About the Course
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
- Identify the overlapping history of neurology and psychiatry.
- Identify the parts of the brain and identify the different functions of each part of the brain.
- Discuss the triune brain and its implications.
- Discuss the difference between the learning brain and the surviving brain.
- Describe the neurobiology of fear and the threat management system.
- Identify how the different psychotherapies and other interventions help heal the brain.
- Describe how affect regulation interacts with the autonomic nervous system.
- Be able to distinguish defense mechanisms based on whether they are homeostatically balanced, managed by the parasympathetic system, or managed by the sympathetic system.
- Identify the neurobiology of addiction and common mental health diagnoses.
- Describe how yoga may change neurobiology.
- Describe which parts of the brain are targeted by psychopharmacological interventions.
About the Author
John Mendez, Ph.D., LCSW, BCD, CAP
Dr. Mendez is a Miami-based social work professional. He is currently the Chief of Social Work and Chaplain Services at the Miami Veteran Administration. He has provided psychotherapy services in both individual- and group-therapy settings and has worked with children, adolescents and adults from New York to Florida. He has received numerous certifications in addictions and social work. He has experience in both private counseling practice as well as public-school settings. He received his Ph.D. in Social Work from Barry University, his M.S.W. from Fordham University, and a B.A. in Spanish from St. John’s University.
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