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The Neuroscience-Based Techniques

to Train the Brain, Calm the Stress Spin Cycle and Trigger the Brain’s Superpowers

This 6-hour course will offer you a range of new techniques based in neuroscience that will assist your clients in fast forwarding recovery. Attend this high-energy, evidence-based seminar and learn how you can teach your clients to live in states of thriving frequently. You will learn how to teach your clients to change emotional channels, regain optimism and sense of control, develop neuro-wellness rituals to break through crises, and meet everyday challenges with clarity and confidence.

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Traditionally, clients are asked to work on changing their thoughts and work on processing emotions in order to improve the way they respond to depression, anxiety, stress, or other mental health ailments.  It can be a long and tedious process that requires self-discipline and patience.  Not all clients respond well to this approach, and they often get discouraged. 

Drawing from an integration of multiple disciplines that contribute to client’s mental health (psychology, neuroscience, life-style medicine, neurofeedback, neuropsychotherapy), this course offers a new evidence-based approach, called “Neural Synchrony Activation and Training.” This is an innovative framework with cutting-edge techniques that will assist your clients in fast forwarding their recovery.  This approach focuses on mental state change to stimulate positive emotional patterns and behavioral alterations.  The process is resource-focused and elicits and builds resources from the client’s experience, and relationship with the therapist as well as leads to neuro-repatterning for lasting change.

Helping a client become less anxious or depressed requires changes in the activation of neural activity.  The new approach uses specific learning experiences that create positive influences on a client’s problems, and activates a natural trigger to maximize personal well-being.  This process creates more optimal mental states that block anxiety and depression, and turns on healing systems in the body.  The client develops brain-mind-body states that promote a stable autonomic nervous system and the ability to live and thrive in joy.

With this approach, you will learn how to increase your range of therapeutic outcomes by bridging the gap between research and practice.  You will be able to teach your clients to change emotional channels, access unknown emotional resources, regain optimism and positive expectations for the future, develop neuro-wellness rituals to break through crises, and meet everyday challenges with clarity and confidence. 

The mind holds the secret code to living a worry-depression-anxiety-free life with more joy and super-effectiveness.  Based in the latest research, clients can truly transform their lives when they discover their innate abilities.


  • Discover a new approach to plug into your existing therapeutic model.

  • Explain how to use state-dependent memory and learning in therapy

  • Describe how to recognize and intervene in different neural-styles of coping with stress.

  • Explain the process of Neural Synchrony Activation and Training

  • Recognize state shifts in clients’ move toward self-regulation

  • Explain how to create transformative emotional shifts in the client’s narrative with the visual system and attention practice


  • Psychologists

  • Social Workers

  • MFTs

  • Licensed Professional Counselors

Course Content Level:

  • Intermediate


Module 1: Neuroplastic Strategies Based in Research

1 ce hour


Module 2:  The Brain's 7 Superpowers

1 ce hour

Module 3:  Resource Activation for Powerful Therapy

1 ce hour

Module 4:  Engage the Brain's Superpowers in Therapy

1 ce hour

Module 5:  Deep Dive for Trauma Resolution

1 ce hour

Module 6:  Enhancing Flow States and the Neureka State of Mind

1 ce hour

Topics covered in the modules include:

The Neuro-Revolution in Psychotherapy

  • State-Dependent Memory and Learning as the Common Denominator Among the Best Change Approaches:

  • Learn the Key to What Maintains Problems and Generates Solutions in Mental Health

  • Trigger Oxytocin to Shut Off Fear and the Survival Mode

  • The Most Wide-Spread Psychological Problems: Anxiety and Depression Embedded in  Discontent and Not Feeling Good Enough

  • Activating Neuroplasticity for Transformation



  • Head Injuries and Mental Health Symptoms

  • Paying Attention to Attention

  • Subtle Signs of Autonomic Over and Under Arousal

  • How the Client’s Left and Right Hemispheres are Operating

  • 7 Emotional Brain Circuits Involved in Positive and Negative States and Habitual Life Patterns



  • Pattern Interruptions for Symptom Reduction and Resolution

  • Change Emotional Channels and States for Client Empowerment and Transformation

  • Strategic Use of Brain Frequencies and Mental States to Recondition Affect, Cognition, and Behavior

  • Engaging the Curiosity Circuit for Openness to Change

  • Selecting Target States for Accessing the State of Thriving

  • Use the Visual and Hearing System to Shift Cognition

  • Condition Synchrony through Neural Therapeutic Conversation for Resource Activation



  • Using Neuro-Association to Calm Emotional Triggers

  • Apply Neuro-Repatterning for Lasting Change

  • Neuroscience-based Interventions to Activate Depressed and Chronically Stressed Brains



