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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
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      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

       
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Details

Date:
October 19, 2019
Time:
9:30 am - 5:00 pm PDT
Cost:
$50 – $175
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Website:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peaceable-friendly-and-fearless-the-benefits-of-neuroplasticity-tickets-61244441774

Venue

Harvard Memorial Church
One Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Website:
https://memorialchurch.harvard.edu/

Organizer

Institute for Meditation & Psychotherapy
Website:
//www.meditationandpsychotherapy.org/

Dr. Ramani Durvasula is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and expert on the impact of toxic narcissism. She is a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, and also a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg.

The focus of Dr. Ramani’s clinical, academic, and consultative work is the etiology and impact of narcissism and high-conflict, entitled, antagonistic personality styles on human relationships, mental health, and societal expectations. She has spoken on these issues to clinicians, educators, and researchers around the world.

She is the author of Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist, and Don't You Know Who I Am? How to Stay Sane in an Era of Narcissism, Entitlement, and Incivility. Her work has been featured at SxSW, TEDx, and on a wide range of media platforms including Red Table Talk, the Today Show, Oxygen, Investigation Discovery, and Bravo, and she is a featured expert on the digital media mental health platform MedCircle. Dr. Durvasula’s research on personality disorders has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and she is a Consulting Editor of the scientific journal Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Stephen Porges is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He is a former president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and has been president of the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences, which represents approximately twenty-thousand biobehavioral scientists. He’s led a number of other organizations and received a wide variety of professional awards.

In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological states in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. The theory is leading to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders, and has had a major impact on the field of psychology.

Dr. Porges has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers across a wide array of disciplines. He’s also the author of several books including The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation.

Dr. Bruce Perry is the Principal of the Neurosequential Network, Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, and a Professor (Adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. From 1993 to 2001 he was the Thomas S. Trammell Research Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of psychiatry at Texas Children's Hospital.

He’s one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of trauma in childhood, and his work on the impact of abuse, neglect, and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs, and policy across the world. His work has been instrumental in describing how traumatic events in childhood change the biology of the brain.

Dr. Perry's most recent book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, was released earlier this year. Dr. Perry is also the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Additionally, he’s authored more than 300 journal articles and book chapters and has been the recipient of a variety of professional awards.

Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith is a child clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma and issues of race. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard and then received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She performed postdoctoral work at the University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital. She has combined her love of teaching and advocacy by serving as a professor and by directing mental health programs for children experiencing trauma, homelessness, or foster care.

Dr. Briscoe-Smith is also a senior fellow of Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and is both a professor and the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Wright Institute. She provides consultation and training to nonprofits and schools on how to support trauma-informed practices and cultural accountability.

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Sharon has authored 10 books, and is the host of the fantastic Metta Hour podcast. She was a contributing editor of Oprah’s O Magazine, had her work featured in Time and on NPR, and contributed to panels alongside the Dalai Lama.

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