Essential Neuroscience Wisdom for Psychotherapists Part 4: Series Panel Discussion

Presented by Kim Barthel, OT and Debra Pearce-McCall, PhD , Debra Pearce-McCall, PhD and Bruce Ecker, MA, LMFT on 01-31-2014 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

This web conference is fourth in the series, Essential Neuroscience Wisdom for Psychotherapists. It will feature our three esteemed neuroscience panelists with CEO, Noah Rubinstein, as moderator. Kim Barthel, Debra Pearce-McCall, and Bruce Ecker will discuss why neuroplasticity is important, how it’s used in the clinical setting to release trauma, and how to assist poople in rewiring their brains for lasting change.

Understanding the inner workings of the brain can help therapists to recognize the brain's role in the therapeutic process, regardless of the mode of therapy used. In addition, when individuals understand how the brain hardwires itself and how it can be rewired into a different state of mind, they may feel empowered and hopeful about creating change as a result.

In this presentation, Noah will present specific questions to the panelists and allow each one to respond from his or her experience and expertise. In addition, members will be encouraged to actively participate during question-and-answer periods.

The following is an overview of the first three web conferences in the neuroscience series:

In the first presentation, Using Neurobiology to Understand Why Humans Do What They Do, Kim Barthel will review the basics of brain-behavior science as a way to better understand human behavior and to facilitate neural change. She will also present methods for applying neuroscience concepts in clinical practice.

In the second presentation, Trinocular Vision: Healing Relationships, Minds, and Brains, Debra Pearce-McCall will discuss interpersonal neurobiology and introduce her concept of "trinocular vision" to help clinicians gain perspective on the interconnected nature of the mind, relationships, and the brain. She will provide case examples and exercises to demonstrate her methods.

In the third presentation, Memory Reconsolidation: A Brain Research Advancement that Guides Clinical Breakthroughs and Unifies the Psychotherapy Field, Bruce Ecker will introduce evidence-based techniques for permanently erasing emotional learnings, as demonstrated in case examples. He will also discuss the therapist's role in facilitating lasting, transformational change.

This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe why understanding neuroscience is important for a therapist.
  2. Explain how neuroplasticity is used to create significant change in people.
  3. Design a plan for people to facilitate change.
  4. Summarize how the brain hardwires itself.

This teleconference is the fourth in a series of four presentations on neuroscience's contributions and relevance to psychotherapy. Participants are welcome to register for any one event or all four. If you have any questions about this web conference or would like more information, please contact us here.

Event Reviews from Members

Truly valuable series on a very significant emerging area in psychotherapy. Hope we'll continue to have more. - Geoffrey Bullock, LCSW

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When we have a client who is in a state of high arousal and they are telling us their story and we track and observe their way of being as they explain or express their distress, our state of arousal, our regulatory capacity, our nonverbal communication interfaces with their brain. And their brain receives all of our soothing, self-regulating signals that we give off as a therapist that is then received by the receiver that interprets the information in a different way perhaps than they experienced before. ... we can reintegrate their experience with a new feeling that is what we call the rewiring of the brain.... [We] have a large number of markers that we can see in the behavior of the person that we're communicating with that will be suggestive of that rewiring. Things like softening in their eyes where they've gone from widely dilated pupils with a big, open, vigilant facial expression. And movement in the chest where the breathing will drop further down into the diaphragm. Sighs, softness in the voice, changes in the body language. - Kim Barthel

When these underlying emotional learnings that are maintaining and driving symptoms are accessed, the person is retrieving major meaning, major life coherence that's been out of awareness. And when these original learnings are profoundly unlearned, that's not just a mechanical process. It's a deep resolution of major emotional issues. And a restoration of coherence and meaning. - Bruce Ecker

Even if there's been something pretty intensely transformational, I still see it as important to push that adaptive aspect by having a person then, in the days and weeks to come, actively looking for ways to keep rehearsing that or running that new neural circuit. - Debra Pearce-McCall

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Meet the Presenters

Kim Barthel, OT

Kim Barthel, OT

Kim Barthel, OT, has worked with neurological and developmental disabilities as an occupational therapist for 30 years. She provides therapist trainings throughout the world on topics such as the science of attachment, sensory integration therapy, trauma, and neuro-development treatments. Kim collaborated with Theo Fleury, former NHL hockey star, to write their new book, Waking up to Healing, which will be published soon. To learn more about Kim's work, please visit

Debra Pearce-McCall, PhD

Debra Pearce-McCall, PhD

Debra Pearce-McCall, PhD, is a clinician, educator, consultant, and writer. She is currently President of the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS) and a professor in Portland State University's Interpersonal Neurobiology program, which she also helped to establish. She also works in private practice and consults with coaches and clinicians. To learn more about Debra's work, please visit

Bruce Ecker, MA, LMFT

Bruce Ecker, MA, LMFT

Bruce Ecker, MA, LMFT helped to develop coherence therapy, and he is presently the co-director of the Coherence Psychology Institute. Bruce has co-authored many publications, including Coherence Therapy Training Guide and Practice Manual, Depth Oriented Brief Therapy, and Unlocking the Emotional Brain. Bruce works in private practice, teaches programs for graduate students, and provides workshops internationally. For more information on Bruce's work, please visit

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