Introduction to The Science of Well-Being
Applying Neuroscience, Positive Psychology & Mindfulness
Fascinating 8-month class held the second Friday of each month (16 CEs), in Concord, NH (33 Pleasant Street)
We hope you can join us for a fascinating eight-month class held on the 2nd Friday of the month beginning October 12, 2018, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
During their 60 years of combined experience the husband and wife team of psychologists, Sher Kamman and Kirke Olson, began to feel something was missing in their life and work. While they felt it certainly was helpful and rewarding to assist people to heal from illnesses, it did not seem to be enough and the work could be draining. Almost fifteen years ago these seeds of discontent led them to study with Marty Seligman, Ph.D. as he began his journey with positive psychology, and Dan Siegel, MD who was beginning his work with interpersonal neurobiology. Kirke had a long-term off-and-on meditation practice and Sher a lifelong interest in spirituality, which made it an easy transition to the study and practice of mindfulness.
During the past fifteen years, Sher and Kirke have come to passionately believe that their work in the helping professions (psychotherapy, education, consultation) is far more than assisting people to fix what is wrong, it is helping people find and amplify what is right. For more than a century therapists, educators, and consultants have been doing a great job helping millions of people fix what is wrong by helping them learn, change and heal from things like depression, anxiety, and trauma. But, not being depressed is different from being happy; not feeling anxious is not the same as being relaxed. Healing, curing, problem-solving, and alleviating symptoms all resolve negative states, but now we are beginning to understand what fosters well-being and flourishing.
They invite you to join them on a journey combining the research from positive psychology, neuroscience, and mindfulness. A journey that will likely change your perceptions of your life and the people you help and teach.
We are living in the middle of an explosion of research about the brain, positive psychology, and interpersonal relationships. This rapid expansion of knowledge is having and will continue to have a powerful effect on all of the helping professions (e.g., teachers, nurses, physicians, counselors, therapists, etc.). It is difficult for us working professionals to find the time to learn this information while we separate the wheat from the chaff. It is even more difficult to apply it. This eight-month training series teaches the information and gently guides professionals while they learn to apply it.
This eight-month training will incorporate didactic and experiential learning, as well as ample opportunities for discussion. It also includes numerous handouts in notebook form for reference later. Everything we do and talk about will be evidence-based. For example, there will be homework, because neuroscience shows it helps to learn.
1. Define well-being using its five elements (P.E.R.M.A.)
2. Apply evidence-based positive psychology exercises including: “Me, at My Best Story,” “Reflected Best Self Letter,” And “Gratitude Journaling.”
3. Utilize a standardized strength assessment tool (VIA Signature Strengths Survey).
4. Recognize Fredrickson’s Broaden and Build Theory and the power of positive emotions to build resilience and improve problem-solving
5. Describe how neural networks develop habits (“what fires together wires together”).
6. Describe how mirror neurons work.
7. Apply evidence-based mindfulness exercises and understand the neuroscience supporting mindfulness.
Credits Earned: You can earn 16 CE credits by completing this course.
Class Dates: Oct. 12, Nov 9, Dec 14, 2018, Jan 11, Feb 15, Skip March, Apr 12, May 10, June 14, 2019. Noon – 2:00 PM