Drs. Brown & Gerbarg Teach Mind-Body Practices At Dutch Psychiatry Conference April 20, 2012

Richard P. Brown, MD, and Patricia Gerbarg, MD, award-winning authors and leaders in Complementary and Alternative Medicine for psychiatry, will teach "Mind-Body Practices in the Treatment of Stress, Trauma, and Disconnection" to practitioners
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April 6, 2012 - PRLog -- HaveAHealthyMind.com
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New York, NY - Richard P. Brown, MD, and Patricia Gerbarg, MD, award-winning authors and leaders in Complementary and Alternative Medicine for psychiatry, will teach Mind-Body Practices in the Treatment of Stress, Trauma, and Disconnection: Research Evidence, Neuroscience, and Experiential Component on April 20, 2012, 1:30 -3:00 pm, at the Fifth Congress on Integrative Psychiatry at the Martini Plaza, Groningen, The Netherlands. The theme of this year’s mental health conference is Interconnectedness.

Dr. Brown will introduce participants to theoretical background, research evidence, and clinical applications of powerful self-regulation strategies to improve the well-being of practitioners as well as that of their patients. Dr. Brown and Dr. Gerbarg will review the use of Breath~Body~Mind techniques to relieve symptoms of stress and trauma following mass disasters, including their work following the September 11, 2001 NY World Trade Center attacks, the 2004 Southeast Asia Tsunami, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, and the wars in Rwanda and the Sudan.

Dr. Gerbarg will discuss effects of Breath~Body~Mind practices on symptoms of stress and trauma. She will emphasize the symptom of disconnection and demonstrate through neuroscience and case illustrations how mind-body practices support bonding and restore capacity for connectedness. Dr. Brown will lead experiential practices including gentle Qigong movements, Coherent Breathing, Resistance Breathing (Ujjayi or Ocean Breath), Breath Moving, and Open Focus meditation. How to build upon this knowledge and use it in clinical practice will be discussed.

Other presenters at the conference are Paul Gilbert, who will talk about Compassion Founded Therapy, Lama Michel Rinpoche, Rupert Sheldrake, and Dr. Andrew Weill. More about the conference can be read at congresintegralepsychiatrie.nl/Congres_2012/workshops.php

Dr. Brown is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University in New York. He gives over 200 medical lectures every year, including full-day courses for the American Psychiatric Association and other professional groups, as well as workshops for non-profits such as Serving Those Who Serve in New York City.   He is a certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), Yoga, Qi Gong, and meditation.  His workshops have helped thousands of people deal with everyday stress and enabled survivors of trauma and mass disasters to recover their health and well-being.  

Dr. Gerbarg is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry at New York Medical College.  She graduated from Harvard Medical School and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.  In addition to her clinical practice, she provides consultation and facilitates the development of research projects on the health benefits of mind-body practices for recovery from mass disasters.  She lectures on natural treatments, including herbs, nutrients, supplements, mind-body practices, and brain stimulation techniques at the American Psychiatric Association Meetings and other conferences.

Dr. Brown and Dr. Gerbarg are co-authors of the award-winning How To Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care (WW Norton, 2009) with Philip Muskin, MD, and The Rhodiola Revolution (Rodale). Their new books are Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD: New Options for Kids, Adults, & Clinicians (WW Norton, 2012) and The Healing Power of the Breath, a book and CD, to be released by Shambhala in June. They have an Internet site at HaveAHealthyMind.com with mental health information combining standard and complementary treatments, their research, other resources, and a free newsletter.

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