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The Anxious Brain - Neurobiological Underpinnings and Practical Skills Based Interventions

Format Workshop
Presenters Dr Pieter Rossouw
Description The last decade of brain research made possible by advances in brain imaging and neurobiological data has moved the understanding of anxiety disorders into a new dimension. Although we can successfully treat clients without knowing the full implications of research, we can be more effective with more people in less time if we have a grasp of the neurobiology and why and how our treatment methods change brain function.

This workshop focuses on evidence based advances in neurobiological research, specifically in relation to two of the anxiety disorders (Panic Disorder and Generalised Anxiety Disorder with some reference to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) with special emphasis on how talking therapies change the brain and applied skills to enhance therapeutic outcomes.

The workshop covers three areas:
1. Understanding the Brain
 Key areas of the brain and how they relate to anxiety
 Neuroplasticity and -genesis
 The nervous system
 Interactive discussions/vignettes and case studies
2. Panic Disorder
 Neurobiological origins of PD
 The brain and stress response
 Effective treatment strategies to change the brain
 interactive discussions
3. Generalised Anxiety Disorders
 Diagnosis and Neurobiological origins of GAD
 Childhood development of GAD
 The effect of GAD on novelty and learning
 Effective treatment strategies to treat GAD from a neuropsychotherapeutic perspective
 Interactive discussions

Handouts and worksheets to assist in treatment applications will be provided and discussed
About the presenter(s) Pieter is the Director of the Master of Counselling Program at the School of Psychology and the School of Social Work and Human Services at The University of Queensland. His research and teaching focuses on Neuropsychotherapy. Pieter is also the Director of Mediros - a company that provides training in Neurobiology and Neuropsychotherapy.

Pieter has established a distinguished career as Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer, Clinical Consultant and Supervisor. He has been in Private Practice for the past 25 years. Pieter holds Honours Degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a Master Degree in Clinical Psychology and a PhD. Pieter is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. He provides Mental Health training for GP's and is accredited at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. In this role he developed and facilitated a Clinical Audit for General Practitioners (30 PD point activity) with over 600 GP's Nationwide involved in the training.

Pieter developed three 2-day APS, specialist endorsed workshops - The Brain and Anxiety: Utilizing Neurobiological Information as Psychotherapeutic Tool; The Neuroscience of Depression: New Opportunities for Effective Treatment; and The Developing Brain and the Neuroscience of Memory and Trauma. He also runs neuropsychotherapy applied skills classes.
Location WA Regional, Australia
Venue Rural Clinical School
Behind KRH Hospital, Maritana St, Kalgoorlie

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 13 Dec 2012 to 14 Dec 2012
Time Day 1 9am-4.30pm Day 2 9am-12pm
Cost APS Members $350 Non APS Members $450 Organising Committee & Students $200
Organiser Goldfields Esperance Branch (WA)
Contact Name Christina Petz
Telephone 08 90222666
Fax 08 90222888
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