Neuroscience and Sleep in Counseling

Presenter: Dr. David Pittman
Location: Garrett Counseling, LIVE WEBINAR
Date: Friday, August 20th 2pm- 5pm EST (1-4pm CST)
3 NBCC Contact Hours
Cost: $60.00
Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSeJRrtxLjP…/viewform…

Learning Objectives:
Counselors will gain a general neuroscience refresher where they will:

  • Gain increased understanding of neuroanatomy related to counseling: Amygdala: fear; Hippocampus: memory; Insula: interoception; Prefrontal Cortex: cognition; Cingulate Cortex: self-regulation.
  • Gain a greater understanding of communication and connectivity in the brain (the importance of electrical signals and neurotransmitter chemicals and receptors especially related to plasticity of circuits and connections).
  • Increase understanding of the sleep-wake system in the brain and what other systems influence it.
  • Increase understanding of the difference and importance of both slow-wave sleep and REM sleep.
  • Increase understanding of the relationship between memory formation and sleep patterns.
  • Increase understanding of the relationship between mood, emotion and sleep patterns.
  • Gain basic understanding of the relationship between successful therapy and sleep patterns.
  • Learn how to apply techniques to improve the sleep quality of clients.

Neurocounseling | Garrett Counseling | Huntsville AL

About the Speaker:
David W. Pittman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Wofford College. Dr. Pittman earned a B.S. degree in psychology from Wofford College (1994) and an M.S. degree in psychology (1997) and a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience (2001) from the Florida State University. In addition to teaching neuroscience courses such as Biological Psychology, Sensation & Perception, Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology, Dr. Pittman maintains a productive research laboratory involving solely undergraduate students.
Dr. Pittman’s laboratory examines how taste neural signals are sent from the mouth to the brain and how the sense of taste then affects feeding behavior in both humans and rodent animal models. Currently Dr. Pittman is investigating three lines of research. 1) Understanding how dietary fats produce taste sensations and motivate the consumption of high-fat foods. 2) Exploring how anti-anxiety drugs, such as Valium, may alter taste sensations to increase the palatability of food and thus increase our food consumption when taking those medications. 3) Identifying a new mechanism in the tongue to detect and taste glucose. Dr. Pittman has also developed and supports an elementary school-based intervention to reduce childhood obesity. Boss’ Healthy Buddies is an evidence-based nutrition education resource matched to South Carolina elementary education standards for kindergarten through fourth grade. The Healthy Eating Decisions program is a cost-free, sustainable, and effective program to increase healthy eating during school lunch service.

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