  • Enhancing Neuro-Chemicals To Regulate Mood

  • Neuro-Wellness Rituals

  • Selecting and Practicing the Mental State of Advanced Meditators to Develop a Non-Reactive Mind


  • Activate the Whole Brain State

  • Balancing Hemispheric Blood Flow

  • Bilateral Stimulation

  • Tools to turn on the Parasympathetic System to Produce Calm and Release the Healing  Neuropeptide of Anadamide: The Amide of Bliss



  • Research on Restricted Environmental Stimulation for Mental Shifts

  •  Deep State Dive to Dissolve Rumination, Depression, and Painful Memories

  •  Using the Theta State to Transform Fear and Emotional Conflict

  • FutureThink to Create Positive Goal Achievement



  • How to Trigger Flow States with Clients

  • Understand the Need to Alter States

  •  The Breakout Principle for Internal Guidance and Successful Outcomes

  •  The “Neureka” State of Mind for Creative Solutions (awareness, memory, satisfaction, gratitude, compassion, absence of stress, and insight)

The Instructors

Carol Kershaw, Ed.D., and Bill Wade, Ph.D., are licensed mental health clinicians in Houston, Texas and international trainers .  They specialize in translating the latest findings in the fields of neurobiology, psychology, and neuroscience into simple, practical tools which people can apply to everyday situations – from personal success to parenting techniques to business achievement.  They have been married to each other for 35 years.

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Carol Kershaw, Ed.D



Professional Recognition: Carol Kershaw is Co-Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Houston.  She is an Approved Supervisor for the AAMFT, a member of the American Psychological Association, and an Approved Consultant for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She is also a member of the International Society for Hypnosis.  She is a reviewer for the NeuroLeadership Journal.

Individual Publications: Dr. Kershaw is the author of The Couple’s Hypnotic Dance, (Brunner/Mazel, 1991), also published in Spanish.  She contributed a chapter for Bridges of the Bodymind:  Behavioral Approaches to Healthcare by Jeanne Achterberg and Frank Lawlis, 1980.  She has also written articles for various professional journals.

Speaking Engagements: Dr. Kershaw has presented workshops and lectures at numerous Erickson Congresses, annual scientific meetings of ASCH, Evolution of Psychotherapy conferences as well as AAMFT and has been invited to present workshops in the United States, Canada, South America, Spain, and Europe.  She runs a yearly 5 day retreat workshop for Esalen in Big Sur.


Bill Wade, Ph.D


Professional Recognition: Bill Wade is a psychotherapist at the Institute for Family Psychology and Co-Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Houston.  He is licensed as a marriage and family therapist and as a professional counselor.  Dr. Wade holds supervisory status with both licenses. Bill is a Clinical member and Approved Supervisor with American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is a member and Approved Consultant with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. In addition, he is a member of the International Society of Hypnosis and The American Counseling Association.

Speaking Engagements and Editorial Work: Dr. Wade has presented workshops throughout the United States and in Spain, on topics such as Clinical Hypnosis, Meditation, Overcoming Anxiety, and Depression, Panic Disorder, Relationship Enhancement, Divorce Recovery, Parenting, and Peak Performance. He has produced numerous CD’s on these and other topics and is the former review editor for the Milton Erickson Foundation Newsletter.  He was the Book Review Editor for the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and ran a  yearly 5 day retreat for Esalen in Big Sur for 4 years.


Joint Publications:  Kershaw and Wade are co-authors of Brain Change Therapy: Clinical Interventions for Self Transformation (WW Norton, 2012).  Kershaw and Wade have published recent articles on neurocoaching, (leadership coaching using neurofeedback), in the NeuroLeadership Journal, No. 4, pp.122-128, 2012, published in Sydney Australia, and in Biofeedback, Fall 2011, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp. 105-108.  They have been asked to co-author a chapter for the Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling & Psychotherapy to be published by Sage Publishing in 2014.


Joint Workshops: Doctors Kershaw and Wade present as a team at numerous workshops, many for professional clinicians, and others, such as a recent week-long workshop at Esalen Institute, for the general public.  In 1998 they were invited to Saudi Arabia to lead a medical team for trauma intervention. 


CE Information

CE’s (pending) will be given to psychologists, licensed professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists by R. Cassidy Seminars. Certificates are available following course completion at There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Grievance Policy


For Questions or Concerns email Dr. Kershaw

Cancellation Policy


Many of our programs qualify for CE’s for professional mental health continuing education.  Please check each individual course. When you purchase the copyrighted online workshop, you may view it for 30 days.  Courses can be refunded on a case by case basis. Contact Dr. Kershaw for details

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