Full Course Description

Brain-to-Brain: Mastering the Neurobiological Waltz


  • Therapeutic relationship as dance between attachment systems
  • Impact of early childhood experiences on attachment and affect regulation
    • Arousal and self-regulation
    • Secure v. insecure context
  • Brain structures and systems related to self-regulation of affect
    • Functions of sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system
    • Consequences of hypoarousal and hyperarousal
  • Unconscious nature of early attachment experiences
    • Body memory/somatic learning
    • Approach v. avoidance
  • Therapeutic relationship and managing sense of threat
    • Styles of attachment
    • Unconscious nature of body memory
    • Nonverbal cues and therapeutic communication
  • Successful regulation of arousal
    • Optimal window of arousal
    • Sources of therapist dysregulation
    • Identifying somatic transference and countertransference
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
    • Impact of internal dialog, labeling
    • Mind/body integration
    • Integrating mindfulness practices
  • Co-regulation in interpersonal psychotherapy
    • Effective methods of communication
    • Connecting and integrating sensory perceptions
    • Experimentation as technique
  • Working brain to brain
    • Role of mirror neurons
    • Social engagement system
    • Flowing with resistance
  • Summary



  • Explore how to recognize certain core issues in the therapeutic alliance—such as idealization and devaluing, stuckness, struggles for control, and abandonment fears—as manifestations of traumatic attachment
  • Explore how to become skilled at “right brain to right brain” communication, or being able to “talk” without words
  • Explore how to engage in a “dyadic dance” with your clients, mirroring their rhythms, body language, tone of voice, facial expressions, and gestures

Copyright : 26/03/2017

Enhancing Neuroplasticity: Strategies for Rewiring the Brain


  • Choosing experiences to rewire the brain


  • Compassion
  • Tools of intelligence
  • Purposes of enhancing neuroplasticity

            Regulation, relation, reflection and resilience

  • Strategies for implementing positive neuroplasticity
  • Brain structures and systems related to perception of safety

            Functions of sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system

            Consequences of hypoarousal and hyperarousal

  • Unconscious nature of autonomic systems    
  • Therapeutic interventions to optimize feelings of safety

            Beneficial exercises: breath, touch, posture and movement  

            Nonverbal cues and therapeutic communication

  • Therapeutic resonance and healing

            Techniques for developing resonance

            Deep listening and acceptance of emotions

  • Mindfulness and self-compassion
  • Therapeutic exercise:  Compassionate friend
  • Shifting brain functioning through positive emotions

            Neuroscience research

            Gratitude exercise:  Web of life

  • Imagination
  • Default mental play space

            Therapeutic exercise:  Wished for outcome

  • Meta-processing and brain change

            Journaling and creating a coherent narrative

  • Summary and clinical take-aways


  • Discover how to teach clients tools of self-directed neuroplasticity to reverse the impact of stress and trauma on brain functioning and their capacities to cope
  • Discover how to cultivate positive emotions to shift brain functioning from contracted survival responses to larger perspectives and openness to change
  • Discover how to use practices of mindfulness and self-compassion to recover the capacities of the prefrontal cortex for response flexibility and resilience
  • Discover how to strengthen capacities of empathy and deepen skills of relational intelligence to foster healthy, resonant relationships

Copyright : 24/03/2017

What the Brain Needs for Transformational Change


  • Different types of change and memory reconsolidation:



  • Transformational change therapies

            Common therapeutic factors across diverse approaches

            Permanence of transformational change

  • Memory deconsolidation and reconsolidation

            History and research

  • Emotional learnings

            Nonverbal, implicit structure

            Schemas and their self-protective function

  • Impact of competing new learning

            Brain circuits involved

            Challenges of incremental learning and change

  • Schema and implicit memory erasure


            Symptom cessation

            Effortless permanence

  • Change mechanisms and sequences across therapeutic approaches
  • Process for schema erasure


            Guided contradictory experience

            Juxtaposition with target schema

  • Preparation for intervention

            Symptom identification

            Retrieving underlying schema

            Finding contradictory experiences

  • Nonspecific common therapeutic factors
  • Verifying therapeutic outcome

            Dissolution of schema

            Evaluating presence of multiple schemas

  • Clinical case examples of transformational process

            Therapist factors

            Potential complications

  • Discovery techniques

            Symptom deprivation

            Overt statements

            Sentence completion

  • Summary and resources


  • Discover the series of steps in the brain’s core process of profound unlearning
  • Discover the process that swiftly reveals the emotional schemas generating symptoms
  • Discover how to combine resource states and negative learnings into the juxtaposition experience that triggers reconsolidation and transformational change
  • Discover how to shift unconscious emotional learnings into richly felt, conscious targets of change
Copyright : 25/03/2017

Treating Personality Disorders: Advances from Brain Science and Traumatology


  • Personality disorders in the US, prevalence and personal history

            Risk factors, therapeutic options

  • Diagnostic criteria for personality disorders

            Cluster characteristics

            Developmental characteristics

  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder

            Differential diagnostic criteria and defining characteristics

            Pathological v. healthy narcissism                 

  • Grandiose v. vulnerable narcissism
  • Continuum of disturbance and loss of self
  • Borderline Personality Disorder

            Differential diagnostic criteria and defining characteristics

            Boundary setting and treatment approaches

            Attachment and therapeutic relationship considerations

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder

            Differential diagnostic criteria and defining characteristics

            Victim v. perpetrator symptom expression

  • Psychopathy and personality characteristics
  • “No Solid Self”

            Complex therapeutic history

            Common underpinnings to varied personality diagnoses

            Relationship characteristics

  • Developmental processes underlying personality disorders

            Family systems

            Neurophysiological systems

  • Treatment approaches

            Determining level of intervention

            Self-regulation, positive regard, mirroring

            Creating attachment and inserting self into therapy

            Importance of non-verbal communication

            Language selection and techniques

  • Identifying meaning of disordered behavior and emotional regulation
  • Therapist self-regulation, necessity and strategies
  • Pictoral Coherence technique
  • “Undissociation” technique
  • General principles for therapeutic intervention


  • Explore how to develop a therapeutic alliance in the face of mistrust, control issues, and rock solid defenses while staying out of power struggles
  • Explore how to work with the pathological dissociation typically present in personality disordered clients
  • Explore practical, effective interventions informed by neuroscience that help clients safely manage frightening symptoms, including violence and emotional meltdowns, and develop healthier boundaries and a more differentiated sense of self

Copyright : 26/03/2017

Brain Care: Applying the Neuroscience of Well-Being to Help Clients​


Program Information


  1. Implement lifestyle choices that protect the physical brain as our clients age, and extend the “health span” portion of our lifespan
  2. Apply the tools of self-directed neuroplasticity in therapy that help reverse the impact of stress and trauma on emotional regulation, learning and memory, and empathy
  3. Engage clients with practices such as guided visualizations and process journaling that can enhance the higher brain’s capacity for response flexibility, discernment, planning, creativity, and imagination
  4. Apply interventions that help prevent/reverse addiction to digital technology and recover capacities for focused attention and concentration, relational intimacy, introspection, and self-reflection
  5. Employ valuable resources in the latest findings about the brain and the mind-body connection

Copyright : 23/03/2017

How Hard Times Can Open the Heart

No CE Credit Available


  • State how our deepening understanding of neuroscience can enable us, even in times of great stress, to tap into five natural capacities of the brain
  • Recognize how to help clients have greater access to their inner resources
  • Develop a client’s capacity for deep pleasure and savoring the moment
Copyright : 20/03/2016