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2-Day Mastery Course on Neuroscience Informed Therapy: Connect Complicated Brain Research with Accessible Therapeutic Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Pain, Substance Abuse & Trauma

Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D., M.S., M.A.
12 Hours 23 Minutes
Sep 27, 2018
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The latest findings from neuroscience have given us incredible insights into the workings of the brain and its connection to our psychological and physical well-being. Yet in-depth studies on the brain can be difficult for mental health clinicians to interpret -names like “Subgenual anterior cingulate cortex” mean very little to most of us.

And you face a bigger obstacle than terminology. How do you overcome the challenge of applying complicated scientific and biological information to your clinical practice? How does neuroscience help you when you’re face-to-face with clients working on stress, depression, addiction and the other problems they face each day?

This recording will connect critical concepts from science and biology to your clinical work with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, substance abuse and trauma.

Better still, you’ll go beyond the biological mechanisms that underlie various disorders with detailed instruction on actual treatment strategies you can use with your clients. Through case studies, experiential exercises, and brief lectures you’ll learn to individualize interventions based in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Attachment, and Somatic Psychologies and apply them to the treatment of mood disorders, trauma, addictions, and more.

Better still, you’ll have the opportunity to practice the application of what you’ve learned under the skilled supervision of our instructor, and take home detailed handouts allowing their immediate incorporation into your clinical work.

Cut through the baffling research and inaccessible jargon, and discover how understanding neuroscience can change the way you view and work with your clients!



Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D., M.S., M.A.'s Profile

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Organizational Consultant, Clinical Psychologist

Mind Works Professional Education Inc

Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and internationally-recognized expert on trauma, anxiety, and the neuroscience of mental health. Dr. Sweeton has been practicing EMDR for nearly a decade and has treated a variety of populations using EMDR and other memory reconsolidation approaches, including combat veterans, individuals with PTSD and complex trauma, and those suffering from treatment-resistant anxiety. 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 degrees 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. She is a past president of the Oklahoma Psychological Association and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is the president of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton offers psychological services to clients in Oklahoma, Kansas, and internationally, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained thousands of mental health professionals in her workshops.


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.  She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Jennifer Sweeton has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Analyze the role of the nervous system in mental health disorders and communicate how this knowledge impacts the clinician’s choice of therapeutic intervention.
  2. Employ psychoeducational approaches that make the neurobiology of mental health conditions understandable for clients.
  3. Establish how an understanding of neuroscience and neuroanatomy can be used by mental health professionals to cultivate motivation and promote engagement in therapy.
  4. Evaluate research on mindfulness and articulate how mindfulness can be used as an adjunctive approach in your treatment plans for depression.
  5. Communicate how memory malleability impacts your treatment of clients with traumatic memories.
  6. Discover how the neurobiology of addiction can help you establish realistic goals with clients with substance use disorders.
  7. Establish the role of the neurobiological fight, flight, or freeze response in trauma symptomology.
  8. Characterize how attachment impacts key brain networks and informs the clinical treatment of affect regulation and mood disorders.
  9. Communicate how research findings regarding the relationship between diet and mental health could impact treatment approaches for various disorders.
  10. Evaluate how an understanding of the neurodynamics of habit formation informs the therapist’s clinical approach to foster behavioral change.
  11. Appraise the latest scientific research on gratitude and explore the benefits and limitations of using approaches based in positive psychology.
  12. Articulate how mindfulness practices can be used in therapy to impact the stress reaction and shift clients to a relaxation response.



Understand the Brain’s Reward System

  • Habit formation & maintenance
  • Why the brain doesn’t always choose well
    • The conscious brain myth
    • Brain dictated actions
    • Impulse vs routines
    • Reward & habit
    • Coping & stress
  • Brain-wise change
    • Impulse strategies
    • Serotonin
    • Solidifying change – from neurons to brain regions
    • From state to trait: Brief experiences to long lasting change
  • Willpower
    • Willpower: where does it reside?
    • Role of exercise
    • Mindfulness
    • A brief willpower workout
The Body’s Impact on the Brain: Alter Physical State to Manage Stress and Anxiety
  • Body-Brain-Mind Talk
  • The Vagal Nerve
  • Heart rate variability
  • Interoception
  • Build stress resiliency & emotional regulation
  • Breath, posture, deep relaxation
  • The Body-Brain-Mind connection across treatment approaches
The Brain’s Impact on the Body
  • Chronic pain, nociceptors and neurotransmitters
  • Dorsolateral prefrontal lobe and the centralization of pain
  • The influence of stress on pain and inflammation
  • Pain measurement
  • CBT interventions to reappraise pain
  • Pain catastrophizing
  • Biofeedback
  • Mind-Body interventions for pain
How Relationships Change the Brain: The Neuroscience of Attachment
  • Neuropeptides: behavior and oxytocin
  • Healing through the social brain
  • The role of storytelling
  • The brain in love
  • Brain behavior of long-term love
    • Novelty vs. habit
  • Engendering secure attachment
    • Key brain networks
    • Build compassion & empathy


From a Depressed Brain to a Resilient Brain

  • How the depressed brain gets stuck
    • Hemispheric laterality
    • Cytokines & depression
  • The neuroscience of guilt & shame
  • Opposing pathways
  • Brain intercommunication
  • Gratitude – neurochemistry & practice
  • Neurofeedback: Research on direct communication with the brain
Trauma Treatment and the Science of Memory
  • Grounding
  • Titrating emotions with mindfulness
  • The fight/flight/freeze response in trauma
  • Executive functioning
  • Implicit memories
    • Dual awareness
    • Brain savvy narratives
  • Breath/Movement/Awareness
  • The treatment of shame in trauma
The Addicted Brain: Clinical Implications of the Neuroscience of Craving
  • The role of the reward center
  • The neuroscience of craving
    • Mindfulness & movement based supports
    • Identifying false sanctuaries & underlying beliefs
  • Dual awareness
  • Overcome conflict and risk avoidance
  • The Aging Brain
  • Brain changes across the lifespan
  • Memory improvement strategies
  • Buffering from Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Is Mindfulness a neuroprotective approach?
Nutrition & the Brain: We Are What We Eat!
  • Nutrition for optimal brain functioning
  • The brain on sugar
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Creating an interdisciplinary team
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

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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