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Learn from the Masters: The Neuroscience of Stress, Depression and Developmental Trauma
Audio CD
$119.99 USD
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This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on April 12, 2018.
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Audio CD - 2-4 hours   Instructions
Multi-disc audio recording with electronic manual and instructions.
4/12/2018 - Available Now for Pre-Order
CE Available:
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  1. Analyze the neurobiological mechanisms of how and why stress becomes depression, differentiate this from anxiety, and explain how this information impacts the clinician and their treatment plans.
  2. Evaluate how childhood trauma changes the developmental trajectory of the brain, explore the clinical manifestations of these impacts, and apply clinical strategies to make your client’s brains less susceptible to traumatic stress-based damage.
  3. Characterize how the stress pathway, stress response, and brain interact to produce the experience of stress, and communicate how stress can be managed using therapeutic techniques that impact these areas of the brain and body.
  • What Does Biology Have to do With It?
    • The Nature of Stress and the Stress Response
      • The nature of stress
      • Homeostasis
      • The dichotomy between short-term and long-term stress exposure
      • The stress response
      • Hormones and autonomic pathways
      • How the long-term stress response impacts the brain and body
  • Clinical Manifestations of Chronic Stress in Your Clients
    • Impaired declarative memory
    • Vulnerability to anxiety and fear conditioning
    • Impaired executive functioning
    • Impaired empathy
  • The Interplay of Stress, Depression and
  • Developmental Trauma
    • The Neurochemistry and Neuroanatomy of Stress, Depression and Childhood Adversity
      • How and why stress becomes depression
      • Neurobiological mechanisms
      • The psychological components of stress
      • Learned helplessness as a model for depression
      • Stress as a bridge linking the biological and psychological features of depression
      • The genetics of affective resilience in the face of stress
      • Childhood adversity as a risk factor
      • How traumatic stress shifts the trajectory of brain development
      • Clinical implications
  • Connecting Biology to Psychology in Your Clinical Practice: An Interview with Dr. Jennifer Sweeton
    • When is stress good?
    • How can neurobiology help you to determine treatment methods and set goals?
    • Coping with stress – social isolation vs. social affiliation
    • Techniques that impact stress pathways, the stress response and the brains limbic regions
    • Strategies to create resilient brains that are less susceptible to stress-based damage
    • Gratitude interventions for stress and depression


Dr. Robert Sapolsky, is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. In 2008, National Geographic & PBS aired an hour-long special on stress featuring Dr. Sapolsky and his research on the subject. In addition to A Primate’s Memoir, which won the 2001 Bay Area Book Reviewers Award in nonfiction, he has written three other books, including The Trouble with Testosterone, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, and Monkeyluv and Other Essays on our Lives as Animals. Dr. Sapolsky was awarded Rockefeller University’s Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science for 2008. His articles have appeared in publications such as Discover and The New Yorker, and he writes a biweekly column for the Wall Street Journal entitled “Mind & Matter.” His new book is Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (Penguin Press May 2017).

As a boy in New York City, Dr. Sapolsky dreamed of living inside the African dioramas in the Museum of Natural History. By the age of 21, he made it to Africa and joined a troop of baboons. Although the life of a naturalist appealed to him because it was a chance to “get the hell out of Brooklyn,” he never really left people behind. In fact, he chose to live with the baboons because they are perfect for learning about stress and stress-related diseases in humans. Like their human cousins, baboons live in large, complex social groups and have lots of time, Dr. Sapolsky writes, “to devote to being rotten to each other.” Just like stressed-out people, stressed-out baboons have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and hardened arteries. And just like people, baboons are good material for stories. His gift for storytelling led The New York Times to suggest, “If you crossed Jane Goodall with a borscht-belt comedian, she might have written a book like A Primate’s Memoir”, Dr. Sapolsky’s account of his early years as a field biologist.

The uniqueness of Dr. Sapolsky’s perspective on the human condition comes from the ease with which he combines his insights from the field with his findings as a neuroscientist. For more than 30 years he has divided his time between field work with baboons and highly technical neurological research in the laboratory. As a result, he can effortlessly move from a discussion of pecking orders in primate societies (human and baboon) to an explanation of how neurotransmitters work during stress – and get laughs doing it.

The humor and humanity he brings to sometimes-sobering subject matter make Dr. Sapolsky a fascinating speaker. He lectures widely on topics as diverse as stress and stress-related diseases, baboons, the biology of our individuality, the biology of religious belief, the biology of memory, schizophrenia, depression, aggression, and Alzheimer’s disease.
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