The Mindsight Exploration Series offers an educational immersion into cutting-edge ideas derived from the science of human development and the art of cultivating well-being and resilience. Building on the interdisciplinary field called “Interpersonal Neurobiology,” the Series offers an engaging set of lectures and experiential exercises led by Dr. Dan Siegel. Relevant for those seeking new approaches to psychotherapy and education, the Series will build the foundation for cultivating the development of an integrated brain, empathic relationships, and a healthy mind. The Series Topics below will be addressed alongside emerging issues related to various national and international current events in the fields of mental health, education, health care, a range of research disciplines, contemplation and the arts. Members will be encouraged to integrate these ongoing topics into their own work and lives.
Series Topics for 2011:
– What is the science behind the view that relationships shape health?
– How do we know that our subjective experience of mental life and the objective findings from research mutually inform each other in a meaningful and useful way?
– How can we use science to help us understand our inner and interpersonal lives?
– When we combine our inner reflection and our objective studies, can we truly answer the question, “What is the human mind?”
– Although the field of mental health defines illness and disorder, and we can describe the features of happiness, is it possible to find a scientifically based view that allows us to define mental health?
– How are the mind, the brain and human relationships connected to one another and how is their connection relevant for the practice of psychotherapy and education?
– How do we take the important practices of self-understanding and mindfulness and move our attention toward being active in helping the larger world beyond our individual concerns?
– What is the relationship between societal practices and synaptic connections?
– Neural integration can be seen as central to promoting well-being within the individual, relationships, and communities—why is this?
– Are human beings innately compassionate—and if so, why is the world the way it is and what can we do to improve it?
– What are the scientific findings behind right-left brain differences and what are their personal and societal implications?
– How do interpersonal relationships within families and communities promote the healthy growth of the brain?
– Can we approach therapy and education by focusing on the development of a healthy and resilient mind?

Recommended Reading:
– Mindsight: The new science of personal transformation (DJ Siegel, 2010)
– The Mindful Therapist: A clinician’s guide to mindsight and neural integration (DJ Siegel, 2010)
– The Master and His Emissary: The divided brain and the making of the western world (I McGilchrist, 2009)
– The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, Second Edition (L Cozolino, 2009)
– The Brain that Changes Itself (N Doidge, 2007)
– Formative Experiences: The interaction of caregiving, culture, and developmental psychobiology (CM Worthman et al., editors, 2010)
– The Talent Code: Unlocking the secret of skill in sport, art, music, math, and just about anything (D Coyle, 2009)

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