Dealing effectively with challenges and crises is the core of resilience and well-being. Helping clients develop flexible and adaptive strategies for coping with everyday disappointments, existential dread, and extraordinary disasters is the heart of the therapeutic process. Helping clients harness the brain’s processes of change to rewire coping strategies that are defensive, dysfunctional, and blocking of growth, and to encode new more flexible patterns of response, is the focus of this workshop.
Modern neuroscience is teaching us how to use the brain’s innate neuroplasticity to rewire coping behaviors, even when they are seemingly “stuck” and intractable. Clinicians will learn through didactics, experiential exercises, and group discussions, which cutting edge tools and techniques of brain change best help clients reverse the impact of stress and trauma, come out of anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, guilt and shame, deepen the self-compassion and empathy that connect them to their own inner strengths and resources, strengthen the healthy interpersonal relationships that empower them to take wise action, and shift their perspectives through mindful awareness to discern options and make wise choices.
Participants will learn to apply these tools and techniques, which underlie the therapeutic modalities they are already familiar with – Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, AEDP, DBT, EFT, ACT – to five intelligences - somatic, emotional, relational within ourselves, relational with others, reflective - and develop a healthy resilience mindset that supports post-traumatic growth, well-being and flourishing. Clinicians will also learn to apply these tools to their own brain care as self-care to avoid compassion fatigue and burnout.
Basics of Neuroscience of Resilience
Capacities of resilience innate in the brain; focus on response flexibility, an essential capacity of executive functioning
Impact of attachment conditioning, including early developmental trauma, on brain development and resilience
Mechanisms of brain change to create new neural pathways, rewire old traumatic memories, and access the “mental play space” of imagination and visualization to connect the dots in new ways
Executive functions of the pre-frontal cortex – the brain’s CEO of resilience
Lifestyle choices that promote neurogenesis, accelerate brain change, and prevent-reduce-reverse cognitive decline
Body-based tools to regulate the nervous system’s automatic survival responses, and return the body-brain to the safety net of its natural physiological equilibrium, its range of resilience
Application of polyvagal theory to generate a neuroception of safety, and prime the brain’s plasticity-receptivity to learning
Cultivating positive, pro-social emotions to shift the functioning of the brain out of contraction and reactivity to more openness, receptivity, the bigger picture
Exercises to manage signal anxiety when facing radical transitions or any unknown
Mindfulness and self-compassion-based ABC model to antidote the brain’s negativity bias and manage disruptive emotions
Relational Intelligence within Ourselves, with Others
Practices of conscious, compassionate connection to help clients recover the internal secure base of earned secure attachment
Practices of self-awareness, self-acceptance to heal toxic shame and retire the inner critic
Teach clients skills of resonant relationships: reaching out for help, setting limits and boundaries, repairing ruptures, resolving conflicts, negotiating change, that allow them to navigate their world with skill and love
Exploration of the “othering”, discrimination and oppression most relevant in our society today.
The impact of digital technology on the brain, on relationships, on resilience
Practices of mindfulness – knowing what you’re experiencing while you’re experiencing it - that strengthen the brain’s response flexibility that leads to therapeutic change
Tools to notice, name and tolerate what’s happening and reactions to what’s happening, to step back and unpack thoughts, emotions, “rules,” belief systems, to shift perspectives and discern options
Tools to cultivate a resilience mindset; shift from fixed to growth mindset
Tools to create the coherent narrative of experience that leads to post-traumatic growth
What Alumni are Saying...
"Loved it! Linda is an incredible teacher and clinician." - 2022 Participant
"It is always a pleasure to be with a Master teacher. I appreciated her ability to manage the class discussion while also keeping everyone on point." - 2022 Participant
"I don’t know how Linda Graham can hold so much knowledge in one brain." - 2022 Participant
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