Every few years a seemingly new psychotherapeutic approach surges in popularity, only to fade away later as a distant memory. Recently a wide variety of interactive factors underlying many health and mental health problems have been identified. This webinar synthesizes the substantial literature on psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics, combining it with the neuroscience of emotional, interpersonal, cognitive, dynamics, with psychotherapeutic approaches to offer an integrated vision of psychotherapy. The integrative model promotes a conceptual shift in how we understand mental health problems and their solutions. We can now understand how the immune system, diet, brain structure, and even gut bacteria effect mental health. Psychotherapists in the 21st Century will by necessity become more like healthcare workers to address and resolve adverse mind-body-brain interactions.

What will be covered in this webinar?

  • Understand the relationship between health and mental health.

  • Learn about the interaction between the immune system, genes, brain dynamics, and mental health.

  • Understand how the pandemic of obesity and autoimmune disorders involves chronic inflammation and mental health disorders.

  • Learn about how early adverse experiences can affect long-term health.

  • Understand how genes can be expressed or suppressed .

  • Learn how the stress systems can be turned on and are difficult to turn off.

  • Understand how the immune system is intricately connected to brain systems.

  • Learn how chronic and acute stress can dysregulate the immune system.

  • Understand how autoimmune disorders contribute to depression, anxiety, and cognitive problems.

Biography: John Arden, PhD, ABPP

Author of 15 books including: Brain2Brain, The Brain Bible, Rewire Your Brain, and Brain-Based Therapy with Adults. His new book is entitled Mind-Brain-Gene: Toward the Integration of Psychotherapy.: He recently retired from Kaiser Permanente where he served as the Northern California Regional Director of Training where he developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the United States. In this capacity he oversaw more than 150 interns and postdoctoral psychology residents in 24 medical centers. Dr. Arden’s study of neuropsychology has inspired him to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy, synthesizing the biological and psychological. He has presented in all US States and 30 countries.

Learning Outcomes

  • Contrast: The overly compartmental field of psychotherapy of the 20th Century to the integrative vision of psychotherapy in the 21st Century.

  • Explain: Explain how poor health contributes to poor mental health as well as vice versa.

  • Analyze: How an overactive immune system contributes to depression and anxiety.

  • Plan: Where to encourage lifestyle changes that improve health and mental health.

  • Measure: The effect of poor sleep, diet, and lack of exercise contributions to changes in mental health.

  • Select: Brain-based and evidence-based approaches with the most practical outcomes.