Join Dr. Jud Brewer and Robin Boudette, PhD and learn how to accelerate behavior change in your patients and clients using a combination of digital guidance and in-person facilitation. Registration runs through January 15th, 2020 and program starts Wednesday, March 11th. See link for details.
We are creatures of habit. We often find ourselves repeating habits uncontrollably, whether constantly checking social media, binge eating, smoking, excessive drinking, worrying, or getting caught up in other self-defeating behaviors that disconnect us from ourselves and others.
Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Is there a key to conquering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us? How can we cultivate habits that support our health and happiness?
Join us for a unique experiential workshop on the science of habit change co-taught by Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, psychiatrist and neuroscientist, and Robin Boudette, PhD, psychologist, behavior-change expert, and mindfulness teacher.
The workshop will deliver practical tools for clinicians and therapists looking to deepen their understanding of the behavioral and brain mechanisms underlying habit formation, as well as individuals hoping to break stress-producing habits.
During this powerful 2-day workshop:
• Physicians and primary care providers will learn practical steps and simple solutions to help patients address unhealthy habits such as smoking, overeating, and anxiety
• Psychologists and psychotherapists will learn how to bring this evidenced-based model into sessions with clients seeking habit change
• Nutritionists and life coaches will learn how the behavior change model can assist clients in following lifestyle and nutritional guidance for developing and sticking to new, healthy behavior patterns.
The workshop will also be relevant both to mindfulness practitioners interested in understanding their own minds and habit patterns and to teachers of mindfulness who would like to gain understanding of Buddhist Psychology and the scientific underpinnings of mindfulness practices.
We all are vulnerable to the pull of craving (and the push of aversion). Craving is at the very heart of Buddhist teachings, beginning with the Four Noble Truths and permeating nearly every aspect of theory and training. Yet, how does this manifest in modern life? Why do we seemingly get more and more hooked in our current existence, from drinking alcohol or using drugs, to checking email, to reading the news headlines, to yelling at someone in a fit of self-righteous indignation?
Understanding the core underpinnings of how habitual behavior is formed and perpetuated is critical for helping us break out of these cycles. Ancient Buddhist teachings are now lining up surprisingly well with modern-day psychology and neuroscience in their descriptions of the mechanistic underpinnings of samsaric existence–the habitual perpetuation of suffering driven by craving and aversion. Additionally, insights from these “sciences” clearly point to pragmatic tools for awakening, whether waking from a daydream or breaking lifelong addictions. In this course, we will combine lecture, discussion, and experiential practices to carefully unpack our lived experience of craving and how we can step out of our own cycles of suffering that are fueled by it. Topics will range from dependent origination to operant conditioning, to the neuroscience underlying these processes. A key focus of the program will be to learn how ancient wisdom is brought together with modern science and technology in order to develop practical tangible tools that we can use in our own lives, and step out of our own cycles of suffering. Recommended reading: The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love, Why We Get Addicted and How We Can Break Unhealthy Habits by Judson Brewer.
To understand the links and parallels between ancient Buddhist models of suffering (e.g. dependent origination) and modern psychological models of habit formation (e.g. reinforcement learning); to learn current behavioral and brain mechanisms underlying how mindfulness training changes habitual and addictive behavior (e.g. smoking, stress eating, anxiety); to learn core elements of what makes a substance, behavior or technology (e.g. social media) “sticky” or addictive;
and to experience linking conceptual learning with direct practice in working with cravings, urges, and habitual behaviors.
We are all vulnerable to craving. Whether it’s a compulsion to check social media, binge eat, smoke, drink, feed anxious thought loops, or any other behavior we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating.
Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? When and how does willpower fail? Is there a key to conquering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us? Can we hack our brain’s learning circuitry to break bad habits, and cultivate behaviors and mindstates that support our health and happiness?
Join psychiatrist and neuroscientist Judson Brewer and psychologist and behavior-change expert Robin Boudette to explore how our minds work and how we can tap into the processes that encourage habitual behaviors in order to break unhealthy patterns. Learn how the mind works to form habits and pragmatic ways to engage this very same brain process to change habits.
In very accessible ways, we learn how awareness, curiosity, and mindfulness practices can interrupt habits, and discover how to build our natural capacity for awareness, kindness, and curiosity. Weaving together patient stories, mindfulness practice, and the latest scientific findings, this workshop offers a path for moving beyond cravings, reducing stress and anxiety, increasing self-compassion, and living a fuller life.
