Keeping the Brain in Mind:

How knowing more about the brain can help you become a better therapist

Beginning: January 20, 2017


 (831) 335-4830 Francine Lapides, MFT


License # MFT 7414


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Are you intrigued by the wealth of neuroscience research available today, and interested in exploring the clinical applications of these findings to your own practice of psychotherapy?


The eight separate study groups offered previously each filled rapidly and closed. The 2015 series will review the same research in an 8-meeting format that will allow for a PowerPoint presentation, informal exchange and discussion of related case material at each meeting. The group will have a neuroscience and attachment focus, but will emphasize the applicability of the literature to Psychoanalytic, Somatic, Jungian, and all models of psychotherapy that are intersubjective and deeply relational in nature.


Our focus will be on the latest formulations of Allan Schore, Dan Siegel, Daniel Stern, Antonio Demasio, Joseph LeDoux, Stephen Porges, Pat Ogden, Bessel van der Kolk and others that point to the circuitry dominant for intuition, empathy, emotionality, attachment and the knowledge of how “to be” in intimate relationship.


No experience or previous exposure is necessary; all you need is your own brain & your curiosity!


In this group you will:

  1. Acquire a working vocabulary to be able to comfortably read the neuroscience literature
  2. Gain an understanding of the origins of psychopathology as trauma to the early developing nervous system resulting in an inability to regulate affect and arousal.
  3. Acquire a grasp of the neurology underlying trauma and dysregulated states including mood disorders, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, trauma, shame and dissociative states.
  4. Develop an appreciation for how we, as psychotherapists, function as “neuro-architects”, reshaping both the function and neural structure of our client’s brains (and our own!)
  5. Learn how to apply these findings clinically.

Format: 8 3--hour sessions, once a month on the third Friday (February we meet the 2nd Friday on the 12th and skip the summer months July & August) from 11:00-2:00 or from 2:30 to 5:30.


2017 Friday dates: January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, September 15, October 20

            Alternate dates: Please hold these in case they are needed: June 30 and October 6


Location: 474 Fall Creek Dr. in Felton (10 miles north of Santa Cruz, half of a mile from downtown Felton and 30 minutes from Los Gatos).



  1. 8 sessions, 3 hours at $85 per session or $680 
  2. 650 discount price if you sign-up for the entire series and pay in full.
  3. Paying in full will also guarantee you a place in the group.

Send your check made out to Francine Lapides to: 474 Fall Creek Dr., Felton, CA 95018


Refund policy:

1.    No refunds for missed meetings. I will, however, assist you in “catching-up” with the material if you have to miss a session or two along the way. I can almost always send you a digital recording of your group by email the day after it is held allowing you to stay current with the group.

2.    Refunds for the series are available up to 30 days before the first group begins.


22 CEs Approved for master level therapists & psychologists

This program is co-sponsored by the California Psychological Association (CPA). CPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The course is also approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for LMFTs and LCSWs.   This course offers 22 continuing education credits.

Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 22 continuing education credits. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits. ”Please note that APA CE rules for programs longer than fifteen (15) hours and occurring over four (4) separate, non-contiguous, days or longer, require a minimum of 80% physical attendance for CE credit


Time Preference: The group will meet from 11:00 to 2:00 and/or from 2:30 to 5:30 (both when there are enough of us to warrant a 2nd group). Please mark “yes” or “no” to both of the possible times and indicate your preference if you have one. Please copy and paste this survey into a return email ( or phone 335-4830.

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Instructor: Francine Lapides

My writings and workshops focus on attachment and psycho-neurobiological theories (including the arousal and regulation of affect) and their applications to any relational or psychodynamic psychotherapy and to adult romantic relationships. I supervised clinically through the ‘70s, taught psychology at West Valley College for eleven years, and have had a private practice in San Jose and Felton, California since 1980. I have trained extensively with Daniel Siegel, and have been a member of Allan Schore's Berkeley study group for the past 11 years. I have been strongly influenced by relational principles developed at The Stone Center at Wellesley College, have taught at workshops and conferences across the United States, and have 2 online seminars entitled Keeping the Brain in Mind (available at and Healing the Heart and the Brain (available at . I am a founding member of the Santa Cruz Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Society.

