Interpersonal Neurobiology and Brain-Informed Treatment


Tuesday, December 7, 2021

9:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

Location: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing


Registrants will receive the Zoom link to attend the workshop 1 -2 days prior to the event date.

Council for Relationships is continuing to offer professional development workshops. All of our workshops will be held online until further notice. Earn CE credits from home.

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5 CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, and PA/DE Social Workers

In other jurisdictions, please confirm the acceptance of APA credits with your licensing board


Workshop Description:

Dr. Baylin will provide an overview of experience-dependent brain development with an emphasis on how early life stress affects the structure and functioning of key brain circuits. The workshop will cover the neurobiology of attachment formation including the concepts of “social buffering” and a “sensitive period” for attachment formation. Attendees will learn what recent brain research is revealing about how early life stress can lead to chronic problems with self-regulation. The presentation will cover the “polyvagal” model of the nervous system that is so helpful to understanding state-specific symptoms and “interstate travel”. In addition, attendees will learn about three key brain networks – the Salience Network, the Default Mode Network, and the Executive Control Network – and how stress affects the interplay of these core brain systems.


Level of Difficulty: Introductory

Target Audience: Licensed and unlicensed mental health clinicians


Learning Objectives:

Attendees will be able to:

  1. Explain how early life stress affects brain development
  2. Apply knowledge of brain functioning to development of treatment plans
  3. Identify patterns of state shifting in clients during therapy sessions
  4. Reframe client’s symptoms and increase motivation for working on change, using knowledge about neurobiology



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About the Presenter:

Dr. Jonathan Baylin (he/him) received his PhD in clinical psychology from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1981. For the past 20 years, while continuing his clinical practice, he has immersed himself in the study of neuroscience and in teaching mental health practitioners about the brain. He has given numerous workshops for mental health professionals on “Putting the Brain in Therapy” and has delivered keynote addresses internationally and nationally at conferences on childhood trauma and attachment. Several years ago, Dr. Baylin began a collaborative relationship with Daniel Hughes, a leader in the field of attachment-focused therapy. Their first book, Brain Based Parenting, was released by Norton Press in the spring of 2012 as part of the Norton series on Interpersonal Neurobiology. In 2016 their second book, The Neurobiology of Attachment-focused Therapy, was released by Norton and also included in the Interpersonal Neurobiology series.


Workshop Details:

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

9:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

Council for Relationships

Location: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Registrants will receive the Zoom link to attend the workshop 1 -2 days prior to the event date.


5 CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, and PA/DE Social Workers

Council for Relationships is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Council for Relationships maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The following entities accept continuing education credits provided by APA-approved sponsors: the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors; the New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Examiners; the Delaware State Board of Professional Counselors of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals; the Delaware State Board of Social Work Examiners.


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Event Details

Date: December 07, 2021

Start time: 09:00 a.m. EST

End time: 03:00 p.m. EST

Venue: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing


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