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TELL SEMINAR: Brain Basics, Family Therapy, and Trauma: Blending Old and New, East and West

Event Date
Thursday March 24th, 2016
10:00 – 12:00
Wesley Center
Wesley Center 2F, 6-10-11 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062

With the explosion in neuroscience research that highlights attachment processes, family therapy has never been more relevant.  Relational neuroscience explores the dynamic, recursive links between brain activity, nervous system regulation, hormones, neuropeptides, neurotransmitters and the social ecology of children and adults. 

This workshop will provide participants with a knowledge of brain basics and their application to important turning points in therapy across individual, couple, family, and community domains.  Theseminar will focus on applications for trauma treatment, including healing through a focus on recursive processes between the whole body and attachment figures.


1. Identify five principles of social neuroscience relevant to family therapy and trauma treatment.

2. Describe four models of family therapy that successfully address nervous system balance and

brain density with children and adults.

4. Demonstrate brain-focused activities to benefit therapists and clinical work.


Hanna 2015

Presenter Bio – Suzanne Midori Hanna, Ph.D.

Born and raised in the melting pot of Albuquerque, NM, Suzanne Hanna was also educated in Utah, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and California.  Dr. Hanna practices from a developmental-interactional-Ericksonian frame and has a passion for applications of neuroscience, cultural compassion, trauma treatment, sibling development, evidence-based practices, and biopsychosocial approaches to family therapy.

Most recently, she completed The Transparent Brain in Couple and Family Therapy:  Mindful Integrations with Neuroscience (Routledge, 2014).  She is also co-editor of The Aging Family:  New Visions in Theory, Practice and Reality (with T. D. Hargrave; Routledge, 1997); author of  The Practice of Family Therapy:  Key Elements Across Models, 4th ed. (Cengage, 2007); co-editor of “We ain’t crazy!  Just coping with a crazy system:”  Pathways into the Black population for eliminating mental health disparities (California Department of Mental Health, 2012, with V. D. Woods, N. J. King, & C. Murray).

She has presented at numerous national and state AAMFT Annual Conferences since 1981.  During that time, her presentations as a clinician, educator, and researcher have paralleled similar changes in the field at large, moving from modern, to post-modern, to integrative and evidence-based models of systems work.

She is a former Director (founding) of a COAMFTE master’ program, is currently an online instructor for masters and doctoral students in MFT, is a clinical fellow (1981) and approved supervisor in AAMFT.  She keeps her sanity through time with family and friends, gardening, cycling, writing, and nice walks with Leo, her cocker spaniel.


¥2,000, please email clinical.director@telljp.com to book.