December 22, 2020

407 - Psychotherapy and Neurobiology

Understanding the Science and Impact

Over the past 20 years, more and more therapists have devoted themselves to exploring the relevance of neuroscience for the practice of psychotherapy. This session will feature a provocative, far-ranging dialogue about the impact of neuroscience on our field and whether or not it has increased the effectiveness of psychotherapy. It will consider a range of questions, including: What specific clinical advances have resulted from therapists’ expanded understanding of neurobiology? How has it extended our capacity for offering deep healing? What have we learned about how to better change both the mind and the brain? Has the therapeutic influence of neuroscience been oversold? What new breakthroughs may be on the horizon?  You’ll learn:

  • What research has taught us about the most important clinical applications of neurobiological principles
  • How a better understanding of the relationship between mind and brain can change your practice
  • What new research may shape the future direction of psychotherapy

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is the founder of the Trauma Center and the bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score.

Daniel Siegel, MD, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding codirector of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and the executive director of the Mindsight Institute. His latest book is Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human. 

Note: This workshop is available as self-study credit.

The original title of this workshop was listed as Deep Healing and Neurobiology: Integrating the Mind, Body, Brain


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