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When: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
6:00 PM
Where: UNC School of Social Work - Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, 27599
325 Pittsboro Street, CB# 3550
Room 300
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
United States

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Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018


Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Title: Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Stress

The Brain-Gut Connection: 

IBS and Digestive Symptoms Are Not “All In Your Head”

They Relate to Your Autonomic Nervous System

Despite what your clients have been told, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and digestive symptoms are not “all in your head”. They indicate dysregulation of their Autonomic Nervous System, part of which is in the gut. While their primary symptoms may be physiological, the nature of the dysregulation is likely not purely physiological.


Your patients hold the key to healing their digestive symptoms, and healing can happen quite readily when they find the right keyhole. Come learn important, helpful, and clinically sound information about the way the Autonomic Nervous System functions so you can help them to find the right keyhole for their healing.


This talk is for professionals who work with clients with IBS or other digestive symptoms that have not been attributable entirely to a medical condition or diet. It’s also appropriate for professionals who work with clients who suffer from stress, anxiety or panic attacks.

Learning Objectives / Expected Outcomes

      Participants will 

      -   Be able to identify how stress can cause somatic issues to include IBS

      -   Be able to identify symptoms of IBS

      -   Identify how mind and body interact to be able to individualize therapy and utilize effective interventions

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Franklin, PhD

Dr. Jennifer Franklin is a somatically-oriented, mindfulness-based psychologist dually licensed in North Carolina and California offering individual and couples therapy, teletherapy, and consultation. She worked at the UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders in Chapel Hill and specializes in healing functional medical problems, especially GI problems, along with issues associated with anxiety, panic, interpersonal relationships, attachment, and trauma. She has taught Vipassana/mindfulness meditation, has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and has expertise in the psychology of acting and professional actor.


Location: UNC School of Social Work, Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, 27599, 325 Pittsboro St. #3550, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, Room 300


Free parking across the street at the credit union after 5:45pm

CE: 2hrs


Cost: $10 for NASW members; $30 for non-members (due at registration)


Dinner and water will be provided 

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