The client and their brain: neurobiology of depression and trauma
A course for psychologists and psychotherapists
The delicate machinery of the brain is the material link between the physical world and our reality as we experience it.

Psychotherapy alters the clients' subjective reality and behaviour, and the processes behind these changes are hidden as much from the eyes of the therapist as of the client.
The client's brain:
neurobiology of depression and trauma
A course for psychologists and psychotherapists
The delicate machinery of the brain is the material link between the physical world and our reality as we experience it.

Psychotherapy alters the clients' subjective reality and behaviour, but the processes behind these changes are hidden as much from the eyes of the therapist as of the client.
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Do you help your clients change their behaviour, thoughts and emotionals states?
Do you aim to keep up-to-date with the scientific basis of psychotherapy?
Do you explain to your clients how the brain works and would like to know more?
In this course we will explore:
• Neurobiological basis of depression and trauma
• How psycotherapy changes the brain
• How to explain these processes in a simple language to your clients, in order to increase confidence and motivation to work.
Six live webinars
(+ recordings permanently accessible)
Help you combine new knowledge with experience
Two games
Help you combine new knowledge with experience
Set of coping cards for clients
"Brain coping cards"
Help to explain to clients what happens in the brain
Six live webinars
(+ recordings permanently accessible)
Help to make complexity intelligible
Two games
Help you combine new knowledge with experience
Set of coping cards for clients
"Brain coping cards"
Help to explain to clients what happens in the brain
White matter of the human brain. (Visualization made by prof. Derek Jones (Cardiff University))
This course was made for you if...
You work with clients with depression and trauma
You don't stop wondering how the 86 billion neurons in our brains create the whole variety of modal behavior
You love deep dives - getting to the core of the problem



Program
Subjective reality, anhedonia and the brain
86 billions of neural cells. 100 trillions of connections. All the complexity of human behaviour. How does the brain achieve that? We'll talk about how the self-organized and coordinated activity of individual cells produce behaviors. In particular we will focus on the reward system of the brain with a special focus on anhedonia. We will overview the studies that unravel the brain changes underlying successful psychotherapeutic treatment of anhedonia.
Neurobiological basis of depression: sadness, rumination and cognitive changes
How does the dysfunction of the brain areas responsible for memory and self-perception lead to ruminations? What changes in the brain make a person sad? What neural networks are most important for psychotherapy of depression?
Serotonin, neuroplasticity and antidepressants
Antidepressants restore the structure and function of certain brain areas areas. Some of their action is mediated by serotonin. How exactly? Depression is thought as chronic disorder which requires extended treatment, so how comes ketamine-like substances can profoundly alter a client's mood in just a few hours? We will talk about why antidepressants increase the effectiveness of behavioral interventions and what is common between antidepressants and physical exercise.
Memory transformations: imagery rescripting, exposure therapy and EMDR
Brain cells communicate through synapses - points of contact between different cells. Memories are encoded in the strength of connection of those contacts. A new experience alters the strength of connections, that allows to link previously unassociated groups of brain cells. Recollecting past events makes that memory changeable. But in which circumstances? Can one erase memory? We'll talk about memory formation and transformation in the context of traumatic memories (exposure therapy, imagery rescripting and EMDR).
Neurobiology of trauma
In this lecture, we will discuss how psychological trauma in a childhood age changes the brain, how it differs from an adult trauma, and what is known about the treatment mechanisms of trauma psychotherapy.



Dissociation
Dissociation is one of the most mysterious phenomena related to the personality and consciousness. In this lecture, we will explore what is known about the neurobiology of dissociation.



