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The Neuroscience of MindBody Therapy

About the Course

Many principles of good psychotherapy trace their origins to the biology of the body, in particular the nervous system and its interdependent networks with the immune, endocrine, and digestive system.

In this course, we will explore the micro and macro anatomy of the nervous system, brain development, memory across a lifespan, and sensorimotor and emotional processing. We will delve into how the structures of the body generate body function, and how body function and psychological states inter-relate. Implications for how to work clinically will be centralized.

Students will learn the basic cellular structures of the nervous system, as well as the larger regions of the brain, with an eye to understanding how these structures operate to generate body regulation, emotion, memory, and consciousness.
In each phase of life, the brain learns and changes. This module overviews the basic phases of brain development, with special emphasis on how they construct memory systems. We will discuss the implications for clinical work across the lifespan.
When sensation is processed, the processed information is sent to the motoric centers of the brain, in order to organize a response. How movement is organized and executed is fundamental to our feelings of safety, self-efficacy, and wellbeing. This module will study the ways in which sensation and movement expression can be used deliberately to conduct MBT.
The neuroscience of emotion has been a hotly debated topic for decades. In this module we will begin by defining and describing emotions, and look at the various ways they are categorized. By studying the anatomy and physiology of emotion, we can better understand how to use emotional processing effectively and safely in MBT.

Students who take this course will:

  • The basic cellular structures and brain regions of the nervous system
  • The brain structures and neurotransmitters associated with emotional processing 
  • The development of the brain from the fetal time to the elder years
  • How to leverage the brain’s developmental plasticity for therapeutic change
  • Types of sensation and their implications for MBT
  • The sequence of events from sensory stimulation to responsive action
  • How sensory processing organizes the movement centers of the brain towards a response
  • How enriched movement experiences can promote well being
  • The physiology of emotional processes to better facilitate clients in feeling feelings

About Christine Caldwell

Dr. Christine Caldwell, Ph.D., BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, ACS, is the founder of and professor emeritus in the Somatic Counseling Program at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, USA, where she taught coursework in somatic counseling theory and skills, clinical neuroscience, research, and diversity issues. Her work began forty years ago with studies in anthropology, dance therapy, bodywork and Gestalt therapy, and has developed into innovations in the field of body-centered psychotherapy. She calls her work the Moving Cycle. This system goes beyond the limitations of therapy and emphasizes lifelong personal and social evolution through trusting and following body states. The Moving Cycle spotlights natural play, early physical imprinting, bodily authority, and the transformational effect of fully sequenced movement processes. She has taught at the University of Maryland, George Washington University, Concordia, Seoul Women’s University, Southwestern College, Pacifica, and Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and trains, teaches and lectures internationally. She has published over 30 articles and chapters, and her books include Getting Our Bodies Back, Getting In Touch, The Body and Oppression, and Bodyfulness.

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  • Wisdom School Courses
    Access to 60+ on-demand courses plus two new courses every month.