Norman Doidge, M.D.

The Brain’s Way of Healing

Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne: May 2016

This workshop was held in 2016 and this information is presented for reference purposes only.

The Brain that Changes Itself

Neuroplasticity is a topic of enormous practical importance. Norman Doidge, M.D., psychiatrist, pioneer, united the world with evidence that the brain is highly adaptable and undergoes constant change throughout life.

At these two-day trainings, he outlines the implications for human potential, treatment and keeps us at the forefront of neuroplasticity and its remarkable changes.

Training Information


Byron Clinic proudly presents Norman Doidge M.D.’s, world-first two-day seminar workshop, outlining revolutionary research into, and his own reconceptualizing of, the brain’s amazing capacity to heal, and how to apply these discoveries to clinical practice.

Norman Doidge’s latest exploration of neuroplasticity has played a major role in overturning the long-held belief that the brain’s sophistication and complexity came at a steep evolutionary price: its circuits were too complex to heal when damaged or diseased.

Doidge shows this very complexity is the key to its ability to create new neural pathways and overcome previously baffling mental and physical conditions.

In this seminar workshop, Norman Doidge will introduce the latest ideas about what goes wrong in a range of emotional, psychiatric and brain disorders — including what many brain problems have in common—and then the five stages of neuroplastic healing, and how to determine which stage needs clinical attention in your patient. He will review neuroplasticity and how it informs our understanding of mental health problems, brain damage, disease and disorder.

Norman Doidge will discuss basic neuroscience, detailed case histories, and outcome studies where relevant. Throughout, he will provide film evidence of people who were told they would never get better, and show how they improved, demonstrating how, with assistance, the brain can change and re-wire itself to restore lost functions.

He will discuss new treatments for a range of psychiatric, psychological and neurological conditions including ADD, learning disorders, Autism, sensory processing disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and dystonias, among others. He will show how to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and discuss the latest information on brain exercises.

He will introduce “the plastic paradox”: how certain conditions, such as addiction, bad habits, defense mechanisms, chronic pain, dystonias, PTSD, and OCD are caused by the brain’s plasticity going awry, to reinforce maladaptive symptoms, and identify clinical strategies to remedy these.

Norman Doidge will illustrate how new neuroplastic approaches can alter or develop brain structure and function using patterns of energy, and that our senses, which are “transducers” can convert energy of one form into the electrical patterns of energy of the brain, to change the neuroplastic brain. Using the body, the senses and the mind, individuals and clinicians can non-invasively re-synchronize and re-route neural pathways to improve functioning without the use of medications, or surgery. The neuroplastic components of psychotherapy, dreams, trauma and dissociative disorders will be reviewed.

This innovative seminar workshop will inspire and offer hope to those working with conditions which have until now been considered untreatable, plus provide new ways of understanding how neuroplasticity can be used for more common problems. He will discuss how to integrate these ground-breaking scientific insights into clinical practice, ultimately improving quality of life and well-being.

  • 8am – 9am: Registration
  • 9am – 10.30am: Introduction – Neuroplasticity: A new view of what goes wrong in brain, psychiatric and many common psychological problems. Overview of the five stages of neuroplastic healing.
  • 10.30am – 11am: Morning Break
  • 11am – 12.30 am: Stage 1 of Neuroplastic Healing.
  • 12.30pm – 1.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30pm – 3pm: Stages 2, 3, and 4 of Neuroplastic Healing: Neurostimulation, Neuromodulation, and Neurorelaxation.
  • 3pm – 3.30pm: Afternoon Break
  • 3.30pm – 4.30pm: Review, Q & A
  • 4.30pm: Close.
  • 8am – 9am: Registration
  • 9 – 10.30am: Stage 5 of Neuroplastic Healing: Differentiation. Brain exercises to improve functioning. Schizophrenia.
  • 10.30 – 11am: Morning Break
  • 11 – 12.30pm: The plastic paradox: “Plasticity gone wild”. Chronic pain, PTSD, OCD, and dissociative disorders.
  • 12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch
  • 1.30 – 3pm: Complex case conceptualization for learning disorders, stroke, TBI and cognitive deficits in terms of the stages of neuroplastic healing.
  • 3pm – 3.30pm: Afternoon Break
  • 3.30 – 4.30pm: Integrating scientific insights into clinical practice. Helping patients, obstacles and how – approach clients. Review, Q & A.
  • 4.30pm — Day Two Close
Venues and dates

BRISBANE: 5 & 6 May 2016 Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Corner of Merivale & Glenelg Street, South Bank 4101

SYDNEY: 9 & 10 May 2016 Wesley Theatre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney 2000

MELBOURNE: 16 & 17 May 2016 Plenary 3, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf 3006

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How is the training delivered?

The workshop will be delivered via a combination of lecture with accompanying handouts, review of clinical applications via session recordings, and audience questions.


These workshops are suitable for (but not limited to) mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counsellors, social workers, neuropsychologists, chiropractors, osteopaths, psychometrists, recreational therapists, occupational and physio-therapists and naturopaths.

There are no prerequisites to attending this workshop. Anyone interested in the workshop content is welcome to attend, however you do so under your own volition.

These workshops are aimed to bring you up to date with the very latest research and clinical implications from the field of neuroplasticity.

Are morning and afternoon tea included? What about lunch?


Morning/afternoon tea and/or lunch can be ordered separately from your actual workshop registration.

These optional refreshments are provided by the event venue in each city and by allowing participants to order them separately allows Byron Clinic to keep the cost of the workshop as affordable as possible.

Each venue is centrally located within easy walking distance of a number of food outlets and choices.

You can order morning/afternoon teas and/or lunch either simultaneously with your workshop registration or as a separate order at a later point in time.

