Speaker :

Dr Mark Widdowson

Workshop Title : 

Harnessing neuroplasticity for therapeutic change.

About the workshop :

And last, but by no means least…. we announce a workshop from Dr Mark Widdowson entitled “Harnessing neuroplasticity for therapeutic change.”

From the moment they are born, brain cells within a baby’s brain are connecting to other brain cells to create an unimaginably complex series of interconnected networks which form the brain. This process continues right up until death, with new brain circuitry being created, with ones which are no longer useful being discarded as our brain continually rewires itself. This process of self-rewiring is known as neuroplasticity. New experiences, thoughts, emotional states and so on create specific circuits of neurons. Over time, many of these become well-trodden paths of characteristic thought patterns, emotions responses and associated memories. As therapists, much of our work is helping clients to identify the neural patterns which are limiting or problematic to them in some way, and helping them to find more flexible, growthful ways of being. 

Over the past thirty years, neuroscientists have identified a number of specific ways that the process of neuroplasticity can be enhanced, accelerated and used to promote targeted change and improved wellbeing. The implications for this in psychotherapy and counselling (as well as in coaching and educational settings) are immense, as we can harness the brain’s inbuilt mechanisms to rewire itself to help our clients live better, happier lives. 

In this workshop, Mark will be presenting some basic neuroscience findings that are of specific relevance to therapy, as well as specific techniques and general principles which can be used to support and deepen the process of change. 

About the speaker :

Dr Mark Widdowson, PhD, MSc, ECP, CTA, TSTA, FHEA

Mark is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, teaching and supervising transactional analyst and EMDR Europe accredited practitioner. He is passionate about integrating neuroscience into psychotherapy and in finding ways for therapists to make use of research findings in their practice. He is the author of Transactional Analysis: 100 Key Points and Techniques and  Transactional Analysis for Depression: A step-by-step treatment manual. He has received two international awards for his research on the effectiveness of TA for depression and is a TEDx speaker. He has a private practice in central Manchester and is a senior lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Salford. 

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