Seminar Detail

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

Where:
TAUNTON, MA
When:
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Bring the latest findings from neuroscience into your treatments. Learn interventions to literally alter the brain’s neurons, structures, pathways, and networks. Recent research reveals that neuroplasticity takes place all through life, so you can offer hope for real nervous system change no matter how long your client has suffered. You will discover how and where neuroplasticity occurs, and ways to use it therapeutically. You gain the background you need through enjoyable experiences combined with clear principles for utilizing the nervous system in your work. Learn how to think multi-dimensionally as you see the brain in 3-D and sense it in action. Then you will be able to draw on multiple modalities to overcome resistances, activate creative responses, and turn problems into potentials.

This seminar teaches you how to promote transformation in the traumatized, stressed, addicted, anxious, and depressed brain in positive ways. By initiating change using top-down, bottom-up, and horizontal methods, you add new dimensions to each therapy session. This seminar gives you tools through concepts and experiences to help you build your own techniques for creative individualizing. And in the process, you will find yourself feeling more relaxed, alert, and present as you activate your own brain in positive ways!
Objectives:
  1. Describe key nervous system structures, functions and pathways.
  2. Explain brain alterations that occur from anxiety, trauma and stress, substance abuse, and depression.
  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.
OUTLINE

Tour through the Brain: What clinicians need to know from neurons to structures, to pathways, to networks
  • Feel your neurons activate
  • See brain structures in 3-D
  • Experience how the brain processes top-down, bottom-up, and horizontal
  • Actively engage your brain structures for change
  • Work with implicit and explicit memories
  • Learn how to rebalance key pathways with your interventions
    • Pain Pathway
    • Reward Pathway
    • Fear-Stress Pathway
Nervous System Networks and the Social Brain: We are wired for attunement
  • Default Mode (DMN) and Task Mode Networks (TMN)
  • The Healing attachment
  • Activate mirror neurons bottom-up
Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis: How the brain can change
  • Three timeframes for change
  • Neuroplasticity at the synapse
  • How to foster neuroplasticity in clients
  • Neuroplasticity in action: Exercise your brain!
Practice the Interventions for Healing: Bottom-up, top-down, and horizontal
  • Sensory Awareness
  • Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Body Work
  • Unconscious and the DMN
  • Experience and activate the direct Mind-Body Link

Integrate the Brain into Treatments

Stress
  • How stress alters the nervous system
  • Calm the stress/fear pathway
  • Develop alert/relaxed attention for better coping
Trauma
  • Develop security through self-soothing methods
  • Foster confidence with yoga body positioning
  • Extinguish traumatic memories
  • Reconsolidate implicit memories
Anxiety
  • The anxious brain reaction
  • Work top down/bottom up/horizontally
  • Calm the limbic system bottom up with movement
  • Soothe the insula through meditative sensory awareness
  • Deconstruct sensations mindfully
  • Balance the nervous system
Substance Abuse
  • Brain areas involved in addictions
  • Rewire the reward pathway
  • Detach from pleasure and pain
  • Activate the parietal lobes for sensory relaxation and enjoyment
  • Develop prefrontal connections for better judgment
Depression
  • The depressed brain pattern
  • Activate an under-activated nervous system with yoga postures and energy meditations
  • Regulate the limbic system by activating links to prefrontal cortex and cingulate gyrus with mindfulness turned outward
  • Practice the 4-step method to overcome negative self-suggestions
  • Unify real and ideal
  • Foster joyful relationship through mirror neurons
  • Develop compassion and gratitude
6 Principles for Incorporating the Brain into your Therapy

DR. JENNIFER SWEETON

Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and internationally-recognized expert on trauma, anxiety and the neuroscience of mental health. Dr. Sweeton was trained in the use of EMDR as a treatment method during her time as a clinical psychologist with the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs where she worked with active service members and combat veterans with PTSD.

She 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 degree 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, the President of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association for 2019 and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Sweeton offers psychological services to clients in Oklahoma, Kansas, and internationally, and is sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained thousands of mental health professionals in her workshops.



Speaker Disclosures:

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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