2-Day Mastery Course on Neuroscience Informed Therapy: Connect Complicated Brain Research with Accessible Therapeutic Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Pain, Substance Abuse & Trauma

The latest findings from neuroscience have given us incredible insights into the workings of the brain and its connection to our psychological and physical well-being. Yet in-depth studies on the brain can be difficult for mental health clinicians to interpret -names like “Subgenual anterior cingulate cortex” mean very little to most of us.
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Jennifer Sweeton
12 Hours 23 Minutes
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Sep 27, 2018


The latest findings from neuroscience have given us incredible insights into the workings of the brain and its connection to our psychological and physical well-being. Yet in-depth studies on the brain can be difficult for mental health clinicians to interpret -names like “Subgenual anterior cingulate cortex” mean very little to most of us.

And you face a bigger obstacle than terminology. How do you overcome the challenge of applying complicated scientific and biological information to your clinical practice? How does neuroscience help you when you’re face-to-face with clients working on stress, depression, addiction and the other problems they face each day?

This recording will connect critical concepts from science and biology to your clinical work with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, substance abuse and trauma.

Better still, you’ll go beyond the biological mechanisms that underlie various disorders with detailed instruction on actual treatment strategies you can use with your clients. Through case studies, experiential exercises, and brief lectures you’ll learn to individualize interventions based in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Attachment, and Somatic Psychologies and apply them to the treatment of mood disorders, trauma, addictions, and more.

Better still, you’ll have the opportunity to practice the application of what you’ve learned under the skilled supervision of our instructor, and take home detailed handouts allowing their immediate incorporation into your clinical work.

Cut through the baffling research and inaccessible jargon, and discover how understanding neuroscience can change the way you view and work with your clients!




Understand the Brain’s Reward System

  • Habit formation & maintenance
  • Why the brain doesn’t always choose well
    • The conscious brain myth
    • Brain dictated actions
    • Impulse vs routines
    • Reward & habit
    • Coping & stress
  • Brain-wise change
    • Impulse strategies
    • Serotonin
    • Solidifying change - from neurons to brain regions
    • From state to trait: Brief experiences to long lasting change
  • Willpower
    • Willpower: where does it reside?
    • Role of exercise
    • Mindfulness
    • A brief willpower workout
The Body’s Impact on the Brain: Alter Physical State to Manage Stress and Anxiety
  • Body-Brain-Mind Talk
  • The Vagal Nerve
  • Heart rate variability
  • Interoception
  • Build stress resiliency & emotional regulation
  • Breath, posture, deep relaxation
  • The Body-Brain-Mind connection across treatment approaches
The Brain’s Impact on the Body
  • Chronic pain, nociceptors and neurotransmitters
  • Dorsolateral prefrontal lobe and the centralization of pain
  • The influence of stress on pain and inflammation
  • Pain measurement
  • CBT interventions to reappraise pain
  • Pain catastrophizing
  • Biofeedback
  • Mind-Body interventions for pain
How Relationships Change the Brain: The Neuroscience of Attachment
  • Neuropeptides: behavior and oxytocin
  • Healing through the social brain
  • The role of storytelling
  • The brain in love
  • Brain behavior of long-term love
    • Novelty vs. habit
  • Engendering secure attachment
    • Key brain networks
    • Build compassion & empathy


From a Depressed Brain to a Resilient Brain

  • How the depressed brain gets stuck
    • Hemispheric laterality
    • Cytokines & depression
  • The neuroscience of guilt & shame
  • Opposing pathways
  • Brain intercommunication
  • Gratitude - neurochemistry & practice
  • Neurofeedback: Research on direct communication with the brain
Trauma Treatment and the Science of Memory
  • Grounding
  • Titrating emotions with mindfulness
  • The fight/flight/freeze response in trauma
  • Executive functioning
  • Implicit memories
    • Dual awareness
    • Brain savvy narratives
  • Breath/Movement/Awareness
  • The treatment of shame in trauma
The Addicted Brain: Clinical Implications of the Neuroscience of Craving
  • The role of the reward center
  • The neuroscience of craving
    • Mindfulness & movement based supports
    • Identifying false sanctuaries & underlying beliefs
  • Dual awareness
  • Overcome conflict and risk avoidance
  • The Aging Brain
  • Brain changes across the lifespan
  • Memory improvement strategies
  • Buffering from Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Is Mindfulness a neuroprotective approach?
Nutrition & the Brain: We Are What We Eat!
  • Nutrition for optimal brain functioning
  • The brain on sugar
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Creating an interdisciplinary team
The Limitations of Neuroscientific Research and Potential Treatment Risks
  • fMRI imaging - blood flow vs. neuronal activity
  • How only looking at brain activations produces an incomplete picture
  • Neuroscientific studies, sample size, and validity
  • Animal research - directly applicable to humans?
  • Psychotherapeutic techniques - specific limitations and risks


Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D., M.S., M.A.'s Profile

Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D., M.S., M.A. Related seminars and products: 12

Organizational Consultant, Clinical Psychologist

Mind Works Professional Education Inc

Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and internationally-recognized expert on trauma, anxiety, and the neuroscience of mental health. Dr. Sweeton has been practicing EMDR for nearly a decade and has treated a variety of populations using EMDR and other memory reconsolidation approaches, including combat veterans, individuals with PTSD and complex trauma, and those suffering from treatment-resistant anxiety.

She 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. She is a past president of the Oklahoma Psychological Association and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is the president-elect of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton offers psychological services to clients in Oklahoma, Kansas, and internationally, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained thousands of mental health professionals in her workshops.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jennifer Sweeton is in private practice. She has an employment relationship with the Oklahoma City VAMC. Dr. Sweeton receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jennifer Sweeton has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.