When the Brain Changes, People’s Lives Can Change …
… and We Wanted to See it in Action

The brain’s amazing ability to change and rewire itself is crucial to helping people heal. That’s why we created the webinar series on the New Brain Science.

We got curious about how practitioners were using the ideas in their work.

So a few months ago, we held a contest for people who attended the webinar series (both Free and Gold subscribers).

We invited them to make a short video letting us know how they applied ideas from the New Brain Science series to help themselves or their clients . . .

… and we received over forty entries with some very inspiring stories.

It was really hard to select only a handful, but our staff has managed to narrow it down to the top 6.

Now we just need your help to decide the winner.

We’re posting 3 for you today. Please watch the videos and choose the one that you think is the most powerful or moving when it comes to brain change. In a few days we’ll post the final three and ask for your vote again. Then the two finalists will go head-to-head.

Whoever gets the most votes will receive a new iPad mini.

1. Steve Whiteford

2. Lanni Hill

3. Kenneth Larson

It is so gratifying to hear how the information from the series is helping people heal.

If you missed out on participating in the contest, don’t worry – we hope to hold more in the future, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, please leave a comment and share how the New Brain Science series has helped you in your practice. Is there a method you’ve applied that has brought healing to your clients?

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  1. di cherry says:

    Lanni Hill

  2. Mary Ellen Kundrat says:

    Lanni Hill

  3. Useful new skills based on firm research are always wonderful for aiding your clients. This new research can be energizing and enlightening. All of the video participants shared their use of these skills in their practice in a clear manner but Lani’s video hit home in a genuine manner in which she clearly demonstrated the power of this knowledge in her daily practice.

  4. jackie says:

    Lanni’s talk is genuine and relaxed. I could see how her use of the ideas brought care and comfort to her clients. I can sense how such a therapeutic atmosphere is bound to heal and allow for letting go of trauma.
    Watching these 3 videos reminds me how each of us is truly unique in how we hear and use information we learn.

  5. Elissa says:

    Both Steve and Lanni had specific stories, albeit in very different contexts, of how particular principles taught by different presenters could be applied. As I currently work in the business world, I greatly appreciated Steve’s discussion of how he has given managers advice for particular situations based on concepts presented by NICABM speakers. But in the end, given that I could vote for one, I voted for Lanni, because her examples were not only specific, but powerful and moving as well, and that is what the question asked. Kenneth did not share any particular stories and that made his entry the weakest of the three in this particular batch, in my opinion.

  6. Dear Ruth,

    I heard and watched Jeff Walker speak today, and he raved about his stars, you quite prominently among them. I can vouch for your perseverance from the evidence in my inbox. And I have tuned into a fine program you aired with pioneering meditating therapists.

    Jeff said he’d email you about me. And I come up to my hotel room and fine your latest enterprise. Well, to encourage a pioneering soul and get in your good graces I’d like to rave. But I’ve had some exposure to the philosophy of science and for years have been gnashing mental teeth.

    Fortunately, I can now let very prominent voices usually identified with polar political tendencies put “the new brain science” into perspective. May I suggest that your extensive list of professionals might benefit enormously from being exposed to some balance?

    I hope to be in further touch soon. Meanwhile here are Deepak Chopra and David Brooks of the times saying very similar critical rejoinders to groundless and unscientific claims masquerading as science. (I’d be glad to discuss what I think this can mean to get professional relating on its own valid and proper track).

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deepak-chopra/mind-brain_b_1379446.html

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/18/opinion/brooks-beyond-the-brain.html?ref=opinion&_r=1&

  7. Laurie Fear says:

    Lanni Hill got my vote. She explained in a very simple manner how she utilized basic lessons of the new neuroscience to lessen human suffering. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

  8. Phoebe Clark says:

    Steve has my vote. He made the concepts usable for people who would not necessarily go to a psychotherapist.

  9. Linda Hinton says:

    Steve Whiteford’s video provided a relaxed but emphatic depiction, fleshing out a somewhat abstract concept into something tangible. He’s got my vote.

  10. regina says:

    I like Lanni Hill!

  11. Norma DeJournette says:

    Steve Whitefords info directly translated specifics to the Business world.. Since I own a business and teach, I’m working with business trainers here to include a section on understanding the brain’s work as it relates to improving business performance, in their on-going training series. He helped me focus this effort.

