Neuroplasticity and mental health - how the brain changes

1. Integrating digital health and virtual care

  • Release date: Friday, October 9, 2020
  • Style: Podcast - on-demand
  • Focus: Balance between both (e.g. Presentation of a best-practice guideline that combines research evidence, policy issues and practical steps for implementation)
  • Target Audience: Clinical providers

Learning Objectives

  • Define Neuroplasticity  
  • Understand the Doctrine of the unchanging brain  
  • How did we miss our own neuroplasticity for millennia  
  • Core laws of plasticity  
  • Is plasticity “all good”  Is the brain indefinitely plastic?  
  • Negative vs Positive Plasticity  
  • Learning & Unlearning  
  • Hebbian Plasticity  
  • Law of Association by Simultaneity  
  • Brain Traps  
  • How it works – Microscope to Macroscope  
  • Subcortical Plasticity  
  • Plastic Processes  
    • Mind  
    • Brain  
  • Relational processes  


I will summarize research in the area of neuroplasticity and how this applies to the work that mental health clinicians do with clients.  There are many new and exciting practical applications that demonstrate 'how' various types of counselling/therapy work and what therapies work best for certain symptoms/issues. 


  • Shaun Ouellette, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW, Tilbury District Family Health Team