There is tremendous misinformation about brain health in the popular press and in the pop psychotherapy genre. Every year there is a new fad which very soon drifts away when a new one emerges that supposedly improves the brain. This 6 hour seminar describes five key factors that research has consistently shown to support brain health. The research behind each factor of the formula is strongly supported by new developments from neuroscience that have overthrown many of our preconceived beliefs about mental health and the brain.
Attendees can remember those five by using the mnemonic “SEEDS.” The SEEDS formula represents the important healthy brain factors that you need to “plant” now and cultivate through the rest of your life explores a wide variety of factors having multidirectional causal relationships between stress, depression, anxiety, the immune system, and gene expression. The interaction between all these factors has been by illuminated by studies examining the effects of life style factors on the incidence of health and psychological problems. There are significant relationships between immune system function, stress, insecure attachment, anxiety, depression, poor nutrition, bad quality sleep, physical inactivity, and neurophysiological dysregulation.
Important information for learning objectives:
- Explain the relationship between health and mental health
- Discuss the interaction between the immune system, genes, brain dynamics, and mental health
- Describe the pandemic facing the US with obesity and autoimmune disorders
- Clarify about how early adverse experiences can effect long-term health
- Explain how genes can be expressed or suppressed
- Assess how physical activity supports neurogenesis, reduction of inflammation, normalization of blood glucose, enhancement of cell repair, and improved mood as well as less anxiety.
- Analyze how the immune system is intricately connected to brain systems
- Rate how the lifelong pursuit of new learning is associated with reduced risk of cognitive decline or diminished rumination about imperfections.
- Critique how a poor diet, no exercise, and poor sleep contribute to depression, anxiety, and cognitive problems
The teaching goals/learning objectives:
- Distinguish: Between various health conditions and lifestyle factors and their overlap
- Explain: Explain how poor health contributes to poor mental health as well as vice versa
- Analyze: How an overactive immune system is associated with poor self-care
- Evaluate: How social support is linked to wellbeing, and cognition and longevity, while loneliness and isolation is identified with depression and anxiety.
- Plan: Where to guide lifestyle changes that improve health and mental health
- Measure: The effect of poor sleep, diet, and lack of exercise contributions to changes in mental health
- Choose: a healthy diet that supports key neurotransmitters, protects the brain from rapid aging, Type 2 diabetes, cognitive decline and depression.
- Assess: How physical activity supports neurogenesis, reduction of inflammation, normalization of blood glucose, enhancement of cell repair, and improved mood as well as less anxiety.
- Select: The five healthy factors that support health and mental health.
- Contrast: The lack of social support to positive support to wellbeing, and cognition and longevity, while loneliness and isolation is identified with depression and anxiety.
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Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:
Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 12.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.
Social Workers: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Social Workers completing this program will receive 12.0 clinical hours of continuing education credit.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LMFTs completing this program will receive 12.0 hours of continuing education credit.
Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. LPCs/LMHCs completing this program will receive 12.0 hours of continuing education credit.
Nurses: As an APA approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC.
Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.
Please note: It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.
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