Collaborative Therapy and Neurobiology is the book many clinicians have been waiting for: an integration of twenty years of scientific and therapeutic cutting-edge ideas into concrete clinical practices. Interpersonal neurobiology and the development of exciting new technologies that allow us to better understand the brain have provided us with an enriched perspective on human experience. Yet, many clinicians wonder how to use this knowledge, and how these discoveries can actually benefit their clients. In particular, what are the concrete practices that each field uses to help clients overcome the issues in their lives, and how can these fields build on each other’s ideas? Could minimally developed concepts in each field be combined into innovative and powerful practices to foster client well-being? This book offers a collection of writings which provide theoretical food for thought, research evidence, and most importantly hands-on, concrete clinical ideas to enrich therapists’ work with a variety of clients. Illustrated with numerous transcripts of conversations and clinical stories, the ideas in this book will stimulate the work of people interested in renewing their practice with new ideas.
Table of Contents
Foreword Gene Combs List of Contributors Acknowledgements Introduction: Merging Soft and Hard Sciences 1. Energizing Clinical Practices with Intriguing and Cutting Edge Ideas 1. Pivotal Moments, Therapeutic Conversations, and Neurobiology: Landscapes of Resonance, Possibility, and Purpose Jim Duvall and Robert Maclennan 2. Helping Clients Thrive with Positive Emotions: Increasing People’s Repertoire of Problem Counter-States Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin 3. From Implicit Experience to Explicit Stories4. Supporting Young Children Visited by Big Emotions: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation and Neurobiology Sara Marlowe 5. Insights on Positive Change: An Exploration of the Link between Drama Therapy and Neural Networks6. Tapping into the Power of the Brain-Heart-Gut Axis: Addressing Embodied Aspects of Intense Emotions such as Anxiety Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin 7. Narrative Neurotherapy (NNT): Scaffolding Identity States Jan Ewing, Ron Estes, and Brandon Like II. Research, Questions, and Theoretical Dilemmas Which Can Inform Clinical Practices 8. Single Session Therapy and Neuroscience: Scaffolding and Social Engagement Karen Young, Jim Hibel, Jaime Tartar, and Mercedes Fernandez 9. Neuroscience discourse and collaborative therapies? Tom Strong Index
About the Editors
Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin, PhD, a pioneer in developing practical ways of applying neurobiology, has published over 30 inspiring articles, DVDs, books, and been featured in AAMFT’s Family Therapy. She is the founder of SKIPS, and maintains a private practice of clinical and consulting services. Marie is an acclaimed international speaker, well-known for thought-provoking and energizing presentations. www.mnbeaudoin.com
Jim Duvall, MEd, RSW, is the director of the JST Institute and has been senior editor of Journal of Systemic Therapies for over 10 years. He is a consultant, trainer and author who has facilitated hundreds of workshops, courses and has consulted with organizations throughout Canada, USA, Australia and Asia. He has published numerous articles, book chapters, books and co-authored a policy paper about Narrative Therapy and Brief Collaborative Practices. www.jstinstitute.com