Neurology of Emotions and Relationships 2.0 looks at the links between the brain, our emotions, human relationships, and intimacy, as well as the biblical construct of godly thinking and renewing the mind. Counselors will learn foundational principles of the brain and interpersonal neurobiology and how these principles play a role in God’s design for true intimacy.
NER 101: Understanding the Brain: God’s Design, Mind Renewal, and Neuroplasticity
Fred DiBlasio, Ph.D.
God created humankind in His image, which includes the brain and its ability to make choices (through free will), as well as the lifelong growth and renewal process now emerging from research in this area. In this presentation, Dr. DiBlasio examines transformation, mind renewal, basic neurochemistry, and the concept of plasticity as they relate to the development of neural-pathways and human relationships from a biblical perspective.
NER 102: Interpersonal Neurobiology: The Nine Domains of Integration
Curt Thompson, M.D.
Throughout the past decade, neuroscience research has increasingly demonstrated how the mind and all of its components represent an integrated process that is characterized as embodied, embrained, and relational. In this presentation, Dr. Thompson identifies nine major components of how these neurological processes are integrated. The importance of community influence and a biblical narrative of the mind are also explored.
NER 103: The Brain and Intimacy: Is it Romance or Just Chemicals?
Jared Pingleton, Psy.D.
We’ve all heard about it. Most of us have felt it. Many of us have said it. “Chemistry”…is it merely a sign of romance or is it an actual biological phenomenon? Dr. Pingleton explores the significant neurochemical bonding agents which are central to physical attraction, emotional connectivity, and the experience of feeling “in love.” Key scientific findings regarding the function and process of how the brain operates to develop attachment and intimacy in our closest interpersonal relationships is also examined.