Mind-Brain-Gene: Toward the Integration of Psychotherapy

Led by John Arden, PhD, ABPP

Thursday, September 20, and
Friday, September 21, 2018

9:00 am to 4:40 pm

Every few years a seemingly new psychotherapeutic approach surges in popularity, only to fade away later as a distant memory.  However, a wide variety of interactive factors underlying many health and mental health problems have now been identified and increasingly tracked and empirically verified.

Mind-Brain-Gene synthesizes psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics and combines these fields with the neuroscience of interpersonal emotional and cognitive dynamics and psychotherapeutic approaches.  This integrative model promotes a sea change in how we conceptualize mental health problems and their solutions.

There are significant relationships between immune system function, stress, insecure attachment, anxiety, depression, poor nutrition, bad sleep quality, physical inactivity, and neurophysiological dysregulation.  For example, insecure attachment, deprivation, and child abuse contribute to anxiety and depression in far more extensive ways than was previously believed.  This complex range of health conditions affects millions of people who seek psychotherapy.

In this workshop, you will learn how the immune system, diet, brain structure, and even gut bacteria affect mental health.  Psychotherapists in the 21st Century will by necessity become more like healthcare workers to address and resolve adverse mind-body-brain interaction.  This workshop will give you the insight to help you formulate treatments and interventions informed by your clients’ mental, physical, and social environment.

You Will Learn:

  • About the interaction between the immune system, genes, brain dynamics, and mental health
  • How to distinguish between various health conditions and psychological disorders and where they overlap
  • How to choose which psychotherapeutic intervention to use for various psychological conditions
  • How genes can be expressed or suppressed
  • Brain-based and evidence-based approaches with the most practical outcomes
  • How to formulate a treatment plan most appropriate for your client based on their ethnicity, socio-economic position, and LGBTQ identification.
John Arden  
“Self”-Organization and The Social Self
9:00 am—10:30 am
Morning break
10:30 am—10:45 am
Epigenetics and Psychoneuroimmunology
10:45 am—12:15 pm
Lunch break (on your own)
12:15 pm—1:30 pm
Habit and Motivation
1:30 pm—2:45 pm
Afternoon Break
2:45 pm—2:55 pm
Self-Regulations (SEEDS factors)
2:55 pm—4:40 pm
Autostress Disorders (Generalized Anxiety)
9:00 am—10:30 am
Morning break
10:30 am—10:45 am
Panic
10:45 am—12:15 pm
Lunch break (on your own)
12:15 pm—1:30 pm
Trauma Spectrum
1:30 pm—2:45 pm
Afternoon break
2:45 pm—2:55 pm
Meditation and Contemplative Attention
2:55 pm—4:40 pm

Event Detail

September 20, 2018 9:00 am
September 21, 2018 4:40 pm