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Neuroscience and the Modern Clinician
DVD Video
$199.99 USD
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This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on September 7, 2018.
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DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
9/7/2018 - Available Now for Pre-Order
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  1. Communicate how an understanding of neurological processes can inform mental health professionals’ choice of therapeutic technique.
  2. Implement in-session psycho-educational techniques to make the neurobiology of mental health conditions understandable for clients thereby improving the potential for motivation and engagement in therapy.
  3. Establish how neural pathways are related to mental health disorders, and connect this information to the utilization of therapeutic interventions to reduce stress and manage addiction.
  4. Assess how research on the mechanisms of the brain that detect and respond to threats has enhanced our understanding of anxiety disorders in which altered threat processing is a factor.
  5. Characterize the role of memory in trauma and communicate how memory malleability impacts the treatment of clients with traumatic memories.
  6. Articulate how mindfulness can be used as an adjunctive approach in cognitive-behavioral treatment plans to help manage symptoms of depression.
How Neuroscience Can Enhance Therapy:

What (and Why) Clinicians Need to Know About the Nervous System
  • Brain basics - structure and function
    • 12 structures you need to know
    • How the brain organizes
  • Key pathways involved in common disorders
    • Pain pathway
    • Reward pathway
    • Fear-stress pathway
  • Default Mode and Task Mode Networks
  • Impact of relationships on our nervous system
    • Mirror neurons
    • Oxytocin
  • Simple explanations and 3-D brain model for clients
  • How neurobiology can help you to determine treatment methods and set goals
  • ”Our brains” and objectivity in therapy
  • Limitations of “brain-based” approaches
Neuroplasticity and the Potential for Change
  • Hype vs. the “two-way” street of brain plasticity
  • Physical vs. functional change - structural or at the synapse
  • The strength of connections
  • Timeframes for change
  • How neuroplasticity can help you foster change
    • Explaining neuroplasticity to clients
Treatment Strategies and Interventions for Common Disorders (And the Neuroscience Behind Them)

  • The neural bases of threat processing
  • Key CBT concepts and techniques
  • Combining cognitive work with:
    • Mindful awareness of emotions
    • Get physical - how using the body can ease anxiety symptoms
    • Breathing exercises and relaxation training
  • The depressed brain - structural and functional
  • The neural interrelationships of depression and anxiety
  • Behavioral activation - get active!
  • Mindfulness as an adjunctive approach
  • Compassion, gratitude and depressive symptoms
  • Malleability of memory: implications for trauma treatment
  • How childhood trauma changes the developmental trajectory of the brain
  • Polyvagal Theory, trauma and the body - the research
  • Imagery techniques - imaginal exposure
  • Grounding and interoception
  • How stress impacts the nervous system
  • The adverse effects of long-term stress exposure
  • The role of the stress/fear pathway
  • CBT-based coping skills for stressful situations
Substance Use Disorders
  • Brain areas involved in addiction
  • Pleasure and pain pathways
  • Prefrontal connections and judgement
  • How addiction can change the brain
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Contingency management
The Limitations of Neuroscientific Research and Potential Treatment Risks
  • fMRI imaging - blood flow vs. neuronal activity
  • How only looking at brain activations produces an incomplete picture
  • Neuroscientific studies, sample size, and validity
  • Animal research - directly applicable to humans?
  • Psychotherapeutic techniques - specific limitations and risks


Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D., M.S., M.A., is a licensed clinical psychologist and internationally-recognized expert on anxiety, trauma, and the neuroscience of mental health. 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.

Dr. Sweeton formerly served as the president of the Oklahoma Psychological Association, and holds adjunct faculty appointments to the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Sweeton offers psychological services to clients in Oklahoma, Kansas, and internationally, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained mental health professionals in workshops throughout the country and abroad.

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.

Nonfinancial: Jennifer Sweeton has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Continuing Education Credits

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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.

Counselors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Case Managers, Therapists, Nurses, Other Mental Health Professionals