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Peaceable, Friendly, and Fearless: Using Positive Neuroplasticity to Develop Calm, Compassionate Strength

October 19, 2019, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm PDT

$50 – $175

We need psychological resources like grit and gratitude for resilient well-being in a challenging world. How can we grow these inner strengths?

Positive neuroplasticity shows us how to turn passing experiences into lasting changes in the brain – hardwiring an unshakable calm, compassion, and courage into the marrow of our being.

This experiential workshop, led by Rick Hanson, Ph.D., will explore lots of practical methods useful for both self-guided practice and in therapeutic settings, including:

    •  Why personal growth experiences don’t have enduring value for many people
    •  The necessary two steps of lasting change in the nervous system
    •  Growing the key psychological resources matched to a person’s challenges
    •  Managing stressors without feeling stressed
    •  Bringing together kindness and assertiveness, love and power
    •  Living with inner balance in shaky times
      There will be time for questions and discussion. No background with meditation or neuroscience is needed.

      Teachings are appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals, who will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program when working with clients.

      Continuing Education (CE) credit available.

      Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals

      Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

            1. Describe three aspects of the brain’s negativity bias
            2. Describe the two-stage process of learning
            3. Describe three mechanisms of experience-dependent neuroplasticity
            4. Describe human motivations in terms of avoiding harms, approaching rewards, and attaching to others
            5. Name three psychological resources that promote resilience
            6. Describe three ways to combine kindness and assertiveness



October 19, 2019
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
$50 – $175
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Harvard Memorial Church
One Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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