Professor Meg Jordan, chair of the Integrative Health Studies program at CIIS, will speak at the prestigious invitation-only Global Wellness & Spa Summit in Aspen, Colo., from June 3-6, 2012.
The theme of the summit for 2012 is, "Innovation through Imagination." The title of Jordan's talk is, "Why Lifestyle Improvement is Not About Willpower."
"Some of the greatest innovations in the art and science of behavior change have finally put to rest old ideas about ironclad discipline and willpower," Jordan says. She will discuss how, over the last five years, there has been a quantum leap in the understanding of how our brains operate. Those findings have migrated to coaching models used by Fortune 100 companies.
"However, the health care system still labors under outdated health education models," Jordan says. She reports that four big ideas—neuroscience, addiction studies, social ranking behavior, and creative processing—are woven into the best practices of health coaching.
Graduate students in the Integrative Health Studies MA program also earn a certificate in Integrative Wellness Coaching, and benefit from practical application of these "four big ideas."
Other speakers at the summit include John Kao, author of Innovation Nation; Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona; and Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres.