Interpersonal Neurobiology and Depression 2.0




This course will examine some of the core principles and techniques in interpersonal neurobiology and show how they can be successfully applied by mental health professionals in the treatment of major depression. Interpersonal Neurobiology and Depression 2.0 will address how the neurobiological system develops, grows, and changes throughout life and life experiences.

Learning Objectives

Participants will…

  1. Outline the SECURE Model of Change and explain how it applies to neurobiology and the treatment of depression
  2. Identify the signs and symptoms of depression and compare and how depression can become a more chronic issue in the life of a client
  3. Describe alternative forms of treatment for chronic depression when medical intervention is proving ineffective or no longer effective.

Course Lessons and Descriptions

IPNB 101: Introduction to Interpersonal Neurobiology

Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.
In today’s world, there is an ever-increasing need for an understanding of interpersonal neurobiology and the change that applying these concepts can bring to the lives of those who are struggling. In this presentation, Dr. Gary Sibcy defines the foundation for interpersonal neurobiology and discusses the SECURE Model of Change.

Runtime: 1 hour 2 minutes 43 seconds

IPNB 102: Treating Chronic Depression: Using Empirically Supported Treatments that Work: Part 1

Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.
Major Depressive Disorder is a relatively common mental health condition that affects both men and women. Although for some people, depression may improve with medical treatment alone, there are those for whom depression is chronic and resistant to treatment. In Part 1 of this presentation, Dr. Sibcy focuses on assessment and treatment of chronic depression, details the characteristics of the disorder, and offers a comprehensive psychosocial profile of the chronically depressed client.

Runtime: 52 minutes 25 seconds

IPNB 103: Treating Chronic Depression: Using Empirically Supported Treatments that Work: Part 2

Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.
When medication alone fails to treat chronic depression, counselors and other mental health practitioners may explore alternatives that can help relieve the suffering client. Chronic depression does not have to be a lifelong struggle, and the research demonstrates that psychotherapeutic techniques and interventions can provide much needed answers. In Part 2, Dr. Sibcy describes a step-by-step protocol with practical exercises that help people who are struggling with chronic depression.

Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes 53 seconds

Continuing Education

2.75 CE Credits available for LPC, LMFT, LSW.

3.00 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders.

The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required continuing education hours. For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit: