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Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D., M.S., M.A.
12 Hours 23 Minutes
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Sep 27, 2018
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Organizational Consultant, Clinical Psychologist
Mind Works Professional Education Inc
Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and internationally-recognized expert on trauma, anxiety, and the neuroscience of mental health. Dr. Sweeton has been practicing EMDR for nearly a decade and has treated a variety of populations using EMDR and other memory reconsolidation approaches, including combat veterans, individuals with PTSD and complex trauma, and those suffering from treatment-resistant anxiety. She completed her doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and the National Center for PTSD. Additionally, she holds a master’s degrees in affective neuroscience from Stanford University, and studied behavioral genetics at Harvard University.
Dr. Sweeton resides in the greater Kansas City area, where she owns a group private practice, Kansas City Mental Health Associates. She is a past president of the Oklahoma Psychological Association and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is the president of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton offers psychological services to clients in Oklahoma, Kansas, and internationally, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained thousands of mental health professionals in her workshops.
Financial: Jennifer Sweeton is in private practice. She has an employment relationship with the Oklahoma City VAMC. Dr. Sweeton receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Jennifer Sweeton has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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- Analyze the role of the nervous system in mental health disorders and communicate how this knowledge impacts the clinician’s choice of therapeutic intervention.
- Employ psychoeducational approaches that make the neurobiology of mental health conditions understandable for clients.
- Establish how an understanding of neuroscience and neuroanatomy can be used by mental health professionals to cultivate motivation and promote engagement in therapy.
- Evaluate research on mindfulness and articulate how mindfulness can be used as an adjunctive approach in your treatment plans for depression.
- Communicate how memory malleability impacts your treatment of clients with traumatic memories.
- Discover how the neurobiology of addiction can help you establish realistic goals with clients with substance use disorders.
- Establish the role of the neurobiological fight, flight, or freeze response in trauma symptomology.
- Characterize how attachment impacts key brain networks and informs the clinical treatment of affect regulation and mood disorders.
- Communicate how research findings regarding the relationship between diet and mental health could impact treatment approaches for various disorders.
- Evaluate how an understanding of the neurodynamics of habit formation informs the therapist’s clinical approach to foster behavioral change.
- Appraise the latest scientific research on gratitude and explore the benefits and limitations of using approaches based in positive psychology.
- Articulate how mindfulness practices can be used in therapy to impact the stress reaction and shift clients to a relaxation response.
Understand the Brain’s Reward System
The Body’s Impact on the Brain: Alter Physical State to Manage Stress and Anxiety
- Habit formation & maintenance
- Why the brain doesn’t always choose well
- The conscious brain myth
- Brain dictated actions
- Impulse vs routines
- Reward & habit
- Coping & stress
- Brain-wise change
- Impulse strategies
- Solidifying change – from neurons to brain regions
- From state to trait: Brief experiences to long lasting change
- Willpower: where does it reside?
- Role of exercise
- A brief willpower workout
The Brain’s Impact on the Body
- Body-Brain-Mind Talk
- The Vagal Nerve
- Heart rate variability
- Build stress resiliency & emotional regulation
- Breath, posture, deep relaxation
- The Body-Brain-Mind connection across treatment approaches
How Relationships Change the Brain: The Neuroscience of Attachment
- Chronic pain, nociceptors and neurotransmitters
- Dorsolateral prefrontal lobe and the centralization of pain
- The influence of stress on pain and inflammation
- Pain measurement
- CBT interventions to reappraise pain
- Pain catastrophizing
- Mind-Body interventions for pain
- Neuropeptides: behavior and oxytocin
- Healing through the social brain
- The role of storytelling
- The brain in love
- Brain behavior of long-term love
- Engendering secure attachment
- Key brain networks
- Build compassion & empathy
From a Depressed Brain to a Resilient Brain
Trauma Treatment and the Science of Memory
- How the depressed brain gets stuck
- Hemispheric laterality
- Cytokines & depression
- The neuroscience of guilt & shame
- Opposing pathways
- Brain intercommunication
- Gratitude – neurochemistry & practice
- Neurofeedback: Research on direct communication with the brain
The Addicted Brain: Clinical Implications of the Neuroscience of Craving
- Titrating emotions with mindfulness
- The fight/flight/freeze response in trauma
- Executive functioning
- Implicit memories
- Dual awareness
- Brain savvy narratives
- The treatment of shame in trauma
Nutrition & the Brain: We Are What We Eat!
- The role of the reward center
- The neuroscience of craving
- Mindfulness & movement based supports
- Identifying false sanctuaries & underlying beliefs
- Dual awareness
- Overcome conflict and risk avoidance
- The Aging Brain
- Brain changes across the lifespan
- Memory improvement strategies
- Buffering from Alzheimer’s Disease
- Is Mindfulness a neuroprotective approach?
The Limitations of Neuroscientific Research and Potential Treatment Risks
- Nutrition for optimal brain functioning
- The brain on sugar
- Creating an interdisciplinary team
- fMRI imaging – blood flow vs. neuronal activity
- How only looking at brain activations produces an incomplete picture
- Neuroscientific studies, sample size, and validity
- Animal research – directly applicable to humans?
- Psychotherapeutic techniques – specific limitations and risks
- Social Workers
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Nurse Practitioners
- Psychiatric Nurses
- Addiction Counselors
- Case Managers
- Other Mental Health Professionals
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