Online Learning

The Science of Habit Change

Working with Fear & Uncertainty to Grow Kindness & Connection

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Try these 4 steps to help you break a bad habit with psychiatrist and neuroscientist Judson Brewer.

If you are feeling fear, struggling with uncertainty, or stress eating, you are not alone.

But neuroscientist Judson Brewer and psychologist Robin Boudette have some good news:  By understanding the basic building blocks of the brain, we can move from anxiety to action, from separation to connection.

Join them for a unique online workshop to learn the science of habit change. Through mindfulness practices, the latest scientific findings, and patient stories, participants learn:

  • How habits form through reward-based learning
  • Assessable tools for moving beyond cravings, reducing stress and anxiety, increasing self-compassion, and living a fuller life
  • Practical steps and simple solutions to help yourself, clients, or students address unhealthy habits such as smoking, overeating, and anxiety
  • How to bring this evidenced-based model into sessions with clients seeking habit change
  • Daily mindfulness practices to support your and your clients’ well-being and further understanding of Buddhist Psychology

This course delivers practical tools for all levels of mental health professionals and mindfulness teachers looking to deepen their understanding of the behavioral and brain mechanisms underlying habit formation, and tools to help clients work with anxiety and break stress-producing habits. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be better able to:

  1. Identify how habits are formed through reward-based learning
  2. Describe how mindfulness breaks the habit loop and recalibrates the brain’s reward centers and why distraction and substitution are insufficient for lasting change
  3. Describe a psycho-educational approach that may be shared with patients/clients about how habits are formed, what keeps them in place, and how to use the brain’s reward-based learning to learn habits that support well-being
  4. Describe how social media and smart phones activate the reward centers and can develop into addictive behaviors
  5. Describe how mindfulness changes brain activation in self-referential processing centers
  6. Delineate short mindfulness practices, reflections, and self-monitoring exercises that can be directly applied in daily life and clinical situations
  7. Discuss the neuroscience of reward evaluation
  8. Identify the neurobiological underpinnings of reward-based learning
  9. Describe how mindfulness changes brain activation with selfless versus self-centered love
  10. Describe 3 evidence-based apps in field of digital therapeutics

Technical Requirements:

  1. A device such as a computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone with a 5 Mbps internet connection.
  2. A device the is connected to the internet
  3. Accessibility to an internet browser to play the webcast

Meet the Teachers

  • Jud Brewer, MD, PhD (“Dr. Jud”) is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the ...
  • Robin Boudette, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, behavior-change expert, and mindfulness teac ...


10:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Welcome and introductions
  • Reward-based learning: how habits, from smoking to stress eating to anxiety, are formed and what we can do to change them​
  • Anxiety habit loop
10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Demonstrate how mindfulness decouples craving from behavior, from the research on mindfulness training and smoking cessation
  • Three-step model of habit change
  • First step: Identifying habit loops
  • The science of addiction: technology
11:30-11:45 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
  • Review the default mode network and the brain science on craving and anxiety
  • Illustrate how meditation changes brain activity
  • How to tap into reward-based learning to hack our brain
  • Instructions for mindful lunch period: mindful eating, curiosity, mind mapping habit loops
1:00-3:00 p.m. Mindful lunch period
3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Debrief mind mapping
  • Second step: The Cause – Effect relationship
  • Small group exercise
4:30-4:45 p.m. Break
4:45-6:00 p.m.  
  • How to find rewards that are more rewarding to support health and well-being
  • Third step: Stepping out of habit loops
  • The brain science of curiosity, generosity, and love
  • Describe the field of digital therapeutics, including the current research with smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety

Tuition & Fees

Title Price

The Science of Habit Change


Continuing Education

Credit Hours: 5.5

ACCME - Physicians (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education)$80
ANCC - Nurses$50
APA - Psychologists (American Psychological Association)$80
BRN - Nurses$50
NY State: Social Work, Counselor, and Psychologist$50
WESPSB - Educators (Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board)$50

Certificate of Attendance:
Once you have completed the workshop, there will be a downloadable certificate of attendance available to you within the course.

Continuing Education Information:
This live webcast is approved for 5.5 CE hours by the boards outlined above. In order to earn CE credits, participants must attend the live webcast in full. No partial credit will be awarded, nor will you be eligible to earn credit if you watch an archived version of this event. Those who complete the course in full will be emailed information on how to complete the online workshop evaluation in order to access and print your CE Certificate of Completion.

Learn More About Continuing Education Credits


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