concept and experience of life; the SELF.

During more formal presentations we will journey into contributions for the creation of the SELF from how our sensory, motor and central nervous systems historically and ontologically evolved and are evolving; genetic and epigenetic factors; early and ongoing interactional forces of brain structure and experience of environment; attachment phenomena; establishment and functioning of evolving self-boundaries in language, thought, feeling, perception and memory; the realms of explicit and implicit self-elements will be examined in the context of the role of consciousness; the variables and vagaries of self-experience and expression in the realms of fantasy and overt conduct, and the implications of these factors for mutual real-self expression in psychotherapy.

Interweaved throughout, we explore the variables of real-self expression in contrast to alterations in the nature of that expression and the factors that facilitate or work against authenticity of self-expression.

For the interactional exploration, we will engage at first in a dialogue exchange between the presenters that will be expanded to include the participants in this seminar.

Continuing Education: 12 hours of continuing education credit provided by the Sullivan Center for Children, an authorized provider of continuing education credit through the American Psychological Association (APA).  CE credit is approved for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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 Coordinator Rachel Canning, Psy.D., at (559) 271-1186, or email

Important Notice: Those who attend the event for continuing education credit, pay the required fees, and complete the evaluation form will receive ( 12 ) hours of continuing education credit. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire event. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the event is completed will not receive CE credit. No partial credit is allowed.

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