Recent Developments & Practical Approaches to Enhance Psychotherapy

Presented by Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems [CIMBS™] NeuroPhysioPsychoTherapy™

Recent Developments & Practical Approaches to Enhance Psychotherapy

Special focus on skills for Neuro-Psychotherapy and Physio-Psychotherapy for the Mind, Early Developmental Trauma, What You Do When You Feel Stuck

In order to be fully effective as therapists we want to be able to harness the BrainMind’s ability to change through neuroplasticity.  There are at least 12 different types of Neuroplasticity that can utilized to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of psychotherapy, mobilizing intrinsic neurotransmitters energizes therapy, reduces distress, facilitates long-term learning, and enhances the therapeutic attachment relationship. Albert Sheldon will give his presentation of the neurological aspects of psychotherapy.  This is the part of treatment that we refer to as neuro-psychotherapy. 

An emotional brain systems therapeutic perspective opens up a wide range of treatments for our clients/patients.  Beatriz Sheldon will present how sustained experiential learning changes the structure of the brain.  Repeated activations of related neural circuits will gradually recruit adjacent neurons to enhance the new adaptive circuit.  This is similar to the treatments used by physiotherapists to enhance healing after injuries or surgery.  She will show how working with a psychophysiological perspective is energizing and exciting for both the client/patient and therapist.

Early childhood trauma, and pre-verbal trauma, in particular, has a tremendous impact on the course of therapy.  When not clearly identified and appropriately addressed, it will puzzle therapists and stymie therapeutic progress.   In this course, participants will learn to identify the psychophysiology of early childhood trauma with a focus on pre-verbal trauma and learn the importance of the Therapeutic Attachment Relationship. Janel Fox will teach us how to cultivate safeness with clients/patients who never learned safeness during infancy.  

We all get stuck at times and Zandra Zimmerman will give a presentation on practical approaches towards what to do when you are stuck or do not know what to do.  This part of the training will address areas within the paradigm of multiple emotional brain systems (CIMBS) where therapists, especially those new to this neurobiological paradigm, feel stuck or uncertain how to proceed.  Zandra will discuss:

  1. Guiding principles unique to this paradigm to “fall back on”.
  2. What to do when you don’t know what to do
  3. Common areas where therapists often report feeling stuck and possible ways to respond.
  4. Frequent themes to watch for and assess, and
  5. Ways to help your clients go deeper. These are universally valuable interventions that you will be able to use the next day. 

Presentation Objectives:
Participants will be able to

  1. Describe 3 types of neuroplasticity.
  2. Give examples of facilitating 3 different neurotransmitters in psychotherapy.
  3. Harness the energy of emotional brain systems such as Importance, Motivation and Value to develop internal positive feedback circuits to sustain adaptive learning and healing.
  4. Facilitate and enhance the new adaptive circuits by activating nonconscious emotional systems.
  5. Identify the psychophysiology of early childhood trauma. 
  6. Embody Safeness while treating early childhood trauma.
  7. Identify three possible avenues to explore when you feel your process is “stuck”.
  8. Identify three possible responses when you aren’t sure what to do in the moment.

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.

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.