Dan Siegel knows that nobody—especially an angst-filled teenager—likes being told what to do.
That’s why he takes a more roundabout approach to connect with younger clients. He claims the first thing you should ask is, “Would you like to know more about your brain?”
By taking the emphasis off of “talking about feelings” and placing it on science, Dan creates a space that can lead to action-oriented solutions and positive growth. Read more
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Dan Siegel continues the conversation from his Future View talk, Brainstorm: Lessons Adults Can Learn From the Teenage Brain, and his workshops, What Is This Thing Called Love? The Neuroscience of Positive Emotion with Barbara Fredrickson and Myths of the Teen Brain. Let us know how you’ve been using some of the things you learned at the Symposium in your own clinical work.
By Rich Simon In “Therapy Isn’t Brain Science,” a provocative article in the July/August Networker, Steve Andreas took aim at what he called psychotherapy’s collective case of “brain fever.” “The neuroscience information that’s currently in vogue seems primarily useful in convincing clients that we’re ‘experts’—that we have hard scientific knowledge about what’s happening inside their skulls,” wrote Andreas. “But so far I haven’t seen any persuasive direct application of neuroscience to the practice of therapy.”
As a therapist have you been interested in applying neurobiological principles to your practice? Join Dan Siegel as he helps enhance therapeutic effectiveness by showing which mindfulness practices can be used in treatment, define rigidity and chaos in mental organization, and define neural integration.
Do you want to use the insights of Positive Psychology in your practice? Do you want to help clients reshape their brains by overcoming the negativity bias? Join Rick Hanson as he teaches how to help clients identify positive experiences and savor them, and how to assess for resource states.
Do you feel like your training has left you unprepared for the differences between men and women in therapy? By understanding gender differences you’ll learn how to become a more effect therapist. Join Louann Brizendine as she helps you increase your therapeutic ability to attune to both male and female clients.
As a therapist do you want to increase your sense of personal and clinical possibilities? Join Michael Gelb as he teaches how to apply the principles of neuroplasticity to everyday life, how to use mind mapping techniques, and how to improve your memory skills.
As a therapist are you looking to expand your knowledge of the brain in therapy? With Norman Doidge you’ll learn what neuroplasticity is, how thoughts change the brain, and what the plasticity paradox is.
Do you work with traumatized clients? Do you want to be able to create safety with your clients? With Stephen Porges you’ll learn what polyvagal theory is and with that knowledge learn how to engage with traumatized clients by integrating non-verbal behavior into your sessions.
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