I recently attended the first academic gathering of mental health professionals and complementary health care providers such as nurses, acupuncturists, yoga instructors, nutritionists, biologists, brain scientists, with the focus on integrating all the useful disciplines to help a person return to or develop their highest mental health.
The reasoning behind this conference was the dream of Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, professor, author. he developed the integrated approach to healing at the University of Arizona School of Medicine , (I attended UofA as an undergrad) and through this conference he presented a new field of psychology/psychiatry and treatment for conditions of mental health called Integrative Mental Health.
About 700 people from all over the US and Canada were in attendance. The presenters were the cream of the crop leaders in their respective fields. The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, National Institute of Health, UCLA, Harvard, U of Minnesota were represented among other institutions. It was a feast for the heart, brain and spirit of everyone I had the pleasure to meet there.
Today I will share some videos made by one the presenters, Dr. Dan Siegel, MD , psychiatrists, brain researcher and scientist , author, speaker, on the faculty of UCLA , Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center, and Director of Mindsight Institute, and all around fun and brilliant guy!
Researchers say laughing opens us to new connections occurring within our brains. Get ready to laugh and learn about Mindsight. Mindsight is what Dr. Dan learned on his incredible journey into the brain to discover how the mind moves along its waves. Yes folks, the mind and brain are not the same.
Dr. Dan Siegel’s latest books
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation
One of his early books where he introduces the brain and it’s functions as he was seeing them in a new way, pre Mindsight books out recently, pub. in 2001- The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are
Some links of interest:
2010 Integrative Mental Health conference, Phoenix, AZ
Mindsight Institute , Los Angeles, CA