Implications for Psychological Therapy:
Many psychiatric disorders and maladaptive personality styles are either caused by or result in neurobiological changes that create tremendous human suffering and complicate psychological/psychiatric treatment.
This workshop provides an overview of neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain to change over the life span. The talk focuses on many practical treatment implications: non-pharmacologic ways to alter brain functioning and thus reduce symptoms: exercise, sleep enhancement, diet, bright light therapy, chronotherapeutics (stabilizing biological clocks), and meditation.
Also explored is the role of neurobiology in psychotherapeutic treatments: cognitive therapy, psychodynamic approaches and character change.