Developing Resilient Emotional Systems

Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems [CIMBS™]

Developing Resilient Emotional Systems

How to Activate, Facilitate, Differentiate and Train Multiple Emotional Systems on Four Levels of the Brain.

Special focus on developing Secondary-Level brain systems such as Shame, Grief, Importance and Value. This course has been designed for therapists who are new to CIMBS and will provide many novel learning opportunities for therapists who have studied CIMBS for years. Online course has been approved for 6 hours of CEs

Even with your most challenging patients these approaches to activating, differentiating, linking, and integrating multiple resilient brain systems will enhance your therapy.

We have found that many participants are able to integrate this learning into their practice right away, and it may have a profound effect on your work.  After attending one of our courses, one participant reported; “I used to have a wonderful meaningful session once a week. Now I have one of those sessions almost every hour of every day.”

The emphasis on Differentiating will open the door to new discoveries, novel adaptive emotional experiences, and emotional memory reconsolidation.  These processes and treatments utilize seven different types of neuroplasticity and will change the structure of their brain.  This process is exciting and at times disorienting as our patients let go of previous maladaptive nonconscious coping mechanisms.  The shared discovery process enables a unique kind of synergistic collaboration that can be transformative in often unimagined ways.

What will I get out of this training?

  1. How to Activate specific and distinct emotional brain systems.
  2. How to Facilitate and strengthen whatever brain system you are working with.
  3. How to Differentiate and distinguish a variety of systems in your therapy with your own therapy style.
  4. How to develop Resilient brain systems with patients.
  5. Explore new knowledge about eight distinct nonconscious Secondary-level brain systems such as Fear, Grief, Shame, Value and Motivation.

There will be recorded clinical demonstrations of Differentiating multiple nonconscious emotional systems.   Then we will discuss how to use that information and evidence to propose interventions and facilitate Neuroplasticity.  There will be a live, unrehearsed therapy demonstration with one of the participants to experience the several types of Differentiating of nonconscious emotional resources.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to understand how to Activate distinct brain systems.
  2. Participants will be able to explore and practice several forms of Facilitating distinct brain systems.
  3. Participants will be able to distinguish several Secondary-level emotional systems.

Therapeutic Process of CIMBS is called: NeuroPhysioPsychotherapy. Neuro- refers to our active interventions to maximize neuroplasticity for long term learning and specific interventions to activate multiple neurotransmitters to facilitate the therapeutic process. Physio- refers to our observations of psychophysiological phenomena to adjust our therapeutic process and redirect our interventions in response to psychophysiological shifts. Psycho- refers to our careful attention to 6 different psychological Brain Systems and to our therapeutic process that explicitly meets the psychological needs of the patient.

Therapeutic Elements: CIMBS incorporates all the change elements that are a part of the following evidence-based therapies: CBT [desensitization, cognitive restructuring, behavioral change], mindfulnessbased CBT, affect activation and cognitive restructuring of EDT [Experiential Dynamic Therapy and STDP] therapies [we were co-investigators in prospective evidence-based EDT psychotherapy study], and we use the interruption and rebalancing of EMDR. In addition, we utilize empirically supported relationship elements since therapy relationships make substantial and consistent contributions to outcome results.

Therapeutic Outcomes: Our goal is to enable our patients/clients to become the author of their own lives, capable of making the best of any situation, continuously learning, and growing to the full extent of the neuroplasticity of their brains and fulfilling their lives.

Workshop Leaders: The Sheldons 

Albert [Terry] Sheldon M.D. is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Washington, Seattle and has conducted research and taught psychotherapy for 25 years. He has trained in many psychotherapeutic modalities including CBT, EMDR, hypnosis, group therapy, systems oriented therapy, psychodynamic, and in short-term dynamic psychotherapy. Dr Sheldon received a three year Bush Medical Fellowship to pursue research in psychotherapy.

Beatriz Garcia-Arteaga Sheldon M.Ed.Psych. Graduated from McGill University, Montreal where she also completed postgraduate specialization in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. She has had her clinical practice in Seattle and Vancouver, BC for 25 years. She has trained and supervised clinical counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists for the past 15 years.

The Sheldons were both clinical investigators in a recently published multi-centered evidence based research study of Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. Now they have joined together to pioneer a different therapeutic paradigm.