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Rewriting History to Create a Better Future: Positive Prospection in Practice – 6 CE-Credits

November 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm MDT

How we imagine the future is increasingly recognized as a key marker to psychological wellbeing. Neuroscientists refer to this process as Future Oriented Mental Time Travel (FOMTT); and psychologists simply as Prospection. Unfortunately, our repertoire for prospection is limited by what is stored in memory, i.e., on past experience. If not thrilled with our past, however, are we doomed to repeat it? The bad news is the brain has evolved to develop a filter referred to as negativity bias, to more often bring to our attention whatever is, or has been wrong versus right with us and the world, and project this to the future. Our survival depended on this feature to better detect and avoid hazards, and operates largely unconsciously. The good news is, we can consciously and proactively engage our imagination to counteract this process, for generating more positive possibilities, for facilitating and accelerating change.

The practical strategies covered in this workshop are supported by recent innovative neuroscience research that explains what keeps us stuck, and points to how the practice of future oriented mental imagery can generate breakthroughs – to virtually rewriting history; for thriving and not just surviving. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it also establishes mental imagery as two-way conduit to boosting intuition and enhancing decision-making in alignment with best interests.

Intended Audience

Psychologists and psychologists in training, and any person wanting to prosper in life.

Learning Objectives
  • To review how prospection impacts psychological well-being.
  • To become aware of memory’s role in prospection and what keeps us stuck.
  • To learn how to use mental imagery to reset default mechanisms and tendencies towards preferred ways of being and breakthroughs.
  • To acquire knowledge on how to apply specific clinical and relationship patterns by drawing on case examples*.
  • To identify the link between cultivating inner intuitive mechanisms and best interests.

Dr. Lydia Ievleva

Lydia has over 30 years of experience as a psychologist and academic, with a publishing record in academic journals and textbook chapters (most notably on mind-body medicine), a self-help book Imagine:  Using mental imagery to reach your full potential (Big Sky Publishing, 2013; currently distributed by Simon & Schuster; also available as an audiobook), with associated guided imagery recordings (e.g., Inner Healing, available on all outlets), and is former columnist in Women’s Health & Fitness magazine. Her upcoming book is entitled:  When There’s an Image, There’s a Way:  The Art and Science of Imagination and Intuition (due to be released end of 2024).

Cancellation and Refunds

Cancellation and refunds may be applied for by email or phone call to the PAA CPDO. Cancellations received fourteen (14) days prior to the Continuing Professional Development activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee, less a $35.00 + GST processing fee. PAA reserves the right to cancel any activity, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided.

Continuing Education Credits

The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to offer Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. This workshop is offered for six (6.0) hours of CE Credit. Full attendance at the workshop is required to receive Continuing Education Credits. Partial credit will not be awarded, and late arrivals or early departure will preclude awarding of Continuing Education Credits. PAA maintains responsibility for the program.


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Rewriting History to Create a Better Future-31052024
$ 450.00
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November 1
9:00 am - 4:00 pm MDT
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Edmonton, Alberta Canada