The workshop is by invitation only. It is organized by Dr Charlotte Blease, School of Philosophy, University College Dublin. The event is funded by the Brocher Foundation, Geneva.

For over eighty years scholars have hypothesised that the ‘placebo effect’ explains the effectiveness of psychotherapy. But what do we mean by the term ‘placebo effect’? Does the term ‘placebo effect’ make sense in the context of psychotherapy? How might we test the role of the placebo effect in various versions of psychotherapy? And what are the ethical consequences of this debate for patients? The aim of this two and a half day workshop is to bring together a multidisciplinary group of international researchers to help address these questions and their implications for the practice of psychotherapy.

Dates: 24-26 June 2014

Confirmed Speakers

  • Prof Irving Kirsch (Harvard),
  • Prof John Kelley (Harvard and Endicott College),
  • Prof Bruce Wampold (University of Wisconsin-Madison),
  • Prof Fabrizio Benedetti (University of Turin),
  • Prof Winfried Rief (Philipps University Marburg),
  • Prof Jens Gaab (University of Basel),
  • Dr Peter Krummenacher (University of Basel & University of Zurich and ETH Zurich),
  • Prof Daniel Hell (Hohenegg)
  • Prof Stefan Buechi (Hohenegg)
  • Dr Hanna Pickard (Oxford)
  • Dr Luana Colloca (NIH)
  • Dr Charlotte Blease (University College Dublin).
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