THE BRAIN’S WAY OF HEALING:
CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF NEUROPLASTICITY

LED BY NORMAN DOIDGE, MD, FRCPC

DATES:
Monday, September 18, and
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
TIME:
9:00 AM to 4:40 PM
VENUE:
Scotiabank Theatre
(259 Richmond Street West, Toronto)

A decade ago, Norman Doidge’s bestseller, The Brain that Changes Itself, overturned the long-held belief that the brain’s circuits could not, under any circumstances, heal when damaged or diseased. In this new workshop, Norman Doidge will explore the extraordinary advances made in the last 10 years in clinical applications of neuroplasticity.

The National – The Power of Thought

Dr. Doidge will introduce the latest ideas about what goes wrong in a range of emotional, psychological, psychiatric, and brain disorders, along with the five stages of neuroplastic healing and how to determine which stage needs clinical attention in your patient.

He will discuss neuroplastic approaches to a range of conditions, including ADD, learning disorders, autism, sensory processing disorders, PTSD, depression, chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and MS, and explore how to lower the risk of dementia.

Using footage of films (including those he made for the CBC), he will explain, in depth, how people who were told they would never get better have recovered lost functions or developed new ones they had never had. Workshop participants will learn how mental experience, activity, and sensory stimulation of the senses (which are “transducers” and can convert energy of one form into the electrical patterns of energy of the brain) can alter the plastic brain. This workshop will cover basic neuroscience and detailed case histories, and will open you and your clients up to improvements that used to be thought impossible.

Detailed Outline of Topics Covered

DAY 1
9:00 am – 10:15 am:

Introduction: Neuroplasticity
A new view of the brain, but also of what goes wrong in the brain in many psychiatric and psychological problems, and a new view of how the brain can be helped to heal and repair itself, with non-invasive measures. Overview of the five stages of neuroplastic healing, which apply to both brain and psychological problems. The role of energy in changing patterns of firing in the brain and in healing the brain.

10:15 am – 10:30 am:

Morning Break

10:30 am – 12:15 pm:

Stage 1 of Neuroplastic Healing: Improving General Cellular and Neuronal Health
Brain health starts with the general cellular health of the brain cells. Recent findings show that inflammation, diet, and toxins have far more impact on the brain and diseases such as autism, learning disorders, depression, dementia, Parkinson’s, and OCD than previously imagined. This section will focus on understanding the role of the glia (the most common cells in the brain, which we now know are involved in communication and brain health), the glymphatics (the newly discovered lymphatic drainage system in the brain that helps it get rid of waste products, especially during sleep), physical exercise, and mental exercise in promoting brain growth factors and optimal brain health. How something as simple as conscious walking can help the treatment of Parkinson’s and lower dementia risk. Use of light for brain injury and disease. The role of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and detoxification. How brain exercises improve the blood-brain barrier and protect the brain.

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm:

Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm:

Stages 2, 3, and 4 of Neuroplastic Healing: Neurostimulation, Neuromodulation, and Neurorelaxation
Nine new treatments for traumatic brain injury; treatments for stroke, MS, balance problems, and Parkinson’s (again) that involve stimulating dormant brain circuits, and modifying “noisy” ones. Neurovascular decoupling in brain injury: when blood does not go to where it is needed, and how this can be fixed, sometimes rapidly, by improving brain modulation.

2:45 pm – 2:55 pm

Afternoon Break

2:55 pm – 4:40 pm:

New Insights from the Neuroscience of Left- and Right-Hemisphere Differences
Why we have different hemispheres, how each one influences our mental attitudes differently, and how they are out of balance in mental disorders. How the hemispheres inhibit one another, and how, if this process is rigid, it blocks new learning, creativity, and the development of insights. Simple mental methods and complex ways to restore hemispheric balance. Use of these hemispheric insights to understand the egocentric “concrete” clients, who are prone to being certain they are always right (the “infallible” state of mind), and prone to literal intepretations, projection, and misinterpreting what others say and do.

 

DAY 2
9:00 am – 10:15 am:

The Use of Listening Therapies for Childhood Mental Disorders, including ADD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Learning Disorders, Effects of Premature Birth, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Autism.
These therapies make use of all the stages of neuroplastic healing. Neurofeedback and listening therapy for synergistic effects.

