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Attachment and Emotion Regulation: Brain-Based Strategies and Intervention

Presented by John B. Arden, PhD, ABPP

Presenter Bio

In July of 2016 Dr. Arden retired from Kaiser Permanente where he served as the Northern California Regional Director of Training where he developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the United States. Dr. Arden’s study of neuropsychology has inspired him to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy, synthesizing the biological and psychological into a new vision for psychotherapy: Brain-Based Therapy.

His work incorporates what is currently known about the brain and its capacities, including neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, with psychotherapy research, mindfulness, nutritional neuroscience and social intelligence. He conducts seminars on Brain-Based Therapy throughout the United States and throughout the world. Prior to this he served as Chief Psychologist for Kaiser Permanente.

This seminar focuses on the role of early experience and emotional regulation and will address the various feedback loops that make us who we are. These include multiple levels of gene expression, the way our immune system is activated or inactivated, various new developments in neuroscience, and the concept of the mind. This concept of “the mind” is further explained by considering that it is not necessarily isolated to any one particular state of mind, but a fluid stream of consciousness based on new developments in neuroscience and psychology. These fluid states of mind known as the “mental operating networks” will be explored as well as how they all result in the overall experience of “the self” or self organization.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the effects of adverse childhood experiences
  2. Identify how the prefrontal cortex develops during adolescence
  3. Explain how these neurodevelopmental changes present challenges for therapy

Instructional Level


Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.

Instructional Methodology

On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Refund and Attendance Policy

All programs offered on KP Learn for CE credit through the KP Northern California Mental Health Training website are free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Staff and trainees. Once a course is selected in the KP NCAL MH Training Website, the registration process begins, and it will appear in the individuals KP Learn profile for completion within 90 days.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire program. An attestation of attendance will be given once the individual has completed viewing the program, which will then initiate the final steps of completing the evaluation forms to receive a certificate of completion.

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