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The neuroscience of psychotherapy : Healing the Social Brain

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.

In this Session (Five of eight) : Healing the Social Brain

  • The Power of Nurturing Relationships
  • Attaining Moderate States of Arousal
  • Integrating Affect and Cognition
  • Reconnecting Dissociated Neural Systems
  • Constructing a Coherent Narrative
  • The Heroic Journey to Wholeness

 

Areas of Interest / Categories: Neurobiology, Psychotherapy, STARTTS 2012

STARTTS 2012

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

Counselling Afghanistan Torture and Trauma Survivors

The development of services to meet the needs of Afghan refugees, most of whom have been traumatised

Implications for learning a second language: Effect on progress in school and sociability.

Language skills are fundamental to all communication and learning. Language development depends on many neuro-cognitive and environmental factors. If there is any disruption during the critical period for language development, a child’s language skills will be compromised. Children coming to Australia as refugees face the challenge of having to learn a new language with which they must negotiate the education system. If the child has weaknesses in the use of their mother tongue, this will greatly influence the ease with which they can learn English, with resultant impact on their ability to access the Australian curriculum.   Devon’s presentation gives the audience a greater understanding of language acquisition and the factors that influence language competency, in both mother tongue and second language learning.

Trauma and attachment in infancy.

In this presentation Professor Barnett will review basic attachment principles: organised secure and insecure, as well as disorganised and unresolved patterns, and the implications of distorted or disrupted patterns in parents and infants. Everyone experiences loss, disruptions and other traumatic events, but the crucial factor is whether these are resolved or not. The Adult Attachment Interview material reveals loss and other traumatic events, and considers the question of resolution or lack of it for the individual. What is trauma for an infant? What does an infant or parent have to do to survive trauma? What are the impacts? How do we help both parent and infant to survive?