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Psychotherapy Integration from a Brain-Based Perspective:  Clinical Biopsychology

by Robert Moss, PhD, ABN, ABPP 5 CE Credits


Psychotherapy integration involves an attempt to transcend the confines of any single theoretical view in order to discover what can be learned from other perspectives. Some have approached this by looking for common factors, while others have proposed conceptualizing from a particular school of thought while using techniques from other therapeutic approaches.  In the absence of any coherent, unifying model to date, the Clinical Biopsychological Model is felt to represent a significant step toward that elusive unified theory for psychotherapy. This online course attempts to further bridge the conceptual divide between a neurophysiological theory and an applied clinical model for mental health practitioners.

General concepts of the Dimensional Systems Model are presented, followed by an overview of the Clinical Biopsychological Model. The discussion next focuses on interpersonal behavior patterns that provide a new schema for the treatment of mental health disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, PTSD) and relationship issues. In addition, detailed information is provided in the course appendices to guide clinicians interested in integrating these brain-based psychotherapy techniques into their assessment, conceptualization, and treatment of clients.


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Course Sections/Outline:

  • Introduction
  • The Physiology of Learning and Memory According to The Dimensional Systems Model
  • Clinical Biopsychology: Applied Aspects of the Dimensional Systems Model
  • Interpersonal Relationship Behavior Patterns: Givers vs. Takers
  • Support for a Giver-Taker Distinction
  • Common Relationship Issues for Givers and Takers
  • Theoretical Implications for Psychological Treatment
  • The Role of Negative Emotional Memories
  • Treatment in the Presence of Negative Memories
  • The Role of Loss of Positive Emotional Memories
  • Treatment in Response to Loss of Positive Memories
  • Conclusions
  • References
  • Appendix A: Clinical Biopsychological Assessment
  • Appendix B: Presenting the Conceptualization
  • Appendix C: Imaginal Flooding and In Vivo Desensitization
  • Appendix D: The Emotional Restructuring Session
  • Appendix E: Sexual Abuse and Sexual Phobia Treatment
  • Appendix F: Imaginal Flooding for Other Fears: Hypochondriasis and Public Speaking
  • Appendix G: Normal Emotional Reactions to Loss
  • Appendix H: Addressing Complicated Bereavement or Unresolved Grief
  • Appendix I: Reality Based Goals and Establishing Priorities

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Discuss the Dimensional Systems Model of learning and memory and how this translates into the Clinical Biopsychological Model allowing psychotherapy integration. 
  • Describe how the two sides of the brain are connected and interact with each other and subcortically, resulting in specific cognitive and emotional patterns and symptoms.
  • Identify the Clinical Biopsychological basis of two interpersonal relationship patterns, Givers vs. Takers, and how these patterns vary with regard to the socialization dominance continuum and common relationship issues.
  • Recognize three primary sources (i.e., current factors, negative emotional memories, and loss issues) of negative mood states and anxiety/stress disorders, and use the model to explain how lack of perceived control and feeling personal inadequacy relate to detrimental negative emotional memories and psychotherapeutic treatments.
  • Apply the theoretical information related to the Clinical Biopsychological Model and sample training materials to facilitate a brain-based approach to mental health assessment, conceptualization, and treatment.
Course Price: $105.00