Brain Models, Healing, and Empathy: What A Therapist Must Know about Neurophysiology

Workshop Presented by Paul Earley, M.D., FASM

January 18, 2014

3 CEU’s applied for GPA; GALPCA, GAMFT, and GSCSW 3 core CEU’s applied for.

Workshop Description:

Dr. Earley’s workshop will begin by canvassing the many ways neuroscientists view brain functioning, differentiating what we really know from what we would like to believe by flight of fancy. The presentation will delineate the limitations on the brain models — with an eye to differentiating research fact from populist and often inaccurate interpretation of the literature. The lecture will help all of us develop a more comfortable and accurate framework for viewing brain function. This framework will be expanded to describe how psychotherapy alters and ultimately heals the brain. Several important brain functions will undergo examination during the workshop. These include: a deeper examination of how man’s evolution structures thinking and feeling, the nature of consciousness as a human experience, and the neurophysiology of empathy. The presentation will challenge and entertain the participant to rethink commonly held beliefs about the mind, such as “How does language shape and limit our understanding of reality?” and “What happens during an epiphany?” A suggested bibliography for further study will accompany the handout materials.

Presenter Information:

Dr. Earley has been an Addiction Medicine Physician for over 25 years. Over his career he has treated all types of addictive disorders and specializes in the assessment and treatment of health care professionals. As a therapist he works with patients already in recovery, providing long term therapy for those who suffer from this disease.  His professional expertise extends to advocacy for professionals before agencies and licensing boards.

Dr. Earley is the Medical Director of the Georgia Professionals Health Program, Inc., the Physicians Health Program (PHP) in the U.S. for the state of Georgia. He is also a consultant to numerous treatment agencies regarding treatment effectiveness and staff development.

Dr. Earley speaks nationally and internationally on topics of addiction, its treatment and addiction among health care professionals. He is the author numerous books and articles on addiction and its treatment, including The Cocaine Recovery Book. He is one of the authors of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Textbook: Principles of Addiction Medicine, including the chapter: Physician Health Programs and Addiction among Physicians.  His work was featured in the documentary series on addiction entitled Close to Home by Bill Moyers. He has championed recovery in two appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show. Dr. Earley is a Fellow of ASAM and has been on the board of ASAM for over 10 years in several capacities. He has served as the Medical Director of two nationally acclaimed addiction programs specializing in the care of addicted health care professionals.

Dr. Earley has disclosed the following financial relationships:

Speaker for Alkermes, Inc.

Workshop Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how evolution limits different modes of thought and shapes our reality.
  1. Discuss the research related to the neurophysiology of empathy and apply it to the practice of psychotherapy.
  1. Critique the limitations of current neuroscience to avoid drawing false conclusions by generalizing notions of the brain that appear in the lay press.


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Atlanta GA 30329



Workshop Schedule

8:30-9:00 AM Registration, Coffee, Light Refreshments
9:00-10:15 AM Survey of Brain Models and What They Predict About Functioning
10:15-10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM-12:30 PM Meditation and the Default Mode; The Neurophysiology of Empathy

3 CEU’s applied for GPA; GALPCA, GAMFT, and GSCSW 3 core CEU’s applied for.

PLEASE NOTE: Workshop start and end times are firm in order to provide CE credit. AGPS cannot provide CEs for participants who have arrived late or leave early from any part of the workshop.

Workshop Fees

NOTE: Pre-registration cutoff date is January 11, 2014.

No refunds for cancellations within 7 days of the event.


Early Rate $50 $60 $15
After Reg. Cutoff $60 $75 $15
On-Site $60 $75 $15