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Neuroscience, psychotherapy and mindfulness.

Neuroscience, psychotherapy and mindfulness.

The integration of neuroscience psychotherapy and mindfulness is the way of the future in treating many forms of mental and emotional distress. The exciting new discoveries about how the brain functions gives us a solid biological foundation to understanding various forms of human suffering and how they may be treated.

The art of psychotherapy provides the relational framework of empathy and contentment, which is indispensable in any healing endeavour, and creates a human warmth and existential meaning which goes far beyond technical clinical know-how. Mindfulness, an ancient skill that has been at the heart of many religious practices, in particular Buddhism, is now applied in clinicalsettings through various evidence-based therapies such as the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

This lecture will focus not so much on the details of research outcomes, but rather give a broad overview and a critique of the current trends. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate how the science, the art and the skill of these three disciplines may be applied to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression and Anxiety.

Speakers: Geoff Dawson
Areas of Interest / Categories: Mindfulness, Neuroscience, Psychotherapy, STARTTS 2012

STARTTS 2012

The neuroscience of psychotherapy : Healing the Social Brain

This eight parts seminar explores psychotherapy and the social brain with a special emphasis on the causes and consequences of trauma. As a foundation, the evolution, development, and neuroanatomy of the brain with the goal of highlighting its vulnerability to dysregulation and dissociation are discussed. In it we recognise and better understand the neural networks responsible for stress and trauma and the challenge of keeping the government of systems which comprise our brains integrated and functioning smoothly. Then how psychotherapy, in its multiple forms, attempts to reshape the brain in the service of mental health is discussed. And finally,the process of healthy aging, especially for therapists who are confronted with trauma on a day-to-day basis is explored.

The neuroscience of psychotherapy : The Healthy Aging Brain

This eight parts seminar explores psychotherapy and the social brain with a special emphasis on the causes and consequences of trauma. As a foundation, the evolution, development, and neuroanatomy of the brain with the goal of highlighting its vulnerability to dysregulation and dissociation are discussed. In it we recognise and better understand the neural networks responsible for stress and trauma and the challenge of keeping the government of systems which comprise our brains integrated and functioning smoothly. Then how psychotherapy, in its multiple forms, attempts to reshape the brain in the service of mental health is discussed. And finally,the process of healthy aging, especially for therapists who are confronted with trauma on a day-to-day basis is explored.

The neuroscience of psychotherapy : Simple and Complex PTSD

This eight part seminar explores psychotherapy and the social brain with a special emphasis on the causes and consequences of trauma. As a foundation, the evolution, development, and neuroanatomy of the brain with the goal of highlighting its vulnerability to dysregulation and dissociation are discussed. In it we recognise and better understand the neural networks responsible for stress and trauma and the challenge of keeping the government of systems which comprise our brains integrated and functioning smoothly. Then how psychotherapy, in its multiple forms, attempts to reshape the brain in the service of mental health is discussed. And finally,the process of healthy aging, especially for therapists who are confronted with trauma on a day-to-day basis is explored.

Post-traumatic Growth: Is there evidence for changing our practice?

Positive psychological changes and growth beyond previous levels of functioning are characteristics of a phenomenon described as Posttraumatic Growth (PTG). Tedeschi, Park & Calhoun (1998) identified 5 outcomes of PTG: increased appreciation of life; sense of new possibilities in life; increased personal strength; improvement in close personal relationships; and positive spiritual change. More recently, PTG has been proposed as a coping style, as well as a coping outcome.

Healing traumatic nightmares using sandplay therapy.

Nightmares are a common and distressing symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), yet frequently resistant to treatment. The relationship between traumatic experience and dream