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Neuroscience for Clinicians: Brain Change for Stress, Anxiety, Trauma, Moods and Substance Abuse


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Psychotherapy has traditionally addressed the mind, with its cognitive, emotional and behavioral components. But recent neuroscience research has revealed a new area to add to your treatments: The brain and nervous system. The brain can change the mind, but the mind and experience can also bring literal structural and functional changes to the brain. Recent research reveals that neuroplasticity takes place all through life. This is extremely hopeful for therapy. You will discover where neuroplasticity occurs and ways to use it therapeutically. You gain the background you need along with clear principles for addressing the nervous system in your work. Learn how to think brain, to view your clients through the exciting new lens of neuroscience that will focus your therapeutic sensitivities on a vast new reservoir of discoveries and potentials.

This seminar recording teaches you how to promote change in the traumatized, stressed, addicted, anxious, and depressed brain in positive ways. By initiating brain change using conscious, unconscious, and bodywork methods, you add new dimensions to your treatments. In addition, from the firm foundation in neuroscience methods, you can build your own techniques for creative individualizing. And in the process, you will find yourself feeling more present, alert and relaxed as you activate your own brain in positive ways!
Brain Essentials: What Clinicians Need to Know
  • Development of a New Science
  • Clarifying the terminology
  • Neural imaging technologies: What they really say
  • Brain structures: From neurons to pathways
  • How common psychological disorders diminish brain functions, structures and pathways
  • How explicit and implicit memories shift the nervous system
Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis: How the brain can change
  • Three time-frames for change
  • Neuroplasticity at the synapse
  • Remapping on the cortex
  • Shifting pathways and neurotransmitters
  • Fostering the mind-brain link
The Social Brain: We are wired for attunement
  • Healing attachment
  • Activating mirror neurons
Integration: A network theory for understanding the mind-brain-body system
  • From Indra’s Net to neural nets
  • Guiding treatment through the optimal path
Tools for Healing
  • Sensory Awareness
  • Meditation and Mindfulness
  • The Unconscious
  • The Body
  • The Mind-body link
Integrating the Brain into Treatments
  • Overcoming trauma and stress through interoception training, reconsolidating implicit memories and soothing the fear/stress pathway
  • Easing anxiety using top-down, bottom-up and horizontal approaches to calm the limbic system and balance the nervous system
  • Moderating depression and bipolar disorder by fostering nervous system stability, limbic system regulation, and joyful relationships through mirror neurons
  • Conquering substance abuse by rewiring the addicted reward pathway and remapping the insula for health promoting decisions
6 General Principles for Incorporating the Brain into Treatment
  • Eliciting specific and nonspecific brain responses for healing and wellbeing
  1. Describe key nervous system structures, functions and pathways.
  2. Explain brain alterations that occur from anxiety, fear and stress, substance abuse, depression, trauma and bipolar disorder.
  3. Distinguish how commonly applied treatments such as CBT, DBT, dynamic therapy, meditation and hypnosis can foster healthy brain change.
  4. Define neuroplasticity and types of experiences that elicit it.
  5. Apply interventions that can be used to return the nervous system to natural balance using methods drawn from neural-feedback, psychodynamics, mindfulness, sensory awareness, hypnosis and bodywork.
  6. Discuss specific techniques that enhance attention, interoception, affect regulation and sensory-motor awareness.
  7. List six principles that guide you when including the brain during treatment.
C. ALEXANDER SIMPKINS, Ph.D. & ANNELLEN M. SIMPKINS, Ph.D. are psychologists specializing in neuroscience, psychotherapy, meditation and hypnosis. The Simpkins are authors of 26 books, many of them bestsellers. Their most recent books on neuroscience are Neuroscience for Clinicians (Springer, 2012), The Dao of Neuroscience (Norton, 2010) and Neuro-Hypnosis (Norton, 2010). They have also written about meditation for healthy mind-brain change: The Tao of Bipolar Disorder (forthcoming from New Harbinger, 2013), Zen Meditation in Psychotherapy (Wiley, 2012), Meditation and Yoga in Psychotherapy: Techniques for Clinical Practice (Wiley, 2011), and Meditation for Therapists and Their Clients (Norton 2009). Their books have over 20 foreign editions and have won numerous awards.
Drs. Simpkins have been practicing psychotherapy for more than three decades, and have taught their meditative and hypnotic methods to facilitate mind-brain change to people of all ages. They have been involved in neuroscience for 15 years and have been integrating it into treatments and helping to bring the most recent research findings to practitioners. They present seminars at professional conferences, state mental hospitals, university campuses and to popular and professional audiences around the world. They have performed psychotherapy research and are currently doing a neuroscience study of unconscious movement. They studied with psychotherapy masters, including Milton H. Erickson, Jerome D. Frank, Carl Rogers, Lawrence Kubie, and Ernest Rossi, and neuroscience innovators including Vilayanur Ramachandran, Jaime Pineda, Paul and Patricia Churchland, Stephen Anagnostaras, and William Bechtel. Their Eastern philosophy influence along with their commitment to continual learning and therapeutic effectiveness has helped them to see therapy through the crystal of a unique vision, which they bring to you with warmth and clarity in their books and seminars.

Length: 3 DVD(s)

Duration: 5 hours, 55 minutes

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