That’s because of the brain's negativity bias — we've evolved to learn quickly from bad experiences, and slowly from good ones. This leaves us feeling more stressed, anxious, lonely, irritated, and inadequate than we need to be.
But we can change this.Join Dr. Rick Hanson for a 6-week journey in Positive Neuroplasticity to override the brain's negative tendencies and tap the hidden power of everyday experiences. You'll start building new neural structures right away that promote joy, confidence, motivation, and inner peace.
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Meet your needs to feel safer, more satisfied, and more connected - and less stressed, hurt, and resentful
Learn the H.E.A.L. process for hardwiring a lasting sense of peace, contentment, and self-compassion into your brain
Identify your own challenges and pain points and grow specific inner strengths to overcome and heal them
The Essence of Positive Neuroplasticity
- Use your mind to change your brain
- Use mindfulness to let be, let go, and let in
- Overcome the brain’s negativity bias
- Use HEAL to turn experiences into inner resources
Having, Enriching, and Absorbing Beneficial Experiences
- Create beneficial, useful experiences
- Intensify positive thoughts and feelings
- Have a strong sense of being on your own side
- See and believe in the good inside you
Linking Positive and Negative Material
- Recognize and honor your deep needs
- Grow the inner resources you need most
- Stay in the “Green Zone”
- Use positive experiences to heal wounds and empty places inside
Growing Strengths for Feeling Safer
- Get the benefits of self-compassion
- Manage threats with calm strength
- Be less anxious
- Rest in a sense of peace, contentment, and love
Growing Strengths for Feeling More Satisfied
- Feel authentically successful at more things
- Stay motivated
- Pursue big goals without stress
- Feel more thankfulness and joy
Growing Strengths for Feeling More Connected
- Increase a genuine sense of self-worth
- Release envy and resentment
- Heal deep levels of old pain
- Combine compassion and assertiveness
“This was a truly life-altering, life-affirming training. I feel peaceful, content, loved, and excited to bring HEAL into my everyday life. There is so much more available to offer others.”Susan A.
“These teachings have touched so many of the dark places inside me. I can now see things much more clearly and without judgment, and can release them.”Linda N.
“This training supports me in managing my life, my chronic pain, and all the ups and downs of the whole shi-bang.”Holly E.
“Dr. Hanson is an amazing presenter. The mix of academic information and experiential practices was just right.”Kristen P.
“I found the training to be among the best I have ever received. I went through – and continue to do so – significant change, overcoming that which has held me back for years.”Petrina L.
“The experience, all the terrific material, so beautifully presented, has given me such a tremendous boost in peace, contentment, and love! Looking forward to making it a vital part of my life in all areas.”Ron R.
“Your courses have been life-changing for me. I can now more easily assess situations and be confident while being authentic.”Laurie B.
When do I need to be available for this course?
This is a self-paced course with pre-recorded videos and meditations that you can watch at any time.
Is this program for everyone?
The Positive Neuroplasticity Training is an educational program for the general public, with special benefits for coaches, counselors, educators, healthcare professionals, and human resources trainers. The Positive Neuroplasticity Training is NOT psychotherapy, nor treatment for any physical or mental health condition. Participants take responsibility for their own experience in the program. The Positive Neuroplasticity Training could be a useful resource for normal range experiences of anxiety, blue mood, stress, loneliness, and interpersonal conflicts, including for people in psychotherapy for these concerns. If you are engaging in psychotherapy while engaging this program, please tell your therapist. Last, if you have serious psychological issues or a history of suicidality, complex trauma, psychosis, or other severe mental health issues, you should consider not participating in the Positive Neuroplasticity Training as it could stir things up for you without there being the option of individual support - and we strongly advise that you seek professional treatment.
How long is each class?
There are a total of 6 classes in this program. Each class is about 3 hours long, including didactic presentations and guided practices
Can you tell me more about the Professional Course?
The Professional Course teaches you practical applications for using Positive Neuroplasticity with others. It is perfect for therapists, healthcare providers, educators, business consultants, trainers, coaches, and mindfulness, and yoga teachers – as well as parents. You will learn how to: - explain the science - teach the methods - use practical tools to change habits and build motivation - help people with stress, loss, relationship issues, and trauma The Professional Course is a video course that you can download or stream at your leisure. It will be made available to you once the 6-week Positive Neuroplasticity Training is complete, and you will have access to the videos indefinitely.
Can I get Continuing Education Credits?
The Online Positive Neuroplasticity Training is eligible for 10 CE credits. The Online Professional Course is eligible for 9 CE credits. The CE Credits are an additional $50 per program. We suggest checking with your state licensing board to confirm they will accept credits from APA approved sponsors before taking the program. You can learn more or purchase the CE Credits here.
When does the 30-day money-back guarantee end?
The 30-day Money-Back Guarantee ends 30 days after you register for the course.
How does the PNT differ from Rick's Foundations of Well-Being program?
The Positive Neuroplasticity Training (PNT) is a deep immersion in the material in the Learning pillar of the Foundations of Well-Being (FWB) program – i.e., the HEAL methods of positive neuroplasticity, turning ordinary experiences into extraordinary inner strengths, and using these methods to build up inner resources for any issues related to our three core needs of safety, satisfaction, and connection – and then the Foundations of Well-Being program applies these methods to growing the specific strengths in the other 11 pillars of well-being. Putting it a little differently, the Positive Neuroplasticity Training is an 18 hour immersion in a single subject – positive neuroplasticity – that is covered in 4 hours in the Foundations program, while the Foundations of Well-Being program altogether is about 50 hours of core material plus lots of other goodies compared to 18 hours of the Positive Neuroplasticity Training.
Do I need to take the Positive Neuroplasticity Training before taking the Professional Course in Positive Neuroplasticity?
The Positive Neuroplasticity Training (PNT) and the Professional Course in Positive Neuroplasticity (PC) are distinct programs, and many people take both of them. The PNT is the foundation of the PC and the prerequisite for it. If you enroll in the PC, we presume that you have already taken the PNT and are familiar with its ideas and methods. Since the PNT is conveniently available online, a person should usually be able to do it online or in-person before taking the PC. Occasionally someone may have an opportunity to take the PC in-person but not have time to take the PNT beforehand. In this case we will waive the PNT prerequisite requirement IF the person already has a deep understanding of positive neuroplasticity through completing the Foundations of Well-Being, reading Hardwiring Happiness carefully, or similar background. If you have any questions about this, please contact us.
Can someone be too depressed, anxious, or traumatized for this course to be helpful?
Dr. Hanson really believes that no one is too wounded to improve. It’s really just a matter of finding the practices that work for you. The Positive Neuroplasticity Training certainly has the potential to be of value to anyone – regardless of their history – and if you find that it is not beneficial, we of course would be happy to give you a full refund.