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A Marriage Made in Heaven: Habit and Curiosity in the Pursuit of Positive Change

  • 15 Apr 2016
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Lewis & Clark College, Miller Hall Room 102 (615 SW Palatine Rd, Portland 97219)


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This Friday evening session includes a 30 minute membership meeting and annual election of OSCH Executive Board followed by a one hour introductory presentation on understanding habit change by Dr. David Alter.

OSCH is honored to invite Dr. David Alter to Portland to present on curiosity and habit.  This one-hour, introductory presentation to Saturday’s workshop, will focus on the relationship between the tension between curiosity and habit. Both curiosity and habit are biologically-based processes. Symptoms and health-constraining conditions tend to be maintained by over-reliance on habit-based patterns.  Learning how to reactivate the hunger for novel experience that is at the core of curiosity will be this introductory workshop's main theme.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe the neurobiological bases of habit formation.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the value of habit and curiosity from an evolutionary perspective.
  • Participants will be able to define in introductory terms the value of cultivating curiosity to address a variety of clinical conditions and the role of hypnosis in that cultivation process. 

This Friday evening session is approved by ASCH for 1 CE unit. 

Dr. Alter has significant experience as a clinical health psychologist and neuropsychological consultant. He provided training for the public and professionals over 15 years.  

Dr. Alter is the Co-founder and Clinical Director at Partners in Healing of Minneapolis as well as the Institute for Brain-Behavior Integration (IBBI).   He is a Diplomate in both Clinical Health Psychology and in Clinical Hypnosis and has co-authored several publications including his most recent book Staying Sharp: the 9 Keys for Maintaining a Youthful Brain through Modern Science and Ageless Wisdom. Emmons, H. & Alter, D (2015). Simon & Schuster, New York 

Dr. Alter has been in a variety of leadership roles with the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis (MSCH) and with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH).  He has served on the faculty for both MSCH and ASCH many times, served on the Executive Board for both societies and is a Past-President of MSCH. 

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