John Arden, PhD, ABPP
This seminar will examine the use of Brain-Based Therapy to enhance outcomes with people who suffer from Chronic Stress, Burnout and Compassion Fatigue. Dr Arden will show you how self-care behaviours have major effects on the immune system, the brain, and the body in general, and how these interactions have a profound effect on mental health.
Sydney: 10 March 2020, SMC Conference & Function Centre
Melbourne: 13 March 2020, Bayview on the Park
Brisbane: 19 March 2020, Mantra on Queen
9:15am to 4:30pm
This seminar will examine the use of Brain-Based Therapy to enhance outcomes with people who suffer from Chronic Stress, Burnout and Compassion Fatigue.
Dr Arden will show you how self-care behaviours have major effects on the immune system, the brain, and the body in general, and how these interactions have a profound effect on mental health.
There are now overwhelming numbers of people throughout the developed world plagued with health problems brought on by poor physical and emotional self-care, they suffer bidirectional causal pathways between acquired physical and psychological impairments.
The Centre for Disease Control estimates that health behaviours account for 50% of adverse health outcomes—as much as genetics (20%), the environment (20%), and access to health care (10%) combined. The statistics suggest that half of all health conditions are preventable by changes in self-care behaviour (Amara et al., 2003).
Research has also found that 40% of medical patients have a comorbid psychological disorder, while 75% of patients with a psychological disorder also suffer with a comorbid physical disorder. Essentially, health behaviours represent the interwoven natures of physical and mental health.
Because over half the population unknowingly suffers from self-inflicted immune system dysregulation, psychotherapy in the 21st century must promote lifestyle and behavioural health changes. This means that whole body self-care factors should be addressed as foundational factors to mental health. To conduct therapy without addressing these underlying factors is like building a house on a sandbar by a hurricane-swept beach.
Brain-Based Therapy synthesizes neuroscience, evidence-based treatment, psychotherapy research, and attachment theory into a hybrid therapeutic model and it envisions the therapeutic process as a method to change the brain in order to change mood and behaviour. The role that brain function plays in mood, memory and behaviour will be discussed, including the effect of diet and alcohol on the brain and mental health over the life span. You will learn how to use Brain-Based Therapy to more effectively educate and treat clients with chronic stress and inflammation that enables stress, burnout and disease.
Dr Arden will offer invaluable help in recognizing, controlling, and reducing chronic stress and preventing burnout and compassion fatigue. Since chronic stress may intensify the progression of other diseases or conditions, Dr. Arden will explore the interaction between chronic stress and medical problems including diabetes, thyroid conditions, and many more.
Throughout the workshop, he will offer helpful strategies that are based in the newest brain research and that will assist you to adapt to stress. There will be a discussion about medication and the common effects and the side effects. Dr Arden will also discuss nutrition including the major amino acids found in various foods and their effects on mood and cognition.
This is a fundamentally important workshop that will help you and your clients to cope with stress, to minimize its negative effects, and to protect your health and improve the quality of life.
Amino acids – precursors to neurotransmitters, essential fatty acids, simple carbs – how glycation impairs the brain, role of alcohol and other drugs in creating symptoms of dysfunction, alcohol – understanding residual cognitive and mood effects, marijuana – factoring out memory and mood problems.
A certificate of attendance will be emailed to participants following the workshop.