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Get Concrete Strategies for Your Practice

Most of us have watched with a mix of fascination and confusion as the once obscure subject of brain science has become the number one topic in our field. But for most therapists, the nagging question still remains:

“How can brain science actually improve my work with clients in concrete ways?”

That’s why we’ve created our Webcast series Why Brain Science Matters, featuring 6 challenging, lively conversations with the leading experts on brain-based psychotherapy—Dan Siegel, Rick Hanson, Louann Brizendine, Stephen Porges, Norman Doidge, and Michael Gelb. You’ll find yourself effortlessly drawn in as you discover how to:

  • Translate complex concepts like neuroplasticity and brain integration into real-world therapeutic procedures
  • Better assess clients, set therapeutic goals, and conduct sessions based on new advances in brain science
  • Use neuroscience to enhance learning and improve the craft of psychotherapy
  • Understand gender differences in brain development to increase your ability to join with clients of both sexes

Session 1

Interpersonal Neurobiology in the Consulting Room
Daniel Siegel, M.D.

Enhance your effectiveness by applying neurobiological principles and learning how to:
Dan Siegel
  • Recognize patterns of rigidity vs. chaos in psychological functioning
  • Choose specific interventions that target different parts of the brain
  • Facilitate integration among distinct domains of brain function
Dan Siegel is one of the pioneers in bringing brain science into clinical practice. His books include Brainstorm, Mindsight, and The Mindful Therapist.

Session 2

Take in the Good: How to Overcome the Brain’s Negativity Bias
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Apply Positive Psychology insights to help clients reshape their brains by:
Rick Hanson
  • Learning to build new neural structures
  • Activating and installing resource states
  • Changing channels on the “inner juke box”
  • Developing targeted antidote experiences
  • Savoring and internalizing positive experiences
Rick Hanson is a neuropsychologist noted for his explorations of the intersection of psychology, neurology, and Buddhism. He's author of Buddha's Brain and Hardwiring Happiness.

Session 3

Exploding the Myth of the Unisex Brain
Louann Brizendine, M.D.

Increase your ability to attune to both male and female clients by understanding the gender-differentiated brain and:
Louann Brizendine
  • How gender differences develop
  • How becoming a caretaker shapes the female brain
  • The link between reproductive drive and the male brain
  • The stages of adolescent brain development
Louann Brizendine is noted for her provocative work on gender and brain development. She's the author of the bestsellers The Female Brain and The Male Brain.

Session 4

New Strategies to Maximize Your Brain Power
Michael Gelb

Increase your sense of personal and clinical possibilities by learning how to:
Michael Gelb
  • Apply the principles of neuroplasticity in everyday life
  • Use mind mapping
  • Improve your memory skills
  • Become a better lifelong learner
  • Enhance your skill level as a therapist
Michael Gelb is a world-renowned presenter on innovative approaches to enhanced learning and personal development. He's the author of 12 books including How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day.

Session 5

The Brain that Changes Itself: Neuroplasticity in Clinical Practice
Norman Doidge, M.D.

Explore new and challenging perspectives on:
Norman Doidge
  • The limits of the hardwired brain
  • How thought changes matter
  • The plasticity paradox
  • The brain as a muscle
  • The “ski slope” model of brain change

Norman Doidge is one of our leading authorities on neuroplasticity and other cutting edge developments in neuroscience. His books include The Brain That Changes Itself.

Session 6

Understanding Polyvagal Theory: Emotion, Attachment, and Self-Regulation
Stephen Porges, Ph.D.

Enhance your ability to work with traumatized clients by learning about:
Stephen Porges
  • How the social engagement system compliments the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
  • The therapeutic power of facial expression, eye contact, voice modulation, and listening
  • How Polyvagal theory can enhance trauma treatment
Stephen Porges is the developer of Polyvagal Theory, a widely influential expansion of our understanding of the autonomic nervous system. He's the director of the Brain-Body Center in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Just added: Free Bonus Video

Get the latest word on brain science advances in these information-rich TED Talk-style presentations from the 2014 Networker Symposium:
  • Unlocking the Emotional Brain with Bruce Ecker
    Memory reconsolidation as the key to transformational change
  • Therapy Isn’t Brain Science with Steve Andreas
    Why knowledge of neural anatomy doesn’t replace clinical skill
  • Therapy as an Experience of Creativity, Care, and Play with Courtney Armstrong
    How to more fully engage the emotional brain
  • The Relational Neuroscience of Everyday Life with Amy Banks
    The keys to reclaiming our connected brains in a disconnected world

Get all 6 Webcast sessions PLUS the bonus Flash Forum video on-demand starting Thursday, May 22 at 1pm. Watch again and again for a full year. Download audios of each session so you can listen any time—in your car, at home, or while you exercise. And download full transcripts and bonus articles to add to your permanent library.

This is your chance to expand your skills and deepen your impact as a therapist. Discover the many practical applications of brain science and find out how to use them in your own clinical practice. Here are just a few of the things this series can help you learn to do:

  • Read clients’ cues to their underlying neurobiology
  • Assess how a client’s attachment history shapes emotional responses in the present
  • Work effectively with implicit memory to help clients make lasting positive changes
  • Help clients more fully internalize what they learn in therapy
  • Use your knowledge of the brain to regulate your own emotional reactions and deepen your connection with clients


If you're not completely satisfied we'll refund your money in full—100%. Just let us know within 30 days. I'm that confident that you'll find this learning experience to be all that's promised and more than you expected.

A New Way to Learn: A Note from Rich Simon

As editor of the Psychotherapy Networker for over 30 years, I’ve learned a lot from all of you about what it takes to engage therapists’ curiosity, anticipate their questions, and make sure they get answers they can use. I’ve also learned that any subject—including brain science—if approached in the right way, can be deeply engrossing, understandable, and entertaining.

My goal in each session of Why Brain Science Matters is to zero in on what you need to know to deepen your craft as a therapist. At the same time, the spontaneous, free flow of the conversation makes learning far more enjoyable than stodgy workshop lectures and PowerPoint presentations. Our Webcast series are an exciting, new way to stay on the field’s cutting edge.

But enough words—to see what we mean, just click on the video below to watch a preview.

Here's what your colleagues say about Networker Webcasts

quote-authors-swallow The rich, succinct content presented by
leaders in each subject area is insightful,
practical, and well worth the price.
Ellen S.
- Hermosa Beach, CA

quote-authors-harnisch Thanks for a session with immediately
applicable concepts.
Ruth Ann H. - Hampton Bays, NY
quote-authors-shwartz Whoa! That was excellent--great material!
I'll listen to this about ten times. Thank you.
Andrew S.
- Austin, TX
quote-authors-crespi Thank you, Rich Simon, for having such great
webcasts and being an excellent interviewer.
Lee C.
- New York, NY


Don’t be thrown by all the changes in the world of Brain Science. Our on-demand course helps you get on top of what you need to know.

The content of this course is at the introductory to intermediate level.