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HACK YOUR MIND FOR BETTER HEALTH

Date: January 15, 2021

Time: 9am - 4pm EST

Location: Virtual

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.

Mindfulness-Based Behavior Change Facilitator Training

Start date: October 7, 2020

End date: November 25, 2020

Location: Online

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 Sept 1, 2020 and program starts Wednesday, October 7th. See link for details.

How to Tap Into Your Mind’s Potential to Break Bad Habits

Start date: May 29, 2020

End date: May 31, 2020

Location: Omega Institute, Rheinbeck, NY

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.

Craving Mind: Getting Hooked, and Stepping Out of Our Samsaric Habit Loops

Start date: April 24, 2020

End date: April 26, 2020

Location: Barre, MA

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.

Learning Intentions:

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.

Hacking Your Brain for Better Health – 1440 Multiversity

Start date: April 17, 2020

End date: April 19, 2020

Location: 1440 Multiversity

We are creatures of habit. We often find ourselves repeating habits uncontrollably, whether constantly checking social media, binge eating, smoking, worrying, or doing other self-defeating behaviors that disconnect us from ourselves and others. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Join us for a unique experiential workshop on the science of habit change co-taught by Dr. Judson Brewer, renowned psychiatrist and neuroscientist, and Dr. Robin Boudette, psychologist, behavior change expert, and mindfulness teacher. Whether you’re a clinician or an individual looking to deepen your understanding, you’ll learn the keys to conquering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us. Discover how to cultivate (and teach) habits that support your health and happiness. Learn more here.

Hacking Your Brain for Better Health

Start date: April 17, 2020

End date: April 19, 2020

Location: Bay Area, California

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.

Habit Change Weekend Workshop

Start date: March 28, 2020

End date: March 29, 2020

Location: Paris, France

Why are bad habits so difficult to overcome? When and how does the will fail? Is there a key to overcoming compulsive cravings that we know are unhealthy for us? Can we take advantage of our brain’s learning circuits to break destructive habits and cultivate behaviors and states of mind that support our health and happiness?

In a very accessible way, Judson Brewer will show us how attention, curiosity and mindfulness help us to break free of habits. Indeed, being the subject of scientific validation, mindfulness can be used as a tool that promotes a clearer vision of our operating patterns, subjective biases and the resulting reactivity.

In this workshop, we will explore how our minds work and how we can tap into the very processes of forming habitual behaviors to bypass our unhealthy patterns and change our habits in a pragmatic way.

Interweaving patient stories, mindfulness practices and the latest scientific discoveries, this workshop offers a way to go beyond compulsion, reduce stress and anxiety, increase compassion and live a fuller life.

It is aimed at mental health professionals who are looking to deepen their understanding of the behavioral and cerebral mechanisms that underlie addictive behaviors, as well as people who hope to end certain habits such as emotional eating or anxiety.

Mindfulness-Based Behavior Change Facilitator Training

Start date: March 11, 2020

End date: April 29, 2020

Location: Online

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.

Mindfulness-Based Habit Change: ​Evidenced-Based Interventions for Psychotherapists

Date: January 17, 2020

Location: Boca Raton, FL

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.)

Mindful Miami Mental Health Event

Date: December 6, 2019

Location: Miami, FL

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.

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