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Neuroscience in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Brain as Tool and Metaphor

Presented by: Rowland Folensbee, Ph.D.

This Webinar is sponsored by the SCCAP Membership Committee and the new Emerging Adults Special Interest Group.
Membership in the EA SIG is free for SCCAP members.

Presenter: Donte Bernard, PhD, University of Missouri

The webinar presents a framework for integrating advances in neuroscience with psychotherapy concepts and individual client information during interventions with children and adolescents. Elements of the framework include the input-process-output model underlying neuropsychological assessment; interactions between higher level cortical processing and lower brain anxiety, affect, and arousal; nature of and interactions between neural networks; implicit and explicit memory and processing; and the effects of brain development on memory and processing of experience. Specific clinical examples are provided to demonstrate the value of the framework for deepening understanding within a therapist’s current treatment model and incorporating new, expanded conceptualizations related to psychological functioning and psychotherapy process. Implications discussed include empathy, client reinforcement patterns, selections of interventions, rationales for intervention, treatment adherence, and brain as metaphor during interventions.

The webinar is appropriate for pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and Masters level professionals.

Learning Objectives:
After this discussion, a participant will be able to:
1. Describe five primary elements of a framework for integrating neuroscience with psychotherapy conceptualization and process.
2. Describe and apply three implications of the neuroscience framework within their primary intervention approach.
3. Describe and apply three specific neuroscience-based interventions for improving client understanding of and adherence to treatment.

Presenter Bios:

Rowland Folensbee, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in private practice in San Antonio, Texas. For the past thirty-five years, he has worked with children, adolescents, and adults. His career has included serving as the Director of Clinical Psychology Services in a private psychiatric hospital and as a member of the adjunct clinical faculties of Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas Health Sciences Center-San Antonio. He is the author of The Neuroscience of Psychological Therapies, published by Cambridge University Press. He has published articles related to neuroscience in psychotherapy, cross-cultural psychotherapy, and worry. He served as an examiner for the oral boards of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. His current areas of focus include in-depth psychological assessments and conducting psychotherapy with children, adolescents and adults. His passion over the past thirty years has been exploring the implications of neuroscience for psychotherapy process and training.

Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association Division 53, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCCAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For registration questions, contact Lynn Canty,