Emotional Intelligence: Neuroplasticity

February 16-20, 2017  |  Weimar, CA
Join us for our 7th annual Emotional Intelligence Summit. Neuroplasticity comes from the Greek word “plastos” meaning “molded”. This refers to the wonderful capability of the brain to modify it’s own structure and function following environmental, nutrition, lifestyle, or other changes affecting habitual practice within the individual body/brain involved.

Brain plasticity plays a fundamental role in learning, thought and behavior modification, and a role in the deterioration to, or the alleviation of psychiatric or degenerative brain disorders.

Some of the top experts in emotional intelligence and brain plasticity will be showing how neural synapses and pathways are altered and how this information is revolutionary in improving your brain and the brain of others.  Learn from numerous experts including the 2016 Outstanding Psychiatrist of the Year for advancing the field and the woman who changed her brain and has now put a program into place that improves the brains of the mentally challenged. 

Yes, virtually any brain can change, learn, and improve intellectually and emotionally.  Don’t miss this year’s summit. Save the date, February 16-20 2017.


Neil-Nedley-MDNeil Nedley, MD 
Owner of Nedley™ Clinic. Author and Medical Director, Nedley Depression and Anxiety Recovery Programs, Proof Positive and The Lost Art of Thinking. President of Weimar Institute.


Emotional Intelligence and Brain Plasticity

  • Understand what emotional intelligence is
  • Understand what Brain Plasticity is
  • Know proven methods of changing the brain to enhance emotional intelligence

Biblical Case Studies in Neuroplasticity and Emotional Intelligence

  • Understand ancient case studies demonstrating the ability of the brain to change
  • Learn Biblically illustrated principles on how the brain can change for the worse
  • Learn Biblically illustrated principles on how the brain can change for the better
  • Learn the relevance of these Biblical principles in what we know about how the brain changes today

Nutrition and Brain Plasticity

  • Learn nutritional principles in how the brain can become unbalanced and change for the worse
  • Learn nutritional principles in how the brain can become more balanced and change for the better
  • Learn some inherited and developed differences in individuals and why nutritional advice should vary between certain emotional subtypes

The Process of Change

  • Know why the brain left unchecked will change for the worse over time
  • Know and understand the four primary stages of positive lifestyle change
  • Know and understand the eight expanded stages of positive lifestyle change
  • Learn methods that can increase the likelihood of going through the final stages of change successfully

Live Case Studies from Those Who Have Changed Their Brains

  • Learn through live cases, the principles that adversely change the brain
  • Learn, through live cases, how the brain can be motivated to change itself
  • Learn, through live cases, how the brain can be enhanced and greatly improved, intellectually and emotionally

Allen Davis, Jr., Ph.D.
Is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Weimar Institute, where he oversees and administers the Institute’s higher education commitment to comprehensive health evangelism: the healing of body, mind, and spirit. He has over 30 years of executive leadership and administrative experience, including 27 years of service in the US Air Force where he attained the rank of colonel.

Leadership, Authority and Emotional Intelligence

  • Understand the difference between the individual role and individual value
  • Know how role dissatisfaction stunts organizational learning and success and threatens emotional intelligence
  • Learn fundamentals of successful authoritative leadership using principles of emotional intelligence
  • Understand models of successful and unsuccessful military and corporate leadership

From Good to Great:  Educational Principles that turn a Good Brain into a Great Brain

  • Learn why many experts state the higher education system is broken
  • Understand proven educational principles that can increase present and future success and fulfillment
  • Learn a present higher educational model that blends theory and practice and increases student success

John J. Ratey, MD
Recognized by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America since 1997, and was recently honored by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society as 2016 Outstanding Psychiatrist of the Year for advancing the field. He has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and NPR, as well as The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, US News, Men’s Health, and other publications.

