Norman Doidge, M.D.

The Power of Thought:
Updates in Brain Plasticity

Two Day Workshops in:
Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne: May 2018

Extraordinary Advances in Neuroplasticity

In this new workshop, Norman Doidge will explore some extraordinary advances made in the last 2 years in clinical applications of neuroplasticity, including the first reversals of dementia symptoms. It will show how new insights on why we have two different brain hemispheres can enhance our understanding, and improve treatment of, patients with brain and emotional problems, and deepen our approach to psychotherapy with challenging patients who are rigid, concrete, or lacking self-reflective capacity. It will also show how a deeper psychological understanding of the dynamic nature of human mental rigidity gets in the way of people accessing their own neuroplasticity.

Weaving neuroscience, evolution, psychotherapy, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, great literature, and anthropological findings, with original films of people undergoing neuroplastic change, this workshop will update the attendee on the latest neuroplastic developments, reinforce basics, and teach principles on how to help oneself, and one’s patients, when caught in rigid patterns, to grow out of that rigidity, and make use of their neuroplastic potential. It will also provide attendees with new information about how to preserve their brain plasticity.

Training Information

TRAINING OVERVIEW

In this new workshop, Norman Doidge will explore some extraordinary advances made in the last 2 years in clinical applications of neuroplasticity, including the first reversals of dementia symptoms. It will also be of interest to psychotherapists. It will show how new insights on why we have two different brain hemispheres can enhance our understanding, and improve treatment of, patients with brain and emotional problems, and deepen our approach to psychotherapy with challenging patients who are rigid, concrete, or lacking self-reflective capacity. It will also show how a deeper psychological understanding of the dynamic nature of human mental rigidity gets in the way of people accessing their own neuroplasticity.

Weaving neuroscience, evolution, psychotherapy, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, great literature, and anthropological findings, with original films of people undergoing neuroplastic change, this workshop will update the attendee on the latest neuroplastic developments, reinforce basics, and teach principles on how to help oneself, and one’s patients, when caught in rigid patterns, to grow out of that rigidity, and make use of their neuroplastic potential. It will also provide attendees with new information about how to preserve their brain plasticity.

