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Brain Based Interventions: practical applications of the latest discoveries from neuroscience

Presenter: Dr John Arden
john arden neuroscience workshop invercargillWhen people work on eliminating unhelpful thoughts and behaviour patterns from their life, the process can feel like a battle against their own brain. This is due to the multi-directional interactions which go on between their thoughts & emotions, negative past experiences, current behaviour, epigenetics, immune system, and the brain. We have learnt more about the workings of the human brain in the last 15 years than at any other time in history and the most recent advances in brain research have increased our knowledge of how and why people change, often contradicting many long-held practices that helping professionals, therapists, and educationalists have viewed as best practice. This training will explore a suite of brain-based interventions that create the potential to re wire specific pathways in the brain by synthesizing neuroscience, memory research, developmental psychology, and evidence-based interventions into a hybrid therapeutic model that can positively influence thinking, mood and behaviour. 

Some of the key content areas John will discuss include:
  • Working with the brain’s innate processes to reinforce progress and achieve healthier, more positive outcomes regardless of age, gender or situation.
  • Brain based principles for working more effectively with Anxiety, Depression, and stress.
  • How the two hemispheres of the brain process emotion differently and how to balance their activity. Rewiring the brain, taming the amygdala and creating new brain habits
  • The latest science on the long- term impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on the social and emotional parts of the brain and what can be done to undo the effects.
  • Which traditional mainstream interventions are counter therapeutic from a brain based perspective and why.
  • Epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology, nutritional neuroscience, and gut bacteria
  • Ideas for client education that assist to frame problems and behaviours in a neuroscience context with the goal of increasing insight and and facilitating positive change.
John Arden, is a Psychologist, author and international trainer. He was the Director of Training in Mental Health for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California where he oversees the training programs for over 150 postdoctoral residents and interns every year. His work incorporates the latest research about the brain and its capacities, with psychotherapy research, mindfulness, nutritional neuroscience and social intelligence. John is an award-winning author and has written multiple books, including the soon to be released “Mind-Brain-Gene” as well as “Brain2Brain- Enacting Client Change through the Persuasive Power of Neuroscience” Johns vast neuroscience knowledge, when combined with his interactive and engaging teaching style mean that this seminar will be of benefit to anyone who works to facilitate change in the lives of others.
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When:  Monday 21 May 2018, 9am - 3pm
Where: Ascot Park Hotel, 41 Racecourse Road, Invercargill
Cost:  $245 incl GST
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Working with Sexual and Gendered Bodies: developing a capacity for reflection and dialogue

Presenter: William Cornell MA, TSTA-P and N. Michel Landaiche PhD
William Cornell TA workshop dunedinEach of us may have experiences of our bodies—our gender identities and sexualities —that are so private and delicate that we can find it nearly impossible to speak of them to anyone. So how can we learn to discuss these important dimensions of human life as psychotherapists and counsellors. How is meaning made, when faced with behaviors that are deemed permissible or forbidden, and when identity is often shaped through countless complex interactions?

This three-day, didactic and experiential workshop is intended for a community of professionals from diverse areas of practice who want to develop a way to talk, collectively, about bodily experiences, sexuality, and sexual identities and preferences —of which gender is often a central aspect. We will begin to identify the issues related to gender, transgender and sexuality that we often find ourselves avoiding or that we may have no idea how to address. We will make a distinction between the disturbances that sexuality and gender can bring into our lives, and the fact that some sexual behaviors can cause serious harm. How can we re-define perversion in our current cultural contexts?

We will work in small groups as well as in the large group. Attendance is limited to 50 participants who are expected to commit to all three days of the workshop. Our intention is to provide a forum in which we can speak honestly about our experiences, biases, and hopes. This is an opportunity to exchange information about our learning edges and best practices in this complex and significant area of human life.

Michel Landaiche TA workshop dunedinWilliam F. (Bill) Cornell, has maintained a private practice of psychotherapy since 1975 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.  He is also an active trainer for psychotherapists in Europe.  Bill has edited The Healer’s Bent: Solitude and Dialogue in the Clinical Encounter, the collected papers of James T. McLaughlin, as well as Intimacy and Separateness in Psychoanalysis, the collected papers of Warren Poland.  He is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and books including Somatic Experience in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: In the Expressive Language of the Living and Une Vie Pour Etre Soi, as well as the forthcoming At the Interface of Transactional Analysis and Psychoanalysis.

Michel (Mick) Landaiche, has worked since 1989 as a psychotherapist with individuals, couples, and groups.  He has worked with families affected by sexual abuse, as well as with the gay, lesbian, and transgender communities of Pittsburgh, PA, USA, where he lives.  Mick is currently a psychotherapist and training supervisor for Carnegie Mellon University’s counselling center.  He also serves on the faculty of the Western Pennsylvania Family Center where he teaches Bowen family systems theory.  He has written numerous articles, including some co-authored with Bill Cornell.
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When:  June 9-11 2018
Where:  Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, Dunedin
Cost:  Early bird member$445, Early bird non-member$495, Late member$545, Late non-member$595
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Living with Stuff that Sucks: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Young People

Presenter: Dr Ben Sedley
Ben Sedley 2017-150Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically supported therapeutic approach that draws on behavioural and mindfulness principles to help people make space for painful thoughts and feelings and instead turn their focus towards values. ACT is rapidly growing in popularity internationally and is being used successfully with people experiencing a range of life challenges including low mood, worries, difficult behaviour, anger, anxiety, and  interpersonal or family conflict.  This workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of ACT with a specific focus on its successful application with younger people.   
Ben will demonstrate and expand on ideas presented in his book ‘Stuff that Sucks’, including:
  • An introduction to the ACT model and how to adapt the core principles of ACT to make it resonate with young people
  • Reconciling developmental challenges of adolescents with ACT ideas, and normalising the range and extent of teen suffering
  • The importance of Validation, Perspective Taking and Metaphor in the therapeutic process
  • Helping young people let go of their struggle against the Stuff that Sucks (self-critical thoughts and painful emotions)
  • Talking about the Stuff that is Here and Now (Mindfulness) in ways that make sense to adolescents
  • Helping young people identify the Stuff that Matters (Values) and ways in which they can move towards these
  • The importance of involving parents in the therapeutic process and challenging their perceptions of their child’s struggles
  • Helping clients learn from their experiences and active exercises in session, rather than being taught by a clinician
Throughout the day Ben will punctuate key ACT learning with a combination of experiential exercises, metaphors and clinical examples. This training is suitable for all professionals who work with young people and no previous ACT training is necessary. Participants who already have some ACT knowledge or experience will gain new insights into using this framework with young people.  

Ben Sedley, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, lecturer, author and ACT therapist based in Wellington. He splits his time between his work as a clinical practice advisor for the Psychology programme at Victoria University, and his own successful private practice. He has worked in both New Zealand and the UK in a range of clinical settings, utilising ACT to assist adolescents and adults. Ben is the author of ‘Stuff that Sucks: Accepting what you can’t change and committing to what you can.' 
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When:  Monday 30th July 2018, 9am - 3pm
Where: Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, Dunedin
Cost:  $235 incl GST
To Register: arrow-10online