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Rewiring the Brain

  • With John Arden, Ph.D.
  • August 20, 2012
  • 8am-4pm
  • Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine
  • $70 ($80 after August 10) includes continental breakfast and lunch

This seminar will examine the use of brain-based interventions to enhance outcomes with a variety of client populations. Participants will identify the role that brain function plays in mood, memory and behavior. You will evaluate the latest research indicating certain aspects of traditional theoretical psychology that may be counter-therapeutic. Using a synthesized model of neuroscience, attachment theory and evidence-based treatment, you will learn how to more effectively treat clients with depression and anxiety disorders as well as PTSD and OCD and Substance Abuse. Participants will develop a new way of looking at the therapeutic process to move beyond the traditional theoretical school approach.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the role of attachment in the development of affect regulation and hemisphere asymmetry.
  • Recognize how activity in the brain’s right and left frontal lobes affect mood.
  • Describe the effects of chronic stress on memory.
  • Differentiate between implicit and explicit memory and their roles in therapy and education.
  • Understand the effects of exposure to substances on brain development and functioning across the lifespan.
  • Explore the relationship between substance abuse and mental health across the lifespan.
  • Translate knowledge of the brain into client education and motivation strategies

Target Audience

Psychologists, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Teachers and other school staff, Counselors, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, Pastoral Counselors, Case Managers, Psychiatric Nurses


AdCare Educational Institute will issue certificates of completion. AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc. is a recognized sponsor of Continuing Education Activities by the Maine State Board of Alcohol & Drug Counselors. This workshop is approved for 6.5 credit hours (.65 CEU’s). For other professionals, please contact your licensure/certification board directly for questions regarding calculation of contact hours and the applicability of this training for continuing education credit in your discipline.

The Presenter

John Arden, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist and the author/co-author of 12 books, including Brain-Based Therapy with Adults and Brain-Based Therapy with Children and Adolescents (with Lloyd Linford). Dr. Arden serves as Director of Training in Mental Health for Kaiser Permanente in the Northern California region. He oversees the training programs in 24 medical centers where over 100 postdoctoral residents and interns are trained each year. Dr. Arden also provides individual, group and family therapy and chemical dependency counseling through Kaiser Permanente. He presents workshops on brain-based therapy in the United States and abroad. Dr. Arden has written books on anxiety (Heal Your Anxiety Workbook), OCD (Heal Your OCD Workbook with Dr. Daniel DalCorso) and PTSD (Conquering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, with Dr. Victoria Beckner) as well as Improving Your Memory for Dummies; and Consciousness, Dreams, and Self: A Transdisciplinary Approach (winner of the Choice 1997 Outstanding Academic Book Award); and Science, Theology, and Consciousness. For more information, go to his website.

This training is sponsored by Harbor Family Services & the Maine Office of Substance Abuse, Department of Health and Human Services

Support provided by AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc.

Mission: The mission of Harbor Family Services is to promote the growth, development and strength of Maine children and families.

Vision: The vision of Harbor Family Services is to be a leader in the provision of quality residential and community behavioral health services.