Subjective Reality and the Brain
86 billions of neural cells. 100 trillions of connections. All the complexity of human behaviour. How does the brain achieve that? We'll talk about how the self-organized and coordinated activity of individual cells produce behaviors. In particular we will focus on the reward system of the brain with a special focus on anhedonia. We will overview the studies that unravel the brain changes underlying successful psychotherapeutic treatment of anhedonia.
Neurobiological basis of depression: rumination and cognitive changes
How does the dysfunction of the brain areas responsible for memory and self-perception lead to ruminations? What changes in the brain make a person sad? What neural networks are most important for psychotherapy of depression?
Serotonin, neuroplasticity and antidepressants
Antidepressants restore the structure and function of certain brain areas areas. Some of their action is mediated by serotonin. How exactly? Depression is thought as chronic disorder which requires extended treatment, so how comes ketamine-like substances can profoundly alter a client's mood in just a few hours? We will talk about why antidepressants increase the effectiveness of behavioral interventions and what is common between antidepressants and physical exercise.
Memory transformations: imagery rescripting, exposure therapy and EMDR
Brain cells communicate through synapses - points of contact between different cells. Memories are encoded in the strength of connection of those contacts. A new experience alters the strength of connections, that allows to link previously unassociated groups of brain cells. Recollecting past events makes that memory changeable. But in which circumstances? Can one erase memory? We'll talk about memory formation and transformation in the context of traumatic memories (exposure therapy, imagery rescripting and EMDR).
Neurobiology of trauma
In this lecture, we will discuss how psychological trauma in a childhood age changes the brain, how it differs from an adult trauma, and what is known about the treatment mechanisms of trauma psychotherapy.
Dissociation
Dissociation is one of the most mysterious phenomena related to the personality and consciousness. In this lecture, we will explore what is known about the neurobiology of dissociation.

Ekaterina Vinnik, MD, PhD

• Neurobiologist, MD, PhD in cognitive neuroscience

• Discovered an auditory illusion

Co-founder of Autoscope, (Research and development coaching for scientists)a project that unites scientists and personal development practitioners for facilitating human side of being a scientist and science outreach

Since the first years of medical school, neuroscience has been providing the most satisfying answers to Ekaterina's important questions about life, universe and cognition. Brain studies are inseparable from studies of behavior, and studying human behaviour naturally grew into an interest in cognitive technologies and a coaching practice for her.
Ekaterina Vinnik
MD, PhD
• Neurobiologist, MD, PhD in cognitive neuroscience

• Discovered an auditory illusion

• Co-founder of Autoscope, a project that unites scientists and personal development practitioners for facilitating human side of being a scientist and science outreach

Since the first years of medical school, neuroscience has been providing the most satisfying answers to Ekaterina's important questions about life, universe and cognition. Brain studies are inseparable from studies of behavior, and studying human behaviour naturally grew into an interest in cognitive technologies and a coaching practice for her.
Participants of the course receive:
New insights about the brain
Materials for explaining how psychotherapy works on the level of the brain
Brain Coping Cards - cards for clients about the brain and the effects of psychotherapy
Opportunity to reflect on their experience in the light of scientific data
Example of Brain Coping Card
New insights about the brain
Materials for explaining how psychotherapy works on the level of the brain
Brain Coping Cards - cards for clients about the brain and the effects of psychotherapy
Opportunity to reflect on their experience in the light of scientific data
Brain Coping Cards - These are cards are the size of a credit card. On the back, the clients can write down instructions for action.
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Participation options
Participation options

Attention: these are not separate courses, these are options for participating in the same course :)

Attention: these are not separate courses, these are options for participating in the same course :)
"Karl Wernicke"
- Listen -
  • Six lectures online ;
  • Videos and slides permanently available to participants;
  • Course exercises;
  • Group work: reflections of other participants on their experience in the context of neuroscience bring additional insights;
  • Electronic certificate*
€ 68

Discount here

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"Peter Anokhin"
- Systematize -
  • Six lectures online ;
  • Videos and slides permanently available to participants;
  • Course exercises;
  • Group work: reflections of other participants on their experience in the context of neuroscience bring additional insights;
  • Electronic certificate*
  • 1 hour consultation with the lecturer - feedback on excersises
    € 180