  12. Lanni Hill hands down!

  13. Susan Jester, M.A., LMFT says:

    I am sorry that Lanni’s video did not come through to watch it, as I read some wonderful comments about it!

  14. Elizabeth Scheide says:

    All three sang praises of the series and I agree with them all about that. My vote goes to Lanni because she described specific ways in which she applied wisdom she gained from the presenters. However, I was intrigued by Steve’s discussion of the adaptability of neuroscience findings to the corporate world. He broadened my view of the usefulness of these findings to the world of work.

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  15. Lanni was more of a model for me as a therapist. Her warmth and simplicity showed me how
    I can take all the complex neuro-science learning I’ve done and pick out a few helpful client-centered elements that become gold nuggets for understanding and healing experiences.

  16. Susan says:

    Lanni got my vote because she answered the question, with heart, and seemed to be focused on her patients rather than herself. The men were the opposite, and I could not even finish watching their videos.

  17. Jeri Briskin says:

    Lanni impressed me and got my vote. She was truly able to reach out to her clients on a mind/body level, creating a deeper connection between therapist and client as well as helping her clients reach inward to self-help.

  18. Susanna Davis says:

    Are practical exercises one can do to increase the brain’s neuroplasticity? For instance, having certain thoughts foremost through which one’s “filter” keeps the advantage of positive thinking of greater priority than just living in the present?

  19. Lanni’s use embodied experiences/gestures of the direct relationship between the neuroscience information and the work she does with her clients works for me. At the same time, she gave it back to the viewer rather then just the words.
    She gets my vote….

  20. Nigel Turner says:

    All three contestents have something to contribute.
    Of the series:
    The more men understand they have the power in their brains to figure out answers, the more they move out of thier victim mode. There was great clarification and illumination in this series of what goes on in our brains and specific techniques to adopt. Seigel’s talk about the brian going to chaos or rigidity for example seemed to ring a bell with clients. Their denial and resistance disappears as they see the relevence of the information. It was good stuff.

  21. Lanni gets my vote. Very practical applications and examples.

  22. I really like the Stephen Porges stuff and it works well in the corporate environment. In conflict resolution classes I tell my students that they deserve to feel safe, before engaging in difficult conversations. This helps them be more focussed and (mirror neuron theory) this state is communicated in the conversation helping their colleague feel more respected. I tell my students that social engagement helps train them to reduce their own, as well as their colleague’s, stress response and helps build constructive relationships where before there would be crisis.

    I really like Steve’s idea of spending at least 10 seconds in good feelings following success. It changes the brain and builds more successful patterns. It was good to remember that we can resist positive states as much as we do the negative. Good to change that!

  23. I really enjoyed all three video’s but Ken Larsen gets my vote for his clear and practical referral to two essential issues (managing our emotions without resorting to mind-altering drugs and developing and maintaining close relationships) that can be greatly enhanced by knowing more about “what goes on under the hood of our neurobiology”.
    I like it !!

  24. Steve Whiteford got my vote because he has taken neuroscience out into the society in a bigger context than therapy. By showing corporate people the importance of neuroscience for their performances this science and its off-shoots will be more respected and valued in the society at large.

  25. Sherry Belman, MA, LMHC says:

    Steve Whiteford was engagingly specific. Also, his video was the only one available on Android.

  26. JB says:

    Lanni Hill gets my vote. She connected with me, as she beautifully communicated translating her New Brain Science learning into “hands on” practice with vulnerable clients. Empathic, present and embodied. A great role model. Thank you.

  27. Shayla Riordan says:

    I found all three interesting in their differing perspectives. Lanni Hill gets my vote for her commentary on her use of mirror neurons. As a concept I think that it is so fundamantal to how we develop as humans. I am always moved when I see parents and babies interacting with their mirror neurons onstream, as it were. Equally moving is when I see how validating it is for clients when I use it in my work with them.
    I think that Janni demonstarted this quite well and movingly as she spoke about her client work.

    Over the past 5 years, since discovering the whole area of neuroscience, so many new ways have opened up to me, ways of being with myself and also, being with clients. I find that clients respond very well to being informed of this kind of background theory and some are very open to being helped to translate it into a practice of mindful self-regulation in their day to day lives.
    All of your speakers are experts in their fields and it is inspiring to hear them speak about their passions and to see how they work.

  28. ann helmstetter says:

    I appreciated hearing all three . Ken Larson got my vote his message of “getting under the hood” resonated with me.

    Thanks again for all the wonderful relevant science based information you provide

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