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Addiction

In this course, using the latest brain imaging, we show how addiction affects the brain, why drugs are so powerful, why their effects can be so long lasting, and why they destroy some lives whilst others seem to successfully resist them.

We identify differences between male and female responses to addiction and why adolescents are especially vulnerable.

Many studies show that addiction is involved with specific physiological systems in the brain, powerful systems that have evolved to ensure the survival of our species.

Lessons from history suggest that addiction in some form stay with us, therefore understanding the addicted brain is essential to prevention, treatment and therapeutic support.

This is a one-day advanced course. It is recommended that participants attend first our Introductory Training Course.

Cost: £90

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The Ageing Brain

Neuroscience presents a new view, overturning decades of dogma.

By the time we retire, there’s no doubt about it, our brain isn’t what it used to be. By the age of 65, most people will start to notice the signs: we forget people’s names, or we put the car keys down and can’t remember where we put them.

There is a good reason why our memories start to let us down. At this stage of life we are steadily losing brain cells in critical areas such as the hippocampus, the area in which memories are processed. This is not too much of a problem at first: even in older age the brain is flexible enough to compensate. At some point, though, the losses start to make themselves felt.

Attachment, involvement and purpose never cease to be of vital importance to a healthy mind: too much solitude, too much stress, too much regression can all adversely affect the ageing process.

In this training we cover a diverse range of concerns, including: stroke recovery, different forms of dementia, prognosis and treatment, pain and medication, and the effects of dehydration and isolation on the brain.

This training would be of interest and benefit to anyone working with older people in psychotherapy, care support or related professions.

This is a one-day advanced course. It is recommended that participants attend first our Introductory Training Course.

Cost: £90

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The Brutalised Mind: From Stress to Psychosis

Potential adaptations to stress in the context of lack of support can be well studied and understood from an attachment perspective.

However, the field of care for persons with stress-related psychosis has been reluctant to use attachment-theory ideas for understanding and treating stress-related forms of psychosis.

The first part of this training will focus on the stress–attachment model of psychosis, showing brain images of neurobiological mechanisms linking stress and psychosis.

The second part will focus on practical applications of the stress–attachment model.

A distinction is made between subtle differences in the quality of attachment relationships on the one hand and clinical disorders of attachment on the other hand.

The third and final part of this one-day training will examine an important premise of ongoing work: that stress-related psychosis can be understood as the product of successive adaptations to and interactions with the environment.

This is a one-day advanced course. It is recommended that participants attend first our Introductory Training Course.

Cost: £90

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Childhood Anxiety

An infant experiences stress when a challenge or event exceeds learned skills for survival and no trusted source of support is available.

Anxiety is a fear response. Self-reliance at an early age is a frightening prospect and is often fuelled by anger, and this anger is appropriate because the infant was let down. An anxious child is an unhappy child; most anxious children become anxious adults.

We look at how children receive from anxious parents the message that the world is not a safe place before they are able to understand that information. Even though such parents do everything within their power to protect and take care of their children, these children never learn how to feel safe, because their parents cannot teach or believe in what they have not learned.

In this training, we look at how we help the anxious child to build a feeling of trust in life when the omnipotent period has long passed.

We look at the brain response and recovery under different treatments in psychotherapy and life support.

This is a one-day advanced course. It is recommended that participants attend first our Introductory Training Course.

Cost: £90

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Understanding the Adolescent Brain

When examining the adolescent brain, we find mystery, complexity, frustration and inspiration. As the brain begins teeming with hormones, the prefrontal cortex, the centre of reasoning and impulse control, is still a work-in-progress.

Psychologists used to explain adolescent behaviour as a result of raging hormones, as it was known that children reach near-adult cerebral volumes well before puberty. More recently, however, imaging studies have revealed a gamut of structural changes in the teens and early twenties that go a long way towards explaining the tumultuous teenage years.

Adolescence brings waves of grey-matter pruning, with teens losing about one percent of their grey matter every year until their early twenties. Amongst the last part of the brain to mature is the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex at the very front of the frontal lobe. This area is involved in control of impulses, judgment and decision-making. This area also acts to control and process emotional information sent from the amygdala.

As grey matter is lost, the brain gains white matter. This fatty tissue surrounds neurons, helping to conduct electrical impulses faster and stabilise the neural connections that survived the pruning process. In this training we will look closely at the pruning process and its effect on impulse control, behaviour and decision-making circuits.

During this training we will focus on the adolescent’s vulnerability to stress-induced schizophrenia, drug addiction and alcohol abuse.

This is an exciting course for anyone with a special interest in adolescents.

This is a one-day advanced course. It is recommended that participants attend first our Introductory Training Course.

Cost: £90

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