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    Proceed to payment
    "Paul Pierre Broca"
    - Tell others -
    • Six lectures online ;
    • Videos and slides permanently available to participants;
    • Course exercises;
    • Group work: reflections of other participants on their experience in the context of neuroscience bring additional insights;
    • Paper certificate;
    • 1 hour consultation with the lecturer - feedback on exercises
    • Throughout the course, you can add materials of neurobiology to your training, relying on the help of the lecturer (see blow).
    € 308
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    "Karl Wernicke"
    - Listen -
    • Six lectures online;
    • Videos and slides permanently available to participants;
    • Course exercises;
    • Group work: reflections of other participants on their experience in the context of neuroscience bring additional insights;
    • Electronic certificate*
    € 68

    Discount here


    Proceed to payment
    "Peter Anokhin"
    - Systematize -
    • Six lectures online;
    • Videos and slides permanently available to participants;
    • Course exercises
    • Group work: reflections of other participants on their experience in the context of neuroscience bring additional insights;
    • Electronic certificate*;
    • 1 hour consultation with the lecturer - feedback on exercises
      € 180
      No places left
      Proceed to payment
      "Paul Pierre Broca"
      - Tell others -
      • Six lectures online;
      • Videos and slides permanently available to participants;
      • Course exercises
      • Group work: reflections of other participants on their experience in the context of neuroscience bring additional insights;
      • Paper certificate;
      • 1 hour consultation with the lecturer - feedback on exercises
      • Throughout the course, you can add materials of neurobiology to your training, relying on the help of the lecturer (see blow)
      € 308
      More information
      How does the course work?
      Webinars
      Курс проходит в группе в фейсбуке. Каждую неделю я присылаю ссылку с записью и заданиями. При желании можно просмотреть все семинары в своем темпе, быстрее или медленнее. Участники могут задавать вопросы после просмотра вебинаров, я на них отвечаю в группе. Участники могут просматривать записи вебинаров и записи сессий с ответами на вопросы в любое время. Материалы курса (слайды, записи вебинаров, задачи, карточки) выкладываются в посте с эфиром и остаются в доступе участников навсегда. Они включают в себя лекции, игры и ответы на вопросы.

      Exercises
      The exercises help you to bridge neuroscience and your experience to take exactly what you need from the course. Most of the participants choose to share their exercises in a group.

      Certificates
      Certificates can be issued if a participant completed 80% of exercises. For the paper certificate, it will be sent to the participant by mail.

      *in the Wernicke option, an assistant will track the exercises done.


      Course extras
      Throughout the course, participants can create a mini-lecture on a chosen topic. Topics are of participant's choice and can go well beyond the scope of depression and trauma. For example, if you specialize or would like to specialize in working with OCD, during the course you can add materials about neurobiology of OCD to your basic materials.
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      Beginning of the course:
      Frequently asked questions
      - When is the start of the next course?
      - (update once we have a date)

      - My background is humanities, not any sort of biology. Would the course suit me?
      - Yes. The course was made for people with a background in psychology.

      - I'm afraid it will be difficult
      - It will be interesting and complex, but clear. No special background knowledge is needed for this course.

      - What do the exercises of the course look like?
      - The exercises help participants to blend neurobiology with practical experience. There are no quizzes, only thought-provoking questions. Working in a group with other participants provides support, inspiration and food for thought.

      - What kind of certificate is given after the completion of the course?
      - The certificate of participation is a confirmation that the participant listened to the webinars, completed exercises and thus delved into the details of the course. The certificate is not from any particular institution, it is signed by author of the course. It looks nice on the wall, and reminds of the achievment :)
      - I practice a particular form of psychotherapy. Will the course be useful for me?
      - Any effective psychotherapy changes the brain. The course sheds light on a wide range of methods, including, but not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, IFS and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

      - What if I don't like it?
      - Within the first week of the course the participants are eligible to full refund (minus f the payment system fee). The materials of the first week of the course will remain with you.

      - I am not a psychologist, but I am very interested. Should I join?

      - This course is designed for psychologists and psychotherapists, but most of my lectures and courses have been and will continue to be attended by people who are simply interested. From this experience, they also get some benefits for themselves, but perhaps a different course will be better for you.

      Here is a form where you can leave your email, in case you are interested in a course focused on a more general audience.
      IF YOU WANT TO JOIN LATER, YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR MAIL ADDRESS HERE
      More questions?