Happiness 2.0: The New Science of Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity

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Rick Hansen, PhD  &   Elisha Goldstein, PhD
October 17, 2015 at UCLA

We all need inner strengths such as resilience, positive emotions, feeling cared about, and confidence for the long and often hard road of life. These strengths largely depend on uncovering a host of natural anti-depressants and turning positive experiences into mental structure. Unfortunately, most positive experiences are wasted on the brain because it evolved a negativity bias to help our ancestors survive.  

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Description

We all need inner strengths such as resilience, positive emotions, feeling cared about, and confidence for the long and often hard road of life. These strengths largely depend on uncovering a host of natural anti-depressants and turning positive experiences into mental structure. Unfortunately, most positive experiences are wasted on the brain because it evolved a negativity bias to help our ancestors survive. It's like Velcro for bad experiences but Teflon for good ones. This causes over-reactivity, needless worries, depression, and interpersonal conflicts. It also hampers child-rearing, psychotherapy, mindfulness training, and addiction recovery. To solve this problem, this workshop will show how to turn passing experiences into lasting neural resources, creating a more resilient brain. We'll explore how to use these methods to lower anxiety and stress, lift mood, grow calm and contentment, and fundamentally, uncover a lasting happiness in the brain. 

Presenters

rick Hanson thRick Hanson, PhD is a neuropsychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha's Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he's been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. He has several audio programs and his free Just One Thing newsletter has 100,000 subscribers.

 

 

 

elisha-goldsteinElisha Goldstein, PhD is cofounder of The Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles. He is author of several books including Uncovering Happiness, The Now Effect, Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler and co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn and MBSR Everyday. He also developed the Mindfulness at Work™ program, the premier eCourse Basics of Mindfulness Meditation: A 28 Day Program and co-developed the CALM (Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness) with his wife Stefanie Goldstein, PhD.

 

 

Objectives

1. Define positive neuroplasticity.

2. List three practical formal ways to enhance positive neuroplasticity when working with patients

3. Describe HEAL and when an appropriate time is to use it with patients.

4. Describe the practice SAFE and the benefits of using it to reduce the depressive loop.

5. List 3 current neuroscientific studies showing the relationship between mindfulness, compassion, play and a stronger brain.

6. List and practice key self-compassion practices to practice for self-care and to use with patients in creating healing and forgiveness around pain.

CE Credit

This Workshop offers 7 CE Hours
APA: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this conference and its content. This conference offers 7 hours of CE credit.

BRN: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider #03424) to offer this activity for up to 7 contact hours.

CMA: The Lifespan Learning Institute is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Lifespan Learning Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NBCC: Lifespan Learning Institute is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program(NBCC ACEP #5981). This course offers up to 7 NBCC clock hours.

Schedule

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9:00 Welcome

midmorning break

Lunch

midafternoon break

5:30 Conclusion

General Information

$145 for early enrollment ($160 after October 1st)

Register Online lifespanlearn.org or Call (310) 922-3868

Location - TBD

Hotel & Travel - contact Susan Lamishaw (310) 284-5160
Parking - TBD
Lunch - There will be morning and afternoon refreshments, however, lunch is NOT included.

Cancellations and Refunds: If Lifespan Learning Institute cancels or postpones a program, a full refund will be issued. If you need to cancel: Cancellation must be made in writing (by mail or by email) and received in our offices at least 10 days prior to the first date of the program. All cancellations are subject to a 20% cancellation fee or $30, which ever is greater. The cancellation fee is applicable even if you selected "pay later" and have not yet paid.

Grievance Policy: Lifespan Learning Institute is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the Ethical Principles of the APA, BRN, CMA,and NBCC. Lifespan Learning Institute will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Education Chair in consultation with the members of the continuing education committee and the program Chairperson.

Students with Disabilities: In accordance with the American with Disability Act (ADA), please contact our office (310.474.2505) at least 2 weeks before the program if you need special accommodations.

Disclosure: The Lifespan Learning Institute has implemented a process where everyone who is in a position to control the content of any educational activity must disclose any relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest. The speakers, presenters and planning committee members for this educational activity disclose that they have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.

 

 

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