Towards Psychotherapy Integration: Mind-Brain-Gene with John Arden, PhD

Recently an increasing number of interactive factors underlying many health and mental health problems have been identified. This seminar will synthesize the substantial literature on psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics, combining it with the neuroscience of emotional, interpersonal, cognitive and dynamic issues, with psychotherapeutic approaches to offer an integrated vision of psychotherapy. Significant relationships between immune system function, stress, insecure attachment, anxiety, depression, poor nutrition, bad quality sleep, physical inactivity, and neurophysiological dysregulation will be discussed.

Mind-Brain-Gene explores a wide variety of factors having multidirectional causal relationships between stress, depression, anxiety, the immune system, and gene expression. Participants in this seminar will develop a new way of conceptualizing the therapeutic process that integrates an understanding of a wide variety of factors having multidirectional causal relationships. Participants will learn how to utilize this integrative approach to psychological problems and evidence based practices specific to ameliorate anxiety and depression.

Seminar Schedule:

Daily 9:00AM to 12:15PM 


Self Organization: How do body sensations, emotions, and cognition interact to self-organize into the emergence of self/The mind’s operating systems/Somatic sensation and the emergence of emotion/Working memory, being present in the moment and complex decision making/Self-referential thought, fantasy, daydreaming, rumination/Interactions and dysregulations of implicit and explicit memory/Long-term memory systems for continuity, stability, and “self”-organziation

The Social Self: Kindling the social brain networks in psychotherapy/Development of dynamic balance and stability in response to relationships/Neuorplasticity and neurogenesis/Stress tolerance/Enhancing regulatory affect to deal with the challenges of daily life


Behavior-Gene Interactions: The rapidly evolving field of epigenetics/The interaction between early adversity and epigenetic affects/Attachment, adversity, and lifestyle factors on the expression or suppression of genes/How to help clients turn on and off genes through changing their behavior

Body-Mind: Immune system, mind, and brain/ Inflammation/ Unhealthy lifestyle behaviors


Self-Maintenance: The role of diet, sleep architecture and aerobic exercise/Sleep improvement techniques

Habits and Motivation: Adaptive and maladaptive habits/ Integrated psychotherapy – beyond the one-dimensional conceptual frames of dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders/Understanding the neuroscience of habits to effectively help clients boost motivation and overcome maladaptive habits


Autostress Disorders and The Trauma Spetrum: Building on the foundational role of memory systems, the concept stress is explained as allostasis and how allostatic load affects the brain and psychological functioning/Therapeutic approaches to address the nature of the dysregulation of memory systems/Integrative psychotherapeutic approach


Transcending Rigidity: Links between depression and early life deprivation/Activation of the effort driven reward system to enhance therapy

Mind in Time: Placebo effect/Positive psychology research/The role of forgiveness, compassion and gratitude on mental health/The therapeutic use of mindfulness in evolving therapies




John Arden, PhD, ABPP

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The Danielsen Institute at Boston University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Danielsen Institute at Boston University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

15 units of continuing education

Physician Accreditation
Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers

This activity is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers.

Nursing Accreditation

Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

We have applied to various professional regulatory boards, including licensed mental health counsellors, so please check back for any updates regarding these approvals.


Planning Committee

Stephen Brady, PhD
CME Course Director
Assistant Dean- Graduate Medical Sciences
Director, Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine Program
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Boston University School of Medicine

Robert C. Guerette, MD
Planning Committee
New England Educational Institute

Carmela A. Townsend, DNP, MS/MBA, RN
Lead Nurse Planner
Continuing Medical Education Office
Boston University School of Medicine

Debra M. Winters, APRN-BC, AACRN
CNE Nurse Advisor
Community Research Initiative (CRI)