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Vancouver Sun Highlights the Fourth Brain Development and Learning Conference

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The Vancouver Sun has been following this year’s Brain Development and Learning Conference with the following articles:

Vancouver brain science conference focuses on ways to improve lives of children – July 22nd, 2013

Stress-busting: problems defined are problems (almost) solved, says brain expert – July 24th, 2013 and Simple techniques help children with stress – July 25th, 2013

Tomorrow (Sunday, July 28th) is the last day of this fascinating and rewarding five-day conference experience. SH

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS in over 20 professional fields

31.5 hours, Category 1 CME credits available for both the US & Canada
CONFERENCE WEBSITE: www.braindevelopmentandlearning.com
Conference brochure: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/Brochure2013all.pdf
To Register: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/BDL2013/register_2013.html
SAVE MONEY: Scholarships are available.

Media Release: Powerful First Nations Speaker Places Resilience at the Heart of Life’s Work

Tilly by Monica Gray Smith

Tilly by Monica Gray Smith

When Monique Gray Smith shares her message at the Brain Development and Learning Conference in Vancouver July 24-28, she will truly have come full circle. “So many wise and wonderful people helped me during my recovery [from alcohol addiction]. What a gift to be able to give back to the community by sharing some of what I have learned.”

Now a successful author, consultant, and motivational speaker, Gray Smith has come a long way from the 11-year-old girl who began drinking with friends during school lunch breaks. And yet, somewhere inside was a core of strength and determination that allowed her to mature into a thoughtful, articulate communicator who is constantly amazed and delighted by how powerful Indigenous teachings, families, and communities can be. Her talks at the conference will focus on encouraging health care and educational professionals to weave Indigenous culture into all aspects of their programming and practice.

Though the Brain Development and Learning Conference is open only to professionals in the field, anyone can pick up a copy of Gray Smith’s book, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience. Members of the public will have a chance to meet Monique Gray Smith and purchase her book during a signing at the Westin Bayshore Hotel [see details below].

Published as a work of creative non-fiction, Tilly is loosely based on the author’s life experiences. “Like Tilly I began to drink at the age of eleven,” Smith admits. And, like Tilly, it didn’t take long before Smith’s drinking was a problem. Gray Smith, too, was blessed with encounters with people who helped her not only find a way to recovery, but also to a deeper understanding of the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

“What struck me was just how resilient our communities are,” Gray Smith says, describing how her life’s work as a consultant and motivational speaker now focuses on ways for communities to heal and move forward. “Nurturing, loving, and fostering the potential of each and every child is one of the most profound ways to make a positive difference in the world. Doing that in an appropriate cultural context is essential.” Her talks at the Brain and Learning Conference will explore these ideas, but her book, Tilly shares this message in a very personal way.

“Yes, there is a lot of my story in Tilly,” she says, “but as I wrote the book, the stories of many others came to me as well and I feel honoured to share them with a wider audience.” In Tilly, characters speak about the Sixties Scoop, residential schools, and TB hospitals. They also talk about the importance of traditional teachings, dreams, family, and community. Though written from an Indigenous perspective, in fact, the lessons learned apply equally to anyone interested in building stronger communities.

Monique Gray Smith will be signing copies of her book Tilly at:

Westin Bayshore Hotel – Market Area

1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC

Thursday July 25: 12:45 – 1:30 pm and 4:00 – 4:30 pm

Friday July 26: 11:00 – 11:30 am

What People Are Saying…

“What a gorgeous read! Wow! I’ve been waiting for a book like this for years. Mahsi cho, Monique Gray Smith, for digging so deep to create something so loving and nurturing for the world.” Richard Van Camp

I have a completely new understanding of what it means to be Aboriginal in Canada.” Rachel Franklin

A brave new voice ready to take her place among the great contemporary storytellers, Gray Smith breaks her own trails as she explores what it means to be Indigenous in a modern world.” Christy Jordan-Fenton

To request review copies or arrange author interviews, please contact Diane Morriss at 1-800-370-5228 or books@sononis.com

About the Book:

Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience

Tilly has always known she’s part Lakota on her dad’s side. She’s grown up with the traditional teachings of her grandma, relishing the life lessons of her beloved mentor. But it isn’t until an angry man shouts something on the street that Tilly realizes her mom is Aboriginal, too—a Cree woman taken from her own parents as a baby.

Tilly feels her mother’s pain deeply. She’s always had trouble fitting in at school, and when her grandma dies unexpectedly, her anchor is gone. Then Abby, a grade seven classmate, invites her home for lunch and offers her “something special” to drink. Nothing has prepared Tilly for the tingling in her legs, the buzz in her head and the awesome feeling that she can do anything. From then on, partying seems to offer an escape from her insecurities. But after one dangerously drunken evening, Tilly knows she has to change. Summoning her courage, she begins the long journey to finding pride in herself and her heritage. Just when she needs it most, a mysterious stranger offers some wise counsel: “Never question who you are or who your people are. It’s in your eyes. I know it’s in your heart.”

