The brain is shaped by the mind as neurons fire together and wire together. Inner strength and feelings of self-worth, kindness, motivation, and resilience result from positive experiences, yet the brain's negativity bias—developed to help our ancestors survive—dismisses many positive experiences. This negativity bias is at the root of many cases of interpersonal conflict, depression, and anxiety, and it can inhibit psychotherapeutic progress.

This presentation will reveal Rick Hanson's four-step HEAL method to help people develop lasting neural resources from everyday experiences. You will learn how to lower anxiety, create focused attention, build confidence, and ultimately, hardwire happiness in the brain.

This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Discuss how the three motivational systems of the brain evolved;
  2. Identify the Reactive and Responsive aspects of the brain;
  3. Describe how the negativity bias evolved in the brain;
  4. Teach people how to internalize positive experiences using the four HEAL steps;
  5. Utilize the HEAL steps for children and those who suffer from trauma.

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How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions.

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

This event will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. A recording of the web conference will be available to members in's Continuing Education Archives within two weeks. After the live event, a written transcript of the event will be available in the Member's Area. Members of can receive continuing education credits for attending this event by logging in to the Member's Area.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by for attending this web conference in its entirety. is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements., provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to members.

Event Reviews from Members

Bravo! Clear and useful as well as thought provoking information! - Marcia Conley, MA, LPC

I was thrilled to be able to take a workshop from Rick Hanson through The workshop was very comprehensive, melding anatomy and theory into application and process. There were a number of useful approaches discussed throughout the workshop that I can apply to my practice, and I look forward to learning and adapting more. Much appreciation. - Catherine Gruener, LCPC, NCC

Meet the Presenter

Rick Hanson, PhD

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and bestselling author whose books include Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time, and most recently, Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, which serves as the basis for this web conference.

An expert on self-directed neuroplasticity, Dr. Hanson founded the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and he has spoken at Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford. He serves on the Advisory Board for UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and his work has been presented on NPR, the BBC, CBC, Consumer Reports Health, FoxBusiness, and U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Hanson's writing has appeared in Tricycle Magazine, Inquiring Mind, and Insight Journal, and his e-newsletter, Just One Thing, appears on Huffington Post and is distributed weekly to more than 103,000 subscribers. Since 1974, Dr. Hanson has practiced meditation and studied several traditions, and he has taught at a number of meditation centers internationally.

For additional information about Rick, please visit