Skill Building Session I
Title: Six Ways Participants Irrationally Fail to Choose Wellness – And What You Can Do About It
Speaker: Dr. John Weaver Psy.D., Psychologist, The Healthy Thinking Initiative
Description: It can be confusing to see so many people ignoring the clear and compelling case for making changes that will improve their health. How does this happen? What are the best approaches to improve outcomes that will result in better health? In this session we look at 6 irrational choices that all of us make: choices using relativity, anchors that establish value outside of conscious awareness, the tendencies to procrastinate, how and when incentives may diminish motivation, and how expectations about outcomes can lead participants to make decisions that are irrational. We will examine why we do this and what changes in wellness programming will help to improve the decisions that will lead to sustainable healthy outcomes.
• Participants will be able to identify 6 common irrational choices that affect wellness success for their program participants.
• Participants will be able to identify specific aspects of their programs that can be altered to improve the choices made by their program participants.
• Participants will acquire a process based in psychological science that can be employed to think through future challenges to assist program participants to make healthy choices.
John Weaver, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist who received his Doctor of Psychology degree from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology and has designed The Healthy Thinking Initiative. He has taught mindfulness to groups and individuals since 1997 and has been engaged in his own mindfulness work since 1972. He works both as a clinical psychologist and a business consultant with more than 20 years of practical experience. He is the author of multiple articles for business publications and he is co-founder and owner of Psychology for Business, bringing applied psychology to business and industry. He is past president of the Wisconsin Psychological Association. He is a member of the steering committee for the Psychology in the Workplace for the American Psychological Association. He is an accomplished professional speaker and he recently published a new book, The Prevention of Depression: A Missing Piece in Wellness and a training manual, The Healthy Thinking Program.