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Relationships and the Health-Promoting Power of Connection Across the Lifespan offers a three-day immersion into relationships through the interdisciplinary framework of Interpersonal Neurobiology, drawing on the spectrum of scientific disciplines such as developmental neuroscience, attachment research to clarify the crucial role that attachment plays in shaping the neural and relational aspects of mind.

Neuroscience research has demonstrated that all mammals connect through various aspects of the cortex, limbic and brain stem. Thoughts impact cells; trauma and stress affect the body. We focus here on various ways to repair stress and trauma inducing physical and psychological disorders.

This conference will discuss the research showing that one of the most health and life promoting activities of all mammals including humans is connection and a sense of togetherness. There is considerable evidence, which will be reviewed, that intimate connections whether marriage, deep friendships, psychotherapy, or groups working toward a common goal lead to healthier and longer lifespans. The speakers will present a range of effective methods to achieve the betterment of relationships as well as ways to enter into healing partnerships with therapists friends and intimate mates.

Weaving collaborative dialogue with didactic presentations, this conference offers psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, therapists, counselors and other health care professionals an opportunity to attain greater competence by integrating new research and information in the clinical arena; the goal being increased skills in the treatment of individuals, families, groups, and other mental health arenas, honing interactive techniques, promoting well-being, and exploring new ways of talking, all of which facilitate connection and the experience of joyful aliveness.

 We look forward to seeing you at this immersion in what it means to be human!

Coordinators: Marion Solomon, Ph.D, Bonnie Goldstein, PhD, Daniel Siegel, MD, Gary Small, MD