The 1st Annual IAAN Conference
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John Arden presents a 1 day pre-conference workshop – 21st May, 0900-1630 (0830 registration)
John Arden, PhD, ABPP
Mind-Brain-Gene: Toward Psychotherapy Integration
This seminar presents the sea change revolutionizing psychotherapy in the 21st Century. Back in the 20th Century there was a blizzard of psychotherapy schools, with a seemingly new approach surging in popularity, only to fade away as a distant memory a few years later. The 21st Century psychotherapy is all about the integration of what we have learned and synthesizing the new research on mind-body-brain feedback loops.
We begin with the “mind” because, though we bat around the term all the time, we had not agreed what it is. Now we know through research in neuroscience and psychology that the mind is not one thing but is composed of ongoing synthesis of mental operating networks. Our minds contribute to “self”-organization as we co-evolve within families and interpersonal interactions. What we encounter and how we take care of ourselves can change our brains, immune systems, and even turn on or off genes, resulting in mental health or ill health. Inflammation and autoimmune disorders are strongly associated with depression and anxiety. Therefore, psychotherapists are offered a primer on the fields of psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics, combining it with the neuroscience of emotional, interpersonal, cognitive, dynamics, with psychotherapeutic approaches to offer an integrated vision of psychotherapy. We can now understand how the immune system, diet, brain structure, and even gut bacteria profoundly affect mental health through leaky gut syndrome and the inflammatory spiral.
Mind-Brain-Gene uncovers a wide variety of relationships between stress, trauma, depression, anxiety, the immune system, and gene expression. The interaction between all these factors has been by illuminated by studies examining the effects of life style factors on the incidence of health and psychological problems. There are significant relationships between immune system function, stress, insecure attachment, anxiety, depression, poor nutrition, bad quality sleep, physical inactivity, and neurophysiological dysregulation. For example, insecure attachment, deprivation, and child abuse contribute to anxiety and depression in far more extensive ways than was believed. This complex range of health conditions affects millions of people who seek psychotherapy.
Dr John Arden is author of 15 books (translated into 20 languages) including, Brain2Brain, The Brain Bible, Rewire Your Brain, and Brain-Based Therapy with Adults, and Brain-Based Therapy for Anxiety. His new book is entitled Mind-Brain-Gene: Toward the Integration of Psychotherapy. He recently retired from Kaiser Permanente where he served as the Northern California Regional Director of Training where he developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the United States. In this capacity he oversaw more than 150 interns and postdoctoral psychology residents in 24 medical centers. He has presented in all US States and 25 countries.
3 Day Conference
The 1st Annual International Association of Applied Neuroscience Conference will cover a variety of applied neuroscience topics. Topics will run in streams and there will be ample opportunity to choose which presentations to attend.
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You may download a guide for oral presentations and workshops here: IAAN 2019 Oral and Workshop Presentation Guidelines Please send your abstract and a short biography (please include your abbreviated qualifications) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include your prior presentation history and a recent high quality photo of yourself.
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Something For Everyone!
- The conference covers a variety of applied neuroscience topics, including applications to psychotherapy, education, health, and much more.
- Speakers are national and international leaders in the field.
- Opportunity for peer to peer networking.
- Attendance at the conference includes associate membership of the International Association of Applied Neuroscience (IAAN).
- IAAN annual AGM
A Message From the President of the IAAN
IAAN President Dr. Roger Mysliwiec, NZMC, DKPM, PBANZ, NZAP, MIACN(Cert)…
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If you want to be more effective with the people you work with, then an understanding of their neurobiology may just give you the edge you need – this is what the IAAN conference is all about.
Matthew Dahlitz, Secretary to the IAAN