10:15 am – 10:30 am:

Morning Break

10:30 am – 12:15 pm:

Stage 5 of Neuroplastic Healing: Differentiation
The latest on brain exercises to improve functioning and lower risk of dementia and schizophrenia. Evidence that certain brain exercises do generalize to everyday function. The use of body movement to “talk to the brain” to help clients with brain injury, vision problems, cerebral palsy, and premature birth.

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm:

Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm:

The Plastic Paradox: “Plasticity Gone Wild”
Chronic pain, PTSD, OCD, depression, and dissociative disorders. Depression: reconceiving the depressive reaction as the locking on of an evolutionarily adaptive defeat response that can be turned on or off by mental experience. How to integrate our understanding of the neuroscience of that circuit with dynamic psychotherapy.

2:45 pm – 2:55 pm:

Afternoon Break

2:55 pm – 4:40 pm:

Questions

Fees and registration

Single Earlybird Rate
(Up to September 7, 2017)
Single Regular Rate
(After September 7, 2017)
$495 + HST $525 + HST

What Others Are Saying…

“The Brain’s Way of Healing is a stunner — the sort of book you want to read several times, not because it is difficult to understand, but because it opens up so many novel and startling avenues into our potential to heal. Norman Doidge enthralls us with a rich combination of lucidly explained brain research and pioneering new (and some not so new, but not widely known) approaches to recovery.”
—Bessel van der Kolk, MD

“Bold, remarkable . . . paradigm challenging. The Brain’s Way of Healing is brilliantly organized, scientifically documented, and a beautifully written narrative that captivates the reader, who is left with the profound message that the brain, similar to other organs, can heal.”
—Stephen W. Porges, PhD, psychologist, Indiana University Bloomington and author of The Polyvagal Theory

“Brilliant and highly original…. The book is a treasure-trove of the author’s own deep insights, and a clear bright light of optimism shines through every page.”
—V.S. Ramachandran, MD, PhD, Neurologist, Neuroscientist, and author of The Tell-Tale Brain, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego

“Stunning . . . The Brain’s Way of Healing is another groundbreaking book by Norman Doidge. His style keeps you going into the deep dark secrets of how the brain works. . . [H]is reframing of remarkable treatments that I had categorized as gimmicky left me fascinated and humbled. He brings a whole new level of insight into the body, brain, mind connection.”
— John J. Ratey, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry,
Harvard Medical School, and author of Driven to Distraction

“Doidge’s book is filled with compelling stories about the power of ingenious technologies and disciplined awareness methods generated by innovators who transcended their own brain challenges, and who now use them to help others make radical improvements in conditions often deemed hopeless. It points to a future of remarkable and unprecedented brain healing.”
—Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, neurologist, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital, and author of The Autism Revolution

You will learn —

  • How neuroplasticity informs our understanding of mental health problems, brain damage, disease, and disorder
  • The five stages of neuroplastic healing and how to determine which stage needs clinical attention in clients
  • New non-invasive treatments for a range of disorders
  • How new neuroplastic approaches can alter or develop brain structure and function
  • Recent advances in the neuroscience and neuroplasticity of left/right hemisphere differences and how to integrate these insights to improve psychotherapy
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About the Speaker

Norman Doidge, MD, FRCPC, is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, author, essayist, and poet.  He is on faculty at the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry, and research faculty at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York.  He has received numerous scientific awards, including the U.S. National Psychiatric Endowment Award in Psychiatry, the American Psychoanalytic Association’s CORST Prize in Psychoanalysis and Culture, the Canadian Psychoanalytic Association’s M. Prados Prize, and election to the American College of Psychoanalysts for many outstanding achievements in psychiatry and psychoanalysis and national leadership in psychiatry.  He has presented at the U.N., the White House, Yale, the London School of Economics, the Genoa Science Festival, a Harvard-MIT conference on Learning and the Brain, the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, and the Beijing Institute of Neuroscience.  His two books, The Brain that Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing, are both New York Times bestsellers, and both have been made into  documentaries.  For more information, please visit www.normandoidge.com.

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