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Scientific Behaviour Change Online Conference

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Explore how these pioneering approaches to behaviour change can improve our lives, and our world.

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Usually, when trying to make a change, we think willpower is the answer.

If we just try harder and be more disciplined, it’ll work this time.

But very often, it doesn’t.

A 2016 study found that 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by the second week in February.

Whether we want to give up smoking, start exercising, or commit to a new habit, often we find our best efforts fall to the wayside, and after a few weeks we’re right back to where we started.

Worse still, now we feel guilty we’ve ‘failed’ which can make us feel less motivated to try again in the future.

Could it be that most of us are just lazy and irresponsible? Or might it be that we don’t understand the actual science of changing behaviour? In other words, might our common sense about behaviour change be wrong?

A growing body of research indicates that if we want to make changes that last, willpower is not the answer.

Rather, it is the context around the behaviour that counts.

Every action we take is situated within both a historical and situational context. And, it is only by understanding the context surrounding a behaviour, can we empower ourselves to change it.

So, in this online conference, we’ll explore three cutting-edge contextual approaches to behaviour change, and how they can be applied to create changes that last; both individually and collectively.

For a full breakdown of the lectures, speakers (and their reading recommendations) emailed to your inbox, please click here.

Content

  • Psychedelics, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy & Behaviour Change; the rapidly growing evidence base for how psychedelics and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are being interwoven to help people improve their wellbeing and create lasting and meaningful changes in their lives – Henry Whitfield
  • Using Evolutionary Science to Change Behaviour; why understanding human behaviour from an evolutionary point of view can be a catalyst for any kind of change process, and how evolutionary principles can be applied as a practical toolkit for improving the quality of our lives; both individually and collectively – Professor David Sloan Wilson
  • Nurturance, Psychological Flexibility & Behaviour Change; the critical role our environment plays in shaping who we become, why creating nurturing environments may be the ‘master variable’ in behaviour change, and how we can apply the new science of human behaviour to evolve more nurturing societies which improve our lives, and our world – Dr Anthony Biglan

You’ll learn how these pioneering approaches can help you create lasting changes in your own life, and in the lives of others.

For a full breakdown of the lectures, speakers (and their reading recommendations) emailed to your inbox, please click here.

Speakers

Psychedelics, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy & Behaviour Change - Henry Whitfield

Henry Whitfield MSc (CBT) is a Visiting Research Fellow at Regents School of Psychology and Psychotherapy, Regents University London, investigating the process of psychedelic behaviour change with high-density longitudinal data, using ACT-consistent interventions. He is also a highly experienced psychological therapist and supervisor, having trained mental health professionals in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for 14 years.

He is an Association of Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) Peer-reviewed ACT trainer, and Senior Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) Trainer and therapist with many years of experience working with Trauma.

Using Evolutionary Science to Change Behaviour - Professor David Sloan Wilson

David Sloan Wilson is one of the world’s foremost evolutionary thinkers and a gifted communicator about evolution to the general public. He is SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University. In addition to his teaching and research, David is President Prosocial World - an organisation which aims to catalyze positive cultural change to consciously evolve who we are, how we connect with each other, and how we interact with the planet.

David is passionate about making evolution more accessible to a wider audience, and was invited to speak with the Dalai Lama about his work in 2019. He is the author of several books on evolutionary theory, including: “Atlas Hugged” (his first novel), “This View of Life”, “Evolution for Everyone”, “Darwin’s Cathedral”, “Does Altruism Exist?”, and the co-author of “Prosocial”, along with Paul Atkins and Steven Hayes. You can learn more about David’s work at https://www.thisviewoflife.com and https://www.prosocial.world/.

Nurturance, Psychological Flexibility & Behaviour Change - Dr Anthony Biglan

Anthony Biglan Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute and President of Values to Action. His book, The Nurture Effect: How the science of human behaviour can improve our lives and our world, describes how behavioural science research has brought us to the point where it is possible to evolve a society in which virtually every person is living a productive life in caring relationships with others. His new book, Rebooting Capitalism: How we can forge a society that works for everyone, explains how we evolved a form of capitalism over the last 50 years that has impoverished millions of Americans, undermined the regulation of harmful business practices, and corrupted most of the major sectors of society. The book provides a roadmap for how we can evolve a more nurturing form of capitalism.

For a full breakdown of the lectures, speakers (and their reading recommendations) emailed to your inbox, please click here.

Event Schedule

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: Psychedelics, ACT & Behaviour Change - Henry Whitfield
  • 12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch break
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Using Evolutionary Science to Change Behaviour - Professor David Sloan Wilson
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm: Afternoon break
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm: Nurturance, Psychological Flexibility & Behaviour Change - Dr Anthony Biglan

FAQs

How does the Online Video Conference Work?

After you register on Eventbrite, you will receive an email with a unique link and instructions to join the video conference.

Will I be able to ask questions?

You will be able to submit questions to each speaker during the Q+A sessions.

What if I miss part of one of the lectures? Will I have access to the recordings?

Yes, the recordings will be emailed to all ticket-buyers (even those who can't attend on the day) approximately one hour after each lecture finishes.

This means that if you miss anything, you'll be able to catch up in your own time.

If you have any further questions, please email support@theweekenduniversity.com for more information.

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Who is this event for?

You might be:

  • A mental health practitioner; psychotherapist, counsellor or coach, attending for continuing professional development
  • A psychology student seeking to broaden your knowledge in different areas of the subject
  • Considering a transition into a career in psychology, but not sure exactly what route to take yet
  • A member of the general public attending for the sheer joy of learning and exploring your curiosity.

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The Weekend University seeks to guarantee an excellent learning experience.

If you are not fully satisfied with the day, you will receive 100% of your money back, and we will cover the cost of your travel to and from the venue.

Refund Policy

We offer a full refund if you cancel within 7 days of the event date.

For cancellations in the week leading up to the event, tickets are transferable but non-refundable.

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