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2-Day Intensive Neuroscience Certificate Course: Bring the Brain into Therapy
2-Day Intensive Neuroscience Certificate Course: Bring the Brain into Therapy

Where:   NORTHBROOK, IL

When:  Thursday, November 8, 2018 - Friday, November 9, 2018

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Course Description:

You work hard to stay up to date on the latest developments to bring greater healing to your clients. And the field of neuroscience is filled with research that could help you improve effectiveness and efficiency in your practice.

But how do you separate useful information from findings that aren’t relevant to clinical work? How do you distinguish meaningful discoveries from dubious, even dangerous, pseudoscientific claims? And how do you link complicated scientific information to the real-world treatments you need to help clients with the mental health issues they face each day?

This 2-day workshop will connect the latest findings in the fields of neuroscience and neurobiology to therapeutic interventions you can apply to everyday clinical situations. You’ll discover why neuroscience matters to therapy and learn to apply practical and adaptable tools based in cognitive therapy, attachment, mindfulness, behavioral activation, and positive psychology to the treatment of anxiety, stress, trauma, and depression.

Don’t let confusing scientific jargon and research lead you toward risky misunderstandings or keep you from upgrading your practice by adding a neuroscience informed approach to your clinical work.

Register now, cut through the frustrations of interpreting complex scientific research, and build the confidence you need to bring the brain into therapy!
Objectives:
  1. Communicate how an understanding of neuroscientific research and neurological processes can help mental health professionals improve clinical outcomes.
  2. Establish the interrelationship between depression and anxiety and communicate how this information can be used in relation to treatment planning.
  3. Employ psychoeducation techniques that improve engagement in therapy by making neuroscience and neuroplasticity understandable for clients.
  4. Formulate treatment plans that consider the limitations of medication based models and give clinicians options with depressed clients when medication doesn’t adequately relieve symptoms.
  5. Analyze how neural pathways regulating stress are related to mental health disorders, and connect this information to your utilization of therapeutic interventions to manage the symptoms of anxiety.
  6. Articulate how mindfulness practices can be used in therapy to shift clients to a relaxation response.
  7. Evaluate how memory influences emotion and understand the clinical implications for altering client’s perceptions and behaviors.
  8. Assess how childhood trauma changes the developmental trajectory of the brain, and explore the clinical manifestations of these impacts.
  9. Elucidate how techniques that intervene in the neurobiological fight, flight, or freeze response can be used in the treatment of trauma.
  10. Characterize how attachment impacts the brain’s development and informs the clinical treatment of affect regulation and mood disorders.
  11. Determine how an understanding of the relationship between diet, sleep and exercise can be used in-session to motivate your clients to make healthier choices in their lives.
  12. Appraise the latest scientific research on gratitude and establish how it could be used therapeutically to benefit clients dealing with stress, anxiety and depression.
OUTLINE:

