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Weakened cortical regions of the brain make it difficult for some traumatized clients to think clearly, focus, make decisions, and fully engage in other executive functions. However, these areas of the brain can be strengthened with practice, using various cognitive techniques. This seminar gives an overview of decentering, cognitive defusion, and cognitive restructuring, and teaches clinicians practical cognitive tools that can help clients strengthen their prefrontal cortex and cingulate and improve cognitive flexibility, focus, and the ability to manage distressing thoughts. No previous NDIT training is required for this course, but completion of this course counts toward NDIT certification (which will be offered starting late 2024).



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  • 9:00am – 9:15am: Learn Techniques for Strengthening the Mind.
  • 9:15am – 9:35am: Delve into Therapeutic Approaches to Integrate.
  • 9:35am – 9:40am: A quick dive into the Third Person Perspective.
  • 9:40am – 9:50am: Reflect on Remembering Your Past Self.
  • 9:50am – 10:05am: Break
  • 10:05am – 11:00am: Discover Cognitive Defusion and Decentering Techniques.
  • 11:00am – 11:20am: Relive your Life Story.
  • 11:20am – 11:50am: Learn about The 4-3’s.
  • 11:50am – 12:00pm: Master the art of Meditations.



This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Describe the difference between decentering, cognitive defusion, and cognitive restructuring.

b). Name and practice at least two cognitive techniques.

c). State one strategy for addressing client resistance to cognitive restructuring.


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): Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA

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

Originally trained as a neuroscientist, Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a clinical and forensic psychologist, Amazon #1 best-selling author, and internationally-recognized expert on trauma, anxiety, and the neuroscience of mental health. She is the author of the book, Trauma Treatment Toolbox, published by PESI Publishing & Media. Dr. Sweeton completed her doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, 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, and co-owns Mind Works Professional Education, Inc., a continuing education company. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and is a former President of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton offers clinical and forensic psychological services, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained more than 15,000 mental health professionals in all 50 US states and over 20 countries.

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