Making Changes that Stick:
The Science of Habit Formation & Clinical Strategies for Behavioral Change

As helping professionals, we often wish we could be more effective agents for change in our clients’ lives. The challenge with classical education in behavioral therapy is clear when one limits the scope to basic historical principles of behaviorism. Recent advances in behavioral science help us understand more pragmatic interventions aimed at crafting lasting lifestyle change. This workshop will challenge attendees to break free from outdated concepts and dive into to cutting edge habit formation technologies. Whether you help your clients change their thoughts, behaviors, emotions, relationships, or anything in-between, this workshop will broadly train each attendee to tailor interventions for any area of clinical or consultative practice. After attending, discrete interventions can be intentionally crafted to stand the test of time, encouraging long-term growth among your clients.


Date: Friday, October 1, 2021

Time: Sign-In: 8:30am – Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: Online, Real-Time, Interactive via Zoom

Cost: $149 early registration through Sept 24

   $165 after Sept 24

  $130 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Ryan J. Kalpinski, PhD

CEU Credits: 6 CEUs – see below for credit details



Ryan Kalpinski is a Board-Certified Clinical Health Psychologist, currently working for the military. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University and his postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology was completed at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland. Ryan has extensive history working in typical outpatient settings for general mental health challenges, substance use disorders, and more recently focused on chronic health issues such as sleep disorders, obesity, and pain. He is a public speaker, leadership consultant, and writer on topics such as population health concerns and behavioral economics. With a passion for travel and nature, he and his family frequent campgrounds, hiking trails, and parks to pass the time and foster a close bond despite the hustle and bustle of the world around them.


  1. Participants will be able to articulate the basics of behavior change principles as identified in the field of behavioral economics.1. Participants will be able to articulate the basics of behavior change principles as identified in the field of behavioral economics.
  2. Participants, after attending this course, will be able to create their own change plans for lifestyle behavior change efforts and intentionally form new habits for clients.
  3. Understanding available resources, participants will have improved capabilities for helping their clients achieve lasting change from small meaningful first steps. 


CEU Credit Info


All attendees receive Maryland and DC Social Work CEU credits. These credits are accepted for:

  • Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Maryland Social Workers
  • Maryland Psychologists
  • Maryland Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Maryland Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Maryland Residential Child Care Professionals
  • DC Social Workers
  • DC Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Virginia Social Workers
  • West Virginia Social Workers
  • New Jersey Social Workers
  • Alabama Social Workers
  • Don't see your licensure listed here? Contact your licensing board and ask if they accept Maryland or DC Social Work approved credits. Many states automatically accept credits approved by another state licensing board.

Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  For more information please visit our FAQ page.

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