02 Sep Harnessing Neuroplasticity
Now more than ever, we understand that the brain functions as a social organ in the present moment. Through our own minds, and “brain-to-brain” communication with our clients, we can promote resilience and facilitate healing in the therapy room. Attend this highly experiential workshop and learn how to fine tune your own flow of empathy with the help of mirror neuron activation, prevent burnout by accessing the reward system in your brain, and better attune to clients using practical, alliance-building techniques!
a. List at least three neurological processes associated with experiencing trauma and those that aid in developing resilience after trauma.
b. Define “top down” and “bottom up” processing approaches, and state one way they differ.
c. Learn and practice experiential tools and techniques that activate mirror neurons and facilitate the therapeutic alliance.
d. Describe how trauma may be triggered within clients’ intimate relationships and the client-provider relationship.
e. Utilize cognitive techniques to access the reward system to prevent burnout with challenging clients.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a licensed clinical psychologist, best-selling author, and internationally-recognized expert on anxiety and trauma, women’s issues, and the neuroscience of mental health. She is the author of the book, Trauma Treatment Toolbox, published by PESI Publishing & Media. Dr. Sweeton completed her doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and the National Center for PTSD. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in affective neuroscience from Stanford University, and studied behavioral genetics at Harvard University.
Dr. Sweeton resides in the greater Kansas City area, where she owns a group private practice, Kansas City Mental Health Associates, and co-owns Mind Works Professional Education, Inc., a continuing education company. She formerly served as the President of the Oklahoma Psychological Association, and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is the current President of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton offers psychological services services to clients in Oklahoma, Kansas, and internationally, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained more than 10,000 mental health professionals in her workshops. Other highlights of her career include:
- Rhodes Scholar National Semi-Finalist
- American Psychological Association Early Career Achievement Award
- Oklahoma’s Top 40 Under 40 Professionals
- Stanford University Center for International Conflict and Negotiation Fellowship
- Mensa Member Award Program Recipient
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowship
- NASA Ames human factors researcher
- Recipient of over 30 additional paid awards and grants
This online workshop will give you instant access to 5 hours of video content, accessible via streaming on our website. You can view the course content in your own time and re-watch as many times as you like.
A certificate of completion will be generated upon finishing the course and completing a short evaluation quiz. Please consult your professional organisation/association to confirm whether you are able to claim any CPD points/hours for this online workshop.