A Message from Dr. B:

DON’T JUST MAKE A NEW YEAR RESOLUTION – MAKE A REAL CHANGE!

Dear Friends:

I sincerely hope that for each of you, your Holiday Season brought into your life joy, peace, meaningful connections with those you love, and a spiritual renewal.

It is the New Year. The traditional, repeated, and the often empty New Year resolutions are all too common for many of us. Empty resolutions leave the soul wanting for more.

We are now in the beginning of a new year. It is for each of us, an “open book”, a “new chapter”, a “fresh start” with new opportunities daily. Thankfully, each of us has been blessed with two superlative gifts: 1) time, and 2) the gift of choice.  These gifts allow potential personal growth, refinement, and change. Properly employed, these gifts can nurture genuine, meaningful, life expanding changes which can increase personal liberty, a sense of hope, internal serenity, and more love for others.

The following principles can transform a fleeting or wishful resolution into commitment, progress, and realization of deeply held dreams and desires.

How to get started on making a change:

1) Decide on one or a couple things you really want or want to change
2) Find reasons to make the change and spend time with those reasons
3) Make commitments and promises to self, Higher Power, and significant others
4) Be accountable with someone you trust on a regular basis
5) Ask for specific kinds of help. Don’t try to do it alone
6) Listen carefully to impressions of the heart and follow those
7) Start changing behavior and continue until the new behavior is followed by changes in feelings, thoughts, and even a change of heart
8) Start immediately and take one step at a time on a regular basis

How to keep it going:

1) If you make a mistake, stand up immediately, brush off, and get moving again
2) Don’t judge yourself for weaknesses or mistakes
3) Live a lifestyle of self correction rather than perfectionism
4) Practice self love and compassion as effective motivators for change
5) Make your goals with depth: start with goals of “doing,” and then include goals of “being” and “becoming”

A few friends and I, some 23 years ago, started an outpatient psychotherapy clinic named Center for Change. We have grown and developed into the nationally known and respected specialty treatment Center that we are today. We named our place Center for Change for a reason. We believe that recovery, improvement, personal development, and positive change is not only possible, but probable with hard work and a willingness to never give up. May God bless us all as we travel along this important pathway of change.

Sincerely,

Michael E. Berrett, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
CEO, Executive Director, Co-founder
Center for Change
Orem, Utah

 

 

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Center for Change National Conference for Professionals on Eating Disorders
Putting the Pieces Together…An Integrated Approach
January 28th-29th, 2011 (Optional Ski Day Jan 30th)
Center for Change, Orem, UT
Click here to register today!
For CEU information, click here

Reaching Out on the Road to Recovery with MentorCONNECT and Center for Change
Thursday, February 3, 2011
4:30pm – 10:00pm
Houston, TX
Rice University
FREE event featuring a presentation for professionals with Michael E. Berrett, Ph.D. (earn 3 CEU’s) and a community presentation with Shannon Cutts and Jenni Schaefer, followed by a panel discussion and book signing. For more information, contact Shannon Cutts at [email protected]

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
February 20th-26th, 2011
Click here for more information

27th Annual SCAN Symposium
Friday, March 11th, 2011
7:30am – 11:00am
Chicago, IL
Disordered Eating & Eating Disorders Pre-Symposium Workshop
Different Strokes for Different Folks: Eating Disorder Treatment Strategies
Featuring Michael E. Berrett, PhD
For more information click here

BEDA 2011 National Conference
March 31 – April 2, 2011
Scottsdale, AZ
Concurrent session Friday, April 1, 2011 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Six Spiritual Pathways to Recovery from Binge Eating Disorder – Michael E. Berrett, PhD
For more information click here

EDCT Annual Forum
Opening the Doors to Recovery: Key Interventions for Eating Disorders
April 9th, 2011
Nashville, TN
Concurrent session featuring Jenni Schaefer & Michael E. Berrett, PhD
For more information click here

 

Where’s Jenni

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
Riverside, CA
University of California/Riverside
7:00 PM, HUB 302, 900 University Ave 92521
FREE event and open to the community – includes Q&A and book signing

Friday and Saturday, January 28 & 29, 2011
(Optional ski day on January 30th!)
Orem, UT
Center for Change
Center for Change National Conference for Professionals on Eating Disorders:  Putting the Pieces Together…An Integrated Approach

Monday, February 21, 2011
Duluth, MN
University of Minnesota
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, 200 Chemistry – 1049 University Drive, 55812
Presentation followed by Q&A and book signing (FREE and open to the public)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Cortland, NY
7:30 PM, SUNY Cortland (Corey Union Function Room)
FREE community event followed by book signing

Thursday, February 24, 2011
Clinton, NY
Hamilton College
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Events Barn – 198 College Hill Road 13323
FREE community event followed by Q&A