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The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy

Louis John Cozolino, PhD

CE Credit: 8 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE

Learning Level: Advanced

Course Type: Test Only

Course Abstract

The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy is an 8-hour test only continuing education (CE) ourse (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon.

This CE test is based on the book "The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Healing the Social Brain" (2010, 460 pages), which provides an account of the scientific basis of psychotherapy, based on the newest revelations of neuroscience. Beginning with a neurological analysis of Freud's theories, the author describes the functioning of the neurons and neural networks that comprise the biological basis of thinking and relationships. Chapters discuss research on anxiety, fear, trauma, neural plasticity, memory, executive functioning, identity, narrative, consciousness, and attachment relationships, interweaving the neuroscientific and clinical literature and providing clinical examples as illustrations of theory and technique. The final three chapters discuss the ability of psychotherapy to rewire the brain, including a review of the existing neuroimaging studies of psychotherapy. The book imparts a scientific understanding of just how and why psychotherapeutic processes have a positive impact on the nervous system.

Closeout Course #80-51 | 51 posttest questions

This course will be permanently retired on July 31, 2017.

Learning Objectives

1.Identify basic elements of the brain's structure and how it is influenced by evolution and development
2.Explain the organization of experience in the healthy brain, including integration between levels of functioning
3.Describe the neurobiology of anxiety, fear, trauma, memory, and dissociation
4.Describe brain functioning in social relationships, attachment, personality and narcissism
5.Explain concepts relevant to major forms of psychotherapy
6.Identify commonalities in the biological effects of various forms of psychotherapy
7.Define neural plasticity, and discuss how the brain changes during psychotherapy

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (#5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); the Florida Boards of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).


This test-only course provides instant access to the CE test that enables you to earn CE credit for reading a published course book (book NOT included in your course enrollment). After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to Download/Print or Take CE Test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course book).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Louis John Cozolino, PhD, holds a doctorate in clinical psychology as well as degrees in philosophy and theology. He has conducted empirical research in schizophrenia, child abuse and the long-term impact of stress. His areas of interest include neuroscience and neuropsychology, which is the integration of psychological observation on behavior and the mind with neurological observation on the brain and nervous system. In addition, he has conducted research on the biobehavioral sciences and psychotherapy. Recently, Cozolino authored The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain. In the text he presents an atlas illustrating how the architecture and development of brain systems-from before birth through adulthood-determine how humans interact with others. Cozolino has authored two additional books, The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Building and Rebuilding the Human Brain and The Making of a Therapist: A Practical Guide for the Inner Journey, as well as numerous articles and chapters on psychological topics. In addition to his teaching and writing, Cozolino maintains a clinical and consulting practice in Los Angeles.

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