Why Core Emotions Matter: How Imbalances in The Ancient Emotional Brain Contribute to Sexual (And Affective) Disorders

Why Core Emotions Matter: How Imbalances in The Ancient Emotional Brain Contribute to Sexual (And Affective) Disorders

$108.00$133.00

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

9:00 am – 1:00pm

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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4 CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, PA/DE Social Workers, and CSTs*

 

Workshop Description

Evolution has hard-wired mammals with seven primary emotional operating systems, with overlapping yet distinct circuits buried in the deep, ancient parts of the brain. When experimentally stimulated (chemically, or by weak electrical current), these circuits evoke specific emotions (responses that move organisms into the world) in order to meet survival needs. These core emotional systems — SEEKING, FEAR, RAGE, PANIC/GRIEF, LUST, CARE, and PLAY — serve as the “primary colors” of our basic emotions that, in concert with higher cortical brain regions, drive our emotional lives. By understanding the basic wiring of these subcortical emotional systems, clinicians can more directly address how imbalances in these systems contribute to sexual and affective disorders. A new class of therapeutic strategies, known as affective balance therapies, enables clinicians to target the embodied experience of these core emotions. This workshop will introduce clinicians to this promising new approach to treatment and help them to add these body/mind tools to their practice.

 

Level of Difficulty: Introductory

This workshop will be appropriate for all levels of learning. The material will be presented in a manner that makes it accessible for those who are not familiar with brain anatomy or neuroscience.

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify the seven core emotional systems and their functions, and to describe how the three levels of brain/mind interact to create our experience.
  2. Participants will be able to explain how imbalances in the core defensive systems (RAGE, FEAR, PANIC/GRIEF) can disrupt the optimal functioning of the SEEKING system and the affiliative systems of CARE, PLAY, and LUST, contributing to mental health challenges, relationship issues, and sexual disorders.
  3. Participants will be able to explain how the brain and body are “sexed” in two separate processes in utero, how male and female brains differ, and how “new relationship energy” and different “libido types” can impact both active and responsive sexual desire.
  4. Participants will be able to explain how using breath tools can empower emotional rebalancing and identify two tools that they can implement in their own clinical practice to help clients identify and address imbalances in their core emotional systems.

 

References: 

Fosha, D. E., Siegel, D. J., & Solomon, M. F. (2009). The healing power of emotion: Affective neuroscience, development, & clinical practice (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology). WW Norton & Company.

Panksepp, J., & Biven, L. (2012). The archaeology of mind: neuroevolutionary origins of human emotions (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology). WW Norton & Company. 

Wise, N. J., Frangos, E., & Komisaruk, B. R. (2016). Activation of sensory cortex by imagined genital stimulation: an fMRI analysis. Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology6(1), 31481.

Wise, N. J., Frangos, E., & Komisaruk, B. R. (2017). Brain activity unique to orgasm in women: An fMRI analysis. The Journal of Sexual Medicine14(11), 1380-1391.

Wise, N. (2020). Why good sex matters: Understanding the neuroscience of pleasure for a smarter, happier, and more purpose-filled life. Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt.

 

About the Presenter

Nan Wise, PhD, LCSW, MSW, MA, CST is a licensed psychotherapist, cognitive neuroscientist and lecturer, AASECT-certified sex therapist, board certified clinical hypnotherapist, and certified relationship specialist with three decades of experience. Driven by the desire to understand how the brain operates to create moods and behaviors, she returned to academia in 2009 to purse a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at Rutgers-Newark where she completed her dissertation project, Genital stimulation, imagery, and orgasm in women: an fMRI analysis in August of 2014. Her research has attempted to address gaps in the scientific literature regarding the neural basis of human sexuality. Dr. Wise is a published author who has contributed to the scientific literature and published a bestselling book titled Why Good Sex Matters: Understand the Neuroscience of Pleasure for a Smarter, Happier, and More Purpose-Filled Life (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt 2020).

 

Workshop Details

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

9:00 am – 1:00pm

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.

 

4 CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, PA/DE Social Workers, and CSTs*

Council for Relationships is approved by the American Psychological Association 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.

*This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee ASSECT certification. For further information about certification, please contact info@aasect.org.

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Event Details

Start date: April 6, 2021

Start time: 09:00 a.m. EST

End time: 01:00 p.m. EST

Venue: Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Email: info@councilforrelationships.org