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The Neuroscience of Addiction, Trauma, and Attachment: Clinical Implications for Adults and Adolescents

Jennifer Sweeton, Psy.D.



Due to advances in neuroscience research, the field of clinical psychology has substantially progressed in its understanding of the neural bases of addiction, trauma, and psychotherapy. Basic knowledge of the neuroscience underlying psychotherapeutic approaches, as well as the neural profiles of mental illness (such as addiction and trauma), allow clinicians to understand the mechanisms of mental health treatment. An understanding of these mechanisms helps psychologists and other mental health professionals select effective, efficient techniques that aim to alter specific brain activation and connectivity for recovery. This seminar, led by clinical expert Dr. Jennifer Sweeton, shares up-to-date research 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 at least 4 key brain structures involved in addiction and trauma.
  2. Learn and practice at least two brain-changing techniques that reduce trauma symptoms.
  3. Learn and practice at least two brain-changing techniques that can help clients manage addiction.
  4. Identify at least one evidence-based therapy approach for dual diagnosis treatments.
  5. Define “prodependence” and explain why this can be a helpful conceptualization for clients and their family members.
  6. Name two ways in which trauma affects a developing brain differently than an adult brain.
  7. Describe at least one unique consideration that can make treating adolescents with trauma challenging.

6 CEUS requested for approval:  Oklahoma Ph.D., LPC, LADC (6 hrs. Co-occurring), CADC, LCSW, LMFT, PharmD, CLEET and Case Management.  Nursing certificate of participation.  Pre-registration is required.  This training is provided for you by Wagoner Community Hospital and Parkside Psychiatric Hospital & Clinic

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.

Originally trained as a neuroscientist, Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a clinical and forensic psychologist, Amazon #1 best-selling author in clinical psychology, and internationally-recognized expert on trauma and the neuroscience of mental health. She is the author of the Trauma Treatment Toolbox (PESI Publishing), Train Your Brain Card Deck (PESI Publishing and Media), Eight Key Brain Areas of Mental Health and Illness (W. W. Norton & Company), and the forthcoming Traumatic Stress Recovery Workbook (New Harbinger Publications, Inc).

Dr. Sweeton 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 personality psychology from Stanford University, and studied behavioral genetics and psychopathology at Harvard University. She is a JD Candidate (class of 2024) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Dr. Sweeton resides in the greater Kansas City area, where she owns a group private practice, Kansas City Mental Health Associates. Dr. Sweeton holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and is a former President of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association and the Oklahoma Psychological Association.

Dr. Sweeton offers coaching, consultation, trauma-focused psychotherapy, and forensic assessment services to clients worldwide. She is the developer of Neural Desensitization and Integration Training (NDIT), an evidence-informed, module-based psychotherapy for PTSD. Referred to as a “world-renowned trauma treatment expert” by PESI, Dr. Sweeton has trained more than 15,000 mental health professionals in all 50 US states and over 20 countries.

Friday, December 15, 2023
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This workshop will be in the Perkins Auditorium, located inside the Schusterman Learning Center at OU-Tulsa. $ 59 covers the session and materials. This training session will break for participants to seek lunch at one of many nearby restaurants.


On line registration has closed.   Please register and pay at the door.