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The Neuropsychology of Emotional Disorders: A Framework for Effective Interventions

By: Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., NCSP, ABSNP

This workshop will explore the neural architecture of emotional behavior by examining various brain structures laying the foundation for higher level social skill functioning. Specific biological factors related to the development of social competence and emotional self-regulation will be explored. There will be a detailed discussion on behavioral self-regulation, anxiety disorders, and depression from a brain-based educational perspective, including cutting edge interventions such as neurofeedback. Schools can enhance emotional wellness in children through early prevention efforts, appropriate assessment strategies, and an improved school climate to foster emotional growth for all children. The specific learning objectives include:

  1. Discuss the neural architecture of emotion by detailing key brain regions responsible for the development of empathy and emotional regulation.
  2. Discuss the pitfalls of over-relying upon behavior management plans or psychopharmacology to address mental health conditions in children.
  3. Explore effective classroom interventions and treatment options for children with behavioral self-regulation issues and emotional disorders.

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