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PTSD and other trauma and stressor-related disorders have sometimes been referred to as “memory disorders,” due to the deficits in traumatic memory consolidation observed in those suffering from PTSD. Failed memory reconsolidation contributes to the development of posttrauma symptoms such as intrusive thoughts, dissociation, flashbacks, hypervigilance, nightmares, and other classic PTSD symptoms. Additionally, traumatic memories may be relived, seemingly occurring in the present. However, memory reconsolidation is possible with several therapeutic tools and interventions available to clinicians! This workshop provides an overview of the neuroscience of memory systems and PTSD, and the memory reconsolidation techniques that have been shown to facilitate recovery from PTSD.




a). State the main area of the brain involved in the storage of autobiographical, explicit, declarative memory.

b). Name at least two types of “memory errors” that can occur during trauma processing.

c). Identify one way in which EMDR differs from EFT and Brainspotting.

d). Describe one mechanism of action of memory reconsolidation tools.

e). Learn and practice at least two basic memory reconsolidation techniques.

Target Audience:

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

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA

Material Author(s): Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA

Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a licensed clinical psychologist, best-selling author, and internationally-recognized expert on anxiety and trauma, and the neuroscience of mental health. She completed her doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now Palo Alto University), and the National Center for PTSD. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in affective neuroscience from Stanford University, and studied behavioral genetics at Harvard University. Dr. Sweeton resides in the greater Kansas City area, where she owns a group private practice, Kansas City Mental Health Associates (trade name for Mind Works Consulting and Psychological Services, PLLC). She formerly served as the President of the Oklahoma Psychological Association, and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is the current President of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton offers psychological services services to clients in Oklahoma, Kansas, and internationally, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained more than 10,000 mental health professionals in her workshops.

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