For Information contact: Francine Lapides, MFT7414

(831) 335-4830 or



Francine Lapides is a valued and trusted colleague of mine, an avid scholar, entertaining and creative teacher, talented writer and gifted clinician whom I’ve known for over a decade.  She has a deep knowledge of interpersonal neurobiology and its applications to psychotherapy. I strongly recommend her workshops and study groups. Allan N. Schore, UCLA


“Francine Lapides has succeeded in taking a very complex body of psychoneurological science and translating it artfully into a clinical course of study that will be invaluable to clinicians and psychotherapists seeking a better understanding and treatment for a broad range of human relational problems. Francine is at once a hungry scholar and also a sensitive practicing psychotherapist with a unique ability to synthesize and bring this material alive. This study course was, bar none, the best continuing education in my professional experience.” Tom Butz, PhD, Santa Cruz


“The best PowerPoint slide presentation I’ve ever experienced!” Jane Dawson, MFT Aptos, CA


Francine teaches this  terrific, neuroscience, attachment and affect-regulation-based study group in 2 ½ hour lectures with slides, every minute of which is fascinating and relevant and – truly - exciting. I think it may be the best course I have ever taken. Patricia Noel, PhD MBPA


“Bravo on your excellent study group! I think this is fascinating material, and your clear and enthusiastic understanding made it very accessible. A great way to spend Friday afternoons!” Alan Strachan, PhD, MFT


One of the best CE offerings I have ever attended. Francine’s deep and long clinical experience brings scientific material to life in an unforgettable way, illuminating the relevance and usefulness of contemporary neuroscience research to clinical practice.” Frances Hatfield, PhD, MFT Jungian analyst and past president of SC-CAMFT



"Your teaching style is now so refined, I can easily see why you would be in demand." Marilyn Jean, MFT


Francine's presentation style is engaging, and this is material every mental health clinician should have as part of their psycho-educational tool kit.  Lauren Mari-Navarro, MFT, and past president SC-CAMFT


The course was one of the most valuable training experiences that I have ever participated in. The concepts and information from each session were immediately applicable in my practice and in working with both individuals and couples. I was able to use the new information about early trauma and it's effect on neurological development to develop clearer case formulations as well as to help my clients understand the effects of these early traumas on their current lives and relationships. The course was always interesting and lively and I found Francine's teaching style to be very engaging. She was both challenging and supportive throughout the class and was always open to comments, questions and case material. Suzanne Nicholas PhD MBPA


A very special teacher who teaches directly to your habits of awareness as you work with yourself while working with another. Alok Srivastava PhD Rosen Method Practitioner (Intern)


"I have learned more important material from this seminar than from any other course I've taken in recent years. You are a terrific teacher and you organized this material beautifully so that I think there was something for all of us at all different levels.”

Joan Glass Morgan, Psy.D. Psychologist/psychoanalyst and contributing faculty at Rutgers Univ., Clinical Psy.D. program.


breadth and clarity of your teaching is truly remarkable. I’m satisfied and delighted with my last-minute impulse to sign up for your course.

Kathryn E. May, PsyD, Psychologist in private practice, High Falls, N.Y.


Francine Lapides has succeeded in taking a very complex body of psychoneurological science and translating it artfully into a clinical course of study that will be invaluable to clinicians and psychotherapists seeking a better understanding and treatment for a broad range of human relational problems.  Francine is at once a hungry scholar and also a sensitive practicing psychotherapist with a unique ability to synthesize and bring this material alive.  This study course was bar none the best continuing education in my professional experience.  Tom Butz, PhD, Santa Cruz


I absolutely loved the course and found it fascinating. As a clinician/educator, I was still able to grasp the science and follow along. The body-mind philosophy I use with clients and that I teach in my own trainings was enhanced by the material provided and Francine Lapides’ style and her on-going interactive communicative with the participants was a real plus. Thank you for providing such quality education.
Adrienne Ressler MA, LMSW, Pennsylvania, PA.