Neuroplasticity and Psychological Brain Health

  • Define neuroplasticity
  • Learn how thinking is the internalization of movement
  • Understand why exercise is a master key to brain functioning
  • Understand lessons from the Naperville school district study in Chicago
  • Learn how and what type of physical exercise can positively change the brain

Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

  • Describe attention deficit disorder
  • Learn why most people with the disorder are not diagnosed
  • Understand the recent scientific breakthroughs in living successfully and flourishing despite attention deficits

Amanda-Anguish-MS-MFTIAmanda Anguish, MS, LMFT
She is the mental health counselor for the Nedley™ Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program. She also works with emotionally disturbed juveniles. She has extensive experience with OCD, CBT, and positive psychology. Professor of Christian Psychology, Weimar College

Good and Bad Psychotherapy and How it Changes the Brain

  • Learn how some psychotherapies can cause the brain to become less likely to positively change
  • Learn which commonly used therapies can help people “feel better” short term but make those same people more resistant to helpful neuroplasticity
  • Learn the effects of Eastern Meditation on neuroplasticity
  • Understand what makes a psychotherapeutic approach good is how it increases the likelihood of positive lifestyle and brain changes
  • Know some mental health approaches that lead to helpful brain plasticity

How Thinking Can Change Brain Chemistry

  • Learn how cognitive behavioral therapy changes brain chemistry
  • Understand how to assist others in recognizing and dislodging firmly held irrational beliefs
  • Learn how reconstructed rational thinking can help brain plasticity

Flavia Jorge Ph.D.
Is a licensed clinical psychologist, with extensive work in forensic psychology.  She was a Professor at Loma Linda school of psychology, and keeps a busy private practice in psychology.  She has been a counselor for the Nedley Residential Depression and Anxiety Recovery program, and is currently assisting Weimar Institute in starting a psychology program.

When to Confront and When Not to Confront:  How Healthy Confrontation Can Change the Brain

  • Describe healthy and unhealthy confrontations
  • Learn why most confrontations are counter-productive
  • Learn the personality types and situations that can respond positively to confrontation
  • Learn the personality types and situations that confrontation will result in no positive change or even adverse changes.
  • Know examples of healthy and unhealthy confrontations

The Power of Non Confrontational Persuasion:  How Healthy Persuasion Can Change the Brain

  • Describe non confrontational persuasion
  • Learn how to take a potentially confrontational situation and turn it into non confrontational persuasion
  • Learn the importance of demonstrated empathy in effective persuasion
  • Understand examples of persuasion in brain plasticity

Phil Mills, MD
A physical medicine and rehab specialist who has treated brain damaged individuals for years.  His methods in helping healthy brain tissue expand and change to make up for the damaged areas of the brain are truly remarkable and life changing.  He is also an interested historian in the field of brain plasticity and will present a revolutionary case from the 1800s that is instructive today.

Strokes, “Permanent Brain Damage” and Neuroplasticity:  Hope is Realized

  • Understand the role that brain damage has in the potential for neuroplasticity
  • Understand the role that stress and depression can play in increasing the risk of stroke
  • Learn the principles of how helpful neuroplasticity can occur, even in the setting of significant brain damage
  • Know a well documented case with the associated principles utilized in treating a large debilitating stroke, and how the brain eventually transformed to become highly successful again

Barbara Arrowsmith Young, BASc, MPSY
Creator of one of the first practical treatment applications using the principles of neuroplasticity, she is recognized as a pioneer. She began using these principles in 1978 to develop cognitive programs to address learning disorders. She started with her own debilitating set of brain deficits, and in the process, became living proof of human neuroplasticity.

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain — A Personal Journey Into the World of the Brain

  • Learn principles that drive neuroplastic change
  • Know outcomes of a capacity based treatment approach to address specific learning difficulties
  • Learn how to recognize cognitive mismatches (where the demands of profession are not aligned with an individual’s cognitive profile)
  • Learn how to view behavior through a cognitive lens (how understanding the nature of specific cognitive functions explain specific behavior)
  • Understand the nature of several cognitive functions that impact academic skill acquisition and social/emotional learning

The Intimate Connection Between Mental Health Issues and Learning Disabilities

  • Learn the impact of specific learning disabilities on an individual’s mental health
  • Learn the societal impact of learning disabilities
  • Understand the principles that drive neuroplastic change
  • Know the negative impact of stress on neuroplasticity

Daniel-Binus-MD-150x150Daniel Binus, MD
Clinical Director, Beautiful Minds Medical Staff Psychiatrist, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospt. Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Loma Linda University.


Good and Bad Stress — Your Brain Knows the Difference

  • Describe the difference between good and bad stress
  • Describe the impact of negative stress on mental health
  • Describe the neurophysiology of certain positive stressors such as intermittent fasting, falling in love, and positive behavioral change
  • Know the long-term impact on specific positive stressors on mental health

Mind-Altering Medications: What are they doing to brain plasticity?

