Week 1 What is a “healthy mind?” The systems that underpin psychological well-being.
Interpersonal neurobiology draws on a wide range of scientific, contemplative, and artistic disciplines to provide an interdisciplinary view of the human mind and the development of well-being.
By viewing health—within an individual, relationship, or group—as emerging from the process of integration (the linkage of differentiated parts) we will explore how the rigidity and chaos of many mental disorders are examples of impaired integration. Three human experiences have been documented as promoting well-being: secure attachment, mindfulness meditation, and effective psychotherapy.
We will explore how these systems have similar neural mechanisms and the implications that this has for both attaining a state of well-being and transforming the brain.
Week 2 Definition of “mind” and the healing power of emotion
We will elaborate the concept of the mind as an embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information – an approach that places the relationship between clinician and patient/ client at the heart of successful psychotherapeutic work – and we will explore how we can embrace this regulatory process in a scientifically grounded and practical way to offer new and effective approaches to psychotherapeutic clinical assessment and intervention.
Week 3 Psychological domains of rigidity, chaos and non- integration
Integration is defined as the linkage of differentiated parts of a system and when it is present, flexibility and harmony result; when it is absent, chaos or rigidity occur. When we transfer this model to the human mind, we find that that a lack of integration produces symptoms and syndromes that we might consider to be mental disorders. We will explore examples.
Week 4 New and effective approaches to psycho-therapeutic clinical assessment and intervention.
This presentation will propose that integration can serve as an organizing principle that illuminates the nature of resilience and well-being and as a central mechanism of health that can be revealed in clinical interventions.
Specific “domains of integration” will be illustrated that enable us to direct therapeutic interventions toward integration—the linkage of differentiated elements. These domains include those of consciousness, bilateral, vertical, memory, and narrative, state, interpersonal, temporal, and transpirational.
Working in each domain entails specific therapeutic interventions that will be highlighted and explored. The ultimate outcome of integration is the movement of the individual from the presenting states of chaos and rigidity and into the harmony and ease of well-being.
Week 5 The clinical assessment of integration
The first stage of clinical work is to evaluate what is happening in a person or relationship’s life. IPNB offers a new approach to this assessment.
You will experience directly how to evaluate clients/patients using fundamental concepts from IPNB.
You’ll learn how to identify chaos and rigidity in the clinical evaluation.
We’ll re-examine the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental disorders through an IPNB lens and discover how each symptom of each syndrome can be viewed as an example of chaos, rigidity, or both.
With this assessment, we then aim our clinical thinking to uncover which domains of integration may be impaired in chaos and rigidity and then chart strategies for intervention for identifying the impaired domains of integration.
Week 6 Treatment Planning
Once we’ve done an assessment, we then will focus on how to plan treatment.
Here, you’ll learn how to design interventions to help promote differentiation and linkage within the domains of integration and find where differentiation and linkage may be impaired. You’ll see how to identify the domain of integration that is not developed in a given individual, couple or family’s life and then choose an effective treatment strategy with the assistance of the domains, ranging from the integration of consciousness to interpersonal integration.
We’ll also consider the development of the mind as an embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information and apply that view to how the mind develops across the lifespan.
Week 7 Therapeutic intervention and the significance of neural integration for both therapist and client
IPNB principles have direct application to what is actually done in therapy. In this session, you’ll learn how stimulating neuronal activation and growth can promote integration across the identified domains.
You’ll also gain an understanding of the IPNB view that for any therapy to be effective, it must change the brain and how “SNAG” notes the fundamental approach used to stimulate neuronal activation and growth.
In the background of these specific strategies, we’ll explore the power of the presence of the therapist to promote neural integration and review the principles of neuroplasticity and how to apply them to the implementation of therapeutic interventions.
Examples will be provided to help us explore how a therapist actually stays “present” in therapy while simultaneously keeping an eye on the movement of the individual toward integration.
Week 8 Integration, Reflection and discussion
Here we will integrate all the information you have learned during the day. Ample time will be allowed for reflection and discussion.
This workshop is suited to those with a minimum of 5 years practice including but not limited to : Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Counsellors, General Practitioners, those working with adults, adolescents, children, trauma, relationships, compulsive behaviours, depression, phobias, anxiety, difficult to manage cases where other therapies may have failed and those wanting to enhance their skills to better their practice with up to date methods.
Developed specifically for Australian practitioners by Kassan Events, the Mindsight Institute and Dr Dan Siegel, this workshop is a once in a career opportunity to learn from one of the world’s foremost minds.