Affective Neuroscience: The Motivating Role of Emotion for Healing and Change

Affective neuroscience is a specialized area of study focused on the brain mechanisms and processes of emotion. Affective neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that combines neurobiology with the study of personality, emotion and mood. Rather than reducing human emotion to a simple biological equation, affective neuroscience validates the centrality of subjective experience in the process of healing and change. This experiential workshop will introduce basic concepts from affective neuroscience that offer new insights into the work we do with individuals, families and groups. Participants will learn and practice interventions that support clients to: a. safely experience, b. reflect on, c. modulate, d. make meaning of and, d. use emotions in service of meaningful and enduring change.

Learning objectives for this course include:

  • Develop a basic understanding of affective neuroscience and its relevance for clinical practice
  • Understand how emotions drive learning and motivate change
  • Increase awareness of one’s own attitudes about expression of emotion and how it impacts practice behavior
  • Learn how to use awareness of one’s own emotional responses to create empathic attunement with clients
  • Understand the difference between compartmentalizationof affect and containment of affect
  • Learn and practice skills that help clients learn how to safely experience, reflect on and make meaning of their emotional experiences

This course will be held via Zoom and participant numbers will be capped to ensure a personalized learning experience.

Counts as a Treatment course for Trauma Certificate Program

Instructor: Judy Hoy, LICSW, DSW

Date(s): 08/05/2020

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

CEUs: 6 CEUs; ; 6 Clinical Clock Hours – 1 hour in differential diagnosis, 1 hour in assessment based treatment planning, 2 hours in clinical intervention methods, .5 hour in evaluation methodologies, 1 hour in social work values and ethics, .5 in culturally specific clinical assessment

Cost: $130

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