Neural Desensitization and Integration Training (NDIT): Tools to Integrate EMDR, Somatic, and Other Approaches to Trauma

with Jennifer Sweeton
Discover the "Neural desensitisation and integration training (NDIT)". as a more flexible approach than evidence-based therapies for PTSD, which can be rigid and prescriptive, making it difficult to maintain client-centredness. NDIT is module-based and trauma-focused. Learn how to treat PTSD using an approach that integrates elements of desensitisation processing through the eye movements (EMDR)multi-channel integration of eye movements, prolonged exposure, the internal family systems (IFS) and the cognitive-behavioural therapies (CBT).
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Course accredited as asynchronous FAD from 7 December 2023 to 7 May 2024
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Discover the training objectives of this on-demand course:
  • State at least three components of neural networks.
  • Name one brain region associated with social connection.
  • Learn and practice two techniques for building the alliance.
  • Discuss the role of coordinated movements in alliance-building.
  • Describe the function of the insula.
  • State at least three techniques for reconnecting with the body.
  • Name two types of grounding exercises.
  • Describe the neuroscience of stress regulation.
  • Practice at least one technique for regulating the stress response.
  • Explain one function of the prefrontal cortex.
  • Describe why bilateral movement can facilitate desensitization to distressing thoughts or memories.
  • Identify two ways to alter visual or auditory memory components that decreases their intensity during imaginal exposure.
  • Name at least two brain regions involved in processing trauma.
  • Identify one way to select a target for processing.
What will you learn from this On-Demand Course?

Evidence-informed therapies for PTSD can be either rigid and prescriptive, making it difficult to stay client-centered, or largely theoretical, sometimes lacking in practical application. Developed by a neuroscientist and clinical psychologist, Neural Desensitization and Integration Training (NDIT) is a flexible, module-based, trauma-focused approach to PTSD that integrates elements from EMDR, multichannel eye movement integration, prolonged exposure, IFS, and cognitive behavioral therapies.

NDIT helps clients recover from post-trauma symptoms by specifically targeting and restoring the healthy functioning of these five key brain regions impacted by trauma:

  • Amygdala
  • Hippocampus
  • Insula
  • Cingulate cortex and Prefrontal cortex.

Grounded in decades of both brain science and empirical clinical research, NDIT is the first approach of its kind to bridge the gap between neuroscience and clinical practice.

NDIT consists of five distinct modules, each of which focuses on key skills associated with healthy brain change in specific brain regions. NDIT facilitates therapeutic brain change by teaching clients how to:

  • enhance attunement and connection with others (using techniques targeting multiple brain regions)
  • safely reconnect with their bodies (using insula-targeted techniques)
  • regulate their nervous system (using amygdala-targeted techniques)
  • strengthen their cognitive abilities (using cingulate and prefrontal cortex-targeted techniques)
  • gently process trauma in a titrated manner, minimizing retraumatization (using hippocampus and prefrontal cortex-targeted techniques).

Additionally, NDIT focuses on what clients can do outside of therapy sessions to facilitate faster progress in therapy. NDIT modules are strategically sequenced to accelerate neuroplasticity, helping clients move with natural brain change, not against it.

This introductory NDIT workshop teaches clinicians basic NDIT skills from start to finish, equipping them to immediately begin using NDIT skills in their own practice.

Who is this On-Demand Course aimed at?
This On-Demand Course is aimed at all psychologists and psychotherapists.

What this On-Demand Course is about

Part 1

Building the Alliance

The Neuroscience of Connection:

  • Increased mirror neuron activation
  • Decreased amygdala activation
  • Increased right hemisphere activation
  • Increased prefrontal cortex activation
  • Decreased cortisol/increased oxytocin
  • Techniques for Alliance Building
  • Witnessing techniques
  • Mirroring techniques
  • Co-regulation techniques
  • Coordinated movement techniques
  • Rupture repair techniques
  • Self-disclosure techniques
Part 2

Reconnect to the body

The Neuroscience of Body Connection:

