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217 | The Brain, Dragons, and Couples: The Neuroscience of Helping Relationships Navigate the Big Emotional Issues

Mental Health, the Brain, and Neuroscience, Thursday 9/14 2:15 – 3:30 PM, Workshop Tracks


Daniel Amen M.D.; Sharon May Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Brain health, as well as emotional issues, influence the way clients engage in love and react in relationships. In this workshop, the presenters will examine the 12 Dragons from the Past, known as the big emotional issues, which breathe fire on clients’ brains and disrupt how they relate in their most important relationships. Licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders will see how changes in brain function can impact individuals and, subsequently, those they care about. This workshop will be immediately applicable to clinical practice.

Learning Objectives

1. Summarize the connection between the neuroscience of the brain, emotional issues, and loving well
2. Outline the 12 dragons from the past and how they impact the way clients relate and react to other loved ones
3. Describe one solution or way to tame each of the 12 dragons
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