• June 6, 2018
  • 7:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 06/06/2018 7:00 pm 06/06/2018 America/Los_Angeles The Science Behind Changing Minds The Science Behind Changing Minds, A Conversation with J. Stuart Ablon and Nicolle Zapien California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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"Why won't you change?" It's the lament of anyone who's ever tried to help a troubled teen, an undisciplined colleague, a stubborn spouse...and anyone who's ever tried to curb their own bad habits.

Psychologist J. Stuart Ablon has dedicated more than fifteen years to clinical work with some of the most challenging populations—juvenile offenders, convicted criminals, and other institutionalized individuals. He developed an evidence-based approach that actually works and shares it in his new book Changeable: How Collaborative Problem Solving Changes Lives at Home, at School, and at Work.

Rather than judging, blaming, harsher punishment, or a call for more willpower, Dr. Ablon believes a more effective response to problem behavior is recognizing there's a lack of skill, not a lack of will. Instead, look for what's missing—the ability to tolerate frustration and change, for example—and work together to find a solution that will actually stick.

Join Nicolle Zapien, CIIS Dean of Professional Psychology and Health, for a conversation with Dr. Ablon as they explore this new way of thinking about solving our most vexing behavioral problems and pick up some practical advice to put these ideas into practice in your own life.

Stuart Ablon

J. Stuart Ablon, PhD, is the Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is a sought-after speaker at conferences and institutions worldwide addressing tens of thousands of people each year.

Nicolle Zapien

Nicolle Zapien received her BA in psychology with a minor in mathematics from the University of Oregon. She holds an EdM in teaching and curriculum from Harvard Graduate School of Education, an MA in clinical psychology from the Professional School of Psychology and a PhD in psychology from Saybrook University. Dr. Zapien also is a licensed and practicing MFT with a private clinical psychotherapy practice in San Francisco through which she serves a variety of clients, the majority of whom are adults and couples. She is a existential/humanistically-oriented clinician who offers an eclectic approach including techniques borrowed from: psychodynamic, CBT/DBT, mindfulness-based psychotherapy, Gestalt, narrative, systems, and client centered approaches. She also is a certified sex therapist through AASECT and has completed a coaching certificate through CTI.

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