This is one of eight courses of special interest to OD Practitioners and Coaches.
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Bouncing Back: Rewiring the Brain for Resilience and Well-Being
June 26-30, 2017
Dealing effectively with challenges and crises in life is the core of resilience and well-being. Helping clients develop flexible and adaptive strategies for coping with everyday disappointments and extraordinary disasters is the heart of the therapeutic process. Helping clients harness the brain’s own mechanisms of change to rewire coping strategies that are defensive, dysfunctional, and blocking of growth, and to encode new more flexible patterns of response, is the focus of this workshop.
Modern neuroscience is teaching us how to use the brain’s innate neuroplasticity to rewire coping behaviors, even when they are seemingly “stuck” and intractable. Clinicians will learn through didactics, experiential exercises, and group discussions which tools and techniques of brain change best help clients use their own self-directed neuroplasticity to: reverse the impact of stress and trauma; regulate surges of emotions to come out of anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, guilt, and shame; deepen the self-compassion and empathy that connect them to their inner resources; overcome resistance and strengthen the resonant relationships that foster the perseverance that develops resilience; and shift their perspectives through mindful awareness and reflection to discern options and make wise choices.
Participants will learn to apply these tools and techniques, which underlie the therapeutic modalities they may already be familiar with–Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, AEDP, DBT, and EFT–to four intelligences - somatic, emotional, relational, reflective–and recover the natural resilience that supports well-being and flourishing. Clinicians will also learn to apply these tools to their own brain as self-care to avoid compassion fatigue and burnout.
Basics of Neuroscience of Resilience
- Evolutionary context
- Impact of attachment conditioning, including early developmental trauma, on brain functioning and resilience
- The power of lifelong neuroplasticity and neural deconsolidation-reconsolidation to create new neural pathways and rewire traumatic memories
- Executive functions of the pre-frontal cortex–the brain’s CEO of resilience
- Practices that accelerate brain change
- Body-based tools to regulate the nervous system and automatic survival responses, antidote the brain’s negativity bias, manage surges of emotions and prime the brain’s plasticity-receptivity to learning
- Use of the brain's neurotransmitters generate the neuroception of safety and return the body-brain to its natural physiological equilibrium
- Practices to cultivate positive emotions and positivity portfolios that create a “left shift” in the brain, strengthening the brain’s “approach” stance toward learning
- Use neural deconsolidation-reconsolidation to heal toxic shame and retire the inner critic
- Exercises to manage signal anxiety when facing the new or the unknown; “do one scary thing a day” to recondition the brain toward openness to new learning and coping
- Teach clients to activate their brain’s resonance circuit to strengthen their internal secure base and create the conditions for therapeutic change
- Teach clients skills of social engagement and resonant relationships–setting limits and boundaries, repairing ruptures, resolving conflicts, negotiating change–that allow them to navigate their world with skill and love
- Practices of mindfulness–reflective awareness–that strengthen the brain’s response flexibility that leads to therapeutic change
- Focused attention to pause, notice, and name
- Mindful reflection to step back, disentangle, unpack thoughts, emotions, belief systems, states of being
- Monitor and modify to shift perspectives, discern options, choose new responses wisely
- Epiphanies to discover the essential goodness of our true nature
- Learning model of creating procedural competencies
- Create the coherent narrative that leads to post-traumatic growth
"I'm so grateful to Linda Graham for sharing her knowledge and expertise; best workshop I have attended all year"
"I believe the quality of the group interactions and depth of the positive experience are all due to Linda Graham"