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Understanding Neuroplasticity Workshop

A Neuroplasticity Approach to Addictions and Mental Health

Service Description

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP The adult brain is much more changeable and modifiable than had previously been believed or even understood. There is now a large amount of evidence to show that damaged neural (brain) circuitry resulting from adverse childhood experiences and trauma can be corrected, reshaping our brain anatomy and consequent behaviour, with the right kind of therapeutic interventions. In other words, it is now clear that brain architecture continues to change throughout adulthood, and this can be manipulated in highly beneficial directions. Besides trauma, neuroplasticity has proven to enable people to recover from stroke, injury, improve symptoms of autism, ADD and ADHD, learning disabilities and other brain deficits, pull out of depression and addictions, and reverse obsessive-compulsive patterns. Many people who suffer extreme childhood trauma go on to develop personality disorders as adults; one hallmark of these disorders is rigid, destructive behavioral patterns. Research is now showing, however, that certain therapeutic interventions can change those behaviors to become more flexible and adaptive (helpful in creating a more successful life). The brain is arguably the most fascinating and impressive organ in the human body. Medical and scientific professionals alike are only beginning to mine its vast complexities. Of particular interest to those involved in the field of trauma recovery is the area of neuroplasticity. This refers to how the brain is wired and its extraordinary capacity to rewire neural pathways. New pathways can be created through changes in behavior, environment and neuro processes. Not only is the brain capable of creating new pathways, it is designed to do so. The brain is highly resilient and desires flexibility. The incredible thing is that the human brain has a very real desire to heal itself. This workshop will focus on the use of neuroplasticity as a treatment modality for working with trauma, anxiety, depression and addictions SUITABLE FOR Mental health professionals Counsellors Psychotherapists Front-line workers such as nurses, clergy, social workers and residential workers who provide services to vulnerable populations

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