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Friday, May 5th 2017

Rewiring The Brain: Neural Integration For Repairing Personality Disorders

Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.
presented by Leading Edge Seminars

Location: YWCA Toronto – Elm St Location (87 Elm Street, Toronto)
Time: 9:00 am to 4:40 pm
Fee: $250 + HST (before April 6, 2016); $265 + HST (after April 6, 2016)

Personality disorders are a risk factor for anxiety, depression, and behavioural problems that include substance abuse or relationship and legal difficulties — in other words, common problems that people present in psychotherapy. When personality traits are maladaptive, these problems are harder to resolve.

Neuroscientific research demonstrates that neural integration is the outcome of both good genetics and positive life experiences and is reflected in adaptive, flexible, and stable personality traits. When brain activity is not well integrated, personality traits are imbalanced, maladaptive, rigid, or unstable. Disorders of personality are observable in deficient control over behaviour, excessive or deficient demonstrations of emotion, and rigid cognitive processes. But personality traits can be balanced via psychotherapeutic interventions that are targeted to improve neural integration.

In this workshop, you will learn the neuroscientific basis of therapeutic methods that promote healthy neural integration, and how to effectively apply them in treatment to “rewire the brain”. Psychotherapy can re-balance the traits of the four personality disorders: anti-social, narcissistic, obsessive-compulsive, and borderline personalities. The workshop will cover strategies designed specifically to target the traits associated with each of these disorders.

Learn how to “rewire the brain” through specific psychotherapeutic interventions so that you can help your clients promote neural integration that will bring balance into their lives.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this workshop, you will be able to —

• Apply the neurological basis of personality traits in selecting treatment methods
• Utilize appropriate therapeutic methods for neural integration that balance the traits of the four personality disorders
• “Train the Wise Mind” using interventions to address impulsive and risky behaviour of anti-social clients
• Enhance awareness, empathy, and motivation in narcissistic clients
• Apply techniques that help the obsessive-compulsive personality identify and express emotion
• Utilize specific journalling techniques to discover and work through implicit memories that create mood and behavioural instability
• Teach clients to use lifelines to stabilize destructive behaviour

About the Presenter:

Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Naperville, IL. She is a frequent and popular presenter for Leading Edge Seminars, known for her ability to offer practical interventions and her warm therapeutic presence and sense of humour. She is the author of 7 books published by W.W. Norton, including her popular “10 Best-Ever” books and the new Tough to Treat: Hidden Problems, Effective Solutions. She blogs for Psychology Today Online, and speaks internationally on topics of clinical psychotherapy. Visit Dr. Wehrenberg at


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