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

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, clinicians 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. The workshop covers both introductory content at the onset of the daylong workshop, and more advanced techniques applicable for clinicians in the afternoon.
Coordinated by Marion Solomon, PhD & Bonnie Goldstein, PhD
 

Presenters

rick Hanson thRick Hanson, PhD is a psychologist, 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.

The Lifespan Learning Institute and UCLA Extension have 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 presenters and planning committee members for this educational activity disclose that they have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. This program is funded solely by registration fees. 

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 6.5 CE Hours

BBS: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to provide continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs (provider #PCE 21). This conference meets the qualifications for up to 6.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California BBS.

BRN: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider #03424) to offer this activity for up to 6.5 contact hours.

IMQ logoCMA: 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 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists: The California Board of Psychology recognizes, and accepts for continuing education credit, courses that are provided by entities approved by IMQ/CMA (Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association). Courses must be specifically applicable and pertinent to the practice of psychology.

Schedule

9:00 Introductions; Daylong Overview
        Dr. Bonnie Goldstein introduces Dr. Rick Hanson
        Dr. Marion Solomon introduces Dr. Elisha Goldstein
9:10 Scientific Research on how the Brain is impacted by experiences; Evolutionary predisposition towards "negativity bias"
10:30 Break
10:40 Methodologies to shift experiences into lasting neural resources
12:00-12:30 Discussion and Dialogue with Audience
12:30 Lunch, Plenary  Embodied Mindful Movement, Julian Walker,
1:30 Shifting past experiences and laying the blueprint for new experiences; Mindful Moments in day-to-day experiences
3:00-3:10 Break
3:15 Promoting well-being and calmness; ardwiring happiness, into our brain
4:30-5:00 Discussion, Q & A with audience members, Future implications for mindfully living.

Information

Cost: $175 for early enrollment ($195 after Sept. 17)

Register Online: UCLAExtension.edu Enter Quick Enroll # 259965, or call 310.310.825.9171

Location - Broad 2160E, UCLA

Lunch - Lunch is NOT included. There are 2 lunch venues within close walking distance: Coffee House and Café in Lu Valle Commons and Café 451 in Young Research Library and a sculpture garden if you bring your lunch.

Cancellations and Refunds: If Lifespan Learning Institute or UCLA Extension cancels or postpones a program, a full refund will be issued. Cancellation must be made in writing (by mail or by email) and received in our offices at least 1 day prior to the first date of the program. To request a refund, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 310.825.9971

Grievance Policy: Lifespan Learning Institute and UCLA Extension are 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. You may request a complete copy of our procedure or file an issue by contacting our chairperson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 310.474.2505.

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 and UCLA Extension have 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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