Clinical Relaxation Therapy: A Psychoneuroimmunological Approach

Presenter: Dr Judy Lovas

This 16-hour course outlines how Psychoneuroimmunology research supports relaxation as a therapeutic intervention for chronic conditions seen by psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists. PNI identifies pathways and mechanisms that link nervous, endocrine and immune systems. Studies demonstrate how cognition, emotions and health communicate and influence each other intimately and constantly. PNI provides evidence of the effects of stress and relaxation at cellular, molecular and genetic levels, and how they influence thoughts, emotions, behaviours and wellbeing.

Relaxation is rarely valued, taught or encouraged in a world that awards busyness and constant productivity. Evidence-based relaxation techniques short circuit stress pathways, reduce production of stress hormones, encourage the release of calming neurotransmitters and enhance immune function. Participants learn how relaxation therapy is evidence-based, non-pharmacological, non-invasive, cost-effective, simple and efficacious. This course explains the art and science of relaxation therapy. The art is practice and clinical application of relaxation techniques. The science is Psychoneuroimmunology that describes psychological and physiological mechanisms by which relaxation is efficacious. Participants gain experience in relaxation practice and understand how evidence-based relaxation therapy can improve anxiety, depression, pain, sleep disorders, trauma and inflammation.

This course explains mind body science and the clinical use of relaxation therapy to enhance cellular health and health as a whole. In particular, it outlines a PNI approach to mood disorders, using relaxation techniques. This course offers mental health professionals an insight in psychoneuroimmunology-based relaxation therapy.

Session 1:
Stress versus relaxation: Art and Science of Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing (DDB)

Session 2:
Introduction to psychoneuroimmunology: More Art and Science of DDB

Session 3:
Psychoneuroimmunology of relaxation: More Art & Science of DDB

Session 4
Research in psychoneuroimmunology & chronic conditions: Art & Science of Guided Imagery (GI)

Session 5
More art & science of gi: Research in PNI, Guided Imagery and Chronic Conditions (More proficiency in practicing and teaching GI)

Session 6 
Research pni & mood disorders: Art & Science of DDB and GI

Session 7
Psychoneuroimmunology for health professionals: Policies and Guidelines for Relaxation Therapy in Clinical Practice (Proficiency in practicing and teaching relaxation techniques)

Session 8
Psychoneuroimmunology for health professionals: Putting it all together
(Personal experience of relaxation therapy, Clients and case studies, More proficiency to practice and teach relaxation techniques)

CPD Hours: This event counts as 16 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.

PACFA MEMBER DISCOUNT * PACFA members can avail a discount of 20% off the registration fees for all live events and digital seminars on our website by applying the code ‘PDP20PACFA’ at the checkout.

For full details regarding the event and registration please go to the website.