Loosely based on author Monique Gray Smith’s own life, this revealing, important work of creative non-fiction tells the story of a young Indigenous woman coming of age in Canada in the 1980s. With compassion, insight and humour, Gray Smith illuminates the 20th-century history of Canada’s First Peoples—forced displacement, residen­tial schools, tuberculosis hospitals, the Sixties Scoop. In a spirit of hope, this unique story captures the irrepressible resilience of Tilly, and of Indigenous peoples everywhere.

CREATIVE NON-FICTION • Ages 14+ • 190 pp • 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN 978-1-55039-209-8 • paper • $19.95 • July 2013 release

About the Author:

Monique Gray Smith holds a diploma in psychiatric nursing and is an expert in aboriginal education in the early years. She  is a mixed-heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry and a proud mom of young twins. Under the umbrella of her own business, Little Drum Consulting, Monique is an accomplished consultant, writer and international speaker. She is well known for her warmth, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience. Monique has been sober and involved in her healing journey for over 20 years. She and her family live on Coast Salish territory in Victoria, B.C.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS in over 20 professional fields

31.5 hours, Category 1 CME credits available for both the US & Canada
CONFERENCE WEBSITE: www.braindevelopmentandlearning.com
Conference brochure: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/Brochure2013all.pdf
To Register: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/BDL2013/register_2013.html
SAVE MONEY: Scholarships are available.

Recovery and Resilience: Indigenous Peoples’ Perspective

Several speakers will address issues and findings on recovery and resilience in the face of trauma (including intergenerational trauma) and on understanding how trauma affects not only the mind but also the body. Three speakers, from three different areas of specialty will address ways that Indigenous Peoples’ ways of being, doing, and knowing show an appreciation of the importance of the growth and development of the whole person that resonates with scientific findings about resilience and recovery from trauma.

Adam Evans

Adam Evans

Evan Adams, Sliammon First Nation (Powell River, BC) will share reflections from his experience as a physician and as a Deputy Provincial health Officer in the BC Ministry of Health.

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Joe Gone

Joe Gone, Gros Ventre tribal nation of Montana, will talk about his research on promoting psychotherapeutic change while protecting the distinctive cultural orientations of “diverse” clients and share case studies of treatment programs in Native communities.

Monica Gray Smith

Monica Gray Smith

Monique Gray Smith, a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent will discuss the effects of historical trauma on Indigenous Children and families and share her insights into the strength and resilience of the First Peoples of Canada. MK

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS in over 20 professional fields

31.5 hours, Category 1 CME credits available for both the US & Canada
CONFERENCE WEBSITE: www.braindevelopmentandlearning.com
Conference brochure: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/Brochure2013all.pdf
To Register: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/BDL2013/register_2013.html
SAVE MONEY: Scholarships are available.

Internal Family Systems Model Approach to Individual Therapy

Michael Elkin, MA, who will speak on July 26th, uses Dr. Richard Schwartz’s Internal Family Systems Model to approach individual therapy.

Internal Family Systems

The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) is a way of applying the systems therapy for families and organizations to the internal world of the individual.  Other theorists have described the internal world of the individual as consisting of sub-personalities, of schemata, or of internal objects.  For the past 20 years Dr. Richard Schwartz, PhD has worked to synthesize IFS into a comprehensive approach that includes guidelines for working with individuals, couples, and families.

Dr. Schwartz began conceiving of the mind as an inner family and using family therapy techniques, like tracking sequences of interaction, with the inner parts or roles of the individual. He has learned that an individual’s inner roles and relationships are not static and can be changed if one intervenes carefully and respectfully.

The IFS Model views a person as containing an ecology of relatively discrete minds, each of which has valuable qualities and each of which is designed to — and wants to — play a valuable role within. These parts are forced out of their valuable roles, however, by life experiences, like trauma or family of origin interaction patterns, which can reorganize the system in unhealthy ways.

What is novel to IFS is the attempt to understand all levels of human organization — intrapsychic, family, and culture — with the same systemic principles, and to intervene at each level with the same ecological techniques.

To learn more about the Internal Family Systems Model visit http://www.selfleadership.org/ MK

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS in over 20 professional fields

31.5 hours, Category 1 CME credits available for both the US & Canada
CONFERENCE WEBSITE: www.braindevelopmentandlearning.com
Conference brochure: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/Brochure2013all.pdf
To Register: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/BDL2013/register_2013.html
SAVE MONEY: Scholarships are available.

