Part 1 Essential Neuroscience for the 21st Century Clinician -The Most Essential Concepts for the Neuroscience-informed Clinician


This course will be presented via Zoom to your home or office.

Date: September 14, 2022
Contact Hours:
5 Contact Hours
Start time is 9:30 AM EST

Each attendee will receive a substantial packet of handouts with extensive supporting materials including - among many other things - a summary sheet for each neuroscientist covered that will include their work and its application to direct clinical practice.

Essential Neuroscience for the 21st Century Clinician

Part 1 -The Most Essential Concepts for the Neuroscience-informed Clinician


Presenting part one of a four part learning experience to provide the mental health clinician with a powerful learning experience for absorbing and applying the latest knowledge and skills from recent research and practice in affective neuroscience. Part one will address foundational knowledge, including the key vocabulary and concepts that are changing our understandings about human development, psychopathology and its causes, and the challenges to supporting psychotherapeutic change. 

Leaders in the field of mental health acknowledge that we are now in the affective neuroscience era, and we all need to upgrade our knowledge base and skill sets in order to operate with current best practices. We at have designed this course to make the material easy to understand, easy to digest, and easy to apply in powerful ways to improve your practice.


Cost: $90.00 pre-registered   



5 CORE    in-person (synchronous) or live webinar ((synchronous) contact hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA CE Approval #2022-07-19-084LW)

The Louisiana Counseling Association is approved by the Louisiana Licensed Professional Board of Examiners to offer continuing education  clock hours.  This presentation has been reviewed and approved for 5.0 CE clock hours for each part for Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors

This program was approved for 5 core hours of Continuing Education by the National Association of Social Workers – NH Chapter, CE #3971A

This program was approved for 5 core hours of Continuing Education by the National Association of Social Workers – VT Chapter, CE #1089A

This course has been approved by SUNY Albany's School of Social Welfare for 5 contact hours for for New York State Social Workers & LMHCs

This course is not NBCC approved.


Objectives for this Course:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of the Ethical and Clinical Reasons for Integrating Neuroscience into Your Practice
    • Describe the Roadmap from Current Practice to Neuroscience-informed Practice
    • Apply the Core Vocabulary of 21st Century Neuroscience
    • Apply the Key Concepts of 21st Century Neuroscience in their clinical practice
    • Integrate 21st Century Neuroscience and the Nature, Nurture, Environment Question
    • Describe 21st Century Case Conceptualization Incorporating Neuroscience


Agenda for this Program  

(9:30 AM to 3:30 PM with breaks, 5 Contact Hours)

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

  • Introductions and establishing learning community
  • Goals and objectives
  • History and research on affective neuroscience
  • Value for the practitioner, client and community
  • How affective neuroscience connects with attachment theory, object relations theory and theories of psychotherapy
  • An easy to understand picture of how the brain is organized and why this is important for understanding affective neuroscience

Morning break 10:30 – 10:45

Introduction to the vocabulary of 21st Century affective neuroscience

10:45 - 12:15

  • Key concepts for understanding affective neuroscience’s application to 21st Century clinical work and the vocabulary to support those concepts
  • The role of language in organizing information and creating efficiencies in information transfer, storage and recall

12:15 – 12:45 lunch

Introduction to some leading scientists and their connection to the Nature, Nurture, Environment question

12:45 - 2:15

  • The work of Michael Gazzaniga, Joseph LeDoux, and Klaus Scherer and applications to clinical work in terms of psychoeducation and theories of practice: CBT, psychodynamic, systems, solution focused, addictions counseling
  • The work of Joseph LeDoux and applications to clinical work in terms of psychoeducation and theories of practice: CBT, psychodynamic, systems, solution focused, addictions counseling.
  • The work of Klaus Scherer and the role of memory in the generation of affective states.
  • How the brain works as an ecosystem in relation to the Nature, Nurture, Environment question

Afternoon break 2:15 – 2:30

Introduction to the leading scientists to be studied and their key contributions

2:30 – 3:30

  • The core vocabulary and concepts of 21st Century affective neuroscience and what it means for case conceptualization
  • Application of material to clinical practice through scenario analysis
  • Wrap-up and questions
  • Integration of material from day one and consolidation of learning

Summary sheets for each of the key scientists and their important contributions will be provided as a handout to each attendee



About your trainer:



Charlie Safford, LCSW is the founder and President of, Inc., a knowledge company that works with professional organizations such as LPCA GA and NASW LA to provide continuing education curriculum to social workers, professional counselors and other mental health clinicians nationwide. He has over 35 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, and coach, with over 25 years of experience developing and delivering best practices training programs for business and mental health audiences. 


Refund Policy: 

Full refunds will be issued up to 14 days prior to the conference. Cancellations received less than two weeks from the start of the conference will be refunded at 80% of the conference costs up until the day before the conference. Cancellations received after the last day before the start of the conference will not be refunded, but 50% of the paid amount may be applied towards other live or online courses from


Grievance Policy

Grievances concerning course material, course delivery, or other aspects of this program may be forwarded via mail or email at the following addresses:

Mail                                                                    Email

PO Box 182                                   

Roswell, GA 30077

All grievances will be addressed thoroughly by our Grievance Committee until full resolution of the grievance has been reached. A full copy of our grievance policies and procedures is available upon request.