Unlocking the Emotional Brain: The Power of Memory Reconsolidation in Psychotherapy

Presented by Bruce Ecker, MA, LMFT on 06-14-2013 at 9 a.m. Pacific

In nearly all our sessions, we therapists strive to help our those we treat 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 beginning instructional level and 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 person 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.

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How the Web Conference Works

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.

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Event Reviews from Members

This is very exciting information, and I hope this speaker will return. Because of this particular presentation, my work as a therapist has really deepened. It has changed what I believed was really possible in therapy, how I work, and how I understand the work of many other presenters as well. - Eleanor Kay Wilder, LMFT

Meet the Presenter

Bruce Ecker, MA, LMFT

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.

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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.