Carol Kershaw, Bill Wade – 2-Day Intensive Neuroscience for Clinicians Course

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Product Name: Carol Kershaw Bill Wade – 2-Day Intensive Neuroscience for Clinicians Course
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NOV 08, 2018



Motivate and Engage Your Clients with Neuroscience

  • Simple explanations on brain structure and function
  • The neurobiology of specific disorders
  • You can change – neuroplasticity and the potential for transformation

Teach Clients About Brain Health

  • Sleep quality and mood
  • Nutrition
  • The habit of exercise
  • The value of social support
  • Detrimental impacts of stress

How the Neurobiology of Attachment and Relationships Informs Your Clinical Practice

  • Neurobiological basis of attachment
  • How relationships impact our brains
  • Mirror neurons, empathy and connecting with others
  • Oxytocin and the individual self
  • How attachment style impacts your clients’ relationships
  • Attachment and attunement in the therapeutic relationship

Trauma: Connect the Neurobiology of Trauma to Treatment

  • Childhood trauma and the trajectory of brain development
  • The fight/flight/freeze response
  • Implicit memory and the limbic system
  • Clinical techniques:
    • Trigger identification
    • Exposure
    • Guided imagery
    • Grounding strategies

Anxiety and Stress: Regulate Emotion and Interrupt Anxious Rumination

  • How the brain is organized – and how it organizes
  • Homeostasis, stress pathways and stress responses
  • The resting state – the parasympathetic nervous system and mental health
  • Emotional and thinking circuits, and perception of control – and why this matters to therapy
  • Clinical techniques:
    • Mindful awareness of emotions – labeling emotions
    • Interventions that shift focus away from anxious rumination
    • Interrupt worry patterns with physical exercise
    • Diaphragmatic breathing exercises to regulate emotion
    • Resiliency – susceptibility to stress-based damage

Depression: Techniques to Intervene in the Downward Spiral

  • The limitations of medication-based treatment
  • Brain circuits involved in positive and negative emotion
  • The brain’s negativity bias and depression risk
  • The amygdala in the depressed brain
  • The downward spiral
  • Reconstructed memories
  • Clinical techniques:
    • Behavioral Activation – get out of your head and into your life
    • Cognitive therapy tools – problem solving skills in the treatment plan
    • The psychology of obtainable goals
    • Self-compassion as a buffer to depressive symptoms

Neurocognitive Health Checkup

  • Test of Variable Attention (TOVA)
  • Mood evaluation
  • Biochemical dysfunction and depression
  • Measuring memory
  • Brain injury
  • Neurofeedback

Simple Biofeedback Tools for Regulating Physiological Responses

  • Physiological control and psychology
  • Biofeedback games
  • Controlled breathing
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • EEG biofeedback training

Distractibility and the Brain: Cognitive Costs in the Land of Information Overload

  • The myth of multitasking – Multitasking vs. task switching
  • Synaptic pathways, mental states, memory and learning
  • The pre-frontal cortex and flexible goal directed behavior
  • Teach clients coping strategies that can:
    • Reshape detrimental behavioral patterns
    • Decrease distractions
    • Build organizational and time management skills

The Neuroscience of Positive Psychology

  • The science behind gratitude
    • Overcome barriers to practicing gratitude
    • Easy-to-use gratitude exercises
  • The neuroanatomy of forgiveness
  • Strengths-based interventions
  • Flow states
    • Merge action with awareness
    • Flow, the prefrontal cortex, and the inner critic
  • Research limitations of positive psychology approaches

The Limitations of Neuroscientific Research and Potential Risks

  • fMRI imaging
  • Things to keep in mind regarding animal studies
  • Simple explanations for complicated processes
  • Research limitations, and treatment risks


Carol Kershaw, Ed.D.Related seminars and products:5

Carol Kershaw, Ed.D., is a licensed psychologist and co-director of the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston and co-author of Brain Change Therapy: Clinical Interventions for Self Transformation (2012 WW Norton), co-author of The Worry Free Mind (Career Press) and author of The Couple’s Hypnotic Dance (Brunner/Mazel). She is board certified in Neurofeedback, a member of the American Psychological Association, and approved consultant for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She is an international trainer and is a frequent presenter in the states on the most cutting edge interventions based in neuroscience and hypnosis. Carol has been featured on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC for her cutting-edge work.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Carol Kershaw receives royalties as an author for W.W. Norton and Company. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Carol Kershaw has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Bill WadeRelated seminars and products:3

Bill Wade, M.Div., LPC, LMFT is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist, author and international trainer. Co-director of the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston he is also a co-author of Brain Change Therapy: Clinical Interventions for Self-Transformation and The Worry Free Mind: Train Your Brain, Calm The Stress Spin Cycle, and Discover a Happier, More Productive You. Bill has taught extensively in the states on neuroscience and has also taught meditation and given Dharma lectures at various Buddhist temples.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: J. William Wade maintains a private practice. He receives royalties from W.W. Norton, Amazon Books and CDS. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: J. William Wade is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; American Counseling Association; and Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.