Mind-Brain-Gene: Toward an Integrative Vision of the Treatment of Trauma, Anxiety and Depression

Facilitator: Dr John Arden

Workshop outline
This workshop will discuss the sea change occurring in psychotherapy; how we conceptualise mental health problems and their solutions. It is based on Dr John Arden’s latest book of the same name. The workshop will explore the wide variety of factors having multidirectional causal relationships between stress, depression, anxiety, the immune system, and gene expression. The interaction between all these factors has been by illuminated by studies examining the effects of lifestyle factors on the incidence of health and psychological problems. There are significant relationships between immune system function, stress, insecure attachment, anxiety, depression, poor nutrition, bad quality sleep, physical inactivity, and neurophysiological dysregulation. For example, insecure attachment, deprivation, and child abuse contribute to anxiety and depression in far more extensive ways then was believed. Just as the field of medicine has been recently transformed by Functional and Integrative Medicine, psychotherapy by necessity is moving toward integration. Given that psychotherapy will increasingly address health factors, with epigenetics and psychoneuroimmunology at the forefront, this integration brings those fields of research that had previously been compartmentalized into a robust vision of psychotherapy. This workshop will apply this integrated approach to psychological problems such as trauma, anxiety and depression, using practical examples and case studies to apply the learnings.

Workshop objectives

  • Explore the overly compartmental field of psychotherapy of the 20th Century to the integrative vision of psychotherapy in the 21st Century
  • Explain how poor health contributes to poor mental health as well as vice versa
  • Explore the effect of poor sleep, diet, and lack of exercise contributions to changes in mental health
  • Distinguish between various health conditions and psychological disorders and their overlap
  • Learn about the interaction between the immune system, genes, brain systems, and mental health
  • Understand how genes can be expressed or suppressed
  • Learn how the stress systems can be turned on and are difficult to turn off
  • Learn how chronic and acute stress can dysregulate the immune system
  • Analyze how an overactive immune system contributes to depression and anxiety
  • Explain how adverse childhood experiences contributes to long-term chronic health and mental health conditions and what to do about it.
  • Explore the implications for of an integrative approach to clinical assessment and screening
  • Explore where to encourage lifestyle changes that improve health and mental health
  • Explore integrative approaches to treat trauma, depression and anxiety with the most practical outcomes

About Dr John Arden, Ph.D.
Author of 15 books including, Brain2Brain, The Brain Bible, Rewire Your Brain, and Brain-Based Therapy with Adults.  His new book is entitled Mind-Brain-Gene: Toward the Integration of Psychotherapy. He recently retired from Kaiser Permanente where he served as the Northern California Regional Director of Training where he developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the United States. In this capacity he oversaw more than 150 interns and postdoctoral psychology residents in 24 medical centers. Dr Arden’s study of neuropsychology has inspired him to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy, synthesizing the biological and psychological into a new vision for psychotherapy: Brain-Based Therapy which he has presented in all US States and 25 countries.

Who should attend?
Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychiatrists, doctors, social workers, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, naturopaths, nutritionists, and any other professionals interested in an integrated view and practice of health.

Workshop fees:
Early bird – $565 full | $415 concession | $540 groups 5+ (Ends 7 December 2018)

Standard – $595 full | $445 concession | $570 groups 5+

This event counts as 11 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

For more information and to register: www.startts.org.au

07/03/2019 - 08/03/2019
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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