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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

Program approved for 6.0 CE/CPEs for Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, Nurses, and Dietitians – $20 each.

Learning Level: Introductory

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Limited number of scholarships available
Vegetarian lunch include

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.

Come prepared to experience a range of practices that you can use with your clients and in your own life to break this difficult cycle.

This program 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 emotional eating, smoking, and other addictive behaviors.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define mindfulness
  2. Describe the habit loop of positive and negative reinforcement.
  3. Practice a mindfulness meditation
  4. Practice a loving kindness meditation
  5. Discuss participants’ insights with formal mindfulness practices
  6. Discuss how mindfulness approaches can help change habit patterns

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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).

Full refund minus a $25 handling fee through October 13, no refunds after October 14.