Playing the brain for a change!

EPI® Online Intensive Training

Emotional Pain Intervention (EPI®) Online 50 hour Intensive Training: A Brain
Changing Conversation System to Play the Whole Brain for Quick and Lasting
Change using Applied Neuroscience

This training course takes the evidence-based research on what makes psychotherapy most effective, and combines it with breakthroughs in the fields of affective, social and cognitive neuroscience to show psychotherapists how to connect with clients, integrate neuroscience concepts into what they say and do in sessions to facilitate neuroplastic change. Beginning Level training is for licensed mental health professionals only.

This training is delivered by teaching modules each week as well as practical applications for learning how to use the material with clients. Emphasis is on the simple and practical
applications of neuroscience concepts, evidence-based tools and techniques integrated into the therapeutic conversation about what to target and change for clients in each session.

Introduces a novel brain-based conceptualization of problems and solutions for presenting issues. Participants discover the necessary elements for making a therapy session, into a brain-changing conversation complete with adherence checklist to verify their work. They will discover how to use specific interventions to target emotional pain in the brain and facilitate neuroplasticity to eliminate needless suffering, rewire neural patterns of thoughts, beliefs and behavior, as well as update traumatic or emotional memories.

The training will also introduce how to explain and teach clients to self-direct neuroplasticity outside of sessions, as this can enhance emotional intelligence, affect regulation abilities, interventions for transformational and incremental change. The training explores how brain intervention in the context of psychotherapy and therapist directed neuroplasticity might be the best standard of practice for producing quick and lasting brain-change.

Just as a pain management physician might intervene on physical pain complaints, i.e. deadening a nerve or blocking it from firing, neuroscience breakthroughs in the last few decades, allow psychotherapists to intervene on emotional-action networks of the primitive brain and stop emotional pain.

Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux wrote “psychotherapy is fundamentally a learning process for patients, and as such is a way to rewire the brain.” The course highlights what LeDoux and other scientists illuminate as the keys to having brain-changing conversations thereby facilitating chemical, functional and structural changes.

With the completion of the online intensive training participants will have all the necessary hours for certification in Emotional Pain Intervention (EPI®)

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Training Schedule:
Six 4 hour Lessons online via Zoom Teleconference
From 11am CST to 3:30pm CST on Saturdays on

Participants also have free access to live Play the Brain for Change Teleconference Group
Coaching Zoom Calls you can attend on Monday’s 11am CST or you’ll get the recording to hear how others are applying the EPI® system with their cases, gaining competence and mastery.

Your online course platform includes 26 hours of Pre-recorded training audio/visuals, available to watch at any-time you’d like from the comfort of your home.

Instructor for the course: Elizabeth A. Michas, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Florida (PY4751), and founder of MindWorks Psychology, LLC providing education, consulting and training on how to bridge the current neuroscience to clinical practice for mental health providers. Offering certification trainings in use of applied clinical neuroscience systems for Emotional Pain Intervention (EPI®) and Brain-based Hypnotherapy. Her trainings provide you with brain-changing conversation keys including new neuroscience-informed models, strategies, systems, scripts and more. Benefit from the unique emphasis on brain-interventional methods, to foster rapid and accelerated healing of all sorts of emotional pain, trauma, addictions and compulsions. Dr. Elizabeth also has over 30 years of clinical experience in the application of mind-body medicine, neuroscience and integrative therapy approaches to share with you during training.

Course Information

  • Course Learning Objectives

    In this EPI® intensive training, the learner will be introduced to a new system for brain-
    based change supported by neuroscience and psychotherapy common factors research,
    after attending the training and completing assignments the learner will know or be able to
    do the following:

    • Describe what neuroplasticity is
    • List the Seven Keys to Real Brain Change and Optimization
    • Discuss neuroplasticity in a psychotherapy sessions
    • Compare the dark and light side of neuroplasticity as it relates to psychotherapy
    • Analyze meta-analyses of what works for building alliance for psychotherapy
    • Explain the brain to clients to foster therapeutic alliance.
    • Describe dual-information processing theory as it relates to the experience of emotional
    • Demonstrate use of a brain-hand model for what happens to TOP Brain functions during
    a BOTTOM Brain emotional response
    • Use the brain as amazing organ metaphor to explain various brain information
    processing systems at work
    • Assess a client’s response to the explain the brain talk
    • Utilize deliberate interventions to target the TOP, MIDDLE, and BOTTOM Brain
    structures, systems, operations and malfunctions.
    • List the key structures in BOTTOM Brain
    • List the 3 key operating systems associated with TOP, MIDDLE and BOTTOM Brain
    • Design intentional interventions targeting the most common brain-based organ
    malfunctions to facilitate optimization in brain and nervous system function.
    • Describe the primitive-emotional BOTTOM brain at a biological, instinctive, operational
    level with emphasis on survival relevant responding.
    • Demonstrate how to reach the BOTTOM brain in sessions.
    • Compare bottom-up process interventions to top-down control methods of cognitive or insight therapy approaches.
    • List the Neuroscience keys to interventional brain change in playing conscious and non-
    conscious brain systems.
    • Identify the 3 negative emotions of your clients according to Affective Neuroscience
    research on evolutionary roots.
    • Identify the somatic effects that prolonged stress has on body systems.
    • Describe how Porges’ Poly-vagal Theory expands our understanding on the autonomic
    nervous system
    • Demonstrate use of EPI® ATTUNE intervention that includes awareness training
    experiences or exercises
    • Utilize a baseline read or assessment of one’s experience of an emotional pain response
    • List at least 2 theories supporting this newer brain-based psychotherapy approach.
    • Explain the advantage of calm-optimal nervous system for both well-being and
    neuroplastic change
    • Demonstrate the use of Poly-vagal theory in developing connection in brain-changing
    • Use a Play the Brain for Change experiential exercise that involves the vagus nerve
    being activated.
    • Describe both Emotional Intelligence and regulation abilities of the TOP brain
    • Demonstrate how to position clients to connect with, engage and play BOTTOM
    (primitive-emotional) brain
    • List the 7 core emotion-action systems supported by affective neuroscience research.
    • Assess the enhanced interventional power and flexibility of working with the whole brain-
    Top-Down, Bottom-Up and everything in middle in psychotherapy sessions
    • List the key elements of the EPI® session note template that can bring ease to your
    brain-based charting.
    • Explain the MIDDLE Brain Default-Mode Network’s propensity for causing stuck-ness
    and emotional pain.
    • Discuss how use of the EPI® guideline better positions you to reach, engage, play,
    intervene and change the whole brain and transform lives.
    • Identify how key interventions retooled from a variety of evidence-based
    psychotherapies can be used to focus a session on being intentionally brain changing
    with use of conditioning, deconditioning and reconditioning.
    • Describe a 3 phase-oriented approach to treatment of trauma and explain its relevance
    to brain-based treatment.
    • Recite the steps outlined for neuroplastic reset to rewire with the EPI® TUNE steps
    • Use EPI® TUNE steps to show a client how to reset after being emotionally triggered.
    • Apply the EPI® system to treat Anxiety Spectrum Disorders such as Panic Disorder,
    Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Phobias, and Obsessive-Compulsive
    • Apply the EPI® system to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
    • Discuss the role that the memory system has on emotional pain and PTSD responses.
    • Demonstrate how to reactivate a memory of an event to assess the current emotional
    pain response prior to reprocessing.
    • List the 5 Neuroscience RETUNE key steps for intervention on trauma-memories, and
    core implicit/self-limiting beliefs.
    • Discuss how memories can be targeted, reprocessed and updated using memory
    reconsolidation keys for brain-change.
    • Prepare a client for a memory reprocessing session.
    • Design a reprocessing of memory intervention that incorporates the RETUNE steps.
    • Demonstrate how other therapies can be used with the EPI® RETUNE intervention to
    reprocess memories in keeping with therapeutic memory reconsolidation
    • Identify how the neuro-effective, whole brain playing and enhancing integration tools and
    strategies of EPI® can boost both your interventional confidence in sessions

  • CE Information

    50 CEs/Continuing Education Hours offered only for licensed mental health professionals:
    Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors(LPC), Licensed Mental Health
    Counselors(LMHC), Social Workers, and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists(LMFT).

    It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE
    requirements for their state.

    Continuing Education Credit is provided by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the
    following professions.

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

    Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

    Social Workers:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    If applicable: Social Workers – New York State

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education
    Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education forlicensed social workers. #SW-0444.

    Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

  • Cancellation Policy

    Tuition ($1997)

    You may cancel your registration any time before the training begins, and forward your tuition to get a priority seat in a future MindWorks Psychology training, or by special request email dremichas@gmail to receive a tuition refund less a cancel administrative/credit card fee of 10%of the total tuition. MindWorks Psychology, LLC will do everything possible to ensure participant satisfaction, Dr. Elizabeth Michas’ liability is limited to the tuition fee.

  • Grievance Policy

    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Elizabeth Michas,, and 850-862-3141. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

  • Accommodations for the Differently Abled

    MindWorks Psychology, LLC training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Elizabeth Michas,, and 850-862-3141.

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