DAY ONE PROGRAM
Time Day One Topics
08:00am – 09:00am Day One sign-in
09:00am – 10:30am Opening. Thinking about neuroplasticity from the point of view of our two brain hemispheres. Why do we have two brain hemispheres? How do they differ, and how do those differences relate to our plasticity? How the hemispheres malfunction in mental health problems. How they get imbalanced, leaving clients and ourselves devitalized, stuck in a rut, and mentally rigid. How to reset the balance, enhance productivity, plasticity, and openness to learning, novelty and vitality. How to use our understanding of the two hemispheres to choose the appropriate psychotherapy or treatment for our patients. Note, this segment lays the groundwork for treating eating disorders and patients caught in rigid patterns, discussed on the second day.
10:30am – 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am – 12:30pm An overview of the five stages of neuroplastic healing, and how they apply to psychological, psychiatric and neurological brain problems. These stages are relevant for understanding almost all psychiatric and neurological conditions, including autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disorders, traumatic brain injuries, psychiatric disorders. We shall examine the factors that allow conditions thought to be beyond help, to often make rapid positive changes, using films to demonstrate these principles and actual changes in patients.
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Correcting general cellular problems, the first stage of neuroplastic healing. The negative-plasticity switch in Alzheimer’s disease. Use of cellular correction for reversing Alzheimer’s disease (arguably the most important neurological breakthrough of the last 50 years); the first 200 cases who have reversed their symptoms; preventing Alzheimer’s, even in those with the Alzheimer’s gene. Explaining why the same diet that helps Alzheimer’s can help those on the autistic spectrum, traumatic brain injury (TBI) multiple sclerosis, those with ADHD, learning disorders, some depressions. The role of toxins, and detoxification for mental health. Hyperbaric oxygen breakthroughs for stroke and TBI.
3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Break
3:30pm—4:30pm Focus on stages two and three, neurostimulation and neuromodulation. Parkinson’s, MS, PoNS, stroke update. Breakthroughs in TBI treatment in the last two years.
4:30pm Day One Close
DAY TWO PROGRAM
Time Day Two Topics
08:00am – 09:00am Day Two sign-in
9:00am – 10:30am Using a new, in-depth approach to eating disorders (the psychiatric disorder with the highest mortality) as our example, we shall describe how to help often rigid, concrete, “non-mentalizing” clients to access their neuroplastic potential. We will explore a new approach developed by Dr. Doidge that combines our understanding of the hemispheres and the five stages of neuroplastic healing (developed in day one), with an updated depth-psychological approach to eating disorders, which is now helping extremely ill patients. We shall explore the thought spectrum—which goes from directed to undirected thought—and how to harness this spectrum to facilitate better understanding of the psyche, and therapy for sicker patients. We shall show how this approach also helps us better understand work with personality disorders.
10:30 – 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am – 12:30pm 1. Neurorelaxation and neurodifferentiation, the final stages of neuroplastic healing, with clinical examples of how brain maps change. Arrowsmith brain exercise study, and the new peer-reviewed study showing the use of brain exercises does lower dementia risk. 2. Growth attitudes: how to trigger them. Experienced therapists know that outcomes often depend on client attitudes. Even good treatment techniques cannot help patients who are “help-rejecting complainers,” or “hell bent on their own destruction,” or “too sceptical for their own good,” or “too filled with unrealistic expectations for their own good.” We will shed light on the evolutionary and psychological roots of growth and anti-growth attitudes, and how both attitudes get engaged, and take hold in us and our clients, and then get neuroplastically reinforced. And we will explore ways to help clients switch out of anti-growth attitudes. This section is also of interest to clinicians who work with clients with personality disorders.
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Complex disorders, and complex cases. Autistic spectrum disorders, learning disorders and traumatic brain injury. We will discuss complex cases, where combined neuroplasticity approaches are almost always necessary. Combining diet for cellular problems (stage 1) plus and listening therapy for neurostimulation (stage 2), plus and neurofeedback for neurodifferentiation (stage 3), in cases of autism, traumatic brain injury and learning disorders. Tailor-made brain exercises for TBI. Neuroplastic approaches for “plasticity gone wild”: chronic pain, OCD, multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and psychological trauma.
3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Break
3:30pm—4:30pm Review, Q & A.
4:30pm Day Two Close
Norman Doidge M.D.'s Biography

Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, author, essayist and poet. He is on faculty at the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry, and Research Faculty at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York. He is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers. He lives in Toronto.

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.

WHO IS THIS TRAINING SUITABLE FOR?

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?

CATERING IS NOT AVAILABLE IN SYDNEY AND IS ONLY AN OPTION FOR MELBOURNE & BRISBANE WORKSHOPS

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.

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The brain is a far more open system than we ever imagined, and nature has gone very far to help us perceive and take in the world around us. It has given us a brain that survives in a changing world by changing itself.

Norman Doidge

Author, The Brain's Way of Healing, The Brain That Changes Itself

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

Only a few decades ago, scientists considered the brain to be fixed or ‘hardwired’ and considered most forms of brain damage, therefore, to be incurable. Dr. Doidge, an eminent psychiatrist and researcher, was struck by how his patients’ own transformations belied this and set out to explore the new science of neuroplasticity by interviewing both scientific pioneers in neuroscience, and patients who have benefited fromneurorehabilitation. Here he describes in fascinating personal narratives how the brain, far from being fixed, has remarkable powers of changing its own structure and compensating for even the most challenging neurological conditions. Doidge’s book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.

Oliver Sacks

Neurologist, Author, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

Workshop Pricing

SYDNEY

Wesley Conference Centre

25 & 26 March 2019

  • SUPER SAVER: $660 until 16 Nov. 2018
  • EARLY: $770 until 11 Jan. 2019
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MELBOURNE

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

28 & 29 March 2019

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  • EARLY: $770 until 11 Jan. 2019
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BRISBANE

BCEC, South Bank

1 & 2 April 2019

  • SUPER SAVER: $660 until 16 Nov. 2018
  • EARLY: $770 until 11 Jan. 2019
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Psychologists and Psychiatrists with 6 to 10 years’ university study and over 5000 hours working face to face with people just like you. Sessions from Bessel van der Kolk, Janina Fisher, Pat Ogden.

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  • Bessel van der Kolk: Trauma, the Brain & the Body
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  • Anorexia and the “Plastic Paradox”
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