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Digital Seminar

Using Positive Neuroplasticity for Change That Lasts

Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
1 Hour 16 Minutes
Audio and Video
Dec 03, 2020
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Most of our beneficial experiences wash through the brain like water through a sieve. Meanwhile, our stressful painful experiences sink into it like a sponge. The brain's "negativity bias" undermines the benefits of therapy for many clients. But we can beat this bias by teaching clients how to turn passing experiences like gratitude and self-worth into lasting inner strengths hardwired into their own nervous system. This recording will explore the neuroscience of lasting healing and growth, and provide many practical tools for heightening the beneficial impacts of our clinical interventions.


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley, and a New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness (Harmony, 2016), Buddha’s Brain (New Harbinger, 2009), Just One Thing Card Deck (PESI, 2018), and Mother Nurture (Penguin, 2002). He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University, served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and was President of the Board of FamilyWorks, a community agency. He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, California. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 114,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity.

He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Rick Hanson maintains a private practice and receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaker honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Rick Hanson is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Mindfulness Research Association.


  1. Utilize the neural mechanisms of social-emotional learning to create durable cognitive changes in client stress management.
  2. Teach clients three methods for heightening the neurological internalization of therapeutic experiences.
  3. Mitigate the impact of the brain's negativity bias on mood and anxiety levels.


  • Participants will understand why most of what clients experience in psychotherapy has no lasting value  
  • Participants will learn how increase the conversion of passing experiences into lasting changes of neural structure or function  
  • Participants will learn how to apply these general methods to developing key inner strengths in clients such as self-compassion, self-regulation, and positive mood 

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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