Neuroscience and Emotion; A Whole-person Approach to Helping Dysregulated Clients

Presented and developed by Hannah Smith, MA, LMHC, CGP

One of the major reasons people seek help for life stressors is to deal with their emotions. Just about every clinical issue care providers treat has at least an element of emotion dysregulation. Anxiety disorders, for example, are the primary mental health issue in the United States today!  If you are a therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse, a teacher, or anyone who provides assistance to hurting people, you are bound to run across this issue.

Emotion dysregulation occurs when a person’s emotions “shut off” (are numb) or are on overdrive.  Mental health disorders, trauma, abuse, and attachment issues are among some of the causes. Out-of-control emotions are painful and detrimental to relationships and daily functioning. People who come to see care providers want relief.  Because of this, it is difficult to keep people engaged in treatment. This causes further exacerbation of the issue. Knowing that healing takes time, chronic client disengagement can lead to clinician burn-out, as well.

So, what do you do?

Recent advances in neuroscience have provided insights that can enhance treatment and deliver relief in a more efficient and effective manner. Whereas the very word “neuroscience” may have been daunting in times past, the cutting-edge information coming from advanced imaging techniques have actually made the information accessible and practical to the field of mental health. Neuroscience provides a clear pathway to healing and a way to explain therapy to clients that is highly effective. An understanding of whole-body health can also reduce shame and increase engagement and compliance in treatment, which is a benefit to both client and care provider.

This course will help participants learn pertinent brain science and techniques they can put into practice right away to treat anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders, and other clinical presentations. A clear understanding of emotions, their purpose, particular messages, and whole-person ways to intervene for positive change will be presented.  In a fun and interactive environment, attendees will learn how to tap into the power of neuroplasticity to create lasting change.

1.    Analyze neurobiological factors that relate to emotion
2.    Understand the role of the brain and neuroplasticity in emotion creation and regulation
3.    Learn the process of naming emotions and identify specific points wherein to intervene for emotion regulation and self-efficacy
4.    Learn specific messages, functions, and biological associations of several primary emotions
5.    Teach the neurobiological processes underlying emotion dysregulation in a client-friendly manner with the goal of reducing shame
6.    Acquire neuroscience-informed strategies to use with clients right away

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

Cascadia Training is a NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (Provider #: 6575) and by the Washington State Office of Public Instruction as a "Washington State Approved Clock Hour Offering Workshop."

Hannah Smith, MA, LMHC, CGP

Hannah is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Certified Group Psychotherapist with nearly 20 years of experience and Master’s degrees in Special Education and Counseling Psychology. In addition, she holds various specialty certifications, including Certified Group Psychotherapist, and is a State-approved Therapy Supervisor. She has done extensive study and work in neuroscience-informed treatment of Anxiety and Trauma and she worked as a family therapist for many years. Her work experience, in both in the US and abroad, has given her a unique perspective and relatability. She has an engaging communication style and can convey difficult information in a compassionate and understandable manner. 

Currently, her endeavors include work as Group Therapy Program Coordinator for a well-regarded, partial in-patient hospital in the Seattle area and Founder/Executive Consultant and Trainer for Potential Finders. With her varied background, and in her own journey, she has found the incorporation of knowledge of brain-related responses in therapy reduces shame and increases the sense of self-control and efficacy in her clients. Therefore, she has integrated neuroscience in all she does. Her passion is to help her clients build a life that brings them joy and fulfillment and to educate clinicians on this very important and practical subject matter.

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