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:
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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
1.5 CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.
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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.