PhD, LPC, CRC, NCC, ACS
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Eric is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program with The Family Institute at Northwestern University and is currently serving as President of the American Mental Health Counseling Association for the 2019-2020 term. Eric’s interest in neuroscience began as an undergraduate studying biopsychology and evolved through his lived experience in recovery from a traumatic brain injury and substance use disorder.
During his 10 years of clinical practice, Eric has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health and addiction treatment centers, private practices, schools, and even a few neurofeedback clinics. Eric is an accomplished researcher and author with several peer-reviewed journal articles, clinical practice briefs, and books focusing on the ethical integration of neuroscience in counseling practice. Additionally, he commissioned the first-ever task force focusing on the integration of neuroscience in counseling, founded the Brainstorm Neurocounseling Community, and co-founded the “Neurocounseling” section of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling.
In his spare time, Eric enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, playing sports, and watching a healthy dose of Netflix entertainment!
What do you think about the integration of neuroscience in counseling? Does neuroscience draw us closer or push us further away from our professional identity? Should we be enthusiastic or concerned about the integration of neuroscience in counseling? Will we have to become neuroscientists to infuse neuroscience in our practice?
Regardless of your answers to these questions, the popularity of neuroscience has surged in popular press, academic communities, and the counseling profession; however, the enthusiasm for integrating neuroscience in counseling has sometimes lacked clear theoretical and empirical guidelines leading to a myriad of ethical concerns, and many questions still exist regarding what it means to integrate neuroscience in counseling.
This workshop will unpack these questions and many more as we review the history of neuroscience research in the counseling field, explore the theoretical and empirical basis for integrating neuroscience in counseling, identify key neuroscience concepts that can be useful to all counselors, and practice applying these concepts through experiential activities.
Attendees will be able to:
1) Describe the theoretical and empirical justification for integrating neuroscience principles in counseling practice.
2) Identify ethical principles guiding the integration of neuroscience in counseling.
3) Explain at least 1 neuroscience principle to apply to their counseling practice.
4) Identify and evaluate neuroscience-informed counseling skills/techniques in relation to current practice.
5) Demonstrate at least 1 new neuroscience-informed counseling skill/technique.
Mention you are attending the Illinois Mental Health Counselors Annual Conference and receive a special room rate of $109.00 (Standard King or Double Room). Special room rates are available until March 5, 2020. Call 800-222-8733 to make reservations.
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