Experiencing Our Craving Minds

May 2017

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Experiencing Our Craving Minds

(And What to Do With Them)

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May 12, 2017 – May 14, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Judson Brewer
Plus accommodations
SM17-1102-281Judson Brewer,

Just about everyone is vulnerable to addiction. Whether it’s a compulsion to constantly check social media, binge eat, smoke, excessively drink, or any other behavior, we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Is there a key to conquering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us?

In this experiential program with psychiatrist and neuroscientist Judson Brewer, we explore how to tap into the actual processes that encourage addictive behaviors so we can gain the tools to step out of the cycle. We learn about the mechanisms of habit and addiction formation, as well as effective treatments, exercises, and mindfulness practices to move beyond our cravings, reduce stress, and ultimately live a fuller life.

This program will be especially helpful for clinicians and therapists looking to deepen their understanding of the behavioral and brain mechanisms underlying addictive behaviors. Individuals hoping to break stress-producing habits such as emotional eating are welcome.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be better able to:

  • Refine their ability to examine psychological processes through experiential insight
  • Apply scientific concepts, grounded in experience, to personal practice and teaching
  • Explain how mindfulness affects brain activation and pathways
  • Describe basic connections between brain and behavioral processes related to underlying mechanisms of mindfulness
  • Refine their accuracy in detecting and tracking reward
  • based learning processes
  • Identify specific learned rewards that perpetuate unhealthy habits
  • Describe ways to tap into intrinsic rewards that help individuals step out of old habits into new ones
More Information

Application to NAADAC in progress. Please check back for approval status.

The faculty requires you read the following book in preparation for the course:

  • The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to LoveWhy We Get Hooked & How We Can Break Bad Habits by Judson Brewer

Please note that there is a special schedule for this course:

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Workshop
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Workshop
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

The Children's Program will not be available for this workshop.

Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.


Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, is director of research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Yale University and a research affiliate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, he has studied the science of addictions for 20 years.umassmed.edu/cfm