Addiction, Medical Illness and Trauma: Brain-Changing Techniques for Recovery

Fri, Nov 16, 2018 - 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM

Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D.



Over the past couple of decades there has been an exciting merging of psychotherapy and neuroscience research that is revolutionizing clinical practice. Cognitive, affective, and social neuroscience research provides profound insight into the brain changes humans are capable of producing, as well as how ACEs, and trauma more broadly, may negatively impact the brain. We are beginning to learn, through neuroscience research, how the brain can change with the practice of psychotherapeutic techniques that target and improve the functioning of specific brain structures. This seminar, led by clinical expert Dr. Jennifer Sweeton, shares the most up-to-date research discoveries on the neuroscience of trauma, addiction, and medical illness, and teaches highly effective psychotherapy techniques clinicians can begin using tomorrow to help clients recover. 

Learning objectives:

  1. Name six (6) key brain structures involved in addiction and mental illness.
  2. Describe how chronic stress in the body (caused by ACEs, trauma, or toxic stress) can lead to medical illness.
  3. State two (2) ways therapy can change the brain for better mental and medical health.
  4. Learn and practice at least three (3) brain-changing techniques that reduce trauma symptoms.
  5. Name at least two (2) brain regions that are involved in both pain and mental illness, and discuss the connection between emotional and physical pain.
  6. Identify at least one (1) evidence-based therapy approach for addiction treatment.

6 CEUS:  Oklahoma Ph.D., LPC, LADC, CADC, LCSW, LMFT and Case Management. Nursing certificate of participation.   Pre-registration is required.  $75 professionals and $30 Students with valid student ID.

Kansas LPC & LCPC, Psychologist, LAC & LCAC - meets continuing education requirements for CEUs as described in K.A.R. 102.
Missouri Psychologist - Meets with continuing education requirements as described in Chapter 337.050, 12.(1)
Missouri Social Worker - Application for course approval has been approved.
Missouri LPC - Verification of training hours and attendance will be provided for required Missouri LPC Continuing Education reporting.
Arkansas Psychologist - Meets with continuing education requirements as described in Arkansas Psychology Board Rules and Regulations 2009, 9.1.A(2)(a).
Arkansas LPC,LADAC - This CE offering is not offered as an NBCC approved seminar. Please check with your licensing board for approval.


About the Presenter

Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D.

Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a licensed clinical psychologist and internationally-recognized expert on anxiety and trauma, women's issues, and the neuroscience of mental health. She completed her doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and the National Center for PTSD. Additionally, she holds a master's degree in affective neuroscience from Stanford University, and studied behavioral genetics at Harvard University.

Dr. Sweeton resides in the greater Kansas City area, where she owns a group private practice, Kansas City Mental Health Associates (trade name for Mind Works Consulting and Psychological Services, PLLC). She formerly served as the President of the Oklahoma Psychological Association, and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is the current President-Elect of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton offers psychological services services to clients in Oklahoma, Kansas, and internationally, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained thousands of mental health professionals in her workshops. 

Friday, November 16, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This training session will break for participants to seek lunch at one of many nearby restaurants.

Registration Information


Registration closes Nov 14 or when available seats have been filled. Seating is limited.
Refunds not available after Nov 12.
For more information, or if you require any special accommodation, please call 918-588-8826

Event Location

OU - Tulsa Schusterman Center - Founder's Hall, Perkins Auditorium
4502 E. 41st Street
Tulsa, OK 74135