For those who order them, morning/afternoon teas include tea, freshly-brewed coffee and juices, along with a selection of pastries.

Lunch will include the Chef’s daily selection of sandwiches, wraps and/or rolls, cake and/or biscuits, a selection of fruit, served buffet style along with tea and coffee.

Please note that vegetarian and gluten free options will be available. Other specialty dietary needs can not be catered for.

Tea and coffee will only be available at lunch to those participants at lunch time who have ordered lunch in advance.

Do I get a Certificate of Attendance? What about CPD hours/points?

Byron Clinic Pty Ltd provides a Certificate of Attendance to each workshop attendee. Certificates will be completed using the given name at the point of initial online registration and payment. These will be distributed as a hard copy to participants prior to the conclusion of the workshop. It is the attendee’s responsibility to ensure that they have their Certificate of Attendance at the time of distribution.

This workshop should accrue a minimum of 11 hours of learning. Certificates of attendance at this Professional Development activity will be distributed at the workshop. For CPD points for specific organisations, please see: APS, AASW, RANZCP, ANZCMHN.

Please ensure that you have received your certificate prior to the end of the workshop. Requests for duplicate certificates after this period will incur an administration fee.

What are the training terms & conditions?

Please list one person per each registration form. Workshop places are limited and will be booked on a first come first served basis. A person is not registered for this workshop until the completed registration is received and workshop payment has been processed.

Applications will be processed according to the advertised cost & conditions. Tax receipts will be made out to the applicant unless otherwise stated. The applicant is responsible for supplying clear and correct information; any changes or additional contact by Byron Clinic Pty Ltd may incur an administration fee.

All payments to Byron Clinic Pty Ltd are to be processed via our online facility, unless otherwise stated. We do not offer offline credit card processing.

A tax receipt and confirmation of your registration will be issued via email to your nominated email address within 7 days of receipt of payment. You agree to contact Byron Clinic Pty Ltd if you have not received notice or a receipt within 7 days of payment. Requests for copies of tax invoices/receipts after this 7 day period will incur an administration fee.

Byron Clinic Pty Ltd provides a Certificate of Attendance for each workshop. These are distributed as a hard copy to participants at the workshop. Requests for copies of a Certificate of Attendance after the workshop has finished will incur an administration fee.

In the event that Byron Clinic Pty Ltd provides refreshments they will include a selection of vegetarian and gluten free food. Byron Clinic Pty Ltd does not cater for any other special diet requirements.

Byron Clinic Pty Ltd also reserves the right to make any changes to any events, treatments, programs or workshops without notice.

Byron Clinic training workshops are directed at interested mental health professionals. Workshop content information is available on our website.

There are generally no prerequisites to attending Byron Clinic workshops. You are welcome to attend, however you attend under your own volition. Byron Clinic takes no responsibility as to the suitability of any workshop.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing. We recognize that unforeseen circumstances may arise; however Byron Clinic Pty Ltd will not accept responsibility for these.

In the event of cancellation prior to the close of standard registration on 10 April 2016, Byron Clinic Pty Ltd will refund all workshop payments made less a $AUD99.00 (inc gst) cancellation and admin fee. Absolutely no refunds will be made for cancellations after close of standard registration (10 April 2016).

Prior to the close of the standard registration period (10 April 2016), a substitute may attend in your place. Please notify us as soon as possible if you are transferring your registration — please note that a transfer of registration will incur a $AUD66 (inc gst) administration processing fee. This also includes transferring from one workshop venue to another.

In the event Byron Clinic Pty Ltd needs to cancel the workshop, then a full refund will be made of any workshop payments made, excluding the processing and administration fees. Byron Clinic Pty Ltd will not be responsible for any cost other than the workshop payment.

Following the close of the standard registration period for a workshop, we are unable to transfer registration.

Any additional administration on payments or workshop matters including change of details, additional contact, requests for additional copies or changes to the attendance certificate or tax invoice will incur a $AUD99 (inc gst) administration fee per item.

Byron Clinic Pty Ltd reserves the right to make any changes to the above workshop without notice.

Byron Clinic Pty Ltd reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to decline entry to any of our workshops to anyone who may have registered, and/or to discontinue attendance to anyone who may have registered. A full refund less a $AUD99 (inc gst) cancellation fee will be remitted to the refused registrant.

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Does Byron Clinic offer Group or Student Discounts?
No, the only discounts available are our time-based booking windows: ‘keen’, ‘early’, ‘standard’ etc. The earlier you book, the lower the registration fee.

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Praise for “The Brain’s Way of Healing”

The Brain’s Way of Healing is a stunner — the sort of book you want to read several times, not because it is difficult to understand, but because it opens up so many novel and startling avenues into our potential to heal. Norman Doidge enthrals us with a rich combination of lucidly explained brain research and pioneering … approaches to recovery. With an eloquence reminiscent of Oliver Sacks, Doidge bolsters the latest advances in brain science with a series of extraordinary case histories of people for whom all hope seemed to be lost, but who healed as a result of great personal courage, and by changing the ways their bodies and brains processed sensations and movement. This hopeful book demonstrates that a variety of sensory inputs — light, sound, electricity, vibration, movement, and thought —can awaken the brain’s attention processors, and thereby allow even the most afflicted to (re)gain ownership of their lives.

Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Author of New York Times bestseller, The Body Keeps the Score

Brilliant and highly original. Neurology used to be considered a depressing discipline with patients often displaying fascinating but essentially untreatable symptoms and disabilities. Drawing on the last three decades of research, Doidge challenges this view, using vivid portraits of patients and their physicians. The book is a treasure-trove of the author’s own deep insights and a clear bright light of optimism shines through every page.

V.S. Ramachandran MBBS, PhD

Neurologist, Neuroscientist, and author of “The Tell-Tale Brain,”, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego

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