Translating Neuroscience: How to Help Your Clients Understand the Brain

Friday, May 6, 2016; 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Explaining client distress and dysfunction through brain-based education is a vital clinical skill, requiring the ability for the clinician to translate complex neurobiological anatomy and functioning into a more accessible format for clients. To assist helping professionals in developing this skill, this workshop will introduce core principles from the neuroscience literature. Following this introduction, participants will observe how to use brain anatomy models and draw figures to explain how the workings of the brain can help clients better understand their presenting concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and ADHD, as well as issues with impulse control, autism, schizophrenia, and traumatic brain injury.

This presentation will be informative to helping professionals who work with clients throughout the lifespan (i.e., child, adolescent, adult, geriatric), along with educators and supervisors who train students.  The skill of explaining distress and dysfunction through brain-based education is applicable in a variety of settings, such as community mental health counseling centers, inpatient hospitals, residential treatment centers, drug and alcohol treatment, schools, and college counseling centers.  During the presentation, recent research findings will be examined regarding brain-based knowledge with clients at different developmental stages and with different mental disorders.

6 CEUs available for LMHCs, LICSWs, LMFTs, and CDPs; 6 Clock Hours available for Educators

About the Presenter
Dr. Thom FieldDr. Thom Field, PhD, LMHC, NCC, ACS has 10 years of counseling experience with over 1,000 clients in a wide variety of settings.  A National Certified Counselor (NCC), he is also a licensed mental health counselor in Washington State (LMHC).  Dr. Field has provided national-level presentations on the topic of neuroscience in counseling.  He is first author of published peer-reviewed articles in national journals on the topic of neuroscience-informed cognitive-behavior therapy and integrating neuroscience into counseling practice.  He is current Chair of the American Mental Health Counselors Association Neuroscience Interest Network, and current President of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association. He is an Associate Professor at City University of Seattle in the Master of Arts in Counseling program, in addition to maintaining a small private practice in the Seattle area.

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