Interpersonal Neuroscience (No Videos Provided)


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Interpersonal Neuroscience is designed to help shape a deeper understanding of neuroscience and its use in therapy by a licensed mental health professional. This course provides insight on the various aspects and functions of the brain and its application to clinical work with multiple evidenced based intervention strategies related to a variety of mental disorders and conditions.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will…

  1. Discuss how attachment and relationships affect the development of interpersonal neuroscience.
  2. Explain multiple models of neuroscience that examine interpersonal neuroscience, such as Siegel’s Triangle of Well-being, River of Consciousness Theory, General Systems Theory, and many more.
  3. Describe the parts of the brain, their functions especially with memory and attention and how neuroscience can help in the treatment of mental health disorders such as anxiety and chronic depression.
  4. Analyze the river metaphor for neuroscience and its application to mental health issues and daily life
  5. Summarize Greenspan’s structural development model, known as the Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-based Approach (DIR).
  6. Analyze each of the six steps of the SECURE Model of Change and understand how to implement these with clients.
  7. Identify the core neurobiological deficits underlying chronic depression, self-defeating patterns of interpersonal behavior, and how these patterns hinder the recovery process
  8. Describe the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy and the steps of conducting a situational      analysis
  9. Analyze the neurodevelopment and the relationship factors of trauma and to use effective treatment methods for trauma induced disorders.
  10. Summarize the key skills for a licensed mental health professional when working with client’s affect regulation.
  11. Formulate treatment plans for trauma recovery that include mindfulness, the COAL principle, and different types of exposure-based treatments.
  12. Discuss strategies for dealing with the inevitable resistance that emerges in both attachment and trauma-focused therapies, with special attention given to David Burn’s EAR Communication Skills Model.

Lesson Titles and Summaries

INS 101: Introduction to Interpersonal Neuroscience

In this lesson, Dr. Sibcy discusses the development of neurobiology from the understanding of interpersonal communications and functions in the body.

Run-time: 1 hour and 2 minutes

INS 102: Core Principles of Interpersonal Neuroscience.

In this lesson, Dr. Sibcy will further discuss how the neurobiological system develops, grows, and changes throughout life and life experiences, provide basic principles for understanding neuroscience, explore different theoretical thought in conjunction with neuroscience, and how to identify a healthy neurobiological system.

Run-time: 1 hour and 4 minutes

INS 103: Practice Models: Understanding Memory, Depression, and Anxiety

In this lesson, Dr. Sibcy will discuss the development of the brain by taking a close look at the different parts responsible for much of the neurobiological development, where the brain regulates both emotional and physical signals, the two types of memory and two types of attention and an application of the principles discussed to particular therapeutic situations, such as anxiety disorders and chronic depression.

Run-time: 2 hours and 9 minutes

INS 104: The Neuroscience of Everyday Life

In this lesson, Dr. Sibcy helps the licensed mental health professional easily understand how thoughts are processed using the river metaphor which is then can be applied to different mental health disorders and also used by clients in their daily lives.

Run-time: 52 minutes

INS 105: Greenspan’s Integrated Developmental Model

In this lesson, Dr. Sibcy will focus first on the concept of developmental psychopathology as a metatheory, with a special emphasis on developmental pathways, multifinality, and equifinality, and then discusses Greenspan’s structural development model, known as the Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-based Approach (DIR).

Run-time: 1 hour and 1 minute

INS 106: The SECURE Model of Change

In this presentation, Dr. Sibcy defines the foundation for interpersonal neuroscience and discusses the SECURE Model of Change.

Run-time: 1 hour and 3 minutes

INS 107: Effective Empirically-supported Treatments for Depression Part I

In 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.

Run-time: 52 minutes

INS 108: Effective Empirically-supported Treatments for Depression Part II

In this lesson, Dr. Sibcy describes a step-by-step protocol with practical exercises that help people who are struggling with chronic depression and utilizing a case study approach, licensed mental health professionals are shown how to incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) with treatment-resistant patients.

Run-time: 1 hour and 3 minutes

INS 109: The Neuroscience of Trauma and Recovery: Trauma-related Disorders and an Overview of Effective Treatments

In this lesson, Dr. Sibcy will outline the core symptoms of trauma and how it is developed with special attention given to neurodevelopment and relationship factors, and how PTSD symptoms may emerge due to the brain’s natural algorithm for healing and recovery and how to use effective treatment methods with trauma.

Run-time: 53 minutes

INS 110: Antidote to Trauma I: Distress Tolerance and Affect Regulation

In this lesson, Dr. Sibcy will describe key skills and strategies for licensed mental health professionals for improving client’s affect regulation such as understanding primary versus secondary emotions, distress tolerance skills, and many others.

Run-time: 53 minutes

INS 111: Antidote to Trauma II: Cognitive and Emotional Processing Interventions

In this lesson, Dr. Sibcy will begin to discuss strategies for cognitive restructuring and attachment-focused emotional processing interventions.

Run-time: 49 minutes

INS 112: Antidote to Trauma III: Enhancing Identity and Strengthening Relationships

In this lesson, Dr. Sibcy will explain intervention strategies designed to help traumatized clients strengthen his or her sense of identity and capacities for managing close relationships.

Run-time: 53 minutes

Presenter Biography

Gary Sibcy, Ph.D., is Professor of Counseling in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Center for Counselor Education and Supervision at Liberty University, where he teaches doctoral courses in advanced psychopathology and its treatment, empirically supported treatments for children and adults, and attachment theory. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LCP), has been in private clinical practice for more than 20 years, and currently works at Piedmont Psychiatric Center. Dr. Sibcy specializes in anxiety disorders, including OCD and panic disorder, and chronic depression in adults, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of children with severe mood dysregulation. He is currently developing an empirically supported treatment within the framework of interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory. Dr. Sibcy has co-authored several books with Dr. Tim Clinton, including Attachments and Why You Do the Things You Do.

Continuing Education

12.50 LPC, LMFT and LCSW CE Credits available.

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