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In nearly all our sessions, we therapists strive to help our clients get free of their unwanted patterns of mood, behavior, thought, or somatization, but the ingrained, non-conscious emotional learnings that typically underlie those patterns are extremely tenacious, and deep, lasting, liberating change is too often an elusive goal. Such learnings are formed throughout life by the emotional brain in response to any experience accompanied by strong emotion. Emotional learnings neurally lock into long-term implicit memory and do not fade with time.
In 2004, researchers identified the brain's well-defined process for unlocking, unlearning, and erasing a learned emotional response down to the synapses maintaining it—a process known as memory reconsolidation. These rigorous and subsequently much-replicated findings corroborate clinical reports of the same process during the previous decade. This presentation will map out this experiential core process, which allows therapists to become consistent in guiding transformational change—permanent elimination of a problematic pattern and effortless persistence of the shift, as distinct from incremental change requiring ongoing regulation and suppression.
The presentation will describe how the same core process occurs in a range of quite different-seeming therapies—such as AEDP, Coherence Therapy, EMDR, EFT, and IPNB—and will show why memory reconsolidation is poised to create four breakthroughs in the psychotherapy field: enhanced effectiveness, a unified understanding of diverse therapies of transformational change, clarification of the role of attachment in therapy, and an advance beyond nonspecific common factors theory in our understanding of the process of change.
This web conference is designed to help clinicians:
1) Recognize the main characteristics of emotional learning and the role of emotional learning in symptom production;
2) Define memory reconsolidation, why its discovery represents a fundamental advance in the science of learning and memory, and its significance for psychotherapy;
3) List the steps required for applying memory reconsolidation in psychotherapy;
4) Understand how psychotherapists can determine, for a given client and symptom/problem, whether or not insecure attachment is involved in generating that symptom/problem;
5) Describe how the steps of the therapeutic reconsolidation process serve as a framework for psychotherapy integration;
6) Define specific factors in psychotherapy that have been shown to correlate with successful outcome more strongly than do the nonspecific common factors.
If you have any questions about this web conference, or would like more information, please contact us here.
Bruce Ecker, MA, LMFT
Bruce Ecker, MA, LMFT is co-director of the Coherence Psychology Institute, co-originator of Coherence Therapy, and coauthor of Unlocking the Emotional Brain, the Coherence Therapy Practice Manual and Training Guide, and Depth Oriented Brief Therapy. He teaches internationally in clinical graduate programs, workshops, and conferences, and is in private practice in Oakland, California. Since 2006, Bruce has been at the forefront of translating neuroscientists' research on memory reconsolidation into clinical practice. A wealth of learning resources are available at: www.coherenceinstitute.org
1.5 CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. GoodTherapy.org is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. GoodTherapy.org solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
In short, participants will be able to listen to the event by calling in to our teleconference center. Prior to the event, all participants will be sent an email with instructions on how to login to the teleconference center. This event will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods.
This Web Conference is available for free to GoodTherapy.org members.
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