Disease tells a story, not just of biology but also biography. It is important for clinicians to listen to, and integrate, both stories in our work with patients in their quest for healing.
Stress is a contributing factor in illness. The latest research is confirming and expanding on this idea in ways that can revolutionize the way we go about treating our patients. Biography can and does influence biology. There is a growing realization of importance of effectively and skillfully integrating this knowledge into the practice of medicine.
In this practical training with naturopathic physician Paul Epstein, you learn a theoretical framework for practice in the healing arts that emphasizes the relationship between the cell (biology) and the self (biography) in clinical care. You learn how to:
- Define and explain the relationship between stress and illness
- Facilitate exploration of the connection between childhood trauma and chronic adult disease
- Use mind-body therapies, including guided imagery, biographical exploration, family systems theory, and more, to connect the cell and the self
You also gain tools and information to create professional resilience and prevent burnout.
Physicians, naturopathic doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, nutritionists, and other healing professionals are welcome.
At the end of the training course you will be able to:
- Articulate an expanded definition and understanding of stress within the context of Mind-Body Medicine
- Discuss the 3 sciences behind Mind-Body Medicine - Psychoneuroimmunology, Epigenetics and Neuroplasticity
- Describe the role that traumatic/adverse events play in establishing life-long attitudes and beliefs and how this relates to health and disease
- Discuss the latest research into the impact of stress (and our response to it) on health and disease
- Describe the theory, latest research and available resources on the impact of childhood trauma in adult disease, including an understanding of what qualifies as “trauma”
- Articulate the difference between acknowledging the role of biography in the disease process VS blaming the patient for creating their illness. I will clearly explain how and why acknowledging and exploring a patient’s biography as part of an integrative approach to treating chronic disease is an empowering and liberating experience that enhances treatment effectiveness
- Demonstrate the language and methods of working with stress and trauma and how that fits into the spectrum of an integrative, whole-person approach to treating patients
- Demonstrate practical therapeutic techniques for incorporating the treatment of stress and childhood trauma, and its impact, in clinical treatment of chronic diseases
- Articulate how and why Mindfulness IS medicine
- Describe Clinical Guided Imagery and how it can be used to explore the meaning/message of pain/symptoms & to tap into inner guidance/wisdom
- Describe various somatic psychotherapies including Internal Family Systems Theory/Therapy and how to apply those in the healing process
- Demonstrate the language and methods involved in creating a healing Therapeutic Relationship
- Discuss the necessary components of an optimal healing environment for patients
- Describe the role that Interpersonal Neurobiology plays in the healing process
- Discuss the role and purpose of Unconditional Presence in the healing process
- Articulate why and how “narrative medicine” and “contemplative medicine” are powerful approaches for shifting the patient’s perspective towards their health challenges, to heal their biography and support the process of curing their biology
- Demonstrate strategies and tools for creating personal and professional resilience to prevent practitioner burnout.
This workshop is designed for mental health professionals with a beginner-advanced knowledge base in this field.
CE and CME are available and included in the tuition. However, you must register for CE/CMEs to receive them. You may register for your CE/CMEs online or by phone with Omega registration at 877.944.2002, before your arrival or at check-in. It is required that you attend all sessions for CE/CME certification.
Paul Epstein is also teaching How Biography Becomes Biology.
CE and CME are available and included in the tuition. However, you must register for CE/CMEs to receive them. It is required that you attend all sessions for CE/CME certification.
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m.||Welcome & Orientation|
|8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.||Celebrating Community or Centering Into the Omega Experience|
|8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.||Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|Noon–1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
The Children's Program will not be available for this workshop.
Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Meet the Teachers
Paul Epstein, ND, a naturopathic physician and mindfulness meditation teacher, has studied an ...
Tuition & Fees
Connecting the Cell and the Self
Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight.
Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services. A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute below).
Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund. Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.
Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any Omega program or stay for one year following date of issue.
No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.
For more cancellation policies, see individual workshops or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.
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Certificate of Attendance $ 25.00
Credit Hours: 22.5
ACCME - Physicians (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) $ 0.00
BRN/ANCC - Nurses $ 0.00
APA - Psychologists (American Psychological Association) $ 0.00
SW - Social Workers $ 0.00
SW-NYS - Social Workers and Counselors of New York State $ 0.00