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Continuing & Professional Development


Professional Mental Health Workshop

Sponsored by the WKU Department of Counseling and Student Affairs

Addiction & Trauma: Examining the Brain/Body Connection & Effective Therapeutic Approaches

This workshop will introduce information on addictions and trauma, how they are related, their origins and effective modalities of treatment with the following objectives:

  • Participants will learn how our latent survival behaviors of fight, flight, and freeze condition the brain to seek pleasure and avoid pain. *Recent neuroscientific research on the nature of addictions and trauma.
  • Participants will understand the neuro-adaptive survival strategies involved in substance and process addictions; as well as how patterns of emotional repression modeled by adults in childhood contribute to increased chances of developing an addiction.

Workshop Details

Friday, March 23, 2018  |  8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST

Augustein Alumni Center  |  292 Alumni Avenue

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 16


Paul S. Markle, LMFT CBP CTEAP, has practiced as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist for 17 years. He currently works at The Bridge to Recovery as the Lead Therapist, and operates a part-time private practice. He has worked extensively with people and families experiencing both substance and process addictions. Paul is a Certified Brainspotting Practitioner (CBP) having received all training currently offered in that approach, and has conducted over 3000 Brainspotting sessions. He is also a Certified Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapist (CTEAP) and facilitates group and individual Equine Assisted sessions. His integrated approach includes Family Systems Theory, Internal Family Systems Theory, Gestalt Therapy, and neuroscientific approaches, among others.    

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