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AGENDA UPDATE: Susan Kaiser Greenland to join U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan on Friday Evening, Dan Siegel Speaking on Saturday

The Bridging the Hearts and Minds Conference Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the welcome addition of Dr. Daniel Siegel (author of the forthcoming book Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain), who will offer a keynote talk on Saturday afternoon following the regular sessions. Dan, a noted neuropsychiatrist and author who has written and spoken extensively on the topic of mindfulness and the brain, will be joining us in San Diego and providing an informal and powerful context to the conference proceedings. The general public will be able to purchase tickets to hear his talk, but attendance will be free for conference registrants.

In addition, Friday night's public lecture will feature a dialogue between author and pioneer in the teaching of mindfulness to children Susan Kaiser Greenland and US Representative Tim Ryan. Susan and Tim will be presenting together on "Mindfulness, Our Youth and the Future of Citizenship in the World". This evening with Tim and Susan promises to be a lively and engaging exploration of the power and potential of mindfulness for our youth and for our future.

Thanks to the generous financial support of the 1440 Foundation the Pre-Conference "Unconference" Gathering of Leaders in the Field, on Friday morning promises to make this an event to remember in the mindfulness and youth field. The unconference creates a time and place to discuss challenges and opportunities within the field in a peer-to-peer learning environment where relationships are made, communities are developed and problems can be solved. Key program developers, researchers, policy makers and community-builders have been invited to this first-ever gathering and conference attendees are invited to participate as well. group rates available

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Keynote Speakers Include:

Congressman Tim Ryan Susan Kaiser Greenland Dr. Mark Greenberg
Dr. Amy Saltzman Dan Siegel  

Target Audience

Educators, healthcare providers, psychotherapists, researchers and administrators of programs providing care and education to youth.


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Engage in a variety of mindfulness-based programs for children and adolescents through experiential techniques and dissemination of information for participants to use in their work with youth.
  • Develop skills to utilize a variety of adapted mindfulness-based interventions for youth.
  • Discuss current information regarding mindfulness and brain science through research and practice.
  • Review current research as it is related to societal trends regarding the state of our youth today and explore how mindfulness can play a crucial role in positively impacting these trends.
  • Obtain direct, personal experience of mindfulness practice and learn how it applies to both professional and personal practice.

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