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Seminar Detail

The Upward Spiral: Evidence-Based Neuroscience Techniques for Rewiring the Pathways of Anxiety, Depression and Related Disorders

Where:
SAN JOSE, CA
When:
Friday, December 13, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This event is not currently available for purchase.

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Course Description:

Early in my career, I recognized a disconnect between neuroscience research and popular treatment strategies. While depression and anxiety are clearly rooted in altered brain function, most clinicians were not taught about specific neural circuits and neurotransmitters that contribute to these disorders. As a result, treatment plans for mood and anxiety disorders were often incomplete – many solutions uncovered by research were overlooked and strategies relied heavily on medication without any changes in a client’s action, activity and environment. There had to be a better way to treat these clients and improve outcomes!

Today, I know that using proven cognitive-behavioral interventions like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Behavioral Activation Therapy (BAT) in conjunction with exercise, social support and positive habits yields powerful therapeutic effects. Expanding your understanding of the connection between biology and mental health provides you with a pragmatic and holistic lens through which you can view your clients and accommodate their different challenges. And, when your clients understand that what feels “wrong” is actually the activity and chemistry of particular brain circuits, it improves treatment buy-in and compliance.

Join me for this must attend conference and I will show you how:
  • The biology of stress, anxiety and depression informs cognitive therapies like ACT, MBCT, and BAT
  • Information provided by neuroscientific research can improve treatment outcomes
  • Simple interventions modulate the activity and chemistry of key brain regions
  • You can effectively teach clients about complicated brain structures and functions
Let me help you take your practice to the next level by connecting complicated research and neurobiological information to the work you do with clients each day.

Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Register today!
See you there,
Dr. Alex Korb
Objectives:
  1. Analyze findings from neuroscientific research exploring the connection between key brain regions, neurotransmitters, and mental health.
  2. Communicate how understanding neurobiological processes can help clinicians establish realistic goals with clients and engage them in therapy.
  3. Explore the role of the amygdala in stress and anxiety and communicate how labeling feelings and mindful awareness of emotions can be used to manage symptoms.
  4. Characterize how habits relate to stress and connect this information to cognitive behavioral approaches that intervene in habit loops and reduce stress related symptoms.
  5. Establish how neuroscience informed explanations of mental health disorders can bring objectivity into your discussions with clients and shift the way they feel about their pathology.
  6. Assess the latest scientific research on gratitude and characterize the potential benefits and research limitations found in these studies.
OUTLINE

Understand the Key Brain Regions and Chemicals Involved
  • Prefrontal cortex, limbic system, striatum
  • Neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, oxytocin, etc.
  • How it all fits together
Key Principles From Proven Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions
  • Behavioral Activation Therapy (BAT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Utilize the Benefits of Exercise
  • Benefits on serotonin and dopamine systems, as well as stress reductions
  • Intensity and frequency of exercise required
  • How simply being outdoors can help
Minding the Amygdala: Mindful Awareness of Emotions
  • Labeling feelings
  • Making the most of ACT to reduce stress
Set Goals, Make Decisions, and Top-Down Regulation of Brain Activity
  • The impact of goal-setting on lower-level processing
  • Choice, decisions and happiness
  • The importance of intention and voluntary choices
  • Simple strategies for applying BA
Low-Tech Biofeedback
  • The mind-body connection, meditation and MBCT
  • Understanding heart-rate variability
  • The power of breathing
  • How postural changes, muscle tension and facial expressions can affect mood
How the Brain Encodes Habits and How to Change Them
  • The distinction between impulses and routines
  • Cognitive and emotional habits
  • The relationship between habits and stress
  • Cognitive-behavioral approaches to changing habits
Social Solutions
  • The impact of social support on the brain’s stress response
  • The power of physical touch
  • How social support can improve the efficacy of medication
The Power of Gratitude
  • The impact of gratitude on key neural circuits
  • Operationalize gratitude to implement it in daily life
Make the Most of Sleep
  • How sleep affects mood
  • Key changes in sleep hygiene that improve sleep quality
The Limitations of Neuroscientific Research
  • fMRI imaging
  • Things to consider regarding animal studies
  • Simple explanations for complicated processes
Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Psychotherapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Occupational Therapists

ALEXANDER KORB, PH.D.

Alex Korb, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist, writer and coach. He has studied the brain for over 15 years and is the author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time. He received a BS in Neuroscience at Brown University, before earning a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at UCLA. His dissertation focused on measuring electrical activity in the brain to better understand and treat depression. He is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at UCLA where his research focuses on neuroimaging and the development of a novel brain stimulation device. He has authored over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles on the neuroscience of psychiatric disorders.

His popular blog on PsychologyToday.com has over a million views. He speaks around the country on neuroscience and has appeared on radio shows and podcasts worldwide. He has a wealth of experience in yoga and mindfulness, physical fitness, and even stand-up comedy.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Alexander Korb is an adjunct assistant professor at UCLA. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-Financial: Alexander Korb has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 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.

California Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CCAPP): PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the CCAPP-EI, Provider #: OS-03-036-1021. This activity meets the qualifications for 6.0 CEH's (continuing education hours).


Counselors
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

California Counselors: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE programs that are approved by other approval agencies, including several that approve PESI and its programs. A full list of approval agencies accepted by the BBS can be found at www.bbs.ca.gov/licensees/cont_ed.html under “Where to find CE Courses.” This Intermediate level activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 380 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.

California Marriage & Family Therapists: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE programs that are approved by other approval agencies, including several that approve PESI and its programs. A full list of approval agencies accepted by the BBS can be found at www.bbs.ca.gov/licensees/cont_ed.html under “Where to find CE Courses.” This Intermediate level activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

California Nurses: PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17118 for 6.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance.


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 6.0 contact hours or .6 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 & Psychiatrists
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Psychiatrists
PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists
The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

California Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists. Provider #PES010. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Social Workers
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California Social Workers: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE programs that are approved by other approval agencies, including several that approve PESI and its programs. A full list of approval agencies accepted by the BBS can be found at www.bbs.ca.gov/licensees/cont_ed.html under “Where to find CE Courses.” This Intermediate level activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.


Other Professions
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