Scaffolding the Brain:
A Neurobiological Approach
to Assessment and Intervention

Ruth P. Newton, Ph.D.

Based upon an integration of attachment, affect regulation, and developmental theories, Integrative Regulation Therapy (iRT) is a neurobiological evidence informed brain-based scaffolding developed by Dr. Newton for clinical assessment and intervention. It is designed to focus on emotional security in children, adults, couples, and families of all ages. Training includes learning how to recognize and work with

  1. unhealthy entrainment patterns,
  2. the unique languages of the cerebral hemispheres,
  3. autonomic nervous system arousal ranges, and
  4. clinical instinct, voice prosody, affect, and gesture for a whole-body/mind clinical change.

All training includes interactive teaching using didactic, video review, experiential practice, role plays, case presentations, reflective practice and group discussion.


Licensed or supervised for licensing mental health clinicians (MFT, LCSW, Ph.D., Psy.D., M.D. psychiatry).

Schedule of Events

Click a title for more details. Schedules are tentative.

Part A:
Knowledge Base/The Implicit World
Part B:
Applied Interventions
Training Cohorts

October 6th & 7th, 2017
Our biological base: Attachment in children and adults

November 3rd & 4th, 2017
The “experience dependent” nature of brain development

December 1st & 2nd, 2017
Complex Developmental Trauma: Its impact on Life

January 5th & 6th, 2018
The instinctual guidance system: Finding the true Self

February 2nd & 3rd, 2018
Young adult to older adult therapies

March 2nd & 3rd, 2018
Dyadic and Play therapies

April 6th & 7th, 2018
Latency and teen therapies

May 4th & 5th, 2018
Groups, couples, & families


Sherry Casper, Ph.D., PSY 20550
Chelsea Haakmeester, IMF 73592
Adrienne McFadd, Ph.D., PSY 5602
Don Myers, Ph.D., PSY 11509
Maria Guadalupe Ortega, LMFT 49264
Claudia Peralta, LMFT 49093
Luis Velasco, IMF 79975
Christopher Walsh, LMFT 31272


Diego Bobadilla, MA
Donna Chevalier, LMFT 45461
Alicia Houts, MA
Susan Kim, LMFT 53073
Karina Valdez, IMF 69758
Susanna Vakili, IMF 77062
Charles Wigle, LMFT 29757
Brenda Wilkinson, LMFT 40435


Estela Bobadilla, LMFT 47743
Kim Flowers, LCSW 21216
Sherry Hartwell, LMFT 24456
Claudia Hergesheimer, ASW 32885
Rosa Ana Lozada, LCSW 11647
Liz Marucheau, LCSW 14756
Vincentia Schroeter, Ph.D., LMFT 7344
Maria Gallegos Skomal, LMFT 43149

Click here to download full seminar flyer (PDF) 

How to Apply

Training is limited to 8.

Online application process begins May 1st, 2017 and ends July 31, 2017.

Click here to apply online

Enrollment is dependent upon receiving a NCAR acceptance into training letter and payment of fees.

With the exception of a non-refundable $250 application processing fee, a full refund will be given if the cancellation occurs 30 days prior to the first day of training.

Fee: $3,600 $3,900

Continuing Education – 96 CE credits

The Newton Center for Affect Regulation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. The Newton Center for Affect Regulation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

All trainings held at the
Marina Village Conference Center
1936 Quivira Way
San Diego, CA 92109