Dr. Rick Hanson will be leading a weeklong experiential retreat at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, entitled “Positive Neuroplasticity: Growing a Resilient Core of Happiness and
In volatile times, it’s vital to develop resilient well-being. With the science of positive neuroplasticity, we can turn passing experiences into lasting inner strengths such as grit, gratitude, and self-worth.
In this experiential workshop, you’ll learn why mindfulness alone is not enough and what to do with a brain that’s like Velcro for bad experiences but Teflon for good ones. We’ll explore effective ways to release anxiety, hurt, and anger; to heal from past painful experiences; and to rest in an open-hearted happiness. You’ll learn how to influence the brain-change process from the inside out. Then you can develop a greater sense of calm, self-compassion, feeling loved, and contentment, hardwired into your nervous system. You’ll also learn how to build a sense of self-belonging, using tools from self-affirmation theory to identify and grow the good things already inside us.
Throughout, we’ll apply these insights to important relationships. You’ll see how to be both appropriate and authentic, and both kind and assertive. As you deepen your sense of the good inside yourself, you can be more present for others – and grow the good together, in a wonderful upward spiral. This material is both personally relevant and highly applicable to counseling others.
Recommended reading: Hanson and Hanson, Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness.
This course meets the qualifications for 26 hours of continuing education credit for: LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Esalen is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
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