American Association of Christian Counselors
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Interpersonal Neurobiology and Depression 2.0

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Dear Colleague:

Interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB), a term first coined by psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Siegel, is appearing more frequently in literature. At its foundation, brain growth is seen as continuous and, therefore, the brain is able to heal and restore itself, especially after a traumatic event. Research studies have shown that conditions once thought to be irreversible may actually be subject to healthy transformation. The concept of neuroplasticity demonstrates that the development of new neurons and links—or neural pathways—is possible across the lifespan. Techniques, including meditation and other cognitive approaches, have resulted in positive treatment outcomes for a variety of disorders.

I am pleased to announce the next course in our new professional development series, Interpersonal Neurobiology and Depression 2.0. This course will examine some of the core principles and techniques in interpersonal neurobiology and show how they can be successfully applied in the treatment of major depression. Dr. Gary Sibcy’s presentations will address how the neurobiological system develops, grows, and changes throughout life and life experiences. These presentations are biblically based, clinically excellent, theologically sound, and tailored just for you—the Christian counselor.

Three, one-hour presentations include:
IPNB 101: Introduction to Interpersonal Neurobiology

Presented by Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.

In today’s world, there is an ever-increasing need for an understanding of interpersonal neurobiology and the change that applying these concepts can bring to the lives of those who are struggling. In this presentation, Dr. Gary Sibcy defines the foundation for interpersonal neurobiology and discusses the SECURE Model of Change.

IPNB 102: Treating Chronic Depression: Using Empirically-Supported Treatments that Work – Part 1

Presented by Gary Siby, Ph.D.

Major Depressive Disorder is a relatively common mental health condition that affects both men and women. Although depression may improve with medical treatment alone for some people, there are those for whom depression is chronic and resistant to treatment. In Part 1 of this presentation, Dr. Sibcy focuses on assessment and treatment of chronic depression, details the characteristics of the disorder, and offers a comprehensive psychosocial profile of the chronically depressed client.

IPNB 103: Treating Chronic Depression: Using Empirically-Supported Treatments that Work – Part 2

Presented by Richard Winter, M.D.

When medication alone fails to treat chronic depression, counselors and other mental health practitioners may explore alternatives that can help relieve the suffering client. Chronic depression does not have to be a lifelong struggle, and research demonstrates that psychotherapeutic techniques and interventions can provide much needed answers. In Part 2, Dr. Sibcy describes a step-by-step protocol with practical exercises that help people who are struggling with chronic depression.

When you successfully finish this program (more than 200,000 students have enrolled in a Light University course), you will earn a Certificate of Completion.

Continuing Education credits are also available, if needed, for mental health professionals.

Sincerely,

Timothy E. Clinton, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT
President, AACC

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