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Thursday, June 1st
Recovery Graduate Session
Monday, June 19th
Social Anxiety Disorder Presentation
Magic Theatre, SF
Tuesday, June 27th
Group Online Discussion
Wednesdays: June 28th – August 30th
10-evening sessions. Register Early
Thursdays: June 28th – August 31st
Social Anxiety Disorder Recovery Workshop
10-evening sessions. Register Early
Monday, July 10th
Recovery Graduate Session
Saturday, July 15th
Intro – Proactive Neuroplasticity
1 – 3 PM PST. Register Early
Tuesday, July 25th
Group Online Discussion
Saturday, September 9th
The Exchange for the Performing Arts
Neuroplasticity and Stanislavski
Saturday, February 3, 2024
THSFW – Tucson Hard-Sci SF Writers
“Dr. Mullen is doing impressive work helping the world. He is the pioneer of proactive neuroplasticity utilizing DRNI – deliberate, repetitive, neural information.” – WeVoice (Madrid, Málaga)
Recovery is regaining possession of something stolen or lost. Self-empowerment is making a conscious decision to become stronger and more confident in controlling our lives. In neuroses such as anxiety, depression, and comorbidities, what has been stolen is our emotional well-being and quality of life. In self-empowerment, it is the loss of self-esteem and motivation. Accordingly, both recovery and self-empowerment deal with regaining what has been lost.
- Recovery: regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.
- Empowerment: becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.
- Neuroplasticity: the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections in response to learning or experience.
- Proactive: controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened.
- Proactive Neuroplasticity: defining our emotional well-being through DRNI – the deliberate, repetitive, neural input of information.
Recovery and self-empowerment have three objectives: to (1) replace or overwhelm our negative thoughts and behaviors with healthy, productive ones, (2) produce rapid, neurological stimulation to change the polarity of our neural network and, (3) regenerate our self-esteem. The successful realization of these objectives compels us to recognize and celebrate the extraordinariness of our lives, confirming we are desirable and consequential.
We accelerate and consolidate learning and unlearning by compelling our brains to restructure their neural circuitry. This confirms that our emotional well-being is self-determined. While we are impacted by outside forces over which we have limited to no control – life’s vicissitudes, physical deterioration, human hostilities – our psychological health is determined by how we react to things. How we respond to adversity as well as fortune and opportunity. The onus of recovery and self-empowerment rests with us. We control our emotional well-being.
A Paradigmatic Approach
Addressing the complexity of the individual personality demands integrating multiple traditional and non-traditional approaches, developed through client trust, cultural assimilation, and therapeutic innovation. Any recovery program must the subject’s environment, hermeneutics, history, and autobiography in conjunction with her or his wants, needs, and aspirations. Absent that, their complexity is not valued, and the treatment is inadequate.
The objective of our Workshops is to provide the tools and techniques useful to proactive neuroplasticity through an individually targeted integration of neuroscience, cognitive-behavioral behavior self-modification, and positive psychology’s optimal functioning and subjective experience – developed through client trust, cultural assimilation, and therapeutic innovation.
A complement of science and east-west psychologies captures the diversity of human thought and experience. Science gives us proactive neuroplasticity; cognitive-behavioral self-modification and positive psychology’s optimal functioning are Western-oriented; Eastern practices provide the therapeutic benefits of Abhidharma psychology and the overarching truths of ethical behavior. Included are targeted approaches utilized to help the individual rediscover and reinvigorate their self-esteem.
“Rechanneling’s Social Anxiety Workshop produced results within a few sessions, with continuing improvement throughout the workshop and behind.” – Liz D.
Plasticity is the quality of being easily shaped or molded. Neuroplasticity is our brain’s continuous adaptation and restructuring to information. Scientists refer to the process as structural remodeling of the brain. It is what makes learning and registering new experiences possible. Our neural network is dynamic and malleable – realigning its pathways and rebuilding its circuits in response to all stimuli. Information notifies our neural network to realign, generating a correlated change in behavior and perspective.
Human neuroplasticity happens in three forms. Reactive neuroplasticity is our brain’s natural response to things over which we have limited to no control – stimuli we absorb but do not initiate or focus on. A car alarm, lightning, the smell of baked goods. Our neural network automatically restructures itself to what happens around us.
Active neuroplasticity happens through intentional pursuits like creating, yoga, and journaling. We control active neuroplasticity because we consciously choose the activity. A significant component of active neuroplasticity is our altruistic and compassionate social behavior, e.g., teaching, compassion, and random acts of kindness.
Proactive neuroplasticity is rapid, concentrated, neurological stimulation to change the polarity of our neural network from toxic to positive. This is best consummated by DRNI – the deliberate, repetitive neural input of information.
What is significant is our ability to deliberately accelerate and consolidate learning by compelling our brain to repattern its neural circuitry. Over the years brain structured itself around negative neural input forming in childhood and increasing exponentially due to our inherent negative bias and the vicissitudes of life.
Through neuroplasticity, we consciously and deliberately transform our thoughts and behaviors, creating healthy new mindsets, skills, and abilities. Our informed and deliberate engagement provokes change rather than reacting and responding to it.
CBSM supports our efforts to recognize and replace our automatic negative thoughts with healthy rational ones (ARTs). It is most effective when used in concert with other approaches. Like its elemental predecessor, CBSM is structured, goal-oriented, and focused on the present solution. The ‘self-modification’ module emphasizes the self-reliance and personal accountability demanded by proactive neuroplasticity.
