The Hijacked Brain
Understanding the Neurobiology of Addiction and The Implications to the Addictive and Recovery Process
GOALS & OBJECTIVES OF EDUCATION OFFERING
PURPOSE OF PRESENTATION (GOALS):
To introduce addiction as “Affect Regulation Behavior”; learning to recognize “unlearned” behavior and its role in addiction and recovery. Identifying distorted personal realities and intervention strategies to improve personal functions.
COURSE CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION:
The neurobiology of addiction will be discussed to help participants gain an understanding of the implications of the “hijacked brain”. Healthy emotional function versus trauma/shame bound function. Identify flight, fight, freeze reactions and to learn healthy self-mastery through skill building strategies and definitive exercises.
INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS (VIDEO USE, ETC.):
Didactic presentation, video, group I experiential discussion and handouts.
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES (LISTED NUMERICALLY)
Achieve a functional understanding of brain memory systems, how they interact and when and how to intervene to improve cognitive processing.
Be able to teach and use a model of communication that facilitates self awareness, understanding and self accountability.
Utilize course content to help clients assess developmental deficits, survival mechanisms and missing skills necessary to enhance their adult function.
Identify shame and trauma based distorted thinking and utilize shame reducing techniques to decrease regressive behaviors and relapse potential.
TIdentify the impact child abuse and neglect on neurological development and develop treatment strategies to acquire affect regulation skills.
Utilize and teach a model of toxic shame as the core of addictive and compulsive behavior and a stage oriented model of recovery that provides clients with both understanding and direction in their individual recovery programs.
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