This program is helpful for mental health professionals looking to deepen their understanding of the behavioral and brain mechanisms underlying addictive and habitual behaviors and individuals hoping to break habits such as emotional eating and anxiety.
We engage in experiential exercises, including writing and guiding our own meditations in small groups. We learn through feedback and, always, mindful attention to our own experience. As we get clearer about how to share meditation, our own practice deepens immeasurably.
Through a combination of conceptual learning and direct experiential exercises, this workshop will teach practical tools for anyone looking to bring together a deep understanding of how their mind works with tangible tools for habit change.
Integrating both ancient wisdom and discoveries from modern science, we will explore how habits are formed as well as how mindfulness practices can interrupt these processes. Come prepared to experience a range of practices that you can use in your own lives and with your clients to break these challenging cycles.
The workshop will also be an excellent fit to mindfulness practitioners interested in understanding their own minds and habit patterns and to mindfulness teachers who would like to gain understanding of ancient psychological and modern scientific underpinnings of mindfulness practices.
Humans are creatures of habit. We often find ourselves repeating habits uncontrollably whether it’s the habit of stress eating, excessive drinking, constant worrying, obsessively checking social media, or any other behaviors. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Is there a key to conquering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us? How can we cultivate habits that support our health and happiness?
This workshop will be especially helpful for clinicians and therapists looking to deepen their understanding of the behavioral and brain mechanisms underlying addictive behaviors as well as individuals hoping to break stress-producing habits such as anxiety, emotional eating, smoking, and other addictive behaviors.
Note: this workshop will be led by Robin Boudette, PhD and Nancy Logue, PhD. (Dr. Brewer will not be presenting.)
Improved Mental Health Through Mindfulness-Based Programs: join Dr. Jud and others in Miami for cutting-edge talks and a conversation with three exceptional national leaders in behavior, addiction, wellbeing, education, community-based treatment, and criminal justice.
We are creatures of habit. We often find ourselves repeating habits uncontrollably, whether constantly
checking social media, binge eating, smoking, excessive drinking or worrying. Why are bad habits so
hard to overcome? Is there a key to conquering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us? How can we
cultivate habits that support our health and happiness? The workshop will deliver practical tools for
clinicians and therapists looking to deepen their understanding of the behavioral and brain mechanisms
underlying habit formation as well as individuals hoping to break stress-producing habits.
The word “Mindfulness” has been embedding in people’s mind for almost 9 years, when the series of mindfulness programs i.e. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) were introduced to China since 2011. So far, over 200 Chinese mindfulness teachers were trained and qualified under the system of UMASS Medical School Center for Mindfulness, U.S, and Oxford University Mindfulness Center, U.K.. Their mindfulness services have already supported in the areas of education, social communities, business sectors, medical, justice and sports. Mindfulness has proven its effectiveness in emotion regulation, focus and concentration, developed a healthier way of living, better interpersonal relationship, and a more harmonized social relationship.
The Chairman and General Secretary, has made an important statement on Jan 15, 2019 at the Central Political and Legal Commission and the Central Organization Work Conference : “We have to improve the Psychosocial service structure, Psychological counselling support, crisis intervention, to build self-esteem, self-confidence, rationale, peace, and to harmonize social mentality.” In the planning outline of <Healthy China 2030>, it sets out the goal and objective to build a “Healthy China” , to improve the people’s overall health level. The State Council also issued a paper: [2019 No. 13] of the action plan on how to implement the “Healthy China” program. It put forward the importance of prevention and establishes a sound health education system. In response to the party’s major policies and the needs of Society nowadays, we have decided to hold the 2019 China Mindfulness Application and Development Summit fromOct 26 to 27, 2019.
1) Healthy living habits and life style
2) Holistic and healthy life-cycle from birth to death
3) Mindfulness applications in primary, secondary schools and in higher educations
4) Generalized anxiety disorder and non-drug treatment of emotional disorder
5) Child-birth (before-birth) and parenting
6) Rehabilitation and treatment for cancer patients
7) Rehabilitation for behavioral addiction
8) Mindfulness for social workers and developments in social communities
We look forward to idea exchanges through practical and mindful dialogues. With this opportunity, we will work together to explore how to develop a Peaceful and Healthy China. A peaceful and healthy life to all the Chinese people.
An old proverb says that we are all students of “life”, we need to learn continuously from the world, from other people and finally to learn within ourselves.
For the moment, be present ……. be mindful………
Noticing all things work together, I see the answer!
Learn how to break addictive patterns, reduce stress, and live a fuller life with Judson Brewer.