• April 4, 2020
  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 04/04/2020 10:00 am 04/04/2020 5:00 pm America/Los_Angeles (Cancelled) Finding Wholeness through Neuroscience and Narrative Finding Wholeness through Neuroscience and Narrative, A Workshop with Joan Borysenko California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Registration - $165 
Members - $132

6 Continuing Education Credits Available for psychologists, California licensed LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, LMFTs, and nurses. See Register button below for details.

In light of the shelter-in-place directive from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and our continued commitment to helping reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the difficult decision to cancel all CIIS Public Programs events through April 30. 

As a result, Finding Wholeness through Neuroscience and Narrative on April 4, 2020 is cancelled at this time.

If you have tickets for this event, you should have received an email notifying you of the cancellation and your ticket fees should have been refunded in full. If you did not receive any information from us, please email publicprograms@ciis.edu so that we can assist you.

While we know you can’t join us in person right now, we invite you to connect with us on our podcast and listen to our hundreds of archived talks and conversations.

These are unprecedented times, and non-profit organizations that present public events like ours are facing an uncertain future. Ticket sales from CIIS Public Programs events provide crucial support to the University, and this support will be affected by these cancellations. If you would like to support our work, and help to ensure the future of Public Programs and CIIS, we invite you to make a tax-deductible donation equal to the cost of a ticket. It’s a small action that can have a big impact on the future of CIIS Public Programs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us at 415-575-6175 or email us at publicprograms@ciis.edu. We look forward to seeing you at events in the future.


In a world that increasingly pulls us in many directions and stretches us thin, feeling fulfilled and complete is a multidimensional process of caring for body, mind, and soul. Taking time to commune with and understand our personal story, spirituality, physical well-being, and mental health are essential to living a full and whole life.  

Medical doctor and mind-body expert Joan Borysenko invites you to discover flow, relationality, and well-being by learning how to integrate body, brain, and story into a coherent whole.

Join Dr. Borysenko, for an experiential workshop that blends spirituality, neuroscience, and mindfulness training with the power of personal narrative. Drawing upon evidence-based mind-body training and our capacity to create meaning through story, Dr. Borysenko helps us better identify the stories we tell ourselves and how those stories interact with our brain and body to either shut us down or open us up.

Discover how your personal story affects your biology. Engage with neurobiology and neuroplasticity to analyze your narrative for healing and transformation. Examine identity, coping mechanisms, and spirituality to repair your personal story.

Whether you are seeking expansion and exploration for yourself, or insights for healing others, Dr. Borysenko provides tools for a journey to wholeness.

Joan Borysenko

Joan Borysenko, PhD is a world-renowned expert in the mind-body connection. A licensed psychologist and a Harvard-trained cell biologist, Dr. Borysenko synthesizes cutting edge science with deep humanity. Dr. Borysenko work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing.  Author of 16 books including her groundbreaking work, the New York Times best seller, “Minding the Body, Mending the Mind,” and numerous audio and video programs for meditation and stress management, Joan’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, on Public Television, and on many websites. Dr. Borysenko’s warmth and credibility, plus her lively sense of humor make her one the most popular and sought-after speakers in the fields of health, healing, and spirituality.

After graduating magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1967, Dr. Borysenko earned her doctorate in Medical Sciences from Harvard Medical School and completed her post-doctoral training in cancer cell biology. But after the death of her father from cancer, she became more interested in the person with the illness than in the disease itself, completing two more postdoctoral fellowships in the new fields of behavioral medicine and psychoneuroimmunology.

Dr. Borysenko’s latest project, SyNAPSE, integrates Science, Nutrition, Awareness training, Positive Psychology, Spirituality and Epigenetics into a multi-dimensional, personalized approach to self-directed wellness. President of Mind-Body Health Sciences, LLC, Dr. Borysenko lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband, Gordon Dveirin and their two dogs, Mitzi and Milo. Find out more at www.joanborysenko.com or join the lively conversation at www.facebook.com/joanborysenkocommunity.

Continuing Education Credits: 6 CEs Available:

Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact CIIS Public Programs at publicprograms@ciis.edu. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.
  • LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.

    Learning Objectives: At the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to…

    • Explain how biography and story affect biology
    • Analyze the narrative of transformation
    • Describe the value of identifying and using character strengths in coping
    • Create positive meaning through narrative repair
    • Describe the effect of identity on agency
    • Explain interpersonal neurobiology
    • Analyze spirituality as a constellation of prosocial emotions including compassion, awe, gratitude, forgiveness, love, trust, and hope
    • Discuss self-directed neuroplasticity

CIIS students, staff, and faculty receive discounts on all events. CIIS Public Programs Members receive a 20% discount on all events. Contact us for more information at publicprograms@ciis.edu. Please note that we will check your ID for proof of eligibility on arrival at event.

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