  • Increased insula activation
  • Increased hippocampal activation and volume
  • Techniques for Reconnecting with the Body:
  • Sensory awareness and utilization techniques
  • Inside vs. outside grounding techniques
  • Interoceptive awareness techniques
  • Proprioceptive awareness techniques
  • Movement-based techniques, Part I
Part 3

Regulating the stress response

The Neuroscience of Regulating Stress:

  • Decreased amygdala activation
  • Increased hippocampal activation and volume
  • Increased cingulate activation
  • Decreased cortisol
  • Techniques for Regulating the Stress Response
  • Body-based techniques
  • Body positioning techniques
  • Breathing techniques
  • Vagus nerve techniques
  • Movement-based techniques, Part II
  • Fast and simple regulation techniques for acute stress situations
Part 4

Strengthening the mind

The Neuroscience of Strengthening the Mind:

  • Increased prefrontal cortex activation
  • Increased cingulate activation
  • Increased hippocampal activation

Techniques for Strengthening the Mind:

  • Cognitive restructuring techniques
  • Decentering and cognitive defusion techniques
  • Narrative techniques
  • Meditations
Part 5

Processing trauma

The Neuroscience of Processing Trauma:

  • Decreased amygdala activation
  • Regulated insula
  • Increased hippocampal activation
  • Increased prefrontal cortex activation
  • Increased cingulate activation
  • Integration of left and right hemispheres
  • Techniques for Processing Trauma
  • Creating a trauma profile
  • Target selection
  • Memory-based trauma targets
  • Somatic trauma targets
  • Thought-based trauma targets
  • Emotion-based trauma targets
  • Belief-based trauma targets
  • Environmental-based trauma targets
  • Neural desensitization techniques
  • Neural integration techniques
Reviews: what do those who have already bought it say?

I take this opportunity to express my congratulations to Jennifer. Besides being a very interesting subject, she has a great ability to make it accessible in the best possible way. Thank you. ~ Anna B., 2023

Congratulations indeed for the course. I look forward to watching the video recording. ~ Paola F., 2023

I took Dr. Sweeton's course on neural desensitization and it is literally the best course I have ever taken. Her ability to teach material from an evidence-based grounding but infuse practical and accessible tools to use with clients who have trauma was a wonderful blend of the research and the practicality of doing therapy. She is one of the most excellent teachers I have had the privilege of learning under. Take her courses, you won't be disappointed! ~ Katie G., 2022

Dr. Sweeton provided a very organized, engaging and informative course on Neural Desensitization: Tools to Integrate EMDR, IFS, & Other Approaches to Trauma. This course is a great introduction to NDIT. ~ Michelle W., 2022

I just attended Dr. Sweeton's wonderful two-day workshop. It was beyond my expectations. One of the best courses I have ever attended. Not only did she explain the complex interrelationships of the brain and how it is affected by prolonged trauma exposure but she also demonstrated and gave us practical techniques to help heal each of these areas of the brain. This knowledge has greatly enhanced my counseling practice results. ~ Suzanne, G., 2021

Dr. Sweeton is an amazing presenter. She spoke for 6 hours without ever seeming to need a note even though every minute was packed with useful information for anyone dealing with trauma. She integrated neuroscience skillfully with her clinical applications. I thought she handled questions effectively as well because she paused about every 45 minutes to answer questions she thought would be applicable to the majority of attendees. I could not recommend her more. ~ Judith C., 2022


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Jennifer Sweeton
Jennifer Sweeton is a clinical and forensic psychologist, author of the #1 Amazon bestseller in clinical psychology, and an internationally recognised expert on trauma and mental health neuroscience. She is the author of Trauma Treatment Toolbox, Train Your Brain Card Deck, Eight Key Brain Areas of Mental Health and Illness and the soon-to-be-published Traumatic Stress Recovery Workbook. Dr. Sweeton completed her doctoral training at Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology and the National Center for PTSD. In addition, she holds a master's degree in personality psychology (with an emphasis in affective neuroscience) from Stanford University and studied behavioural genetics and psychopathology at Harvard University.

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