Session Topics

Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Session 1: Understanding Trauma: Implications for Helping Professionals


Daniel G. Amen, MD

Session 2: Success starts here. An overview of the brain systems, their impact on everyday life and how to optimize them.

The brain is the organ of learning, loving and behaving. It runs everything in your life. Yet, most people get zero training in understanding and optimizing their brains. In this workshops, participants will learn about different brain systems, what they do, what happens when things go wrong and how to help them. The work is based on over 135,000 brain SPECT scans over 26 years.

Educational Objectives:

  1. List the functions of 5 different brain systems.
  2. Describe optimization strategies for 5 different brain systems.
  3. List the problems that occur in 5 different brain systems. 

Session 3: ADHD, PTSD and TBI

Based on the brain scans and clinical histories of over 40,000 patients, this workshop will help clinicians properly diagnose ADHD and subtype it into 7 different types, as well as PTSD and TBI and how to tell them apart. They will also learn the clinical symptoms, brain imaging patterns and treatments for each type.

Educational Objectives:

  1. List the 5 hallmark criteria for diagnosing ADHD.
  2. List the 7 types discussed in this workshop.
  3. Be able to distinguish PTSD from TBI

Session 4: Memory Rescue

Memory problems are very common at every stage of life. In this talk, Dr. Amen will lay out a completely new way to look at memory and 11 ways to reverse memory problems and cognitive decline. The program he will lay out is based on 26 years of clinical brain imaging practice.

Educational Objectives:

  1. List 11 causes of memory loss.
  2. Describe one strategy to reversing each of the 11 causes of memory loss.
  3. Assess 11 risk factors of memory loss.