When the Body Says No & The Myth of Normal: A Workshop with Gabor Maté
If you would like to purchase tickets to the conversation with Gabor Mate on Friday, March 8th, click here. Gabor Maté is renowned for his groundbreaking work with patients facing the extreme challenges of drug addiction, trauma, mental illness, and HIV. He has also extensively studied and written about the impacts of stress, trauma, and attention-deficit disorder on our bodies and minds. In his work, Dr. Maté utilizes scientific research, case histories, as well as his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them. You can choose to take one or both days of this workshop with Dr. Maté. Day One (Saturday, March 9th): When The Body Says No Mind/Body Unity and the Stress-Disease Connection We all encounter stress. It plays a role in our personal and professional lives and it can take a heavy toll unless it is recognized and managed effectively and insightfully. There is strong evidence to suggest that in nearly all chronic conditions, from cancer, ALS, or multiple sclerosis to autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or Alzheimer's, hidden stress is a major predisposing factor. In an important sense, disease in an individual can be seen as the end point of a multigenerational emotional process. If properly understood, these conditions can provide important openings for compassion and self-awareness, which in turn are major tools in recovery and healing. This workshop provides insights into why stress remains hidden in our culture, and shows how to recognize and prevent it. Drawing on research findings and his own extensive experience in family practice and palliative care, Dr. Maté discusses the mind/body stress connection and the physiological consequences of stress. Understand the nature of stress and how our early environment programs us physiologically and psychologically into chronically stressful patterns of feeling and behavior. This workshop is open to all individuals including clinicians who wish to learn about the stress-disease connection. Day Two (Sunday, March 10th): The Myth of Normal Depression, Anxiety and Addictions from a New Perspective For all our progress in understanding and treating mental illness, it continues to be a subject of misapprehension, prejudice and stigmatization. Perhaps the reason for that is not its strangeness but its familiarity. Very few individuals or families are untouched by at least some aspects of mental dysfunction, some periods of the discouragement, disconnect or anxiety that, on a deeper and more chronic level, characterizes the mind state of the mentally ill. Beyond individual experience or predisposition, many factors in this stressed and confused culture are conducive to mental malfunction on a broad social scale. In this workshop, Dr. Maté explains the bio psychosocial nature of physical and mental illness, and how early experiences shape not only the mind, but also the brain. Drawing on his own extensive experience in family practice and palliative care, Dr. Maté shares how addiction, depression, and anxiety are often consequences of early trauma. This workshop explores the causes and "normality" of depression, anxiety and addictions in our society. It is open to all individuals including clinicians. Gabor Maté (pronunciation: GAH-bor ma-TAY) is a medical doctor recently retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and for seven years he served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. For twelve years he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard core addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. For two years he was the onsite physician at Vancouver’s unique Supervised Injection Site, North America’s first such facility. He is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, on attention deficit disorder and other childhood
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