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Brain-Based Strategies for Children and Adolescents: Anxiety, ADHD, Emotion Regulation, Executive Function and Other Challenging Behaviors

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Christina Payne Bryson, PhD
5 Hours 56 Minutes
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Mar 07, 2018
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Watch Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, international speaker and co-author with Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. of The New York Times bestsellers The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline, as she revolutionizes the way you treat behavioral, emotional and somatic challenges using brain-based strategies for children and adolescents.

This workshop will use an interpersonal neurobiology lens to focus on bilateral and vertical brain integration that will challenge your current ways of understanding and treating behavioral and emotional struggles. Using stories, case studies, videos and humor, Tina will provide creative strategies on how to integrate brain science into your practice and personal life. Dive into the neurobiological aspects of attachment and narrative. Learn the latest on neuroplasticity, plus experience the changing brain in a way that’s clear, interesting and practical.

  • Acquire new tools to help children and families with:
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Attachment
  • Behavioral avoidance

You will walk away with a new framework for treating children, adolescents and families along with effective strategies to improve attention, emotional regulation and resilient flexibility!



This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD.



Christina Payne Bryson, PhD's Profile

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Dr. Tina Payne Bryson (she/her) is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times bestsellers - The Whole-Brain Child selling over a million copies. Dr. Bryson is also the author of The Bottom Line for Baby (Random House 2020) and co-author (with Dan Siegel) of The Power of Showing Up (Random House 2020) and The Yes Brain (Random House 2018). Her upcoming book, The Way of Play (Random House 2025), co-authored with Georgie Wisen-Vincent, will be released January 2025.

Tina is an LCSW, and the founder/executive director of The Center for Connection (“CFC”), a multidisciplinary clinical practice with an interpersonal neurobiology lens; of the Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of play therapy through a neurodevelopment lens; and The Center for Connection and Neurodiversity, a wing of the CFC devoted to celebrating neurodifferences and providing brain-based occupational therapy, and interdisciplinary clinical work across the lifespan.

Tina keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for kids, parents, educators, clinicians, and industry leaders all over the world, and she makes frequent media appearances (for example, in TIME Magazine, Good Morning America, Huffington Post, Redbook, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Real Simple). When she isn’t teaching, she consults with various companies and organizations, including the Nike Sport Research Lab (NSRL) where she was project director for mental or emotional performance, offering direct support to athletes and supporting research. She also works as a child development specialist at St. Mark’s School in Pasadena, CA. A graduate of Baylor University, Tina earned her LCSW and PhD from the University of Southern California, where her research explored attachment science, childrearing theory, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology.

Tina emphasizes that before she’s a parenting educator, or a researcher, she’s a mom. She limits her clinical practice and speaking engagements so that she can spend time with her family. Alongside her husband of 30 years, parenting her three boys is what makes her happiest.

Tina’s professional life now focuses on taking research and theory from various fields of science, and offering it in a way that is clear, realistic, humorous, and immediately helpful. As she puts it, “For parents, clinicians, and teachers, learning about how kids’ (and their own) brains work is surprisingly practical, informing how they approach discipline, how they help kids deal with everyday struggles, and ultimately how they connect with the children they care about.”

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Tina Payne Bryson has employment relationships with The Center for Connection, The Play Strong Institute, and Saint Mark's Episcopal School. She receives royalties as a published author. Tina Payne Bryson receives a speaking honorarium, book and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Tina Payne Bryson serves on the advisory board for Austin Interpersonal Neurobiology and Fuel Ed. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, is a distinguished member of the San Gabriel Valley Psychology Association, and a member of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.



  1. Evaluate clinical intake and assessment processes to more effectively treat symptoms of anxiety, ADHD, emotion regulation, executive function and other challenging behaviors in children and adolescent clients.
  2. Utilize whole-brain strategies to build a client’s resilience for difficult transitions and regulate emotional reactivity.
  3. Demonstrate multiple approaches to help anxious children comprehend fundamental facts about the brain, for purposes of client psychoeducation, to help understand their own brains, and how nervous systems contribute to their overall perspective of their world and themselves.
  4. Integrate an interpersonal neurobiology framework to enhance mental health treatment with children and adolescent clients.
  5. Implement brain-based, age-appropriate clinical strategies to promote resiliency in children.
  6. Explore the neurobiological basis of attachment theory and utilize this information to inform clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.


  • The Whole-Brain Child – Integration Strategies
    • Science of integration and well-being
    • Bilateral integration: left/right brain
      • Name it to tame it
      • Connect & redirect
      • Surfing emotional waves
      • Build resilience for difficult transitions
    • Vertical integration: upstairs/downstairs brain
      • Strategies to regulate emotional reactivity
      • Reduce fight, flight, freeze responses
      • Teach clients about their brains
      • Use it or lose it and neuroplasticity
  • Emotions and Behaviors – Regulation Strategies
    • Rethink intake and assessment
    • Nervous system arousal/investigate toxic stress and co-regulation
    • Zones of arousal physiological, emotional, and behavioral correlates
    • Role of curiosity/beyond diagnoses and limits of our lens
    • Interdisciplinary, interpersonal neurobiology approaches to mental health
    • Role of sensory processing and information processing
    • “Bottom-up” approaches
    • Impact of movement on the nervous system
    • Dysfunctional emotional regulation/ formulate a treatment approach
    • Challenge typical diagnoses with arousal and relationship in mind
    • Case studies
  • A Neurobiological Lens of Attachment
    • How attachment wiring impacts the attentional system and narratives
    • Mental models and neurological wiring
    • Weave attachment into treatment and change models
    • Narrative and the attempt to understand the present functioning
    • Attachment experiences in the classroom
    • Using relationship to regulate neurophysiological states
  • Specific Brain-Based Strategies
    • Anxiety disorders
    • ADHD
    • Attachment
    • Behavioral avoidance
    • Emotional dysregulation
    • Executive function
    • Oppositional/disruptive behaviors
    • Shifting attachment patterns
    • Stress modulation
    • Trauma

Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Therapists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Teachers, School Guidance Counselors, Speech-Language Pathologists, Case Managers, School Administrators, Educational Paraprofessionals, Nurses, Other Helping Professionals that work with children



Overall:      4.9

Total Reviews: 35


Valerie R

"excellent speaker and material"

Elisa P

"Awesome Course. Looking forward to many more!"

Katie P

"I absolutely LOVED this presentation. She is so engaging, her stories are great, the content is fantastic. Its great!"

Katelyn P

"Fantastic presentation, information and humor to keep engaged."

Allyson S

"Some technical difficulties and seminar was not on time, but overall a great training!"

Kathrin C

"The course was very informative and interesting. Tina was very knowledgeable and engaging. "

Mark H

"Excellent seminar--very useful and exciting information"

Mariam R

"thank you for a great course. "

Kelly G

"One of the best programs I have have seen"

Nancy O

"Best training I've had in years!! Thank you"

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