The Neurobiology of Habit and Behavior Change with Dr. Kenneth Nowack

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Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

People rarely wake up and spontaneously commit to initiating new behavior. And even when they do, few maintain new behaviors for very long without relapsing. This workshop, presented at the 2017 CPA convention, introduces an individual change model (Enlighten, Encourage and Enable) that can help facilitate successful adoption and maintenance of new behaviors. The presentation includes a discussion of the important questions related to change such as (1) How long does it take to change a habit (an introduction to neuroplasticity)? (2) The use of implementation intentions to facilitate habit change (Why quitting may be beneficial to your health, and (3) Examples of tools and techniques to enhance readiness to change and goal setting. 

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key barriers to successful behavior change.
  • Apply a three-step individual change model (Enlighten, Encourage and Enable) in coaching talent to successfully change behaviors
  • Apply implementation intentions and other models/techniques using triggers to enhance behavior change efforts.

Dr. Kenneth M. Nowack is a licensed psychologist and President/Chief Research Officer of Envisia Learning Inc. (, a leading provider of leadership assessment, training and development programs/services to coaches and consultants.  He is also President of LifeHub Inc. ( a corporate health and wellness provider.

Ken has conducted research and published extensively in the areas of 360° feedback, leadership, health psychology, survey research, and assessment and coaching. He serves as a member of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence and is co-author of the 2012 book Clueless: Coaching People Who Just Don’t Get It. He serves as a guest lecturer in the UCLA Anderson School of Management and as the Associate Editor for the APA publication Coaching Psychology Journal: Practice and Research.


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California Psychological Association