Linda Lantieri – Inner Resilience Program (July 28th)

Linda Lantieri

Linda Lantieri

Fulbright Scholar, keynote speaker, and internationally known expert in social and emotional learning and conflict resolution, Linda Lantieri (presenting on Sunday July, 28) is an expert on building schools that make a difference by nurturing the inner lives of children and teachers. She has over 40 years of experience in education as a teacher and director of a middle school in East Harlem, and as a faculty member at Hunter College in New York City; Linda Lantieri has shown a lifetime of commitment to enriching the daily lives of adults and children alike.

Linda is co-founder of the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP), a research-based K-12 social and emotional learning program that has been implemented in over 400 schools. Currently she serves as the Director of The Inner Resilience Program whose mission is to cultivate the inner lives of students, teachers and schools by integrating social and emotional learning with contemplative practice. Linda is also one of the founding board members of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). MK

Information about Linda Lantieri and her programs is available at http://www.lindalantieri.org/

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS in over 20 professional fields

31.5 hours, Category 1 CME credits available for both the US & Canada
CONFERENCE WEBSITE: www.braindevelopmentandlearning.com
Conference brochure: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/Brochure2013all.pdf
To Register: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/BDL2013/register_2013.html
SAVE MONEY: Scholarships are available.

LearnNow – Great New Online Resource about Kids!

Learn Now

It can be a real chore to wade through all the information available about child development. There is now a new website to help: (www.LearnNow.org). It is a free, go-to site for parents, educators, practitioners and researchers in search of information about raising and educating today’s children, from birth all the way to 12th grade.

LearnNow features articles, interviews, videos, podcasts, blogs and print-based materials on essential learning topics, such as how to recognize and handle stress in children, what it really means to “pay attention” and how and why play helps kids learn. Scholars from the involved institutions–the Johns Hopkins Medicine Brain Science Institute, Temple University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, the University of Delaware, the Families and Work Institute and the Maryland Institute College of Art–join forces to create this content and deliver it in family-friendly terms. With scholars and clinicians spanning disciplines that include child development, neuroscience, education, child psychology, public health and pediatric psychology and medicine, the content covers nearly every angle of how children learn, from the social-emotional perspective to the biological changes that happen in the brain as children age. Parents and educators also deliver content, offering practical advice from their day-to-day experience with kids. MK

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS in over 20 professional fields

31.5 hours, Category 1 CME credits available for both the US & Canada
CONFERENCE WEBSITE: www.braindevelopmentandlearning.com
Conference brochure: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/Brochure2013all.pdf
To Register: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/BDL2013/register_2013.html
SAVE MONEY: Scholarships are available.

Daniel Siegel (July 28th) – “Mindsight”

Mindsight

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation (2010)

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation (2010) by Daniel J. Siegel (speaking Sunday, July 28) is a groundbreaking book, from one of the global innovators in the integration of brain science with psychotherapy. It offers an extraordinary guide to the practice of “mindsight,” the potent skill that is the basis for both emotional and social intelligence. From anxiety to depression and feelings of shame and inadequacy, from mood swings to addictions, OCD, and traumatic memories, most of us have a mental “trap” that causes recurring conflict in our lives and relationships.

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, shows us how to use mindsight to escape these traps. Through his synthesis of a broad range of scientific research with applications to everyday life, Dr. Siegel has developed novel approaches that have helped hundreds of patients free themselves from obstacles blocking their happiness. By cultivating mindsight, all of us can effect positive, lasting changes in our brains—and our lives. A book as inspiring as it is profound, Mindsight can help us master our emotions, heal our relationships, and reach our fullest potential.

Dr. Siegel is an internationally acclaimed author, award-winning educator, and child psychiatrist. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he also serves as a co-investigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions and communities. His books include “Mindsight,” “The Developing Mind,” “The Mindful Brain,” “The Mindful Therapist,” “Parenting From the Inside Out,” and “The Whole-Brain Child.” He is the Founding Editor of the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes “Healing Trauma,” “The Power of Emotion,” and “Trauma and the Body.” He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. MK

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS in over 20 professional fields

31.5 hours, Category 1 CME credits available for both the US & Canada
CONFERENCE WEBSITE: www.braindevelopmentandlearning.com
Conference brochure: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/Brochure2013all.pdf
To Register: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/BDL2013/register_2013.html
SAVE MONEY: Scholarships are available.

Epigenetics – Moshe Szyf (July 26th)

When people hear the word “epigenetics,” chances are they think it is a big, scientific word that has absolutely nothing to do with them. And nothing can be further from the truth.

Epigenetics stems from that long-standing debate people everywhere have had for years: Is it nature, or is it nurture, or is it both?

Recent work by epigeneticists is showing evidence that the environment we grow up in (i.e., nurture) can have a profound and lasting impact on how our genes are expressed (i.e., nature.)

