How PTSD Takes Hold of the Brain: The Neuroscience Behind Cause and Treatment

Presented by Dr. Janene M. Donarski, PhD, LP, LMSW, CCATP on 04-03-2020 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Join neuroscience and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) expert, Dr. Janene M. Donarski, and learn how the brain takes hold of PTSD and the successful treatment protocols. In this presentation, Dr. Donarski integrates brain-based strategies for calming the brain with client communication techniques that motivate clients. Dr. Donarski’s approach promotes adherence to treatment protocols and strengthens the therapeutic alliance – which is essential when working with anxious and traumatized clients.

In this webinar, Dr. Donarski will teach participants to understand the difference between cortex-based and amygdala-based trauma and anxiety and apply brain-based strategies for treating PTSD. She will discuss strategies to motivate clients to calm the brain using neuroplasticity and increase client engagement by focusing on changing the brain, not simply decreasing symptoms.

 This 2-hour introductory level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Explain the neurological processes underlying PTSD in a clearly understandable manner.
  2. Create client engagement using personalized goals and focusing efforts on using neuroplasticity to make lasting changes in the brain.
  3. Recognize the differences between cortex-based and amygdala-based symptoms.
  4. Use proven strategies for calming and training the amygdala.
  5. Employ proven methods for retraining the cortex to resist rather than ignite anxiety symptoms.
  6. Describe how medication can promote or impede neuroplasticity.

Statement of program materials accuracy, utility and risks: Materials that are included in this program may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. It is consistent with the ethics code of the American Psychological Association and also per the code of ethics developed by the Association of Comprehensive Psychology. Statements within are according to the presenter’s understanding of medical necessity and clinical documentation standards at the time of the presentation. This program discusses strategies for applying the methods taught in a clinically responsible manner, although the presenter may not know how to apply all principles discussed to every situation or person. The body of research surveyed suggests the methods are effective and safe. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession’s standards. As always, however, misapplication of therapeutic interventions with mentally vulnerable populations can lead to harmful outcomes.

Declaration of conflicts of interest and commercial support: None.

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Meet the Presenter

Dr. Janene M. Donarski, PhD, LP, LMSW, CCATP

Dr. Janene M. Donarski, PhD, LP, LMSW, CCATP

Dr. Janene M. Donarski, PhD, LP, LMSW, CCATP is a fully licensed clinical psychologist and licensed master social worker who works in counseling therapy as well as psychological testing for mental health issues. She has been in private practice since 2003.

Dr. Donarski specializes in neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations including head injury, organic issues, emotional, and complex behavior disorders. Dr. Donarski also works extensively with anxiety issues including panic, trauma, hypervigilance, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Dr. Donarski trains others in techniques of relaxation, reduction of fear, and exposure therapies to reduce triggers and symptoms in daily life. She also assists in testing within the academic areas including Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, and autism for Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and/or 504 plans/behavior plans. She works with all populations in counseling, including individual, marital/couple, family, LGBTQ, and group counseling. She is a certified EMDR Level II counselor, as well as a certified Hypnotherapist and practitioner for Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Time Line Therapy®. Dr. Donarski is also experienced in working with victims of violence, foster care/adoption issues, sexual issues, as well as those who are seeking neuroscience-based treatment. She often works with attorneys as a forensic psychologist/expert witness for legal cases involving guardianship, social security benefits, malpractice, and criminal cases.

Dr. Donarski has spoken as a keynote speaker and full day/multiple day presenter on a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, somatic ailments, behavioral disorders, and other mental health concerns.

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  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
  • Logo GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • Logo This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC 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 #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.
  • Person Centered Tech, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Person Centered Tech, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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