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Digital Seminar

Neuroscience in the Consulting Room: Enhancing the Impact of Couples Therapy

Understanding the neurobiology of the brain not only explains how change happens, it also translates into more effective psychotherapy. In this dynamic workshop, a psychotherapist and a neuropsychiatrist offer a dialogue demonstrating the relevance of neuroscience to the process of repairing couples’ relationships. Together, the presenters will review recorded couples therapy sessions to explore how neurobiological insights can inform and help shape a therapist’s moment-by-moment decision-making. You’ll discover how to:

  • “Read” clients’ facial and body language as outward signs of their brain function and emotional processing
  • Use this knowledge to select and time interventions more effectively
  • Make your interventions more efficient by tapping into the processes of relational regulation
  • Determine when clients can’t self-soothe or access higher brain functions and intervene accordingly



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Daniel Siegel, MD |  Susan Johnson, Ed.D.
3 Hours 59 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 24, 2017
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 4.0 hours CPD.


Daniel Siegel, MD's Profile

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Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities.

Dr. Siegel’s psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over three dozen textbooks. Dr. Siegel’s books includeMindsightPocket Guide to Interpersonal NeurobiologyThe Developing MindSecond EditionThe Mindful TherapistThe Mindful BrainParenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), and the three New York Times bestsellers: BrainstormThe Whole-Brain Child (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.), and his latest No-Drama Discipline (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx. For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit:

Susan Johnson, Ed.D.'s Profile

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Dr. Sue Johnson, is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, and Professor, Clinical Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous books and articles including Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families (2019) The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (3rd edition, 2019) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).

Sue trains behavioral health providers in EFT worldwide and consults to the over 75 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT. She also consults to Veterans Affairs and the U.S. and Canadian militaries.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Susan Johnson receives compensation as a tenured professor for the University of Ottawa. She receives royalties as an author for Little Brown, ICEEFT, Brunner Routledge, and Guilford Press. Dr. Johnson receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Susan Johnson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  • Overview of couple’s therapy
    • Recognizing EFT in therapy
    • Using a clear, systematic approaches to get the best outcomes - Attachment Theory
  • Experiencing couple’s therapy: discover how relationships affect the brain with Daniel Siegel
    • Exposure to a recorded couple’s therapy session
    • Discussion of interventions and change processes with Dan Siegel
    • Intervention exercises to be completed by participants
  • Concluding remarks with Sue Johnson and Daniel Siegel
    • Explaining client vulnerabilities and what it means for treatment
    • Techniques to help couples change and grow through each other for a better sense of self


  1. Assess how to “read” clients’ facial and body language as outward signs of their brain function and emotional processing.
  2. Determine how to use this knowledge to select and time interventions more effectively.
  3. Analyze how to make your interventions more efficient by tapping into the processes of relational regulation.
  4. Determine when clients can’t self-soothe or access higher brain functions and intervene accordingly.

Target Audience

Psychologists, Physicians, Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Behavioral Health Professionals



Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 727


France S - LOS RANCHOS, New Mexico

"Superb presentation. A rich experience"

Milciades M - Antioch, California

"Course was intellectually stimulating."

Kristin F - Wilmington, Delaware


Judith B - PARK CITY, Utah

"Great presentation !"

Bridgett R - SAN DIEGO, California

"Dan Siegel and Sue Johnson are gifts to the field. It was awesome to watch them interact; they have a great dynamic."

Carole C - LINCOLN CITY, Oregon

"I felt like I was right there in the conference space!"

David C - Seattle, Washington

"Excellent presentation"

Mary C - Phila, Pennsylvania

"I enjoyed the seminar and feel that I can use what I learned with couples"

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