Moshe Szyf

Moshe Szyf


Moshe Szyf
, PhD, the James McGill Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at McGill University, is one of the pioneers of this field. In fact, his revolutionary article that helped launch the field (with his colleague Prof. Michael Meaney, who incidentally spoke at our 2010 BDL series,) was published in Nature Neuroscience in 2004 and remains one of the most cited articles in that journal!


He will talk about the ways gene expression can be modified and how that can lead both to pathology and to treatment. Join him, and us, on July 26
th to hear more!

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS in over 20 professional fields

31.5 hours, Category 1 CME credits available for both the US & Canada
CONFERENCE WEBSITE: www.braindevelopmentandlearning.com
Conference brochure: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/Brochure2013all.pdf
To Register: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/BDL2013/register_2013.html
SAVE MONEY: Scholarships are available.

John Cacioppo & Matt Lieberman (July 26th, 27th)

Another theme of the conference is that humans are fundamentally social and need connection with others in order to develop and flourish. We are excited to have two experts on the effects on the brain of social isolation and social connection  speak.  John Cacioppo will talk about loneliness and its cognitive and biological effects on Friday, July 26th. Matt Lieberman will talk about the social nature of the human brain and how brain adaptations useful for social connection can be leveraged to improve education on Saturday, July 27th.

John Cacioppo

John Cacioppo

Prof. Cacioppo (President of the Society for Social Neuroscience) introduced the term social neuroscience over 20 years ago and has specialized in analyzing the effects of loneliness on the primate brain.  He has demonstrated that perceived social isolation in humans is associated with mortality, and he has identified genetic, neuroendocrine, and behavioral mechanisms that contribute to this effect.  Prof. Cacioppo is the recipient of numerous scientific awards and a past-president of the Association for Psychological Science and three other scientific societies; currently Chairs the National Research Council Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences; serves on the NIH Council of the Center for Scientific Review; serves on the Advisory Committee of the NSF Division on Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; and is the President of the Society for Social Neuroscience.

Matt Lieberman

Matt Lieberman

Matt Lieberman (author of the book Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect) coined the term social cognitive neuroscience, an area of research that integrates questions from the social sciences which the methods of cognitive neuroscience and has become a thriving area of research. His work uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the neural bases of social cognition and social experience. In particular, his work has examined the neural bases of social cognition, emotion regulation, persuasion, social rejection, self-knowledge, and fairness. His research has been published in top scientific journals including Science, Nature Neuroscience, American Psychologist, and Psychological Science. He is the author of the book Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect. DL

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS in over 20 professional fields

31.5 hours, Category 1 CME credits available for both the US & Canada
CONFERENCE WEBSITE: www.braindevelopmentandlearning.com
Conference brochure: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/Brochure2013all.pdf
To Register: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/BDL2013/register_2013.html
SAVE MONEY: Scholarships are available.

Attachment

Nuturting QuoteThe importance of strong attachment relationships in the formative years can hardly be understated. Children learn about themselves and the world around them from the relationships that they build with their caregivers. These relationships later extend to their siblings, friends, and teachers. And what’s more, positive and strong ties in our childhood have been found to shape brain growth and help us nurture our ability to grow and adapt to change in our adult years.

We are very lucky because we have three speakers who are experts on the importance of nurturing parent-child relationships and HOW we can form those relationships in our day-to-day lives.

Gordon Neufeld

Gordon Neufeld

Gordon Neufeld, PhD, is an expert on the wisdom and science behind successful parenting. His work on a coherent model of attachment has been accessible, understandable, and applicable to people from all walks of life. And he will share more insights with us on July 24th.

Mary Gordon

Mary Gordon

We also have Mary Gordon, founder of Roots of Empathy and an Ashokan Fellow, who will be joining us on July 26th to talk about the intellectual and emotional benefits of nurturing parent-infant relationships.

Dan Siegel

Dan Siegel

UCLA Clinical Professor, Dan Siegel, the author of The Mindful Brain, Parenting from the Inside Out, Mindsight, The Developing Mind, The Whole-Brain Child, and more, will deliver the closing keynote on July 28th. He will explore fundamental ideas about what the mind is and how it is shaped by both the connections we have with other people across the lifespan and by the connections we have within the synaptic structure of our embodied nervous system.

We hope that the work of these people will resonate with those who have young children of their own, those who work on the ground with young people every day, and the powers-that-be who shape how children in the system and in our society are cared for and nurtured.

After all, what can be more important than knowing that we are capable of loving and being loved, or than having the security of knowing that there will always be someone there for you? DL

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS in over 20 professional fields

31.5 hours, Category 1 CME credits available for both the US & Canada
CONFERENCE WEBSITE: www.braindevelopmentandlearning.com
Conference brochure: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/Brochure2013all.pdf
To Register: http://braindevelopmentandlearning.com/BDL2013/register_2013.html
SAVE MONEY: Scholarships are available.