Rewiring the Brain After Trauma: A Brain-Based Therapy Approach

Dr John Arden, PhD

Held 29-30 October 2012

Dr John Arden

This seminar examined the use of Brain-Based Therapy to enhance outcomes with people who have been traumatised. It explored a new way of looking at the therapeutic process enabling you to move beyond the traditional theoretical school approach. Brain-Based Therapy synthesizes neuroscience, evidence-based treatment, psychotherapy research, and attachment theory into a hybrid therapeutic model. Brain-Based Therapy envisions the therapeutic process as a method to change the brain in order to change mood and behaviour. The role that brain function plays in mood, memory and behaviour was discussed, including the effect of diet and alcohol on the brain and mental health over the life span. Special attention was given to addressing the neurodynamics of PTSD and the crucial role of memory. Participants learnt how to use Brain-Based Therapy to more effectively educate and treat clients with PTSD. This seminar was held at the Wesley Conference Centre and was attended by 166 people.


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Comments from participants

“I loved the way he pulls it all together, has easy to understand examples and a charismatic character”

“John introduced a complicated subject in an easy to understand way”

“Good balance of theory and practical”

About Dr John Arden Ph.D

John Arden, Ph.D. has served since 1999 as the Director of Training for Mental Health for Kaiser Permanente, Northern California, USA. He has developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the USA and oversees more than 100 interns and postdoctoral psychology residents in 22 medical centres.

Dr. Arden’s study of neuropsychology has inspired him to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy, synthesising the biological and psychological into a new vision for psychotherapy: Brain-Based Therapy. His work incorporates what is currently known about the brain and its capacities, including neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, with psychotherapy research, mindfulness, nutritional neuroscience and social intelligence.

Author of 12 books, his most recent publication, Rewire Your Brain, describes how the general audience can utilise the practices of Brain-Based Therapy. He is one of the lead authors of 2 volumes for the practitioner entitled Brain-Based Therapy: Adults and Brain-Based Therapy: Children and Adolescents.