Below are short descriptions of professional development trainings Linda has presented to clinicians, locally or nationally. Click on the title link to read/download the entire transcript in PDF format. For upcoming trainings, see the Calendar page.
Neuroscience and the Art of Self-Care (171K PDF)
Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington, D.C. March 21, 2013
Experiential exercises that help rewire the brain for more resilience and well-being.
FACES conference, Integrating Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Seattle, WA October 19, 2012
Practices of mindfulness and empathy are two of the most powerful agents of brain change known to modern science. A synergistic integration of tools from these two methods of “self-directed neuroplasticity” helps us and our clients move skillfully toward the 5 C’s of coping: calm, clarity, connections to resources, competence, and courage. We, and our clients, learn to cope with life’s hiccups and hurricanes with greater flexibility and wisdom.
Positive Emotions Build Resilience (113K PDF)
FACES conference, Integrating Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Seattle, WA October 19, 2012
Cultivating positive emotions – gratitude, serenity, joy, compassion, awe – reverses the impact of negativity on mood, health, and coping behaviors. Positivity immediately broadens our perspectives and options and builds long-term resources of deeper self-acceptance, fosters greater collaboration and connections with others, and strengthens the brain’s capacities to learn new skills, new points of view, new ways of being. You will learn practical tools to generate more optimism, sense of purpose, resilience, creativity and fulfillment, and move from “not so good” or even “good enough” to flourishing.
The Neuroscience of Resilience and Renewal (266K PDF)
Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA August 31 – September 2, 2012
This experiential workshop is saturated with brain-savvy resources for recovering resilience – our body-brain’s innate capacities to cope with the dilemmas and disasters of everyday life, and to restore vitality and life balance.
Linda guides participants through practical tools and techniques of:
- resourcing through breath and movement
- deepening emotional empathy and self-compassion
- shifting perspectives through mindful awareness and reflection
- expanding relational resonance and resourcing in community
- evolving consciousness toward compassion and connection
Linda integrates recent discoveries from modern neuroscience with guided meditations and visualizations, experiential exercises and inquiry in dyads and small groups, and stimulating dialogue and discussions in large groups.
Participants learn to harness their own neuroplasticity to
- reduce stress, return to their window of tolerance, and restore well-being after overwhelm
- activate the release of oxytocin, the hormone of safety and trust, bonding and attachment, calm and connect
- cultivate pro-social emotions to antidote the negativity bias of the brain
- re-wire habitual patterns of response and resolve old traumas to increase adaptability and flexibility in coping strategies
- recover social connectivity and replenish the wellspring of balance and wholeness
Participants take home new understanding, new perspectives, and a new sense of competence to recover their own inner resilience.
Neuroscience and the Art of Self Care (184K PDF)
Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington, D.C. March 22, 2012
Brain research has shown us how certain interventions can help rewire our clients’ brains, reducing stress, resolving trauma, and recovering resilience. But how much of this knowledge do we bring to the care of our own brains to manage the emotional volatility of difficult clients, reduce our own stress and burnout, to restore our sense of perspective, and recover our intuitive creativity? In this experiential workshop, you’ll practice 10 simple, empirically-validated techniques that harness the brain’s neuroplasticity to resource and regulate our body-brains, enhance coping strategies, and restore our capacities for social connectivity. You’ll learn specific tools to repair ineffective, seemingly stuck patterns of coping and then integrate the rewiring you’ve accomplished. You’ll leave with techniques that create a new neural integration and flexibility in your brain that help recover a sense of balance, wholeness, and open-ended creativity.
Neuroscience and the Art of Self Care (128K PDF)
Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington, D.C. March 24, 2011
I’ve been exploring the neuroscience of self care lately, because I’m hungrily curious about both (A) how do people cope with unfathomably challenging circumstances and come out the other side with their spirits and integrity intact (when I get disoriented just trying to meet a friend for dinner at a new restaurant and have been known to cry when my computer crashes) and (B) what can brain science teach us about strengthening the capacities of self care from the bottom-up – at the level of neurons firing in new patterns that promote flexibility in the face of change.
In this experiential workshop, we learn to harness the neuroplasticity that re-wires our brains. We practice empirically-validated techniques that reduce stress and burn-out, restore our sense of perspective, and recover our social connectivity and intuitive creativity. The handout at the above link is excerpted from a previously published article.
The Neuroscience of Resilience (100K PDF)
This training explores what brain science can teach clinicians about strengthening client’s capacities to cope with the challenges of their lives flexibly and resiliently – to manage the emotional waves, to keep the larger perspective, to turn to others for support and encouragement, to not collapse, become overwhelmed, isolated, under-resourced.
The training uses techniques from
- body-based trauma therapies to help clients stay within their window of tolerance.
- attachment-based relational therapies to help clients activate the release of oxytocin, the hormone of safety and trust, of “calm and connect,” to antidote the body-brain’s flood of cortisol, the stress hormone of fight-flight-freeze
- mindfulness based therapies to help clients better attune to and reflect on their own experiences and the experiences of others, shifting perspectives to keep the big picture and recover resilience
- interpersonal neurobiology to help clients use their innate social engagement system to find comfort and support from other people.
The training also explores the nine functions of the brain’s integrative pre-frontal cortex as the neural substrate of resilience, and offers many practical tools and exercises to strengthen each of the nine functions.
- regulating our nervous system so we stay calm and engaged
- quelling the fear response
- regulating emotions so resilience is not blocked by fear or shame
- attunement – the safety and trust of “feeling felt”
- empathy – the safety and trust of being seen, known, understood
- response flexibility – the capacity to pause, recognize and evaluate options, and make appropriate decisions; the fulcrum of resilience
- insight – self-awareness
- intuition – the guidance of our gut feelings
- morality based on a sense of connection with others and the common good
It is the integration of these functions that is the true neural substrate of resilience.
Mastering the art of resilience does much more than restore you to who you once thought you were. Rather, you emerge from the experience transformed into a truer expression of who you were really meant to be.
– Carol Osborn
Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
A two day training for clinicians to introduce mindfulness into an ongoing psychotherapy practice. Day One explores what mindfulness and psychotherapy have in common, some significant differences in the stance toward the self, seven natural dovetails that allow mindfulness practice to be integrated easily into psychotherapy, how neuroscience explains how both mindfulness and psychotherapy can create radical transformations in both brain structure and brain functioning, thus in how the mind functions and how the self is experienced. The training includes experiential exercises, poetry, homework, and a comprehensive resource page.
Day Two explores the integration of mindfulness into three different therapeutic modalities: cognitive therapies (MBSR, MBCT, DBT, ACT), psychodynamic therapies (relational psychoanalytic, inter-subjective, AEDP, STDP, Internal Family Systems) and somatic-based trauma therapies (EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor).
Community Institute for Psychotherapy, 4-16-10
Oxytocin is the hormone of safety and trust, of bonding and attachment. It is the body-brain’s direct and immediate antidote to the stress hormone cortisol. When we can teach our clients techniques to activate the release of oxytocin, through experiences and memories of feeling safe, loved, cherished, even in our therapeutic sessions, they can reliably return themselves (or recover in the first place) a baseline of calm, relaxed awareness and relational engagement.