Neurobiology and the Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorder

September 15, 2016 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Tim Jennings
Caroline Leaf

Experience changes brain structure and function. Beginning before conception, continuing in utero and throughout life, explore how environment, experience and choice alter human DNA and impact brain structure and function. The human brain is pliable and changeable, and our experiences cause our brains to change. This change begins in our parents’ genes prior to our conception, continues in the womb, and persists throughout life. In the first part of this presentation, we will explore how parental choices affect the developing brain and follow that into childhood to explore how healthy nurturing, traumatic experience, diet, addictive substances, television, and even belief in God alter our genes, brain structure, and brain function. In the second part, we will explore God’s design parameters for life and health and how deviations from these parameters damage the brain and contribute to mental and relational illness. Understanding these principles will be key to understanding treatments of mood and anxiety disorders.

Training Modules
Session 1: The Developing Brain and God’s Design Protocols Part One
Session 2: The Developing Brain and God’s Design Protocols Part Two
Session 3: Switch On Your Brain
Session 4: Nutrition and Other Drug-free Treatments to Depression
Session 5: Case Presentations I: Diagnosis, Contributing Factors, and Treatment Interventions
Session 6: Case Presentations II: Diagnosis, Contributing Factors, and Treatment Interventions

Learning Objectives
Participants will:
1. Discuss environmental influences to brain development; identify testable design parameters which life and health are built to operate upon and how deviations contribute to disease; identify specific interventions to promote healthy brain function; and discuss the cultural impact on mood and anxiety
2. Identify fundamental elements of an interpersonal neurobiological approach to the mind; identify the nine domains of integration and their role in the development and healing of anxiety and depression states
3. Apply spiritual practices that support the integration of the mind and healing process of anxiety and depression states; identify the ethical limits of the application of neuroscience findings in the treatment of mental and spiritual maladies
4. Describe the basic features of Steven Porges’ polyvagal theory and apply them to regulating emotional responses of anxiety and depression; identify the fundamental role of shame and implement tactics for its resolution; and employ mindfulness-based spiritual practices that facilitate the regulation of shame and activate the social engagement system of the brain as a means of healing
5. Practice differential diagnosis consistent with DSM-5 standards and identify factors in each case that contribute current presentation
6. Formulate interventions that restore the person to harmony with God’s design and, thus, bring health