Hack Your Mind for Better Health

Judson A. Brewer MD, Ph.D.

January 15, 2021

9:00am – 4:00pm


Compulsive Self-Endangering Behaviours Trauma Survivors

Overview of Program

Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? When and how does willpower fail? Is there a key to conquering the cravings we know are unhealthy for us? Can we change our brain’s learning circuitry to break bad habits, and cultivate behaviours and mind states that support our health and happiness? Can we hack our mind for better health?

We are creatures of habit. We often find ourselves repeating habits uncontrollably, whether constantly worrying, checking social media, stress eating, or getting caught up in other self-defeating behaviours that lead to burnout and disconnect us from ourselves and others.

Join us for a unique experiential workshop on the science of habit change taught by Judson Brewer MD PhD, a leading psychiatrist and neuroscientist and mindfulness teacher.

Through a combination of conceptual learning and direct experiential exercises, this workshop will teach practical tools for anyone looking to bring together a deep understanding of how their mind works with tangible tools for habit change.

Integrating both ancient wisdom and discoveries from modern science, we will explore how habits are formed as well as how mindfulness practices can interrupt these processes. Come prepared to experience a range of practices that you can use in your own lives and with your clients to break these challenging cycles.


DrJud.com was created by Dr. Jud Brewer (MD PhD) and the team at MindSciences, based on his work in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, combining over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training and a career in scientific research. He is passionate about understanding how our brains work, and how to use that knowledge to help people make deep, permanent change in their lives — with the goal of reducing suffering in the world at large.

Dr. Jud is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Brown University, as well as a research affiliate at MIT. Before that, he held research and teaching positions at Yale University and the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Mindfulness. Read more about his research here.

As an addiction psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for treating addictions, Dr. Jud has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety (Eat Right NowUnwinding Anxiety and Craving to Quit).

Based on the success of these programs in the lab, he co-founded MindSciences, Inc. to create app-based digital therapeutic versions of these programs for a wider audience, working with individuals, corporations, and hospital systems to put effective, evidence-based behavior change guidance in the hands of people struggling with unwanted behaviors and “everyday addictions.”

Modern Science, Ancient Wisdom

Dr. Jud has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI and EEG neurofeedback, adding to the understanding of the brain’s “Default Mode Network” and the role of the posterior cingulate cortex (PCC) in self-referential thinking.  He regularly gives talks on the intersection of modern science and ancient meditative practices, helping to expose a modern audience to specific techniques and insights first discovered 2,500 years ago.

He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, trained US Olympic coaches, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED (4th most viewed talk of 2016, with 10+ Million views), Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera (documentary about his research), Businessweek and others.

His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association, among others.

He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).


CCPA accreditation for MAGentix's workshops  
CCPA      6 CEC’s   CACCF   6 CEU’s
This seminar qualifies for 6 CECs for OAMHP members. OAMHP does not endorse or approve this training program or activity.   Approved for 5.5 hours of MDPAC Group CE credits and no hours of MDPAC CCI credits (automatically calculated when MDPAC member submits Group CE hours).


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  • To be eligible for group rate, all 3 registrations must be registered at the same time, and paid with one cheque or credit card number.
  • Greater discounts for groups of 10 or more. Contact the team at MAGentix directly.
  • For student rate, a valid full-time student ID must be presented.
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  • Certificate of Participation will be given at the end of the workshop.

Learning Objectives

  • Physicians and primary care providers will learn practical steps and simple solutions to help patients address unhealthy habits such as smoking, overeating, and anxiety. 
  • Psychologists and psychotherapists will learn how to bring this evidenced-based model into sessions with clients seeking habit change.
  • Nutritionists and life coaches will learn how the behavior change model can assist clients in following lifestyle and nutritional guidance for developing and sticking to new, healthy behavior patterns.


The workshop will also be an excellent fit to mindfulness practitioners interested in understanding their own minds and habit patterns and to mindfulness teachers who would like to gain understanding of ancient psychological and modern scientific underpinnings of mindfulness practices. 


Who is This Training For?

This seminar is for:

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Medical Professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Youth Workers
  • Counsellors and Therapists
  • Family Therapists
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Case Managers
  • Clergy
  • Other Professionals in the Human Service Sector
  • Current students in these related fields


  • January 15, 2021 | 9:00am-4:00pm | 
  • Live-stream Format