Motivate and Engage Your Clients with Neuroscience
  • Simple explanations on brain structure and function
  • The neurobiology of specific disorders
  • You can change – neuroplasticity and the potential for transformation
Teach Clients About Brain Health
  • Sleep quality and mood
  • Nutrition
  • The habit of exercise
  • The value of social support
  • Detrimental impacts of stress
How the Neurobiology of Attachment and Relationships Informs Your Clinical Practice
  • Neurobiological basis of attachment
  • How relationships impact our brains
  • Mirror neurons, empathy and connecting with others
  • Oxytocin and the individual self
  • How attachment style impacts your clients’ relationships
  • Attachment and attunement in the therapeutic relationship
Trauma: Connect the Neurobiology of Trauma to Treatment
  • Childhood trauma and the trajectory of brain development
  • The fight/flight/freeze response
  • Implicit memory and the limbic system
  • Clinical techniques:
    • Trigger identification
    • Exposure
    • Guided imagery
    • Grounding strategies
Anxiety and Stress: Regulate Emotion and Interrupt Anxious Rumination
  • How the brain is organized – and how it organizes
  • Homeostasis, stress pathways and stress responses
  • The resting state – the parasympathetic nervous system and mental health
  • Emotional and thinking circuits, and perception of control – and why this matters to therapy
  • Clinical techniques:
    • Mindful awareness of emotions – labeling emotions
    • Interventions that shift focus away from anxious rumination
    • Interrupt worry patterns with physical exercise
    • Diaphragmatic breathing exercises to regulate emotion
    • Resiliency – susceptibility to stress-based damage
Depression: Techniques to Intervene in the Downward Spiral
  • The limitations of medication-based treatment
  • Brain circuits involved in positive and negative emotion
  • The brain’s negativity bias and depression risk
  • The amygdala in the depressed brain
  • The downward spiral
  • Reconstructed memories
  • Clinical techniques:
    • Behavioral Activation – get out of your head and into your life
    • Cognitive therapy tools – problem solving skills in the treatment plan
    • The psychology of obtainable goals
    • Self-compassion as a buffer to depressive symptoms
Neurocognitive Health Checkup
  • Test of Variable Attention (TOVA)
  • Mood evaluation
  • Biochemical dysfunction and depression
  • Measuring memory
  • Brain injury
  • Neurofeedback
Simple Biofeedback Tools for Regulating Physiological Responses
  • Physiological control and psychology
  • Biofeedback games
  • Controlled breathing
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • EEG biofeedback training
Distractibility and the Brain: Cognitive Costs in the Land of Information Overload
  • The myth of multitasking – Multitasking vs. task switching
  • Synaptic pathways, mental states, memory and learning
  • The pre-frontal cortex and flexible goal directed behavior
  • Teach clients coping strategies that can:
    • Reshape detrimental behavioral patterns
    • Decrease distractions
    • Build organizational and time management skills
The Neuroscience of Positive Psychology
  • The science behind gratitude
    • Overcome barriers to practicing gratitude
    • Easy-to-use gratitude exercises
  • The neuroanatomy of forgiveness
  • Strengths-based interventions
  • Flow states
    • Merge action with awareness
    • Flow, the prefrontal cortex, and the inner critic
  • Research limitations of positive psychology approaches
The Limitations of Neuroscientific Research and Potential Risks
  • fMRI imaging
  • Things to keep in mind regarding animal studies
  • Simple explanations for complicated processes
  • Research limitations, and treatment risks
Target Audience
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

CAROL KERSHAW, ED.D.

Dr. Carol Kershaw, Ed.D. worked as a licensed clinical psychologist for over 35 years helping clients suffering from trauma, anxiety, stress, and depression. She is an author, international trainer and frequent presenter on trauma and neuroscience. In addition to lecturing internationally, Dr. Kershaw has presented workshops and lectures at numerous Evolution of Psychotherapy conferences, Erickson Congresses, and annual scientific meetings of ASCH and AAMFT.

Dr. Kershaw has been sought out for her expertise in trauma treatment by organizations throughout the world, including leading a team of medical professionals in trauma intervention efforts in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Kershaw has been featured on numerous media outlets including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC regarding her work. She is an invited author for Family Therapy Magazine and the co-author of the books Brain Change Therapy: Clinical Interventions for Self-Transformation and The Worry Free Mind: Train Your Brain, Calm The Stress Spin Cycle, and Discover a Happier, More Productive You.

Dr. Kershaw is the co-director of the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston and Board Certified in Biofeedback. She is an approved supervisor for the AAMFT and a member of the American Psychological Association.

J WILLIAM WADE, MDIV, LPC, LMFT

Bill Wade, m.Div., LPC, LMFT is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist, author and international trainer. He is the co-author of Brain Change Therapy: Clinical Interventions for Self-Transformation and The Worry Free Mind: Train Your Brain, Calm The Stress Spin Cycle, and Discover a Happier, More Productive You. He has taught extensively on clinical approaches for overcoming trauma, anxiety and depression as well as clinical hypnosis, meditation, panic disorder, relationship enhancement, and peak performance. Mr. Wade is a clinical member and approved supervisor with American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and co-director of the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston.



Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: J. William Wade is co-director of the Milton Erickson Inst of Houston. He receives royalties from W.W. Norton, Amazon Books and CDS. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: J. William Wade is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; American Counseling Association; and Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and 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.

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Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12.5 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

Illinois Addiction Counselors: This course has been approved by the IAODAPCA for 12.5 CEUS. Program number: 14402. Category: Counselor II, Prevnetionist II, CARS II, CODP I or II, PCGC II, CCJP II, CRSS I or II, CVSS II, , CPRS I or II, .


Counselors
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Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 760 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Illinois Marriage & Family Therapists: PESI, Inc. has been approved as a provider of continuing education by the State of Illinois, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. Provider #: 168-000156. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.5 credits.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
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PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours or 1.25 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.


Psychologists
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Social Workers
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Illinois Social Workers: PESI, Inc is an approved provider with the State of Illinois, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 159-000154. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours.


Other Professions
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