12:30 – 1:30 “Emotional Intelligence and Brain Plasticity” Neil Nedley, MD

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

1:30 – 2:30 “Brain Plasticity and Hope: Amazing Stories of Change” Don Mackintosh,
BSN, MDiv

  • 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

3:00 – 4:00 “Strokes, ‘Permanent Brain Damage’ and Neuroplasticity: Hope is Realized” Phil Mills, MD

  • 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

4:00 – 5:00 “Data from the Eight Week outpatient Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program” Eddie Ramirez, MD

  • 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

6:30 – 7:30 “Good and Bad Stress — Your Brain Knows the Difference in How it Changes the Brain” Daniel Binus, MD

  • 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
8:30 – 9:30 “Good and Bad Psychotherapy and How it Changes the Brain” Amanda Anguish, MS, LMFT

  • 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

10:00 – 11:00 “Leadership, Authority and Emotional IntelligenceAllen Davis, Jr, PhD

  • 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 leaderships 

11:00 – 12:00 “The Woman Who Changed Her Brain — A Personal Journey Into the World of the Brain Shaping the Brain” Barbara Arrowsmith Young, BASc, MA

  • 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

1:45 – 2:45 “Nutrition and Brain Plasticity” Neil Nedley, MD

  • 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

Breakout Times

  • 3:00 – 3:50
  • 4:00 – 4:50

Breakout 1: Young-Davis

“The Intimate Connection Between Mental Health Issues and Learning Disabilities” Barbara Arrowsmith Young, BASc, MA

  • 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

“From Good to Great:  Educational Principles that turn a Good Brain into a Great Brain” Allen Davis, Jr, PhD

  • 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

Breakout 2: Anguish-Binus

“How Thinking Can Change Brain Chemistry” Amanda Anguish, MS, LMFT

  • 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

“Mind-Altering Medications: What are they doing to brain plasticity?” Daniel Binus, MD

  • 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

Breakout 3: Jorge-Mackintosh

“The Power of Non-Confrontational Persuasion:  How Healthy Persuasion Can Change the Brain” Flavia Jorge, PhD

  • 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

“Religion and Brain Plasticity:  Is there a connection?” Don Mackintosh, MSN, MDiv

  • 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

6:30 – 7:30 “Neurotheology: How Prayer Reshapes the Brain” Don Mackintosh, MSN, MDiv

  • 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
8:30 – 9:30 “Biblical Case Studies in Neuroplasticity and Emotional Intelligence” Neil Nedley, MD

  • 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

10:00 – 11:00 “Live Case Studies from Those Who Have Changed Their Brains” Neil Nedley, MD

  • 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

11:00 – 12:00 “Changing Your Brain with Spiritual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” Don Mackintosh, BSN, MDiv

  • 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

4:00 – 5:30 “Changing the Brain Through Music” Erwin Nanasi

  • 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 neuroplasticity
  • Know examples of individuals whose brain’s have been changed through music illustrating the principles of number 1 and 2 above

6:30 – 7:30 “Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder” John Ratey, MD

  • 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
8:30 – 9:30 “Data from the Ten Day Residential Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program” Eddie Ramirez, MD

  • 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

9:30 – 10:20 “Neuroplasticity and Psychological Brain Health” John Ratey, MD

  • 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

10:30 – 11:20 “How Hope and Enthusiasm Can Change the Brain” Don Mackintosh, BSN, MDiv

  • 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