I often hear clients voicing their frustration and shame for the ways they respond to life stressors. “Why do I feel this way?” “Why do I act this way?” I often want to respond, “Oh, you didn’t get the manual either?” The brain has a very specific design geared first and foremost to safety and survival. It is inevitable to personalize our responses and to believe we have no way out. Now that’s stressful! Most of us recognize the way we feel but so many of us believe there is something wrong with us, that we are faulty. Research and the advances of neuroscience have given us new insight and ways of understanding how the brain and body work. This knowledge can be a key step towards a new freedom. Much like having a manual that explains how your computer (or car, or television or any other things we might have) works, this knowledge provides a framework for understanding stress and building resilience.
In this brief presentation you will:
Define basic functioning of the brain and the stress response
Discuss the impact and importance of stress hormones and positive brain chemicals
Identify a variety of skills and tools to move from pain and suffering to recovery, from stress to resilience
Discuss the relationships of lifestyle, psychophysiology, negativity and individually unique recovery challenges to restoring resilience
Thursday, June 4, 2020
About the Presenter
Steve Addario, LCSW
Steve is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in South Portland. His work is greatly influenced by his study and interest in neuroscience as well as CBT and ACT treatment modalities. His work has included providing support and intervention in the areas of medical social work; trauma and crisis intervention, hospice care and addictions. He has trained and presented in various organizations around Maine including at the Beyond the Basics Suicide Prevention Conference, a trainer for the statewide Crisis Intervention Program and a lead trainer for the statewide Train the Trainer program for Crisis Intervention Trainers and has presented at the NASW conference in Washington DC.
1 CME | 1 CONTACT HOUR for nurses, social workers, licensed professional clinical counselors, psychologists, continuing health education specialists, and behavioral healthcare workers. 1 contact hour pending for alcohol and drug counselors.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and (name of nonaccredited provider). The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.