- September 17, 2016
- 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Are you overworked, overwhelmed, and pulled in too many directions at once? Would you like to live a calmer, healthier, and more engaged life? "Mindsight," a technique developed by Dan Siegel, is a powerful lens through which you can understand your inner life more clearly, integrate brain functioning, and enhance your relationships with others. It is a method for focused attention that allows you to see the internal workings of your own mind.
Mindsight can help you get yourself off of the autopilot of ingrained behaviors and habitual responses by naming and taming your emotions, rather than being overwhelmed by them. Mindsight is a learnable skill. It is the basic capacity that underlies emotional and social intelligence. When you develop the skill of mindsight, you actually change the physical structure of your brain. One of the most exciting scientific discoveries of the last twenty years has shown that how a person focuses their attention shapes the structure of their brain, and we can actively influence this structure throughout our lives.
This workshop helps you apply the lessons of Mindsight and the science of interpersonal neurobiology to improving your life at home, at work, in school, and in your community. Learn how whole brain integration is essential for well-being, and engage in practical experiential exercises that can help cultivate neural integration and resilience. Feel and understand interpersonal neurobiology from the inside out-leave with useful tools for optimizing your relationships and your brain functioning.
- Describe how relationships and experience shape the mind.
- Identify how the brain can be changed by the mind.
- Explain how mental training alters gene expression.
- Cultivate presence and consciousness through intention and attention.
- Recognize how the regularity of practice influences neuroplasticity.
- Illustrate how embracing uncertainty relates to openness, curiosity, and possibility
Dan Siegel, MD is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of theMindful Awareness Research Center. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person lectures that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes. His psychotherapy practice includes children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He serves as the Medical Director of the LifeSpan Learning Institute and on the Advisory Board of the Blue School in New York City, which has built its curriculum around Dr. Siegel's Mindsight approach.
Dr. Siegel's book, Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation (Bantam, 2010), offers the general reader an in-depth exploration of the power of the mind to integrate the brain and promote well-being. He has written three parenting books: Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive (Tarcher/Penguin, 2003) with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed., and the two The New York Times bestsellers The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind (Random House, 2011) and No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind (Bantam, 2014), with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. Dr. Siegel's The New York Times bestseller Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (Tarcher, 2013), explores how brain development impacts teenagers' behavior and relationships. Dr. Siegel's unique ability to make complicated scientific concepts exciting has led him to be invited to address diverse local, national and international groups of mental health professionals, neuroscientists, corporate leaders, educators, parents, public administrators, healthcare providers, policy-makers, mediators, judges, and clergy. He has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, London's Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and TEDx. He lives in Southern California with his family.
4 BBS/RN/APA CEs available (MFT, LCSW, RN, PsyD)