Keep an Eye Out for These Terrific Upcoming Conferences!


It’s time to mention some terrific upcoming learning opportunities. They all seem to be happening in California. The state is popping with exciting conferences and symposia, starting this April with a fresh, one-of-a-kind integrative mental health conference. Check out these 3 opportunities.

An Integrative Mental Health Conference in San Francisco

There’s a lot of buzz (and rightly so!) about the upcoming Integrative Mental Health Conference in San Francisco on April 15-17 at the Hilton SF in Union Square. This is a conference that’s long overdue, and the registrations have been robust. I wouldn’t be surprised if it sold out.

I’m looking forward to presenting a new talk on the primacy of guided imagery as the universal solution for anxiety (starting with that Great Mother of All Anxiety, separation anxiety!), and the way it becomes our baked-in, human recipe for courage. It’s been a lot of fun, putting this talk together – I even found a whole cache of new research I didn’t know existed, on something called attachment security priming, which turns out to be – yes, you guessed it – guided imagery.

Here’s the thing: this conference offers a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to learn integrative techniques and network with like-minded psychologists, docs, nurses, social workers, counselors, and therapists, to better inform, expand and enrich their practice.

Andy Weil, founder and director of the U of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, puts it this way:

"The biomedical model of mental health is obsolete. A new integrative model is emerging that takes account of psychological, social, and spiritual factors as well as brain biochemistry. This groundbreaking, multidisciplinary conference will cover the key components of integrative mental health treatment to help mental health professionals use this new model in practice."

So there will be ample discussion and scientific evidence for the effectiveness of integrative treatment modalities in the areas of mental health and:

  • Nutrition
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Mind-body Interventions
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • Adequate Sleep
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychedelics
  • Conventional Treatments

Come if you can. It’s bound to make an important difference in the way you practice – up your therapeutic game, so to speak. Registration info is here.

A Call for Papers from Imagery International

And speaking of conferences, Imagery International has put out a call for proposals for its 11th annual conference, scheduled for September 20-22 in Menlo Park, California.

The theme is Imagery and Science. Send your ideas for a talk or workshop to the conference chair, Jann Frederickson Ramus, at [email protected] Or, you’re welcome to call or text her at 651-208-6458.

She’s taking proposals until April 12th. Here’s what she’s going to want from you:

  • Name, address, cell phone and e-mail.
  • 25-50 word biography, picture, and resume including your area of expertise.
  • Title of the Workshop and how it relates to Imagery and Science.
  • Workshop abstract briefly describing your workshop.
  • Course outline
  • Three learning objectives.
  • Space and equipment needs.

A New Round of Training at Esalen from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine

And finally, Jim Gordon’s Washington DC-based Center is offering Part One of its certificate training program in trauma-informed interventions at Esalen Institute on October 20-25.

More information and registration can be found here.