MERCER COUNTY PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
Mindfulness-Based Habit Change: Evidenced-Based Interventions for Psychotherapists
Presented by: Dr. Robin Boudette
Friday January 25, 2019
The Nassau Club of Princeton
6 Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Registration & Continent Breakfast: 830am-900am
Program: 9:00 am-12:15pm
(Includes 15-minute break approximately 1030-1045)
CE Credits for Psychologists: 3
Humans are creatures of habit. We often find ourselves repeating habits uncontrollably whether it’s the habit of stress eating, excessive drinking, constant worrying, obsessively checking social media, 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? Dr. Judson Brewer, addictions psychiatrist and neuroscientist, brings together the ancient teachings of mindfulness with modern science and offers a model for understanding both how habits are formed and how habits can be changed. Dr. Brewer has developed mindfulness-based habit change programs which have been proven effective in the treatment of smoking cessation, stress eating, and anxiety.
The first step in changing a habit pattern is knowing it’s happening. Much of the time we are living on auto-pilot and find ourselves engaging in self-defeating patterns. When we bring mindfulness to the why, what and how of our behaviors, we can wake up to our habit patterns. Once aware, we can explore in real time all the results of our actions, physical and emotional both short term and long term. As we get beyond the brief relief our habits may offer and pay attention to the physical discomfort or emotional dis-ease, there is a sense of disenchantment. The habit no longer has a grip and like feeling the burn of a hot coal, we can let go. When we are able to access disenchantment, the brain can re-calibrate and remember that habit is actually not so rewarding. This paves the way for new habits to form.
In this workshop, participants will learn about this innovative, evidenced-based intervention and how to bring the model into sessions with clients seeking habit change.
- Understand a psycho-educational model that may be shared with patients about how habits are formed, what keeps them in place and why distraction and avoidance are insufficient for lasting habit change
- Identify the neurological underpinnings of reward-based-learning
- Understand and employ a 3-step model to use working with patients with all types of habit patterns, including anxiety
- Describe how mindfulness is the agent for re calibrating the brain and grooving new habit patterns
- Experience mindfulness practices, including short meditations, reflections and self- monitoring exercises that can be directly applied in clinical situations.
SIGN UP NOW!! MEMBERS ONLY RECEIVE A $20 DISCOUNT (Use Code: members20) and Students receive a $30 discount (Use Code: student-30)!
Registration fee: $40.00 for members (must use member discount code); $60.00 for non-members; $30 for students (must use student discount code), includes presentation and breakfast. Please register and pay at the Mercer County Psychological Association website (www.mercerpsych.org). For difficulty registering email Karen Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is being offered at an intermediate level of instruction.
This program is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Psychological Association and the Mercer County Psychological Association. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Instructions will be provided at the workshop to obtain credits through NJPA.
There is no conflict of interest and/or commercial support involvement relevant to Mercer County Psychological Association or Dr. Boudette.
This program and this venue are in-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.