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Training for Professionals

Seminar Program
A four-month seminar program, “Working with Mindfulness to Assist Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma,”designed for psychotherapists and related professionals interested in developing greater expertise in working with complex trauma utilizing recent research and treatment advances.

The Level I seminar program for US/Canadian therapists begins September 2015.  Previous experience with mindfulness is not required.  Seminars are once per month on 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7pm-8:30pm.  Course is limited to 8 participants.
Sample of topics to be covered:
Implications of the neurobiological research for trauma treatment
The role of mindfulness in resilience
How mindfulness affects areas of the brain, such as the amygdala (alarm system), prefrontal cortex (brake)...
Concentration, Insight, Loving-Kindness meditation techniques adapted for trauma survivors

Research on mindfulness:

The new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism and conducted in nurses (who are considered a high-risk group), shows that meditation could help to bring cortisol levels up in people with PTSD, as well as decrease symptoms of the condition.

University of Oregon researchers found that integrative body-mind training -- which is a meditation technique -- can actually result in brain changes that may be protective against mental illness. The meditation practice was linked with increased signaling connections in the brain, something called axonal density, as well as increased protective tissue (myelin) around the axons in the anterior cingulate brain region.

Mindfulness helps the brain to have better control over processing pain and emotions, specifically through the control of cortical alpha rhythms (which play a role in what senses our minds are attentive to), according to a study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

A study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, which shows that the amygdala brain region's response to emotional stimuli is changed by meditation, and this effect occurs even when a person isn't actively meditating.

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