On Demand Grand Rounds: The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy

This presentation was originally reviewed on March 5, 2024, and broadcast live online on March 6, 2024, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET. 

The views and opinions expressed by this presenter in this lecture are their own, and do not represent the views of Sheppard Pratt.

Over the past few decades, advances in the neurosciences have led to exciting opportunities to correlate subjective symptom reports with objective measures using imaging and neuroendocrine markers.  It is well established that psychotherapy has biological effects on reshaping maladaptive neuronal responses, leading to more flexible activation patterns.  This occurs in tandem with clinical response to successful psychological treatments, as patients may soften their rigid cognitions regarding self and others, allowing for more measured approaches to their conflicts.  It can be difficult to assimilate the expansive literature on this topic, making it hard to know what information is relevant and useful for practitioners.  This presentation will distill how psychotherapy can lead to neurobiological change, linking its effect with the maladaptive activation patterns seen in common psychiatric conditions.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors and other mental health professionals. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, attendees will be able to:

  1. Explain how early life adversity can affect individuals on neurobiological levels.
  2. Discuss how successful psychotherapy can reshape maladaptive neuronal activation patterns, correlating with clinical improvement. 
  3. Recognize the synergy between psychotherapy and psychopharmacologic agents, including drugs such as hallucinogens.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACEP NBCC clock hours
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.00 Category II credits for Social Workers
  • 1.00 Psychologists
  • 1.00 MNA Contact Hours for Nurses
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
04/11/2024
Course expires: 
04/09/2026

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This activity was provided by grants from Congressman Jamie Raskin and by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

About the speaker

Christopher W. T. Miller, M.D. is a Psychiatrist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed training in Adult Psychoanalysis at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis. He is the Director of Psychotherapy Education for the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry Residency Program.  He has published and lectured on educational frameworks for teaching psychotherapy, on the intersection between the neurosciences and psychotherapy, and on psychodynamic dimensions of film and literature.  He is the author of “The Object Relations Lens: A Psychodynamic Framework for the Beginning Therapist.” 

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Christopher W.T. Miller, MD, reports that he has no relationships with any entity producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, during the past 24 months. He will not discuss any products, services, or off-label uses in this presentation.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACEP NBCC clock hours
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.00 Category II credits for Social Workers
  • 1.00 Psychologists
  • 1.00 MNA Contact Hours for Nurses
  • 1.00 Participation
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Grand Rounds: The Neuroscience Of Psychotherapy

Christopher W. T. Miller, M.D

Psychiatrist and Associate Professor, Psychiatry

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Baltimore, MD

Originally reviewed March 5, 2024.
Originally broadcast live March 6, 2024, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET
Enduring Activity Credit Expiration Date: April 9, 2026

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