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PsychoTherapy Networker & IITAP: From Isolation to Connections

Posted Sep 16 2008 4:56am

Two Meetings, both with similar themes and with many innovative new directions:

International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionalsin Scottsdale - hosted by recovery luminary and international  addiction expert Pat Carnes PhD,Int_symp08_ad and  his remarkable team, and -

Psychotherapy Networker >3000 attendees at the Shoreham in DC - hosted by Rich Simon PhD, editor and hundreds of dedicated volunteers.... 

Shorehamdc_2Both echoed a common theme: the evolution from isolation to connections and real relationships within the treatment community.

Also interesting from my personal perspective, having presented extensively at both of these [dare-I-say] awesome meetings: applied neuroscience has found firm footing with many refreshingly informed professionals.

Attendees know the brain lingo, know the neurophysiology, and easily connect with the compelling treatment implications this new evidence brings to the office/table. The audiences were there, and there in good humor, not overwhelmed. For me it was great fun.

In fact, watching quietly from my neuroscience perch, it seemed that the interest in that real scientific evidence provided a considerable aspect of that fertile, interesting, common-meeting-ground to consider ways to work together. - Kind of a trapper's rendezvous...

To bring yet another new and interesting person to your awareness, I suggest you closely follow the evolution of Sarah Ullman PhD, in Philadelphia, an addiction/recovery maven, with a comedian's heart and a scientist's perseverance. Sarah presented with Dr Carnes her findings on the specificity of sexual addiction patterns and brain response based upon specific sites of brain dysregulation with specific neurotransmitter implications.

Now if you think that last sentence is foggy, it is... because the specifics for her forthcoming publication on these remarkable matters is not complete - just important now to stay tuned to Sarah - and she has agreed to a CorePsychPodcast on the Neuroscience of Sexual Addiction just as soon as I get that recording material ready.

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