An Integrated Vision For The Treatment Of Depression, Anxiety & Trauma
This workshop will discuss the sea change occurring in therapy and how we conceptualise mental health problems and their solutions. Just as the field of health has undergone a transformation towards Functional and Integrative Medicine, the treatment of emotional distress is also moving toward integration. Facilitating recovery by only focusing on emotionally focused talking therapies reinforces the historic compartmentalisation of mental health as being unconnected to the physical self. The evolution of practice in the 21st Century demands greater integration and requires an understanding of the latest discoveries relating to the interaction between mind and bodysystems.
Thanks to contemporary science we now understand the significant ‘feedback loops’ that exist between emotional health and a range of physical factors and body systems eg the immune system, genes, diet and sleep, brain structure and even gut bacteria. Understanding the role these systems play and the interconnectivity that exists within and between them opens new therapeutic avenues for professionals to utilise in th their quest to help clients recover.
In this cutting edge two-day workshop, dynamic US Psychologist Dr John Arden will explore a wide variety of factors having multidirectional causal relationships between stress, depression, anxiety, the immune system, and gene expression. He will synthesize the substantial research in the area with contemporary research on integrated psychotherapeutic approaches, applying this integrated approach to the clinical assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety and trauma, using practical examples and case studies.
Some of the key topics John will discuss include:
- Fascinating new discoveries relating to the relationship between the body’s systems and mental health, with specific attention on brain dynamics, genes, and the immune system.
- Making sense of the multidirectional feedback loops between the stress systems and the dysregulation of the immune system that lead to these conditions.
- Successful interventions that seek to modify feedback loops among the body’s self-maintenance systems to promote mental wellbeing.
- How insecure attachment, deprivation, and child abuse contribute to anxiety and depression in far more extensive ways then we realised
- Practical evidence-based ideas to promote the re-regulation of immune system function, stress systems, nutrition, physical inactivity, affect regulation and cognition.
- How to distinguish between various health conditions and psychological disorders and where they overlap
- Why by necessity 21st century therapists need to become more like integrated healthcare professionals to more effectively address and resolve adverse mind-body-brain interaction.
John Arden Ph.D., is a Psychologist, author and international speaker. He recently retired as the Director of Training in Mental Health for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California where he developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the US. His current work incorporates the latest research about the capabilities of the brain and the body, with psychotherapy research, synthesising the biological with the psychological to create an integrated vision for contemporary best practice. John is an award-winning author and has written 14 books, including “Mind-Brain-Gene Toward the Integration of Psychotherapy” and “Rewire Your Brain”.