Dr John Arden, Ph.D.

Mind-Brain-Gene: Toward an Integrative Vision of the
Treatment of Trauma, Depression and Anxiety

7-8 March 2019 | Sydney


Workshop overview

This new workshop will discuss the sea change occurring in clinical treatment; how we conceptualise mental health problems and their solutions. It is based on Dr John Arden’s latest book (September 2018 release). The seminar will explore the wide variety of factors having multidirectional causal relationships between stress, depression, anxiety, the immune system, and gene expression. The interaction between all these factors has been illuminated by studies examining the effects of lifestyle factors on the incidence of health and psychological problems. There are significant relationships between immune system function, stress, insecure attachment, anxiety, depression, poor nutrition, bad quality sleep, physical inactivity, and neurophysiological dysregulation. For example, insecure attachment, deprivation, and child abuse contribute to anxiety and depression in far more extensive ways then was believed. Just as the field of medicine has been recently transformed by Functional and Integrative Medicine, the treatment of mental health issues by necessity is moving toward integration. Given that treatment will increasingly address health factors, with epigenetics and psychoneuroimmunology at the forefront, this integration brings those fields of research that had previously been compartmentalized into a robust vision of the clinical treatment of mental health issues. This workshop will apply this integrated approach to the clinical assessment and treatment of trauma, anxiety and depression, using practical examples and case studies.

Author of 15 books including, Brain2Brain, The Brain Bible, Rewire Your Brain, and Brain-Based Therapy with Adults.  His new book is entitled Mind-Brain-Gene: Toward the Integration of Psychotherapy. He recently retired from Kaiser Permanente where he served as the Northern California Regional Director of Training where he developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the United States. In this capacity he oversaw more than 150 interns and postdoctoral psychology residents in 24 medical centers. Dr. Arden’s study of neuropsychology has inspired him to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy, synthesizing the biological and psychological into a new vision for psychotherapy: Brain-Based Therapy which he has presented in all US States and 25 countries.

  • Explore the overly compartmental field of clinical treatment, in particular psychotherapy of the 20th Century, to the integrative vision of clinical treatment of mental health issues in the 21st Century
  • Explain how poor health contributes to poor mental health as well as vice versa
  • Explore the effect of poor sleep, diet, and lack of exercise contributions to changes in mental health
  • Distinguish between various health conditions and psychological disorders and their overlap
  • Learn about the interaction between the immune system, genes, brain systems, and mental health
  • Understand how genes can be expressed or suppressed
  • Learn how the stress systems can be turned on and are difficult to turn off
  • Learn how chronic and acute stress can dysregulate the immune system
  • Analyze how an overactive immune system contributes to depression and anxiety
  • Explain how adverse childhood experiences contributes to long-term chronic health and mental health conditions and what to do about it.
  • Explore the implications of an integrative approach to clinical assessment and screening
  • Explore where to encourage lifestyle changes that improve health and mental health
  • Explore integrative approaches to treat trauma, depression and anxiety with the most practical outcomes

Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychiatrists, doctors, social workers, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, naturopaths, nutritionists, and any other professionals interested in an integrated view and practice of health.

StandardEnds 6 March 2019
$595 full | $445 concession | $570 groups 5+

The workshop fee includes entrance to the workshop over the two days, a certificate of attendance, and a printed copy of the PowerPoint slides.

All individual registrations are online and payment is by credit card. Please click on the ‘Register now’ button above. A confirmation email will be sent to you automatically.

Groups of five and more who want the group discount and will pay on one credit card will need to download the group registration form and email it to STARTTS. Groups cannot pay online.

NSW Teacher’s Federation Conference Centre
37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills
Sydney NSW Australia

The workshop will be held in the recently renovated auditorium of the NSW Teacher’s Federation Conference Centre in trendy Surry Hills, Sydney (just next to the Sydney CBD and close to Central Station). Each participant will have a comfortable padded armchair will full view of the stage.

Central Station is the closest. It is only a couple of blocks walking.

Please check Sydney Transport for the best bus routes.

The closest parking station is Secure Goulburn Street.

9.30am-5pm | Registrations open at 9am

Break morning: 10.45-11.15am
Break lunch: 12.45-1.45pm
Break afternoon: 3.15-3.45pm

A certificate for the full 2 days will be emailed after the event to attendees who signed on both days. A certificate for one day attendance will be emailed after the event to attendees who only attended and signed on to one day.

CPD hours = 11

This workshop adheres to the continuing professional development standards of most professional bodies. Please check the CPD policy of your professional body.

CPD formal endorsements


Payment of the registration fee is online by credit card and a receipt/confirmation will be automatically emailed to you. Please bring your receipt to the seminar for proof of registration in case it is needed. An administration fee of $50 applies to all cancellations made more than one month before the event. Registration once paid cannot be cancelled one month or less before the event, regardless of personal circumstances. Registration can be transferred to another delegate only if STARTTS is informed of the name change. One-day registrations are not available. The concession price is for full-time students and pensioners only and a photocopy or pdf of a valid concession card must be forwarded to the STARTTS training team upon registration. Online registration is not available for the group price (please fill out the form). Group price is for groups of 5 or more people; must be paid together in one payment; the details of each person in the group must be filled out on the registration form. Invoicing is only available for some government departments upon request to the STARTTS training team. Registrations will not be confirmed until full payment is received, and full payment must be finalised before the deadline to receive the early bird price and before the start of the event to be allowed to attend. The closing dates for registrations are final and non-negotiable. The STARTTS Training Team can be contacted at or (02) 9646 6700.

Phone: (02) 9646 6700  Ask for the Training Administration Officer