The resilience training program in this workbook was developed by the authors at one of the foremost integrative medical centers in the country, the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing. Based on principles first introduced in The Chemistry of Joy, The Chemistry of Joy Workbook blends integrative psychiatry, nutrition, fitness, meditation, guidance for mindful living, and the psychology of mindfulness to help readers overcome the three main forms of depression and balance their brain chemistry for greater motivation and happiness. This workbook reframes depression as a breakdown of the readers' natural resilient state and offers a comprehensive training program rebuilding resilience, connection with others, and joy. The program consists of ten stages, which can be completed in ten weeks. Questionnaires, exercises, and practices throughout help readers guide themselves through the program and stay motivated to change.
Henry Emmons, MD, is a psychiatrist who integrates mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness, and compassionate insight into his clinical work. He developed and runs the resilience training program, offered at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Minneapolis, MN. He is author of The Chemistry of Joy and The Chemistry of Calm. www.partnersinresilience.com Susan Bourgerie, MA, LP, is an experienced psychotherapist and cofounder of Loring Psychotherapy and Mindfulness Center in Minneapolis, MN. She is part of the team delivering the resilience training program offered at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. Carolyn Denton, MA, LN, is an integrative nutritionist who focuses not only on general health and disease prevention, but also nutrition as a complementary therapy for chronic and degenerative diseases. She is a member of the integrative medicine team at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. Sandra Kacher, MSW, LICSW, has over twenty-five years of clinical experience and is cofounder of Loring Psychotherapy and Mindfulness Center. She is a founding team member of the resilience training program at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.