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Brain Care: Applying the Neuroscience of Well-Being

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Objectives

  1. Explore how to implement lifestyle choices that protect the physical brain as our clients age, and extend the “health span” portion of our lifespan
  2. Explore how to apply the tools of self-directed neuroplasticity in therapy that help reverse the impact of stress and trauma on emotional regulation, learning and memory, and empathy
  3. Explore how to engage clients with practices such as guided visualizations and process journaling that can enhance the higher brain’s capacity for response flexibility, discernment, planning, creativity, and imagination
  4. Explore how to apply interventions that help prevent/reverse addiction to digital technology and recover capacities for focused attention and concentration, relational intimacy, introspection, and self-reflection
  5. Explore how to use valuable resources in the latest findings about the brain and the mind-body connections

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Brain Switch: Apply Polyvagal and Memory Reconsolidation Theories with Parts Work, Somatic, and Mindful Approaches

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Objectives

  1. Explore the therapeutic impact of activating brain centers that neutralize stressful neurochemicals
  2. Explore how to regulate sensations from disturbing emotions by balancing them with uplifting neurochemicals
  3. Explore the power of visual images to externalize distress, enhance attunement, and create pathways to implicit memories and inner assets
  4. Explore ways to integrate a variety of therapeutic approaches into a three-step, brain-based protocol that can be used with diverse populations and ages

Copyright : 23/03/2018

Calming the Anxious Brain

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Objectives

  1. Use examples to illustrate how the anxious brain functions and how to use that information in session to improve treatment outcomes. 
  2. Describe the role of the amygdala and cortex in maintaining anxiety disorders s for purposes of client psychoeducation. 
  3. Explain how learning about the neuroscience of anxiety can improve client engagement. 
  4. Use neurologically informed CBT techniques to help clients reduce anxious responding by making changes in both the cortex and the amygdala. 

Outline

Introduction

Using Neuroscience in the Treatment of Anxiety

Understanding Anxiety in the Brain: The Amygdala Pathway

Understanding Anxiety in the Brain: The Cortex Pathway


Calming the Anxious Brain - Part 2

Copyright : 22/03/2019

Helping Clients Unlearn Their Pain: The New Neuroscience of Pain

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Knowledge about Psychophysiologic Disorders (PPD)

How to assess if someone has PPD, including examination skills if appropriate (Medical assessment)

How to determine the psychological cause of PPD

How to educate patients and personalize information about PPD

How to implement the basic cognitive and behavioral elements of Treatment

Description of expressive writing exercises, handouts only

List of writing techniques (Lists):

Description of the role of meditative exercises, handouts only

How to guide a PPD patient in emotional awareness and expression exercises

Conclusions, Questions and Answers

Objectives

  1. Discover an approach to distinguishing clients with psychophysiologic pain from those with more structurally caused pain
  2. Discover how to help clients understand the psychophysiological process for pain in ways that encourage their commitment to positive action
  3. Discover how to use mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral techniques to address psychophysiologic pain in clients

Copyright : 24/03/2018

Treating Complex Trauma Clients at the Edge: How Brain Science Can Inform Interventions

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Objectives

  1. Evaluate the extreme symptoms of trauma by determining if they are rooted in sympathetic activation or parasympathetic withdrawal to inform clinical treatment interventions.
  2. Articulate methods by which neuroscience can be interfaced with psychotherapy practices to improve clinical outcomes.

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 Experiential Treatments - Integrating neuroscience and psychotherapy

Problems with traditional phase oriented treatment Internal Family Systems Redefining trauma related diagnoses and integrating overactive protective mechanisms Therapist factors - vulnerabilities Symptoms of post trauma Experiential exercise - self-awareness, response to triggers
Mind-brain relationships Autonomic nervous system Therapeutic responses Case presentation - example of permission seeking, direct access and unblending
Polyvagal Theory

Copyright : 23/03/2018

BONUS: Accessing the Deep Brain with Brainspotting with David Grand, Ph.D.

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Objectives

  1. Identify how specific eye movements, including wobbles and microsaccades, as well as other facial cues and reflexes reveal specific “spots” in the brain
  2. Describe “brainspots,” the eye positions associated with the activation of trauma
  3. Instruct traumatized clients to attend to their inner experience as they move through dissociative blocks and maximize a process of self-healing
  4. Develop skills that allow you to pay attention to interactions with clients while staying attuned to the internal brain changes reflected in their eye movements

Outline

Introduction to Brainspotting

Discussion/demonstration of how to use Brainspotting in a clinical session

Concluding remarks from David Grand

Copyright : 27/03/2015