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We’ve all heard this on the news and morning talk shows: the body is a system – physical health status affects mental health status and vice versa, lifestyle and behavior impacts physical health which also influences behavioral health, etc. But what does it all mean for overall wellness and how we help clients in the therapy room?

This workshop illustrates how the interface between the immune system, mind, and the brain affects mental health. For example, high levels of inflammation are strongly associated with a broad range of health and mental health problems, including devastating effects on mood, cognition, and the desire to engage other people. Inflammation can result from adversity and one of several dimensions of the interface between mind, brain, and body. In fact, long-term inflammation is strongly associated with anxiety, depression, and cognitive deficits, including dementia.


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Definition & Overview (00:00 – 02:00)

  • Organization of the brain and immune system.
  • Obesity and metabolic disorders affecting over half the population of the US.
  • Obesity and metabolic disorders directly related to psychological disorders.

Discussion  (02:00 – 04:00)

  • Psychological disorders associated with immune dysfunction and the return to mental health.


Attendance and Location Details


Date and Time


Friday, December 20th 2024 10:00am to 2:00pm CST / 11:00am to 3:00pm EST / 8:00am to 12:00pm PST


*Zoom link will be made available to you 24-48 hours prior to event date.



This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a).  Learn and discuss how social support is linked to wellbeing, and cognition and longevity, while loneliness and isolation is identified with immune system functioning.

b). Learn how the increase of metabolic, immune system, and obesity trends are strongly associated with depression and dementia.

c). Learn and discuss how stress contributes to diminished immune system functions.

d). Learn and describe how chronic inflammation is associated with depression.

e). Learn and describe how sound sleep supports memory consolidation, brain glucose metabolic activity, mood, and immunity functions.

Target Audience:

The target audience for this event includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFT’s, psychiatrists and other clinical mental health professionals.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): John Arden, PhD, ABPP 

Material Author(s): John Arden, PhD, ABPP 

John Arden, PhD, ABPP, is the author of 15 books (translated into 20 languages), including his most recent, Rewire Your Brain 2.0, Mind-Brain-Gene: Toward Psychotherapy Integration. Brain2Brain, The Brain Bible, as well as Brain-Based Therapy with Adults and Brain-Based Therapy with Children and Adolescents. Dr. Arden previously served as Director of Training in Mental Health for Kaiser Permanente in the Northern California region. He oversaw the training programs in 24 medical centers where over 150 postdoctoral residents and interns are trained each year. This was one of the largest mental health training programs in the world. He has presented seminars and workshops in over 30 countries and in all US States.

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