“The neurocognitive system…..exists only enmeshed in the world in which we move and live with others through our bodily existence”Thomas Fuchs, from Embodied Cognitive Neuroscience and its implications for Psychiatry.
This dynamic course is designed to explore emerging concepts in affective neuroscience research related to embodied clinical practice. The course explores the neurologically interrelated functioning of sensation, perception, memory, and emotion. Clinically relevant inquiry regarding neuroplasticity, attachment, and the developing mind orient each session:
How do we engage and impact brain functioning to learn and heal? How are states of mind co-created? How does attachment impact brain development? How can this inform clinical therapy, such as pacing and initiation of interventions, nonverbal dynamics in the session, tracking of implicit and explicit content?
Specific topics include polyvagal theory, somatic markers, implicit/explicit processing, right/left brain hemisphere integration, and the role of relational and social environments in supporting human growth.
The course integrates visual learning, theoretical research, interactive experiential learning, and discussion. It includes 12 hours of online learning modules followed by 18 hours of face:face synchronous sessions. A final integrative project determined by student consolidates the learning for each participant.