If there is an underlying theme in recovery and self-empowerment, it is that we are not defined by our defects and shortfalls, but by our character strengths, virtues, and attributes, rediscovered and affirmed utilizing a synthesis of targeted scientific and psychological approaches. The objective of positive psychology is to mitigate the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other self-destructive patterns by shifting our negative outlook to a more optimistic view to support the motivation, persistence, and perseverance important to recovery and the pursuit of our goals and objectives.
Addressing self-esteem is an essential part of recovery and transformation. A fusion of clinically proven exercises helps us regain what has been lost. We become mindful of our value and potential, recognizing we are of value, consequential, and incomprehensible worth. Self-esteem is mindfulness of our character strengths and attributes as well as our shortcomings. It is how we think about ourselves, how we think others think about us, and how we process that information. The obstructed and repressed properties of our self-esteem are retrievable, The circuits or neural pathways that hold this information are reconstructed in recovery.
“I like Robert’s SAD recovery program, especially how it’s taking many of my negative thoughts away and replacing them with positive ones. I also appreciate the others that are in our recovery group, as we all mingle quite well. And, of course, Robert is always there as nurturing and positive friend.” – Michael Z.
To comprehensively address the complexity of the personality, we create individual-based solutions. Training in prosocial behavior and emotional literacy are useful supplements to typical approaches. Behavioral exercises and exposure consolidate our social skills. Positive affirmations have enormous subjective value. Data provide evidence for mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions. Motivational enhancement strategies help overcome resistance to new ideas and concepts.
Our Online Recovery Workshop
The ultimate objectives of our Recovery Workshop are to:
- Provide the tools and techniques to replace years of toxic thoughts and behaviors with rational, healthy ones, dramatically alleviating the self-destructive symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other malfunctions.
- Compel the rediscovery and reinvigoration of the individual’s character strengths, virtues, and attributes.
- Design a targeted behavioral self-modification process to help the individual re-engage their social comfort and status.
- Provide the means to control our symptoms rather than allowing them to control us.
Our Online Self-Empowerment Workshops
- The ultimate objectives of our Self-Empowerment Workshops are to:
- Provide the tools and techniques of proactive neuroplasticity to accelerate and consolidate goals and objectives.
- Recognize and utilize our character strengths, virtues, and achievements.
- Design a targeted process to regenerate our self-esteem and motivation.
- Replace adverse habits with healthy new ones that underscore our potential.
“I would like to say thank you for a well-organized learning experience. I can’t tell you how much I really appreciate this program. I feel so confident and ready to utilize these resources/tools you’ve provided.” – Trish D.
Components utilized in our Recovery Workshop include psychoeducation, cognitive comprehension, roleplay, exposure, and homework.
Psychoeducation involves teaching individuals about the relationship between thoughts, emotions, and physiological reactions. Complementarity is the inherent cooperation of our human system components in maintaining physiological equilibrium. It is mind, body, spirit, and emotions working in concert. The sustainability of our dysfunction, as well as recovery, is supported by simultaneous mutual interaction.
Cognitive Comprehension involves correcting negative or inaccurate thoughts by identifying and analyzing them and developing rational responses. It is based on the premise that social anxiety compels individuals to avoid the reality of their symptomatic negative self-image and beliefs, generating maladaptive, biased processing while in social situations.
Roleplay helps modify our behaviors by visualizing and practicing different ways of managing feared situations. Participants assume a role or persona and act and respond to situations and others in the exercise. This is used as a means of recognizing and analyzing toxic behaviors to learn healthy, new, or alternative behaviors and how to cope with stress and conflicts.
Exposure. By utilizing graded exposure, we start with situations that are easier for us to manage, then work our way up to more challenging tasks. This allows us to build our confidence slowly and to practice learned skills to ease our situational anxiety. By doing this in a structured and repeated way, we reduce our fears and apprehensions. In vivo exposure allows us to confront feared stimuli in real-world conditions.
Homework consists of self-evaluating exercises that help identify and address our distorted thoughts and
“I am simply in awe at the writing, your insights, your deep knowing of transcendence, your intuitive understanding of psychic-physical pain, your connection of the pain to healing … and above all, your innate compassion.” – Jan Parker, PhD
These are active, structured Workshops for people who are prepared and willing to challenge the symptoms of their malfunction and regenerate self-esteem and motivation. This means we can only work with committed individuals who are willing to participate in the discussions and exercises.
The current online workshops consist of ten online weekly sessions, meeting in the evening and lasting roughly 1-1/2 hours. Participation is limited to 10 students. There is minimal homework (approximately 1 hour weekly). At the conclusion of the ten weeks, we conference monthly, at no cost, to support the recovery process.
For low-income students, weekly tuition is less than the cost of a movie and popcorn.
The cost of the workshop is on a sliding scale:
- $40 per session if income is $100,000+
- $35 per session if income is $75,000 – $99,999
- $30 per session if income is $50,000 – $74,999
- $25 per session if income is less than $25,000 – $49,999
- $20 per session if income is under $25,000.
Scholarships are available for those who have difficulty meeting these thresholds.
Individual support is available to a select few.
“I have never encountered such an efficient professional … His work transpires dedication, care, and love for what he does.” – Jose Garcia Silva, PhD, Composer Cosmos
For information, to register for a workshop or request an interview, please complete the following form.
Workshop applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.
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WHY IS YOUR SUPPORT SO IMPORTANT? ReChanneling develops and implements programs to (1) moderate symptoms of emotional malfunction and (2) pursue personal goals and objectives – harnessing our intrinsic aptitude for extraordinary living. Our paradigmatic approach targets the personality through empathy, collaboration, and program integration utilizing scientific and clinically practical methods including proactive neuroplasticity, cognitive-behavioral self-modification, positive psychology, and techniques designed to reinvigorate self-esteem. All donations support scholarships for groups, workshops, and practicums.