Happiness 2.0: Rethinking Mindfulness and the Science of Psychological Well-being

Oct2015programthumbRick Hanson, 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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In this one day, one-of-a-kind seminar, Dan Siegel, M.D.& Menas Kafatos, Ph.D. will offer an in depth view of how significant new developments in brain science and biology coupled with the insights and empirical findings of quantum physics reveal important discoveries about the nature of the mind and of consciousness.

 

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In this one day, one-of-a-kind seminar, Dan Siegel, M.D.& Menas Kafatos, Ph.D. will offer an in depth view of how significant new developments in brain science and biology coupled with the insights and empirical findings of quantum physics reveal important discoveries about the nature of the mind and of consciousness.

Though many may initially find the term, "quantum mechanics" to be intimidating, this integrative conference will be presented in an accessible and practical manner; Modern science gives us profound implications for the nature of reality, the mind and by extension everyday life. What used to be thought as two separate realities, the physical and mental realms, are now known as integral aspects of one unified world, as the natural laws deriving from quantum physics apply everywhere. It is estimated that fifty percent of the world's GNP is based on quantum mechanics and its engineering applications -- starting from computers, smart phones, etc. -­ becoming relevant to modern life, and to what it says about the role of the mind. This conference is designed to clarify and to integrate this new scientific knowledge into clinical applicatons. It is of value to Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Teachers and other professionals allowing deeper understanding and integration of what is close and dear to us in psychotherapy.

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Some fundamental ideas that will be discussed include the uncertainty principle and wave phenomena associated with probabilities of outcomes and the resultant view of reality; the influence of observation and implied consciousness on these probabilities; and the non-local or "entangled" nature of reality. We will explore the relevance of these ideas on the general understanding of awareness, the role of different levels of processes, and levels of consciousness in the process of therapeutic change. Practical examples will be offered for use in everyday psychotherapy. Over the course of the day, an interdisciplinary view will be woven and extended to the broader notion of how people-individually, in relationships, and in our society-can change to promote wellbeing in the world. Active involvement of the participants will be an integral part of the seminar.

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In the last decade, we have seen an unprecedented integration of mindfulness in our culture and in the field of mental health. While it is important to understand that mindfulness is a helpful supportive modality, it is often not enough when working with clients who have more challenging mental health issues. This workshop will present the concept of the "negativity bias" that evolved to help our ancestors survive but in modern society can cause clients to experience over-reactivity, needless worry, depression, and interpersonal conflicts.

Building on this concept, participants will explore the current scientific research into how the brain is impacted by passing experiences and the methods that can used with clients to turn these experiences into lasting neural resources that counter the negativity bias and lower anxiety, lift mood, promote calmness and fundamentally hardwire happiness into their brains. This workshop is relevant to psychologists, psychiatrists, LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, addiction counselors, teachers and other health care providers who are aiming to better conceptualize and understand the evidence-based research behind interpersonal neurobiology, and mindfulness practice and anyone who is interested in the field of happiness and learning how to create lasting change in their lives. The workshop covers both introductory content at the onset of the daylong workshop, and more advanced techniques applicable for clinicians in the afternoon.
 

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