Cultivating Resilience and a Healthy Mind (2056)
Professional Development |  Personal Growth
Saturday |  2:00 PM -  4:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||006




Dan Siegel
Mindsight Institute

Daniel J. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative.<br><br>Dr. Siegel 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 the Mindful Awareness Research Center. Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, that focuses 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. 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.<br><br>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.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 3.00
CE Level: 1


A survey of over 100,000 mental health practitioners from throughout the globe reveals that over 95% have never been given even one lecture that defined the mind. This workshop will address this odd discovery and offer an interpersonal neurobiology view of the mind that has useful applications in describing a 'healthy mind.'  Veterinarians who build on the definition of the mind as an ‘embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information’ can move deeply into understanding new ways of harnessing the important interconnections among brain, interpersonal relationships and the mind. In this workshop we’ll explore practical ways veterinarians can shape energy and information flow with more clarity and power, and learn ways to apply the fundamental finding that integration—the linkage of differentiated parts, of one’s brain, mind, and relationships— can serve as an organizing strategy that illuminates how to create harmony, resilience, and vitality in life.  Challenges such as connecting with patients and their owners, dealing with ailing patients, euthanasia, the pressures of a busy practice, and balancing work and life needs will be explored in the setting of this scientific understanding of the nature of mind.