January – March 2010

Insights into Cancer Public Lecture Series: Anticancer: A New Way of Life (details)

January 12, 2010

When David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, a dedicated scientist and doctor, was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 31, it changed his life and inspired him to begin “a new way of life.” Dr. Servan-Schreiber, discovered his brain tumor during his own brain scanning experiment, has experienced conventional treatment and relapse. At this lecture he shares his moving and personal journey as well as his insights on how to:

Develop a science-based, anti-cancer diet
Recognize the impact of stress and painful emotional experiences
Reap the benefits of exercise, yoga and meditation
Minimize environmental toxins
Find the right blend of traditional and alternative health care


FPR-UCLA Fourth Interdisciplinary Conference – Cultural and Biological Contexts of Psychiatric Disorder: Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment (details)

January 22 – 24, 2010
Location: UCLA Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium, Room 132

The aim of this conference is to improve the quality of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment by giving specific attention to biological and cultural contexts and their interactions. Given the abundant criticism directed to both the biological and cultural validity of current DSM diagnostic categories, the focus is particularly important and timely. Revisions to the DSM are now underway that attempt to incorporate divergent cross-cultural aspects of mental illness, as well as underlying neurobiological factors common to different disorders. Both areas will be addressed at the conference in presentations and panel discussions.


IM Integrative Medicine Week

February 1-5, 2010

  • Feb 1, 2010 – East-West Medical Approach to a Patient with Cancer
  • Feb 2 – Sixth Annual Agi Hirshberg Symposium on Pancretic Cancer
  • Feb 4 -UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress Annual Basic & Translational Symposium
  • Special Exhibits on Integrative Medicine at the Biomedical Library

Beat the Odds: Social and Emotional Skill Building Delivered in a Framework of Drumming – A Training Program for Working with Children (details)

Sunday, February 28

Beat the Odds integrates activities from contemporary drum circles and group counseling to teach skills to children in focusing and listening, team building, leadership, expressing feelings, managing anger/stress, empathy and gratitude. The program serves a whole classroom at a time and is designed for delivery by school personnel or individuals without musical experience. It is inclusive, culturally relevant, and does not bear the stigma of therapy.

UCLA researchers have shown that Beat the Odds can significantly improve a spectrum of behavior problems in children, such as inattention, withdrawn/depression, posttraumatic stress, anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity, oppositional defiance, and sluggish cognitive tempo.

All Primary Intervention and Elementary School Counselors in the Los Angeles Unified School District have received training in Beat the Odds. A one-day training workshop is now available to the public.


Awakening from Trauma through Breath, Sound, and Movement (details)

Mondays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

The body remembers trauma because it was the scene of the trauma. Trauma is expressed nonverbally in distinctive patterns of breath, movement, and sounds that we make. Healing can take place by unwinding these manifestations and the corresponding self-limiting beliefs that may interfere with emotional expression, physical health, relationships, and experiencing life to the fullest.

In this series, participants will gain awareness of how they hold trauma and acquire a toolbox of means for freeing themselves of the trauma, through the creative arts and practices rooted in the ancient art and philosophy of Tai Ji and Qi Gong. This program is intended for both professional and personal benefit for trauma of any type.


Rituals for Life (details)

Wednesday, March 31

We play numerous roles in life. We may hold multiple jobs. We may be an employer, spouse, parent, caregiver, sibling, friend, student, teacher, volunteer, mentor, and more. We typically carry the stress from one role into the next, building exhaustion that is masked by such things as food, alcohol, medication, or even shopping. Daily rituals can be helpful in managing life transitions.

In this workshop, experiential techniques will be used to help participants explore the roles in their lives, reflect on how they transition from one to another, identify their most challenging transitions, determine their needs, and develop a ritual that they can bring into their lives to address those needs – with a plan for accountability.

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