This presentation will present one prospective on the importance of therapeutic presence in catalyzing the neural integration proposed to be at the heart of healing trauma. Integration is the linkage of differentiated parts of a system and leads to harmonious self-regulation. Impaired integration leads to chaos, rigidity, or both. Developmental trauma can emerge from extremes of impaired integration in interpersonal interaction. Overwhelming events can also induce impediments to integration within the nervous system resulting in disruptions in memory, attention, and autonomic regulation. The healing process is proposed to involve interpersonal and intrapersonal forms of attunement that stimulate neuronal activation and growth toward integration. The resulted increase in the linkage of differentiated neural regions results in a coordinated and balanced set of functions and structurally altered integrative circuits. The outcome of this hypothesize healing process is an integrated brain, empathic relationships, and a resilient mind.
Daniel J. Siegel, MD
Executive Director, Mindsight Institute
Medical Director, Lifespan Learning Institute
Founding Co-Director, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center
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. 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'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. Read Dr. Siegel's complete bio here.
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