International Speaker Tour

A two-day workshop with Lou Cozolino

Social brain-based approaches to caring, supporting and educating

The Social Neuroscience of Trauma and Healing

“…Learning neuroscience takes dedication. It takes work to get beyond the cocktail level of conversation and clichés. It took me ten years to feel like I had any sense of what was going on and I studied it pretty intensively. So I think we all have to be careful, but even more importantly, just because you know some neuroscience doesn’t mean you know anything more than the therapist who doesn’t. It’s really about how you use that information to upgrade the quality of the work you’re doing…. Lou Cozolino, 2016, www.psychotherapy.net)

Dr. Cozolino lectures around the world on brain development, evolution, and psychotherapy and maintains clinical and consulting practices in Los Angeles and New York. His entertaining style and practice wisdom made him a hit at the 2018 International Childhood Trauma Conference.

Where are these workshops being held?

We are thrilled to facilitate Dr Cozolino's return to Australia for a two-day workshop in 2019. 

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Bonnie Badenoch

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Social brain based approaches to caring, supporting and educating

The Social Neuroscience of Trauma and Healing

Recent theoretical advances in brain imaging have revealed that the brain is an organ continually built and re-built by one’s experience. In this two-day workshop, beginning with an overview of the intersecting fields of neuroscience and psychotherapy, Cozolino will delve into the brain’s inner workings, from basic neuronal building blocks to complex systems of memory, language, and the organization of experience.

Bringing insights and application to those working in both therapeutic and education fields of practice, this session is a must for those looking to move from knowledge of research to understanding the practical application in a relational context.

Dr Cozolino will be explaining the development and organization of the healthy brain and the unhealthy brain and use this lens to explore common problems such as anxiety, trauma, and co-dependency discussed from a scientific and clinical perspective. Throughout the workshop, the science behind the brain’s working is applied to day-to-day experiences, school settings and clinical practice.

Why have we invited Lou Cozzolino to conduct a speaking tour?

Hear from Foundation CEO Dr Joe Tucci as he shares what he anticipates the workshops will deliver for attendees.

About Lou Cozolino

Dr. Cozolino has been a writer practitioner for over 40 years. He has diverse clinical and research interests and holds degrees in philosophy, theology, and clinical psychology. His primary focus is the synthesis of neuroscience with psychotherapy, education, management, and leadership.

He is an American psychologist and professor of psychology at Pepperdine University. He holds degrees in philosophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, theology from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA. He has conducted empirical research in schizophrenia, the long-term impact of stress, and child abuse. He is the author of seven books The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, The Social Neuroscience of Education, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, Timeless, Attachment-Based Teaching, The Making of a Therapist, and Why Therapy Works.

About Lou Cozolino

Video excerpt from Lou Cozolino’s Keynote at the 2018 International Childhood Trauma Conference – “The Social Brain”.

Outcomes for those working in Therapeutic Practice

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how the brain evolved into a social organ and how to utilise this knowledge in psychotherapy
  • Identify aspects of client behaviour that reflect how their brains are organized
  • Understand the mechanisms of neuroplasticity and how to enhance them in psychotherapy
  • Learn the processes of change across a variety of forms of psychotherapy
  • Participants will come to appreciate the influence of social interactions on subjective experience, neurochemistry, and health
  • Participants will learn concepts of interpersonal neurobiology such as the social synapse, sociostasis, experience-dependent plasticity, and the epigenetics of brain building.
  • Participants will learn why the quality of the therapeutic relationship is so essential to healing.
  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the neurobiology and neuroanatomy relevant to the symptoms and treatment of Trauma.
  • Participants will come to understand the mechanisms of action of positive change in the treatment of Trauma.

Outcomes for those working in Education

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to apply basic principles of brain evolution to the classroom to enhance learning
  • Identify the basic mechanisms of neuroplasticity and learning
  • Understand the importance of modulating arousal and anxiety in the learning environment.
  • Learn to promote tribal values in the classroom to enhance learning
  • Understand how tribal teachers have learned to teach students previously thought to be “unteachable”
  • Learn how evolution has selected for diversity and how rigid educational systems need to be modified to teach human brains and minds
  • Learn how to apply relevant social neuroscience concepts to the classroom; utilize information about the social brain and communities of learning
  • Learn to utilize and leverage secure attachment in the classroom for learning
  • Learn the central value of play and exploration to neuroplasticity and learning

Who should attend?

These workshops are ideal for all practitioners who engage with children, young people and adults who have experienced trauma, providing knowledge and skills that have direct application to both education and therapeutic practice settings.

Single session pricing information





Lou Cozolino until 19/12/18 19/12/18 – 09/06/19 10/06/19 – 20/08/19


*All prices listed are exclusive of GST

For registration support or more information about these pricing structures and groups, please contact our event support team on 1300 792 466 or email speakertour@icms.com.au.

For group bookings of five or more, please contact our event support team on 1300 792 466 or email speakertour@icms.com.au.

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