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.
- 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
- Three time-frames for change
- Neuroplasticity at the synapse
- Remapping on the cortex
- Shifting pathways and neurotransmitters
- Fostering the mind-brain link
- Healing attachment
- Activating mirror neurons
- From Indra’s Net to neural nets
- Guiding treatment through the optimal path
- Sensory Awareness
- Meditation and Mindfulness
- The Unconscious
- The Body
- The Mind-body link
- 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
- Eliciting specific and nonspecific brain responses for healing and wellbeing
- Describe key nervous system structures, functions and pathways.
- Explain brain alterations that occur from anxiety, fear and stress, substance abuse, depression, trauma and bipolar disorder.
- Distinguish how commonly applied treatments such as CBT, DBT, dynamic therapy, meditation and hypnosis can foster healthy brain change.
- Define neuroplasticity and types of experiences that elicit it.
- 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.
- Discuss specific techniques that enhance attention, interoception, affect regulation and sensory-motor awareness.
- List six principles that guide you when including the brain during treatment.
Length: 3 DVD(s)
Duration: 5 hours, 55 minutes