Translating Neuroscience into Counseling Practice

  • Oscar F. Goncalves Professor, Neuropsychophysiology Lab School of Psychology University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar 4710-057 Braga, Portugal Tel: +351 253 604 261 Fax: +351 253 604 6583 Senior Research Associate, Spaulding Neuromodulation Center Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School 79/96 13th Street - Charlestown MA 02129, USA
  • Kristin M. Perrone-McGovern Counseling Psychology Ball State University
Keywords: Counselling, Neurosciences, Brain Plasticity, Lifespan development tasks

Abstract

Recent advances in the field of cognitive neuroscience have led to a call for counsellors to translate new knowledge about brain-mind relationships into counselling practice. In this article, we address how counsellors can bring neuroscience into their practice with clients across developmental life stages, by utilizing interventions that promote positive brain plasticity (i.e., increased efficiency in brain structure, function, and connectivity) and reverse the effects of negative plasticity (i.e., decreased neural efficiency such as maladaptive necrosis or synaptic loss).

Author Biography

Oscar F. Goncalves, Professor, Neuropsychophysiology Lab School of Psychology University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar 4710-057 Braga, Portugal Tel: +351 253 604 261 Fax: +351 253 604 6583 Senior Research Associate, Spaulding Neuromodulation Center Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School 79/96 13th Street - Charlestown MA 02129, USA
Full Professor and Senior Researcher
Published
2016-11-18
How to Cite
Goncalves, O. F., & Perrone-McGovern, K. M. (2016). Translating Neuroscience into Counseling Practice. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 50(4). Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/61122
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