March 8, 2019 The Neuroscience of Transformation


7 Continuing Education Credits | Join international speaker and author of Dreams That Come True and ConnectAbility, Dr. David Ryback, for The Neuroscience of Transformation. Discover how cutting edge research on the brain can enhance your ability to listen with greater interpersonal connection and hear your clients’ concerns more accurately. The skills you will learn in this class will increase your effectiveness with virtually any therapeutic or helping technique, assisting your clients to access guidance directly from their deeper selves — including their dreams.

Offered onsite (in Chattanooga) and online (wherever you’re connected)

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Program Description

Many of the best evidence-based practices like Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, Restorative Justice, Social Learning, and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention — plus virtually every reputable therapeutic model — depend on the ability to be fully present and to listen more keenly. Regardless of the techniques you use in your practice, understanding the workings of the brain can improve your ability to do this; and, therefore, to connect more accurately and be more effective with your clients.

Join international speaker and author, Dr. David Ryback, in a highly interactive workshop on the neuroscience of transformative listening. Learn how to use brain-based research to:

  • Access your clients’ deepest issues more keenly.
  • Increase the effectiveness of your therapy techniques by adding a transformative approach to help your clients suffering from anxiety and depression.
  • Use your clients’ dreams to access excellent, practical guidance from their deeper conscious levels.

Program Flyer (PDF)

Who Should Attend

This continuing education workshop is for clinical and non-clinical mental health professionals and front-line volunteers who have a role in fostering the well-being of individuals and groups. This includes substance abuse counselors, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, social workers, and psychologists. It also includes a wide range of other paid and unpaid human services personnel.

Learning Objectives

Through a series of fast-paced presentations, case studies, and experiential small group exercises, you will gain a thorough understanding of the process presented while practicing proven techniques which you can begin to use with your clients the following week. The Neuroscience of Transformation will make you a more effective helper by using decades of neuroscience research to become more fully effective with even your most challenging clients.

  1. Identify the characteristics that distiguish transformative listening from ordinary listening.
  2. Assess a demonstration of transformative listening skills by Dr. Ryback and practice these skills with a partner.
  3. Discuss the application of the neuroscience of transformation to popular evidence based practices.
  4. Explain how the brain process known as limbic tango leads to limbic resonance and learn how to achieve it.
  5. Identify the characteristics of toxic emotions and learn how to transform them into mindful awareness.
  6. Explain the neuroscience of making the “right” decision in close interpersonal relationships.
  7. Critique the contributions and applicability of Freud and Jung to modern dreamwork.
  8. Identify the 4 stages of Dr. Ryback’s approach to transformative dreamwork and demonstrate them with a partner.

Training Content

Segment One (Transformative Listening)

  • The origins of “deep empathy”
  • The history of empathy, from Freud and Jung, Martin Buber, Carl Rogers and others, to the modern day
  • Applications to motivational interviewing
  • Applications to restorative justice
  • Case study: The problem
  • Jazz as a metaphor for transformative listening
  • Research on the range of emotions
  • Limbic resonance from the neuroscience of emotional intelligence
  • Panksepp’s research on Intrinsic Motivational Systems
  • Damasio’s neuroscience research applied to deep empathy
  • Back to case study and application: The solution
  • Live demonstration followed by small group experience in learning the process of transformative listening

Segment Two (Meditation & Mindfulness)

  • The history of mindfulness
  • Jon Kabat-Zinn’s pioneering work
  • How it connects with the practice of motivational interviewing and restorative justice
  • How the brain processes mindfulness
  • Daniel Siegel’s concept on how mindfulness affects the brain
  • The benefits of mindfulness
  • Group sharing of mindfulness followed by discussion

Segment Three (The Magic of Dreams)

  • The original dream experts—Freud and Jung
  • Archetypes of shame and guilt
  • Using dreams to discover deep issues and quickly resolve them
  • Case studies used in treating alcoholism
  • Live demonstration of Transformative Dreamwork
  • Summary and Q&A session

David Ryback. Ph.D

Dr. Ryback, a board-certified clinician, is founder of EQ Associates International in Atlanta, GA. He speaks internationally on his published research on the neuroscience of dreamwork, deep empathy, and mindfulness. Among his books are Dreams That Come True (Doubleday) and ConnectAbility (McGraw-Hill). Among his over 60 professional publications, are Self-Determination and the Neurology of Mindfulness and The Neuroscience of the Soul.

Dr. Ryback received his Masters degree at San Diego State University and his Doctoral degree at the University of Hawaii and is an expert on mindfulness, deep empathy, and dreamwork. He trains professionals around the globe and served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, book editor for The American Journal of Family Therapy, and columnist for Speaker, the magazine for the National Speakers Association.

Dr. Ryback has taught mindfulness, dreamwork and emotional intelligence to medical doctors, educators, and business executives across the globe; consulted for various agencies in the US government, including the U.S.Navy and NASA; helped his clinical clients manage depression, anxiety and personal relationships; and served as advisor to top executives across the US, Europe and Asia. With colleagues at the University of Vienna and the University of Ottawa, Dr. Ryback has published over 60 scientific papers, transforming the concept of emotional intelligence in the business world, while his most recent book, Transforming Communication in Leadership and Teamwork (Springer), helped revolutionize the psychology of business.


Except for the and time of registration, the time of adjournment, the total number of training hours for continuing education credits, the following schedule is subject change to meet the learning objectives of this training program.

8:00 AM 8:30 AM Coffee
8:30 AM 9:50 AM Session I
9:50 AM 10:05 AM Break
10:05 AM 11:25 AM Session II
11:25 AM 12:10 PM Lunch
12:10 PM 1:30 PM Session III
1:30 PM 1:45 PM Break
1:45 PM 3:05 PM Session IV
3:05 PM 3:20 PM Break
3:20 PM 4:40 PM Session V
4:40 PM 5:00 PM Conclusion
5:00 PM 5:30 PM Wrap-up
5:30 PM   Adjourn

The program will be held at the Hamilton County Business Development Center on Chattanooga’s Chattanooga.

100 Cherokee Blvd
Chattanooga, TN 37405

The facility is handicap accessible. However, if you need any special accommodations, please contact us at or (423) 698-9808.

Online Participation

This program will be offered offered online; however, registration is not currently open. Please fill out form below to be notified when it is.

Online Training

Continuing Education Credits

Participants are eligible for 7 Continuing Education Credits awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:

Social Workers:
CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 20.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LCPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LCPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 20.0 continuing education hours of credit.

Please check back after the training for the link to receive your certificate.

Discounts, Refunds & Policies

Registration fees includes 7 CECs, training materials, and lunch (for onsite participation)
Discounts are available for full-time college students, first year professionals serving a helping organization, and seniors who are at least 64 years old.

Group discounts are also available to organizations. For more information about any of our discounts, please contact us at

Our policies on attendance, cancellation, continuing education credits, and more can be found on our training policies page. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at  or (423) 698-9808.

Contact Information

For more information about this or our other training programs — or to reach someone participating in one of our training programs for an emergency — please contact us at: (423) 933-1473.

Grassroots Development LLC
200 E MLK Boulevard, STE 1000
Chattanooga, TN 37402