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2-Day: Intensive Mindfulness, Meditation and Neuroscience Conference: Creating Active Pathways for Therapeutic Change
2-Day: Intensive Mindfulness, Meditation and Neuroscience Conference: Creating Active Pathways for Therapeutic Change

Where:  ST LOUIS, MO

When:  Thursday, December 3, 2015 - Friday, December 4, 2015

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Course Description:

As more is understood about how the mind is intimately involved with the brain, we now know that the brain can literally rewire for better or for worse depending on what you think, feel, and do. This workshop will add new dimensions to your treatments by promoting brain change using top down, bottom up and horizontal methods. Understand key nervous system structures, functions, and pathways to make the complexities of brain science your own. Discover where neuroplasticity occurs and ways to use it therapeutically.

With protocols, case examples, and experiential exercises, you will have fun as you get to know the brain. Mindfulness, meditation, and yoga offer methods anyone can learn that clear the way for better functioning and are useful for many common mental health disorders. In addition, you will bring home treatments for stress, anxiety, trauma, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, sleep disorders, and pain reduction. You will learn how to learn with neuroscience principles that will help you create your own techniques for creative individualizing. And in the process, you will activate your own brain in positive ways, feeling present, alert, relaxed, and renewed!

Objectives:

Neuroscience & Neuroplasticity:
  1. Describe key nervous system structures and pathways.
  2. Distinguish right from left hemisphere functions and identify your tendencies.
  3. Define neuroplasticity and types of experiences that can foster positive brain change.
  4. Experience sensory, visual, motor, and cognitive plasticity, and learn how to foster it.
  5. Discover integration for paradoxes of mind and brain using meditation, mindfulness and yoga.

Interpersonal Neuroscience & Brain-Change Tools:
  1. Recognize how early attachment experiences that influence later relationship styles are stored in implicit memory circuits of the brain and can be changed.
  2. Discover how the brain is wired to respond to others bottom-up through the mirror neurons.
  3. Develop different skills of attention from three main forms of meditation: focus meditations, open-focus mindfulness, and no focus automatic-unconscious meditations.
  4. Learn meditative ways to let go of problems and embrace compassion, gratitude and self-acceptance.

Mindfulness, Yoga and Meditation:
  1. Recognize the distinct ways different forms of therapy change the brain, and learn how and when to apply them.
  2. Identify which forms of therapy work top down, bottom up, and/or horizontally.
  3. Distinguish and practice methods to lower stress, alleviate anxiety, heal trauma and overcome obsessive compulsive disorder.
  4. List ways to relax an over-activated nervous system with calming yoga postures.
  5. Describe how to rewire the reward pathway with experiences of meditative well-being.
  6. Practice techniques to promote wellbeing and optimal functioning.
  7. Summarize by identifying 6 neuroscience principles to guide therapeutic work.

CHARLES A SIMPKINS, PH.D.

Charles A. Simpkins, Ph.D., is a psychologist specializing in neuroscience, psychotherapy, meditation and hypnosis. With his wife, Annellen, Charles has co-authored 28 books, many of them bestsellers. Their most recent books on neuroscience are Yoga and Mindfulness Therapy Workbook for Clinicians and Clients (PESI, 2014), 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, (New Harbinger 2013), Zen Meditation in Psychotherapy (Wiley, 2012), Meditation and Yoga in Psychotherapy (Wiley, 2011), and Meditation for Therapists and Their Clients (Norton 2001). Their books have over 20 foreign editions and have won numerous awards.

Dr. Simpkins has practiced psychotherapy for more than three decades, and taught meditative and hypnotic methods to facilitate mind-brain change to people of all ages. He has been involved in neuroscience for 18 years – integrating it into treatments and helping to bring the most recent research findings to practitioners. He presents seminars at professional conferences, state mental hospitals, university campuses and to popular and professional audiences around the world. Charles performed psychotherapy research and is currently doing a neuroscience study of unconscious movement. He has studied with psychotherapy masters, including Milton H. Erickson, Jerome D. Frank, Carl Rogers, Lawrence Kubie, and Ernest L. Rossi, and neuroscience innovators including Vilayanur Ramachandran, Jaime Pineda, Paul and Patricia Churchland, Stephen Anagnostaras, and William Bechtel.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Charles A. Simpkins is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Charles A. Simpkins has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

ANNELLEN M SIMPKINS, PH.D.

Alex & Annellen Simpkins, are psychologists specializing in neuroscience, psychotherapy, meditation and hypnosis. The Simpkins are authors of 28 books, many of them bestsellers. Their most recent books on neuroscience are Yoga and Mindfulness Therapy Workbook for Clinicians and Clients (PESI, 2014), 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 (New Harbinger, 2013), Zen Meditation in Psychotherapy (Wiley, 2012), Meditation and Yoga in Psychotherapy (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 18 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 L. 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.




Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Annellen Simpkins is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Annellen Simpkins has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.



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