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Hardwiring recovery with mindfulness and neuroscience: applications for mood, trauma and addictions

Event Details
Date: 24th Jun 2019
Venue: Adelaide, SA
CPD hrs: 7

Early bird: $338
Standard: $358

Organiser: Tatra
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During recent decades, revolutionary research has evidenced that the brain continues to grow and change over the lifespan. Through repeated challenging experiences, brain chemistry, neural pathways and anatomy can maladaptively shift to sustain depression, anxiety, addiction and trauma related responses. Based on neuroplasticity principles scientists have discovered that adaptive brain changes can be directed through mindfulness based, clinical interventions and solidified through continued self directed practice. Understanding the specific ways in which the brain has maladapted and how to engage the brain's capacity to self direct neural change provide a cutting edge foundation for facilitating mental health recovery and long lasting change.

This seminar provides an understanding of brain maladaptions contributing to and sustaining specific mental health disorders. Easy to implement mindfulness interventions demonstrate how to rewire the brain to support recovery from mood disorders, addiction, and trauma and how to wire in resiliency, good mood and emotion regulation.

This unique seminar presented by Dr Debra Alvis from the University of Georgia, USA integrates the research findings of renowed neuroscientists the proven clinical methods of mindfulness and mindfulness based cognitive therapies. The results are a broad based integrative framework providing a multimodal approach for hardwiring clinical change. Through case studies, small group work, and brief lectures, learn how to individualise these strategies and apply them for the treatment of mood disorders, trauma and addictions. Practice guiding others and be guided through mindfulness and applications supporting neuroplasticity with Debra's expert supervision. Take home detailed handouts allowing immediate incorporation of these new strategies into clinical work.

Learning objectives

  • Discuss specific brain mal-adaptions contributing to mood disorders, post traumatic symptoms and addictive behaviours
  • Describe how to promote lasting clinical changes through utilising mindfulness based brain science approaches
  • Delineate awareness based three steps for hardwiring recovery
  • Demonstrate brain booster strategies for addressing anxiety, depression, and limiting lifestyle habits
  • Apply two contemplative approaches that can reduce the frequency of alcohol and drug relapse
  • Explain how prolonged stress impacts brain anatomy and mental health recovery
  • Utilise a five step approach for increasing clinician compassion

Presenter details

Debra Alvis PhD, is a clinical psychologist, international presenter and consultant with over 25 years of brain based clinical experience. Dr Alvis is a professor at the University of Georgia, a researcher and author of a number of academic papers on brain based therapy and advanced mindfulness. Specialising in applying neuroscientific principles to enhance clinical outcomes. Debra's unique approach integrates the research findings of renowned neuroscientists with therapeutic practices that can build the brain's capacity to support recovery.

Location and date

Next Gen Memorial Drive

24 June 2019


Early bird: $338 (registrations prior to 13 May 2019)

Standard: $358



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