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What You Eat and What’s Eating You

Thursday, April 25, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Presented by:
Pamela Thorp, LCSW

What You Eat and What’s Eating You: The Gut-Brain Connection-Considerations in the Treatment of Trauma

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies
250 West 57th Street, Suite 501
New York, NY 10107

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Over the past few decades scientists have discovered there is direct communication between the gut and the brain. Embryologically the two start out at the same point. Then one goes up and one goes down. Cells that begin in such close relationship retain a lifelong memory of each other and the bidirectional highway that runs between them is trafficked by a constant stream of messages. The complex and multifaceted aspects of the gut-brain axis not only ensures proper maintenance and regulation of the gastrointestinal system, but has profound impact on mood, behavior and higher cognitive functions. 

This presentation will speak to the importance of understanding the relationship between the gut and the brain, and the impact of food on mood. As integrative clinicians working with trauma this topic is of particular relevance, as attention is paid to both cerebral cognitive activity as well as to limbic, bodily experience. Helping patients bring balance to the system is of forefront importance in trauma-informed work, and nutrition can be enemy or ally in the service of restoring equilibrium and harmony to the whole being.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Educate the clinician on the basic science of the brain-gut axis and its importance in regulating stress-related response, how neurotransmitters function and communication between the two systems occur.

  2. Participants will learn about the importance of the microbiome, the organisms that inhabit it and their impact on mood and behavior.

  3. The introduction of this topic into any clinical work should be considered on a case-by-case basis. Discussion around who, how and when to bring it into a treatment will be addressed and include case examples that provide demonstration of how this might be done.

  4. Participants will leave with a basic idea of foods that both inflame the stress response and regulate it. Boundaries around scope of practice will also be addressed.


 

Presenter Bio

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Pamela Thorp, LCSW is an Integrative Psychotherapist who combines concepts from Psychoanalysis, EMDR, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Energy Psychology in her work. She got her MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work in 1988 and completed her institute training at National Institute for the Psychotherapies in 1994. She has taught in NIP’s analytic training program and supervises in both the analytic and trauma training tracks, and is an active participant on the Integrative Trauma Program’s Executive Committee. She has also served as faculty in the Continuing Education Program at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Pam has been in private practice in NYC since 1988 and loves her work.


Continuing Education

This event is approved for 2.0 CE contact hours for psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, and licensed mental health clinicians

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for psychologists. The National Institute for the Psychotherapies maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0018.

The National Institute for the Psychotherapies is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #Psyan-0004.

National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0059.

Personalized CE certificates will be distributed at the end of this event. Due to New York State requirements, persons arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving more than 15 minutes early will not receive a CE certificate.

Fees

$50 General Public
$40 Candidates & Students
$10 NIP Candidates

Refunds, & Cancellation Policy
Cancellation requests made more than a week prior to the event will be given a full refund of registration fees. Refunds will not be granted for cancellation requests made within a week of the event or for no-shows on the day of the event.