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Digital Seminar

Catalyzing Brain Change: Transforming Adversity into Learning and Growth

Linda Graham, MFT
3 Hours 49 Minutes
Mar 23, 2018
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Helping clients develop flexible and adaptive strategies for coping with both everyday disappointments and extraordinary disasters is at the heart of the therapeutic process. In this workshop, we’ll focus on showing clients how to harness their own brain’s capacity for rewiring negative coping patterns that block growth. We’ll also identify empirically validated tools to encode new, more flexible patterns of response.


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 3.75 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Linda Graham, MFT, is an experienced psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area, bestselling author and international speaker. She integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology in her worldwide trainings. She is the author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, winner of the 2013 Books for a Better Life award and the 2014 Better Books for a Better World award. She publishes a monthly e-newsletter, Healing and Awakening into Aliveness and Wholeness and weekly Resources for Recovering Resilience. For more information visit


Linda draws on her own experiences of healing and awakening as well as more than two decades of integrative study, practice and teaching of transformational psychotherapies, vipassana meditation, life coaching, and facilitating groups and workshops to become a skillful guide interweaving many paths of compassionate, conscious connection. She is passionate about integrating the paradigms and practices of modern neuroscience, Western relational psychology and Eastern contemplative practice.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Linda Graham maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She presents professionally and receives compensation, and she receives royalties as a published author. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Linda Graham has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals


  • Essentials of Brain and Behavior Shift
  • Evolution, attachment conditioning, and development of human brain
  • Four mechanisms of brain change
  • Five conditions that accelerate brain change
  • Recover Equilibrium When Experiencing Stress and Trauma
  • Body-based tools to regulate the stressed-out/numbed our cycles of the nervous system
  • Social engagement tools to antidote the brain’s innate negative bias
  • Sensorimotor approaches to manage surges of emotions
  • Manage Emotions Skillfully
  • Shift out of the brain’s ruminative negative judgments
  • Rewire memories of toxic shame
  • Strengthen one’s sense of self and self-worth
  • Skills of Relational Intelligence
  • Mindful empathy
  • Theory of mind
  • Negotiating change; repairing ruptures
  • Seeing Clearly; Choosing Wisely
  • Monitoring and modifying perceptions and responses
  • Re-frame meaning and consequences of challenges and catastrophes
  • Finding the silver lining in difficulties and disasters
  • Revisioning traumatizing events


  1. 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
  2. Discover how to cultivate positive emotions to shift brain functioning from contracted survival responses to greater openness to change
  3. Discover how to use practices of mindfulness and self-compassion to recover the capacities of the prefrontal cortex for response flexibility and resilience
  4. Discover how to strengthen capacities for empathy and deepen skills of relational intelligence to foster more healthy relationships

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