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2016 Annual Conference - Live Stream

Neurocounseling: How To Translate Brain-Based Knowledge to Clients

Apr 1, 2016 4:00pm ‐ Apr 1, 2016 5:00pm


Explaining client distress and dysfunction through brain-based education is a vital counseling skill, requiring the ability for the counselor to translate complex neurobiological anatomy and functioning into a more accessible format for clients. To assist counselors in developing this skill, this session will introduce core principles from the neuroscience literature. Counselors will practice using brain anatomy models and figures to explain the workings of the brain through a role-play.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be introduced to core principles of the neuroscience literature, including top-down and bottom-up processing (Systems 1 and 2; Kahneman, 2011), implicit memory, polyvagal theory, HPA axis, mirror neurons, neural plasticity, dendridic spines, and catecholamines
  • Participants will understand how to use brain anatomy models and draw figures to explain how the workings of the brain can help clients better understand their presenting concerns
  • Participants will gain experience in explaining brain anatomy and functioning through a practice role-play


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