Being a Mindful and Brain-Wise Therapist:
Exploring Attunement and Attachment in Sandplay
Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT
Corrales, New Mexico April 6-7, 2010
In this two-day intimate workshop, we will talk with each other about the principles of interpersonal neurobiology, particularly exploring the world of our own attachment and its impact on therapeutic modalities, including play therapy. Research is showing that mindful awareness supports neuroplastic change in our brains, helping to rewire our circuits into patterns of secure attachment. Drawing from this foundation, we will practice several mindful exercises together to foster neural integration and whole-brained learning. We will also discuss some basic brain science, focusing on how relationships shape our brains throughout our lives. Then we will enter our own inner worlds through sandplay therapy and art, using their power to illuminate our early childhood implicit memories, a “world without words” that continues to influence all our adult relationships. Our capacity to attune with our clients is a central element in all healing processes, and the deeper our personal awareness, the greater our capacity to hold our clients' emotionally-vivid experiences. By the end of the workshop, we will be able to bring these mindful practices and our developing brain wisdom about attachment into the counseling room with clients of all ages and diagnoses in practical ways that give us clarity, reduce our clients' suffering, and deepen our compassion for self and others.
The workshop will help participants to:
- Understand and apply knowledge about the processes of early brain development and the attachment patterns that result.
- Experience their inner attachment world through sandplay therapy and art, creating an opportunity for increased neural integration and effectiveness as a therapist.
- Develop mindful awareness practices that can be used with clients to support neural integration through play therapy and other therapeutic modalities.
- Increase their capacity for attunement with their clients through developing clarity about neurobiological processes and deepening self-awareness.
- Apply the principles of interpersonal neurobiology to play therapy.
Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT is an in-the-trenches therapist, supervisor, teacher and author who has spent the last five years integrating the discoveries of neuroscience into the art of therapy. She co-founded the Center for Hope and Healing (CHH) in Irvine, California in 1991, and in 2004, joined Daniel Siegel’s interpersonal neurobiology study group, subsequently becoming one of the founders of the nonprofit organization, Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS). Out of this study, combined with her 19 years of working with survivors of trauma and attachment struggles, came her book, Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, published in 2008. Bonnie has a gift for translating the complexities of brain science into words and examples that allow people to internalize the principles so they can use them in the counseling room. Her article, “Brain to Brain: Applying the Wisdom of Neuroscience in Your Practice,” is featured in the Sept/Oct 2008 issue of Psychotherapy Networker and she presented Being a Brain-Wise Therapist at the March 2009 Psychotherapy Networker Conference.
Location: Corrales, New Mexico
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Lunch break is one and one half hours.)
Limit: 16 participants
$280 early fee (postmarked 30 days in advance)
$300 regular fee
$260 early fee for students (postmarked 30 days in advance) - send proof of full-time student status
Refunds: Fees for this workshop are nonrefundable due to travel expenses of our guest speaker. Registrants may transfer/sell their enrollment to another qualified person at any time.