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with Judson Brewer MD PhD

Friday, October 20, 2017
9 am – 4 pm
Early Registration through October 6:
$159 Individual/Professional, $99 Student
After October 6:
$179 Individual/Professional, $109 Student

Limited number of scholarships available
Vegetarian lunch included

Social Work and Nursing CE’s in Process



Watermark Country Club
5500 Cascade Road SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

We are creatures of habit. We often find ourselves repeating habits uncontrollably whether it’s the habit of constantly checking social media, binge eating, smoking, excessive drinking, 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?

Join us for a unique workshop with psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and mindfulness teacher Judson Brewer MD PhD, as he guides us through a day of understanding how we can tap into the very processes that encourage bad habits in order to step into healthier habits. Dr. Brewer will describe the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation, as well as how the practice of mindfulness can interrupt these habits. Weaving together patient stories, his own experience with mindfulness, and current scientific findings from his own lab and others, Dr. Brewer will offer a path for moving beyond our cravings, reducing stress, and ultimately living a fuller life.

Workshop objectives:

  • Explore how habits are formed and why they are so hard to overcome
  • Examine positive and negative reinforcement and their relationship to suffering
  • Look at craving and how mindfulness decouples it from behavior
  • Learn how seeing clearly through mindfulness can break the addiction cycle

Judson Brewer MD PhD is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined nearly 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, spoken at international conferences, trained US Olympic coaches, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED (4th most viewed talk of 2016), TEDMED, TEDx, Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, BBC, NPR, Businessweek and others. He is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at UMass Medical School. He is also adjunct faculty at Yale University, and a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments (e.g. www.goeatrightnow.com, www.cravingtoquit.com). He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, Fetzer Trust among others. Dr. Brewer founded Claritas MindSciences to move his discoveries of clinical evidence behind mindfulness for eating, smoking and other behavior change into the marketplace. He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).