Dr. Bob Weathers holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, an American Psychological Association-approved doctoral program in Pasadena, California. In addition, he holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and religious studies. Over his professional career, Dr. Weathers has: been an inspiring and in-demand public speaker, trained hundreds of graduate-level mental health practitioners, and provided tens of thousands of hours of coaching and consulting to clients from around the world.
The centerpiece of this presentation is dedicated to providing as simple and accessible an introduction to the neuroscience of addiction as possible. But the guiding rationale behind this ongoing project has more direct, clinical implications. Addiction and recovery are unfortunately often hamstrung by personal feelings of shame and cultural attitudes of stigma. In this presentation, we intend to explore in-depth the usefulness of applying up-to-date, evidence-based concepts from neuroscience. The aim is to provide clinical tools for reducing the shame and stigma that so often accompany addiction and recovery --- whether for the client in recovery, his/her spouse and family, and even the therapist. Our specific focus throughout this lecture/dialogue is on summarizing and practically applying recent findings from neuroscience about addiction as an empirically documented brain disease.