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Healing Trauma: The Central Role of Integration in Working with the Mind, Brain and Human Relationships

Dr Daniel Siegel, MD

Held 12 May 2009

This one-day seminar covered the following:

Session 1: How do the Mind, Brain and Relationships Interact to Shape Well-being?
Exploring the notions of mind, brain, and relationships as composing a triangle of energy and information flow, we will discover how the mind can be defined, the brain illuminated, and the central role of relationships in well-being established.

Session 2: Trauma seen as Impairments to Integration: The Nine Domains
Integration is defined as the linkage of differentiated parts. Nine domains of integration will be presented that help us see how trauma overwhelms mind, brain, and relationships and impairs differentiation and/or linkage. The result is chaos and rigidity—far from the harmonious flow of an integrated system.

Session 3: Clinical Interventions from an Interpersonal Neurobiology Approach: Promoting Integration
This “consilient” approach combines a range of sciences to help establish new windows of understanding and strategies of intervention.  We’ll explore how trauma can be assessed as impediments to integration and then identify new strategies that promote healing.

Session 4: Healing and Hope: Moving Beyond Survival to Integration and Meaning
Integration moves an individual, a family, and perhaps a community, beyond biological adaptations of survival toward more intricate and flexible states of integration and meaning.  Elucidating the nature of bodily states and their interdependence with our life stories, we’ll see how a sense of visceral well-being and narrative coherence each reflect the integration that emerges with the healing process.

This seminar was held at the Mecure Hotel and was attended by 166 people.


Dr Siegel was very generous in allowing the lectures from this seminar to be filmed by Psychevisual. They can be viewed for a small fee.

About Dr Daniel Siegel, MD

Dr Daniel J. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry.  He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative. He is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development.  He is also the Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization that focuses on how the development of insight and empathy within individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes. Please visit Dr Siegel’s website for more information about web-based video courses for professionals and the general public from the Mindsight Institute.