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Neuroscience for Clinicians: Brain Change for Anxiety, Trauma, Impulse Control, Depression and Relationships
Cohen-Posey, Kate
PESI, Inc. / Seminar on DVD / 2016-07-01 / X49280
price: $307.95 (may be subject to change)
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Integrate the new brain science into your practice!
Activate the brain for change and well-being
Overcome anxiety, trauma, depression and more!
From neurons to structures to pathways to networks – how common psychological disorders alter them

When clients present with anxiety, grief, trauma, stress, or relationship problems, over-reactivity is the common denominator.

Master Clinician, and author, Kate Cohen-Posey provides cutting-edge, brain-based interventions that reduce over-reactivity and address many common clinical disorders.

Kate’s novel program integrates the research methods of renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson, and others, with the proven clinical methods of CBT, mindfulness, hypnosis, ego-state, and somatic approaches. The results are a broad-based framework of therapeutic techniques that is rare in the current practice of psychotherapy!

Experience the effects of activating brain centers for calming/positive or disturbing/negative feeling states
Learn a brain-based method that externalizes negative thoughts and aids identification with inner resources
Opportunity for case consultation on neuro-educational protocols for panic attacks, OCD, anger management, and trauma
Apply strategies to disrupt attack-defend-withdraw neural pathways
Leave with resources for introducing and implementing these life-altering skills with your clients

Are you ready to take the next step? Leave this program inspired and passionate about your practice while applying the latest brain-based research and interventions! And better yet: your clients will have a vehicle to be poetic and precise in describing both their distress and strengths which magnifies therapist-client attunement.


Identify brain centers accessed by traditional or cutting-edge therapies and mindfulness.
Describe brain research that activates positive and negative centers.
Implement a treatment protocol that uses brain research methods and integrates cognitive, somatic, egostate, and other approaches.
Apply fundamental neurological principles to panic disorder, OCD, anger management, behavior compulsions, and trauma.
Recognize common inter-personal communication patterns that solidify attack-defend-withdraw neural pathways.
Practice four communication strategies that strengthen centers for bonding, deliberate thinking, and positive action.
Use a low-tech 3-D visual aid that explains the brain and motivates clients to practice strategies that manage their own and others emotions.


Brain centers and neural pathways

Find brain centers in the palm of your hand
Rate where you and your clients fall on the reactivity scale
Brain-based strategies for common disorders: stress

How stress alters the nervous system
Bottom up (brain stem) regulation
8 tricks to calm the stress/fear pathway and strengthen the calm/alert pathway
Breathe it to leave it exercises
Find the fast-acting dive reflex
Anxiety and anger

The anxious/angry brain reaction
Horizontal (Brocca’s area) regulation
Use words to calm reactivity
Notice and narrate: name it to tame it
10 disorders that cause anger danger
Panic disorder—turn off adrenalin
OCD—Turn on dopamine to get unstuck
Two minute hybrid yoga/mindfulness exercise to reduce reactivity

The depressed brain pattern
Top down (cortical) regulation
Dopamine to dampen depression
Brain structures in a heightened learning state

The traumatized brain
Regenerate the hippocampus
New treatments for trauma
Integrate traumatic memories
Trauma-informed chair yoga
Impulse control disorders

Brain areas involved in impulsive behavior
Distinguish compulsions from impulsiveness
Identify the positive feeling state
Rewire the reward pathway
Practice mindfulness of urges
Transform brain research into interventions

Change the brain’s negative bias
Externalize & personify negative thoughts
Rapidly activate centers for positive emotions
No-fail homework assignments
4-step method to overcome negative self-talk: demonstration and practicum
Replace controlling, critical inner voices with compassion and curiosity
Use memory tricks to increase mindfulness
Learn the prerequisite for deep therapeutic change
Mix everyday tech savvy with neuroscience
Interpersonal neurobiology: the social brain

Identify client attachment style
Change reactions into responses
How individuation can cause primal panic
Learn the untold truth about assertiveness
Stop the vicious cycle of insecure attachment

Change attack/defend, pursue/distance interaction patterns
Demonstration: how to breathe calm into life’s cruel moments
Affirm to calm and bond with oxytocin
Ask questions: from fight to forethought
Actively listen: from anger to containment
Hidden hints: use soothing hypnotic language
Observe non-verbal Aikido demonstration
Practice text role-plays
Learn a protocol for disarming responses
Applications for parents, spouses, toxic families, and the workplace

About the Speaker:

Kate Cohen-Posey, MS, LMHC, LMFT, is the director of Psychiatric & Psychological Services in Lakeland, FL and has 40 years of clinical experience. She is the author of several books: Her best-selling client handout books offer concise information on common disorders and relationship problems; Making Hostile Words Harmless teaches how to disarm attack-defend-withdraw neural pathways and is endorsed by Stephen R. Lankton, protégé of Milton Erickson; Empowering Dialogues Within gives more than 50 examples of brain change strategies by wiring negative brain centers with their counter parts in the positive frontal lobe through dialogue. She is the inventor of the Handy Brain Model – a teaching tool that makes complex neurological information understandable. Kate has a knack for integrating wisdom from CBT, Ericksonian hypnosis, Gestalt, Ego State, EMDR, Somatic, and Brain-spotting therapies with knowledge emerging from neuroscience and brain imaging studies. She has also studied with the Hokori-Ji Zen Center and has been practicing yoga for many years.

Continuing Education Information:

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