Why Psychotherapy Works

Integration, or the process by which a system maintains its differentiated parts and links them, can be seen as the basis of health. In this 8-part audio workshop, Dr. Siegel explains what it means for the mind to be integrated, the impairments to integration we experience as humans, and the role of psychotherapists in cultivating healthy minds. Through an exploration of the implications of neuroscience, this course offers a scientific framework for working with people of all ages, beginning with ourselves.

In addition to obtaining practical knowledge and tools, you will engage in experiential exercises including the Wheel of Awareness and the assessment and treatment planning for an imaginal client. By addressing the specific needs within our brains, minds, and relationships, we can be better equipped to create harmony in our lives and world.

By the end of this course you will able to

1. Summarize the basic ideas of interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB) and how they relate to therapy
2. Explore how energy and information flow relates to the brain, the mind, and relationships
3. Define both the mind and integration through a conciliant IPNB perspective
4. Observe how chaos and rigidity form the foundations of impairments to mental health
5. Recognize symptoms as examples of chaos and rigidity that reflect impediments to integration
6. Identify the key elements of assessment of chaos and rigidity and how to determine which domains of integration are impaired
7. Outline basic steps of moving from clinical assessment of impaired integration to clinical intervention
8. List the nine domains of integration
9. Highlight the role of therapeutic presence in promoting a receptive, integrative state in one’s nervous system and relationships
10. Summarize how the focus of attention stimulates neural growth
11. Suggest various strategies for enhancing neuroplasticity
12. Identify four ways in which psychotherapy may alter brain structure and function
13. Demonstrate and explain the benefits of the Wheel of Awareness exercise for clients and personal practice
14. Define mindsight and utilize the camera metaphor of strengthening and stabilizing one’s mindsight lens
15. List nine functions of the middle prefrontal cortex that can serve as signs of integrative growth in therapy
16. Identify states of flexibility, adaptability, coherence, energy, and stability that characterize integrated states
17. Utilize neurological studies to understand patterns of experience within the therapeutic context
18. Differentiate the processes of the left and right hemispheres of the brain
19. Explain the qualities involved in making meaning of one’s life and creating a coherent narrative
20. Assess the mechanism by which psychotherapy works to create wellbeing in people’s lives, relationships, and minds


"The Lifespan Learning Institute and the Mindsight Institute are cosponsors of the Continuing Education programs offered."

APA: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 
CAMFT: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, & LEPs. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. (provider # 050085)
It is your responsibility to verify with your licensing board / organization that they will accept the types of CE credit we offer. Out of state LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs should verify with their licensing board if they will accept BBS CE.
Once you have passed the exam, your CE Certificate be emailed to you as soon as it’s available.

Upon completion of course, please mark your status as “complete” and you will obtain immediate access to your exam in your course area. Once you complete and submit your exam, our team will process same. Upon passing the exam with an 80% or better, a digital CE Credit Certificate will be emailed to you once it is available. Please note that this process could take up to 2 weeks. If you have any special circumstances, please reach out to the Mindsight Team at info@mindsightinstitute.com and we will do our best to accommodate. 

Further, if you simply require a Certificate of Completion, or if you have any questions regarding this process, please email the Mindsight Team at info@mindsightinstitute.com.   

Disclosure: The speakers, and planning committee members listed below have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests

Daniel Siegel, MD & Marion Solomon, PhD

You may watch the lectures as many times as you’d like and they will remain in your library forever.

Stream the video lectures on any computer, tablet, or mobile device of your choice!​

A Certificate of Completion is available after completing this course. Please email the Mindsight Team at info@mindsightinstitute.com to request a test.




10 hrs

CE Credit







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