Change Your Brain, Change Your Life




In this course, world-renowned brain expert Dr. Daniel Amen unpacks practical ways to incorporate brain health into your client’s daily life. This course dives deep into the different areas of the brain, exploring the function of each part of the brain and how different nutritional and lifestyle interventions can help build a healthier, happier brain and a healthier, happier life. Mental health professionals will learn how changing the brain can be made easy for their clients.


Learning Objectives

Participants will…

  1. Evaluate twelve principles that can change a person’s brain.
  2. Identify the four circles of brain health and recognize and understand common brain patterns.
  3. Explore research about the power of gratitude and how the limbic system is connected to thoughts and feelings.
  4. Describe the function of the Basal Ganglia and different treatment strategies for issues in this part of the brain.
  5. Discuss how the Pre-frontal Cortex works within the brain and the function of the cerebellum.
  6. Analyze treatment strategies for the issues with the anterior cingulate.
  7. Evaluate problems and conditions that can occur in the temporal lobe or when the temporal lobe has been damaged.
  8. Outline the different brain types that are seen with diagnoses of ADD, anxiety, depression, and obesity.
  9. Assess how the male and female brains are different and how these differences translate into sexual desire.
  10. Identify ten principles to promoting brain healthy nutrition and the brain gut connection.
  11. Develop an understanding of how to use natural healing methods for the brain.
  12. Explore and implement the Amen Clinics Alzheimer’s risk reduction program.


Course Lesson and Descriptions

CYB 101: 12 Principles to Change Your Brain and Everything in Your Life

Having a healthy brain is critical to having a healthy life, yet so often people do not take care of their brains in the way that they should. In this presentation, Dr. Daniel Amen lays the foundation for the course, describing the purpose and methods of the Amen Clinics and introducing listeners to the idea of brain SPECT imaging.

Daniel Amen, M.D.

Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes 27 seconds (Not for Credit)


CYB 102: The Amen Clinics Method

Daniel Amen, M.D.

There are not “one-size-fits-all” treatments for brain injuries. To really understand what needs to be done to help the brain, it is important to look at scans that will pinpoint exactly where the problem lies. The brain can be divided into four circles; biological, psychological, social, and spiritual. Within each of these areas are important dynamics that need to be taken into consideration when evaluating brain issues. There are ways to increase brain health within each of these four circles. Yet some things can only be seen on brain scans.

Runtime: 48 minutes 28 seconds


CYB 103: Limbic System: Looking into Love and Depression

Daniel Amen, M.D.

Thoughts and feelings can control or be controlled by clients. In this presentation, Dr. Daniel Amen describes the role of the limbic system and discusses the various categories of automatic negative thoughts that can steal our joy. There are a number of ways to “kill the ANTs” and enhance your life. Dr. Amen describes techniques and research-based strategies to overcome negative thinking and combat the lies that prevent clients from attaining a healthy brain and a healthy life.

Runtime: 54 minutes 1 second


CYB 104: Basal Ganglia: Looking into Anxiety and Fear

Daniel Amen, M.D.

The Basal Ganglia is significantly involved in anxiety. In this presentation, Dr. Amen describes the functions of the Basal Ganglia, some of the problems that can occur, and different treatment strategies. There are natural ways to de-stress a person’s brain without relying on medications to calm down. This presentation will cover a number of ways to use relaxation techniques to remove stress and anxiety.

Runtime: 57 minutes 18 seconds


CYB 105: Prefrontal Cortex and Cerebellum: Looking into Attention and Impulsivity

Daniel Amen, M.D.

The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is the brain’s supervisor, and as such, it plays an important role in everything people do. In this presentation, Dr. Daniel Amen describes the role and function of the PFC, along with some of the common problems and corresponding treatment options. He also discusses the function of the cerebellum and suggests ways to keep the cerebellum healthy.

Runtime: 28 minutes 51 seconds


CYB 106: Anterior Cingulate Gyrus: Looking into Worry and Obsessiveness

Daniel Amen, M.D.

When people are constantly worried and obsessive, it is often a result of high activity in the cingulate gyrus. In this presentation, Dr. Amen discusses the function of the cingulate gyrus, along with some of the common problems that can occur when activity is too high or too low. Even though people can get stuck, it is definitely possible to get unstuck and help your brain return to healthy functioning.

Runtime: 31 minutes 9 seconds


CYB 107: Temporal Lobes: Looking into Memory, Temper, and Mysticism

Daniel Amen, M.D.

In this presentation, Dr. Amen describes the functions of the temporal lobe and the common problems that can occur when the temporal lobe is damaged. Yet even after the temporal lobe has been damaged through brain trauma or other means, there are treatment strategies that can help restore functioning. This presentation will discuss those treatment strategies and provide hope for those with temporal lobe damage.

Runtime: 47 minutes 56 seconds


CYB 108: Subtyping ADD, Anxiety, Depression, Addictions and Obesity

Daniel Amen, M.D.

In this presentation, Dr. Amen describes the numerous subtypes that exist within ADD, anxiety, depression, and obesity, along with different ways that people can help treat the specific types. These are problems that do not have a one- size-fits-all solution. Based on the type of brain associated with each problem there are different treatment methods that will be effective.

Runtime: 22 minutes 11 seconds


CYB 109: The Brain in Relationships

Daniel Amen, M.D.

The brain plays a fundamental role in relationships, whether friendships or romantic relationships. When the brain is not functioning to its full capacity, relationships can be significantly impacted. In this presentation, Dr. Daniel Amen discusses the dynamics of the brain as it pertains to relationships. Structurally, men and women’s brains have many differences that impact how women and men interact. Dr. Amen also lists ways that people can use foods, scents, and supplements to increase sexual desire.

Runtime: 51 minutes 33 seconds


CYB 110: Brain Healthy Nutrition and the Brain Gut Connection

Daniel Amen, M.D.

In order to eat right, it is necessary to understand the principles of good nutrition. In this presentation, Dr. Daniel Amen describes the connection between what a person eats and how the body reacts and responds. What you put into your body impacts the energy and motivation that comes out of it. By eating healthy foods, monitoring for food allergies and sensitivities, and ensuring a balance of good bacteria in the gut, you clients can increase thier energy, mood, and lifespan.

Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes 47 seconds


CYB 111: Natural Ways to Heal the Brain

Daniel Amen, M.D.

Brain SPECT imaging has provided insight and guidance into the underlying biological basis of many psychiatric illnesses, and can also show what medications are and are not helpful for certain illnesses. While medications can be beneficial in some situations, there are many natural ways to heal the brain from the injuries it sustains. In this presentation, Dr. Daniel Amen describes how natural treatments and supplements can lead to life-saving brain and lifestyle changes.

Runtime: 34 minutes 8 seconds

CYB 112: Amen Clinics Alzheimer’s Risk Reduction Program

Daniel Amen, M.D.

50% of people over the age of 85 are affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Yet is Alzheimer’s an inevitable conclusion, particularly if it runs in a family? Not necessarily. In this presentation, Dr. Daniel Amen discusses the statistics and facts of Alzheimer’s disease, along with preventative strategies that can significantly decrease the chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease. Through the Amen Clinics Alzheimer’s Risk Reduction Program, your client can take proactive steps to maintain brain functioning and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Runtime: 40 minutes 8 seconds


Continuing Education

7.75 CE Credits available for LPC, LMFT, LSW.

7.75 CE Credits available for IBCC Credential Holders.

The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due for good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required continuing education hours. For more information Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit: