Together, we will explore the implications of Body-oriented psychotherapy and recent findings in the neurosciences, on how the brain and body deals with emotional information, while also providing an understanding of effective therapeutic action. This training is geared for psychotherapists of all types, as well as for physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, bodyworkers, and educators.
Attendees will learn about the fundamentals of trauma and the underlying neuroscience.
Describe the common components of posttraumatic stress disorder.
Describe three elements of the basic neuroscience of trauma.
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is the most common mood disorder on earth and earlier this year was ranked as the number one cause of suffering and disability worldwide by the World Health Organization (WHO). Depression is a complex, multi-faceted disorder and many different theories have been formulated to describe its etiology and course. In this joint presentation, Drs. Amen and Yapko will compare and contrast their viewpoints about depression, addressing such topics as the merits of neuroimaging in depression, causes and types of depression, antidepressant medications, the role of diet and use of diet supplements in treatment, and why not all psychotherapies are equally effective in promoting recovery.
Based on the brain scans and clinical histories of over 20,000 patients with ADHD, this workshop will help clinicians properly diagnose ADHD and subtype it into 7 different types. They will also learn the clinical symptoms, brain imaging patterns and treatments for each type.
In this experiential workshop, we will learn the theory and practice of methods evolved out of Milton H Erickson’s innovative approaches to therapeutic hypnosis as presented in our new book. These easy-to-learn methods can facilitate Erickson’s natural problem solving and MindBody Healing that can supplement CBT, mindfulness, meditation, movement, and yoga.
Based on the world's largest database of brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans, Dr. Amen will teach attendees about brain SPECT imaging and then show 50 cases in 60 minutes, including cases of depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury, addiction, and dementia.
Psychiatry and by extension all mental health professions have not embraced the clinical use of neuroimaging, whether it is SPECT, PET, QEEG or functional MRI techniques. This leaves psychiatry as the only medical specialty that virtually never looks at the organ it treats, leading to misdiagnoses, ineffective treatment (outcomes are virtually no better than the 1950s), and persistent stigma. This lecture will focus on how neuroimaging enhances diagnoses, leads to more effective treatments, and shatters stigma.
In the aftermath of experiencing traumatic and victimizing experiences, most individuals are impacted, but some 75% go onto evidence resilience, and in some instances Post Traumatic Growth. If the “body keeps score”, then what distinguishes the 75% resilient group from the 25% who develop PTSD and related disorders? This debate will address this question and the treatment implications for psychotherapeutic interventions.
The end of mental illness will begin with a revolution in brain health. Unfortunately, most psychotherapists get limited information on how the brain works, even though it is the organ of loving, learning, behavior, and every decision made. Understanding the brain is critical to mental health clinical practice.
In this preconference workshop Daniel Amen will give therapists a working knowledge of brain function and tools to optimize it, including how to coach their clients to better brain health.