Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Whole-Brain Child: Seminar With Dr. Dan Siegel

This book promises to be
mind-blowing!

A couple of months ago I attended an amazing lecture and workshop with Dr. Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson on the subject of Whole-Brain Parenting. I wrote about both in these two posts: Compassionate, Resilient Children Begin In The Mind and A Little Brain Science Can Help Us Raise Children Who Thrive. Dr. Siegel, who is the co-author of many books including the terrific "Parenting From The Inside Out", has written a new book with Dr. Bryson called "The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive" which I am extremely excited about.

This October, they will be presenting a seminar here in Los Angeles on the research and information discussed in this new book. I'm planning to attend and wanted to let my readers know the details, as space is limited. Dr. Siegel's previous work has been so helpful in my parenting journey and although I have only recently become aware of Tina Bryson, she has quickly become an excellent source of great parenting advice and information. 

The seminar, which is being hosted by the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA, is described on their site in this way:

The Whole-Brain Child : 12 Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind with Daniel J. Siegel, M.D and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

"In this seminar, an exciting new approach to raising children will be explored through engaging discussions, case examples, and experiential immersions.  Parents, grandparents, teachers, child development professionals and others who help children grow will find this learning experience filled with scientifically based ideas and practical skills that can promote well-being in children's lives.  By offering a definition of an important aspect of the mind and a core mechanism of mental health, the whole-brain child approach offers care providers the cutting edge art and science of child development. 

How we focus our attention shapes the connections in the brain.  And how the brain's connections link to one another in an integrated way directly shapes how it functions in health.  An integrated brain creates a flexible, flourishing mind and compassionate and rewarding relationships.  By inspiring children to focus their attention in ways that are accessible and easy to teach, parents and educators can provide the kind of guidance that will promote the growth of neural integration at the heart of health.  Even moments of despair and discouragement can be transformed into opportunities to deepen relationships and promote integration.  Beyond merely tools of survival, this approach empowers us to enjoy the journey of caregiving as we transform challenge into integrative learning.

All participants will receive a copy of Drs. Siegel and Bryson's latest book The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive (Delacorte Press, 2011)

Come join us and explore the exciting world of whole-brain parenting!"

Date: Saturday October 15, 2011
Time: 10AM - 1PM
Venue: The Neuro-Psychiatric Institute (NPI) Auditorium, 760 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: $60
To buy tickets click here (and scroll down).

I've bought my tickets, please let me know if you plan to go as well! If you can't make it, I will be doing my best to blog about what I learn from these two brilliant people after the seminar. You can find out more about Tina Payne Bryson and learn more about Dr. Dan Siegel on his website or find about his work with Mindsight Institute. I hope to see you in October!

Thanks for reading!
-Gina
The Twin Coach

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