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February 22nd, 2014 10:00 AM   through   February 23rd, 2014 4:30 PM
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
ROOM 176
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
United States

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Phone: (425) 602-3152
Professional $ 175.00
General public $ 175.00
Bastyr/NIAOM alumni $ 155.00
BU staff $ 145.00
Full time student $ 95.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience general public, health care professionals, full time students, acupuncturists, massage therapists, physical & occupational therapists, nutritionists & dieticians, counselors, mental health therapists, marriage & family therapists & social workers
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Is the story of your life intimately connected to the state of your financial, physical and mental health? Can telling your story improve your overall health? Can bearing witness to other people’s stories help them heal past and present trauma? Research in an emerging field called “narrative medicine” suggests that the answer to all of these questions is: Yes. Feb 22-23, Sat & Sun, 10a.m.-4:30p.m. Lizbeth Adams, PhD & Mark Brady, PhD. 10 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs

Explore and practice some of the healing elements of narrative medicine. We will discuss how the early events of our lives might best be brought together to construct a “coherent narrative.” Through a combination of presented material, individual and group exercises, and facilitated discussion, you will begin to recognize and value the brain and body-healing benefits of using intuition and somatosensory sensation. This process will help to uncover and tell the truth of one’s life experiences.

Over the course of the weekend we will move from the intrapersonal story to the transpersonal story, and examine how listening to the stories of others can help them heal (for practitioners this would include those of your patients). And since emotional safety is paramount and integral to healing, everyone attending this weekend will be invited to say or share only what they are comfortable with.

Upon completion of this seminar you will be able to:

  • Describe how the brain and body are shaped by developmental events
  • Identify the six primary elements of Narrative Medicine
  • Write or speak about life events with clarity and a coherent story line
  • List five different means of accessing memories stored in “the un-thought known”
  • Identify several personal “core” experiences that unwittingly affect current-day life
  • Describe the four interpersonal bonding styles that profoundly affect personal relationships
  • Describe the importance of “mindsight” and “theory of mind” in the healing relationship

Meals: One hour lunch break – Bring a sack lunch or eat in Bastyr’s dining commons.

Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room 63. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs, PDAs, CMEs, CPEUs)
CEUs available for NDs (except CA & OR)
CEUs available for marriage & family therapists, mental health counselors, and social workers licensed in WA
CEUs available for LMPs licensed in WA
CEUs available for PTs & OTs licensed in WA
NCBTMB CEs pending approval for LMPs
CEUs available for ARNPs and RNs licensed in WA
CEUs available for DCs licensed in WA
Category II CMEs available for MDs and PAs licensed in WA
NCCAOM PDA points approved for LAc’s
CEUs pending approval for LAc’s licensed in CA
ADA CPEUs pending approval for RDs

Liz Adams, PhD
Lizbeth Adams received her academic training in neurobiology at the University of Washington where she earned a PhD in physiology/biophysics. Following two postdoctoral research fellowships in Seattle, she came to Bastyr in 1996. Since then she has worked to strengthen the research enterprise at Bastyr, and beginning in 2004 has served as the director of the office of research integrity.

Lizbeth is in the final stages of completing a memoir about her brother’s mental illness and the decades-long search she undertook to discover his fate after he disappeared from their family. Her works of creative nonfiction have been published in Memoir in the Light of Day (Lamberson Corona Press: NY) and Motherhood Muse, an online magazine.

Mark Brady, PhD
Mark Brady spent ten years at one of the nation's premier think tanks: The Center for Advanced Study at Stanford (as the maintenance man). He's a self-taught brain educator, primarily because neuroscience research was only in its infancy when he completed two master's degrees and his PhD in transpersonal psychology. He also co-founded The Children’s Grief Program in Palo Alto, CA where he volunteered for 20 years.

Work by physicians, including Robert Scaer and Gabor Mate, and the ACEs Study by Kaiser Permanente made him realize that early childhood experiences have profound impact on body, brain and spirit across the entire lifespan. For the last ten years Mark has focused his work primarily toward parents of young children. He is the author of many books and papers: A Little Book of Parenting Skills; Safe and Secure: A Guide to Parenting with the Brain in Mind; How Parents Screw Us Up (Without Really Meaning To); The Wisdom of Listening; and A Father's Book of Listening. Mark also won The Jack London Award for fiction. Visit to read or subscribe to Mark's popular internet blog, The Committed Parent.