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SPS March Fireside Presentation
Thursday, March 15, 2018
7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
“From the Heart to the Head: Integrating the Emotional and Neurological Underpinnings of Memory into the Practice of Psychotherapy”
Presented by Jim Mosher, Ph.D., L.P.

Memory has been long-thought to be indelible: Once an experience is consolidated into long-term memory, the predominant belief was that it could not be altered but rather only controlled or managed, at best. Various schools of psychotherapy and their methodologies were constructed around this assumption. However, since the early 2000s, discoveries in neuroscience have challenged this assumption. Memory reconsolidation is the brain's inborn process for rewriting the emotional, cognitive and sensorimotor substrates informing our memories, at the neuronal-level. Because memory reconsolidation is a neurological process occurring in all mammals, it has the potential to occur in all psychotherapies, too (although some forms of psychotherapy are more likely to facilitate it than others). Unlocking the power of memory reconsolidation in psychotherapy requires courage on the part of both the psychotherapist and the client for memory reconsolidation only happens when clients access their experiences in a deep, experience-near, here-and-now, visceral manner. Because people often prefer to avoid the occurrence of such experiences, it takes a skilled psychotherapist to guide clients to these moments of change. In this presentation, I will briefly describe the memory reconsolidation research from neurology, present a model for facilitating it in psychotherapy, and then I will discuss ways one can integrate this into their own practice.

Learning Objectives:

Dr. Mosher received his doctorate in clinical psychology at Miami University (Ohio) in 2010. At Miami University, he cultivated several interests including qualitative psychotherapy process research; psychotherapy integration, constructivism and post-modernism; the function and effect of mental health stigma; and, the psychotherapy of schizophrenia and other severe disturbances. His early-career focused on providing in-patient psychotherapy. During the last five years, he has worked in Veterans Affairs providing psychotherapy to veterans with trauma. Dr. Mosher practices psychotherapy from an epistemology of theoretical integrationutilizing various perspectives, such as psychodynamic, interpersonal, constructivist, humanist, existential and eurological/developmental, to name a few.

Fireside Location:
Carondelet Center
1890 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN

Map and directions can be found at:

$20.00 per session - Member
$30.00 per session - Non-Member
***No Charge to Students, Interns, Residents and Fellows with ID***

Payments may be made in advance or at the door.
Advance Payment via credit card is available online at or mail payment to the:
            The SPS Office
            2041 Virginia Avenue South
            Minneapolis, MN 55416.

Credit card payment is only available in advance online. At the door payments may be cash or check. Program fees are non-refundable.

Continuing Education Credits:
Each Fireside, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits.

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Joel Grostephan at There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. All presenters will discuss the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed including the validity and utility as well as the limitations of the approach and the most common (and severe) risks as relevant.

A post- test will be provided for those who need this content for licensure.

Participants applying for a new LICSW license must meet new educational requirements.

For more information, please see:

SPS is a Continuing Education Provider by the MN Board of Social Work, CEP-130

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SPS 2018 Spring Conference
April 7, 2018
Presented by Amy Banks, M.D.

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SPS May Fireside Presentation
Thursday, May 17, 2018
7:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m.

Presented by... TBD

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Please mark your calendar and save the dates!
We hope to see you often during 2017 and 2018!