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Continuing Education

Changing Minds and Integrating Brains: Clinical Applications of Interpersonal Neurobiology

Date: 9:00am PDT May 10, 2019 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Recent advancements in studies of consciousness, mindfulness, and emotion have greatly expanded views of the complex and interactive nature of our minds. In addition, neuroscience research provides clear evidence for another level of systemic change that good therapy incorporates—the literal changing of the neural pathways that support healthier minds and relationships. 

The framework of interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB) is like systems theory 3.0, providing a scientifically sound and interconnected view of the health of our minds, relationships, and neural networks. When we are guided by an understanding of a healthy system as one that is integrated, emergent, and sustainable, we can consistently point our therapeutic choices in the direction of positive potential, whatever theory and model is being applied.

In this engaging and active workshop we will learn about and play with the IPNB “lens” by applying basic concepts and principles of IPNB to current popular therapy models and to the exploration of presence, relational resonance, and creatively customizing interventions.

Whether you are just learning about IPNB, or familiar with the framework, you will have an opportunity to reflect on your therapeutic approaches and experiences, and see how the lens of IPNB can illuminate and enhance your ways of being with your clients, and your tools for changing minds and brains.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the core interpersonal neurobiology principles of health and integration, and apply them to psychotherapy.
  • Explore three qualities of the mind that increase resilience and everyday exercises that strengthen them.
  • Consider and apply pivotal neuroscience findings to the process of facilitating change.
  • Experience and learn the keys to utilizing the power of relationship for growth and healing.
  • Use the lens of IPNB to develop a “trinocular” description of a therapeutic model or method currently being used, or of a specific client and their treatment process and plan.
  • Prepare to naturally weave talk about brain change and mind development into therapeutic conversations with clients.


Workshop Details & Registration

Date & Time: Friday, May 10, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Instructor: Debra Pearce-McCall, PhD

Cost: $125 by 4/4, $150 after, includes 6 CEUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.
Student Rate: $50

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About the Instructor

Debra Pearce-McCall, PhD, a clinician, educator, consultant, and writer, brings a compassionate focus on our relating minds and brains into her work. She specializes in translating the science of being human into accessible, practical understandings. Her systemic, interdisciplinary perspective has been applied and informed through her work in clinics, non-profit agencies, academic settings, corporate management, and private practice. Deeply involved in the field of interpersonal neurobiology for over a decade, she serves as Past President of the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies, and helped develop two certificate programs in IPNB, continuing to teach her applications of IPNB to ethics at the PCC Institute for Healthcare Professionals. A licensed psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, and AAMFT approved supervisor, she maintains a private practice in Portland. Debra does IPNB-informed consulting with clinicians, leaders, and executive coaches; provides individual and relational psychotherapy; is a certified Conversational Intelligence® coach and on their Senior Dream Team; and has co-created an experiential immersion in the neuroscience of goal achievement, the NeuroStroll™.

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