Brain Therapy: Planting SEEDS for a Healthy Brain and Better Mental Health

Presenter: John Arden, PhD

Course Dates

Sydney: 30 April 2018 SMC Conference and Function Centre
Brisbane: 3 May 2018 Mantra on Queen
Adelaide: 7 May 2018 Next Gen Memorial Drive
Perth: 10 May 2018 Wollaston Conference Centre
Melbourne: 14 May 2018 Bayview on the Park
Canberra: 17 May 2018 Hellenic Club Woden

Improve treatment outcomes through neuroscience, and evidence-based treatment

Learn which traditional psychotherapy methods are effective and which are counter-therapeutic

Discover how to talk to clients about their brain

Apply brain-based proven treatments for Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Develop Mental Connections That Promote Good Habits and Shut Off Those that Support Bad Habits

Assist Your Clients to Become Calm and Energised by Making New Connections Between the Neurons


This seminar offers down-to-earth and practical suggestions on how to apply new developments in neuroscience in order to achieve positive client outcomes effectively and fast. Recent advances in neuroscience have increased our knowledge of how and why people change and what they need to change in their lifestyles in order to maintain good health and prevent relapse. This training will examine the use of brain-based interventions that enhance outcomes for clients and facilitate the effectiveness of existing intervention modalities.


When people work on eliminating harmful thoughts and behaviour patterns, the therapeutic process can feel like a battle against their own brain due to multi-directional interactions which are going on between negative past experiences, existing behaviour, thoughts & emotions, gene expression, and the brain.


Brain-based interventions view the therapeutic process as a channel to re-wire specific pathways in the brain in order to positively change mood and behaviour, synthesizing neuroscience, memory research, developmental psychology, and evidence based treatments into a hybrid therapeutic model. By bringing on awareness of neuroscience into the treatment practitioners can teach clients to work with their brain’s innate processes to reinforce progress and achieve healthier, more positive outcomes regardless of their age, gender or situation. The recent research in neuroplasticity has overthrown many of our preconceived beliefs about mental health and the brain. By explaining to clients new developments from neuroscience you can boost their motivation and follow-through.


Attendees will also learn how the brain and body may become bogged down in bad moods and compromised cognition by self-destructive lifestyle practices. On the other hand, brain healthy behaviours can be remembered by using the SEEDS formula which represents the important healthy brain factors that your clients need to “plant” now and cultivate through the rest of their life in order to remain high functioning and in good mental health.


This seminar focuses on the revolution and sea change occurring in psychotherapy. It describes how to conceptualize psychotherapy based on an integrative model that discards the need for the “schools of psychotherapy.” Special attention will be on how to talk about the brain in therapy to motivate clients to try evidenced-based interventions.


APS: Activities do not need to be endorsed by APS. Members can accrue 7 CPD hours by participating in this activity

AASW: Members can accrue 7 CPD hours by participating in this activity

ACA: Members can accrue 14 CPD points by participating in this activity

PACFA: Members can accrue 7 CPD hours by participating in this activity


A certificate of attendance will be emailed to participants following the workshop.