  • Learn the common mind altering medications that adversely effect brain plasticity
  • Know specifically how benzodiazepines can adversely effect brain plasticity
  • Understand evidence that commonly used antidepressants can increase the chronicity of depression and/or anxiety and potentially adversely affect brain plasticity
  • Learn some alternative therapies for mental illness that can positively enhance brain plasticity

Don-Mackintosh_RN_MDiv-150x150Don Mackintosh, BSN, MDiv
Clinical Director of HEALTH™ Program Weimar Institute Campus Chaplain Spiritual Counselor, Nedley Residential Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program.


Religion and Brain Plasticity:  Is there a connection?

  • Explore the evidence on religion and brain plasticity
  • Show how practical congruent spirituality can assist in changing a most resistant-to-change brain (the addicted brain)
  • Explore what religious principles can either adversely or positively effect healthy brain plasticity

Brain Plasticity and Hope: Amazing Stories of Change

  • Know several areas of brain diseases/challenges that were previously thought to be completely resistant to positive neuroplasticity
  • Learn how scientists are making an impact in those dismal, treatment-resistant brain challenges through some before and after video vignettes
  • Understand the untapped frontiers in neuroplasticity.
  • Learn how realistic hope itself can assist in healthy neuroplasticity

Changing Your Brain with Spiritual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Describe spiritual cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Learn how practical spirituality and can help in correcting irrational or distorted thoughts
  • Understand how spiritual insights can change thoughts and behaviors and assist in healthy brain plasticity
  • Know some examples of how this approach has changed at least several people today

Neurotheology: How Prayer Reshapes the Brain

  • Describe prayer, and its primary purpose
  • Understand a few recent scientific studies on prayer and how it can change the brain
  • Understand how a certain type of prayer can have a powerful and healthy role in neuroplasticity
  • Learn how to lead yourself or your clients toward a useful prayer life

How Hope and Enthusiasm Can Change the Brain

  • Describe enthusiasm
  • Describe hope
  • Learn how realistic hope and enthusiasm can re-mold the brain
  • Know the process of changing a person who is hopeless and sees life as pointless, to a person who lives their life with hope and enthusiasm
  • Learn about at least one recent case study of demonstrating the principles of number 4

Erwin Nanasi
A gifted concert pianist, Erwin studied piano performance at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in his hometown of Stuttgart, Germany. He has toured and performed in over 20 countries across three continents and has lectured on music cognition. Erwin has also studied arranging and composing through Berklee College of Music.

Changing the Brain Through Music

  • Learn how music can adversely change the brain
  • Learn the principles of musical composition that can positively affect the brain
  • Recognize musical patterns that can help brain chemistry and neuroplasticty
  • Know examples of individuals whose brain’s have been changed through music illustrating the principles of number 1 and 2 above

EDDIE-150x150Eddie Ramirez, MD
A busy researcher he has published many articles in peer-reviewed medical literature. He has 20 years experience working in various lifestyle centers and has spoken and shared his research in more than 42 countries.


Data from the Eight Week outpatient Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program

  • Know the essential educational components of the 8 week mental health education program that has been used extensively for depression and/or anxiety
  • Understand how education can change thoughts and behavior
  • Learn how thought and behavior changes can alter and improve or eradicated depression or anxiety
  • Know important data analysis and insights learned from this program that has been published in the scientific literature in the last two years

Data from the Ten Day Residential Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program

  • Understand essential educational and therapeutic components of the 10 day residential program for clinical depression and/or anxiety
  • Learn how depression and anxiety can be improved or eradicated much quicker than has previously been described in the scientific literature
  • Understand how certain medications can often be reduced without worsening or relapse by treating depression and/or anxiety more comprehensively
  • Know important data analysis and insights learned from this program that have been or will soon be published in the scientific literature

Who Should Attend?

  • Physicians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers



  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Pastors
  • Educators
  • School Counselors
  • Physician Assistants



  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Participants from 8-week programs
  • Alumni from 10-day programs
  • Trained Directors and Facilitators
  • Media, drug, alcohol, sex addiction counselors and other professionals

Schedule, Topics & Objectives

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