Richard Davidson, PhD

The Science of Resilience

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What You'll Learn

  • Explore the 4 pillars of well-being, and hear how mindfulness practice can help you be more resilient and effective in the classroom

  • Learn about the unique qualities of the adolescent brain, and understand how mindfulness can have a positive impact on a child's development when its taught at an early age

  • Follow along in a guided practice to anchor yourself to the present moment and regulate your emotions in a healthy way

About Richard Davidson, PhD

Dr. Richard Davidson’s research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices. He has published over 400 articles and edited 14 books. He is the author (with S. Begley) of The Emotional Life of Your Brain and co-author with D. Goleman of Altered Traits. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017 and appointed to the Governing Board of UNESCO’s MGIEP in 2018. To learn more about Dr. Davidson and his work, visit Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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About Dzung Vo, MD

Dzung X. Vo, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, is the Head of the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, and clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, Canada, and co-founder and director of the BC Children's Hospital Centre for Mindfulness. He co-developed a mindfulness training program called MARS-A, or Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents. Dr. Vo also developed a Mindful Healing course for health care providers, adapted from Mindful Practice (Ron Epstein and Michael Krasner) and other sources. Dr. Vo is the author of The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the BC Association for Living Mindfully (BCALM) and the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN).

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  1. Irene Kenison October 19, 2019 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you for insights to awareness,connectio, insight and purpose, and to compassion and empathy. Will keep these in mind trying to help students toward resilience.

  2. Marge October 19, 2019 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    The differentiation between compassion and empathy helped me appreciate that I can care about someone without living that person’s adversities. This is freeing for me, and I appreciate it. I also appreciate Dr. Dzung’s gift for using limited time to get to the heart of the topics with his interviewers. I am grateful to have learned so much in such a short time from Richard Davidson. Thank you.

  3. Valerie Kelly October 19, 2019 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for your wealth of information and the Emotional Life Of Your Brain! I drop you name and the information therein, at every presentation, as if it were confetti at a unicorn party!

  4. Valerie Kelly October 19, 2019 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Thank you for you amazing wealth of knowledge. I learned so very much from The Emotional Life Of Your Brain! I drop your name and research like confetti!!! Incredible.

  5. Valerie Kelly October 19, 2019 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    I read your book The Emotional Life of Your Brain, while completing the year long Certification process at Mindful Schools. Chris, Megan, Vinnie, Pam, and Oren were committed to this amazing process of self oriented organization. You helped to neatly tie all the pieces together for me so that I am able to effectively and with Mindful awareness of the profound change this can bring to the human experience! Thank you, sir!

  6. loazul azul lo October 19, 2019 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    thanks for you awesome presentation and for explaining tonglen practice ( giving and receiving), in such a great and simple way to an occidental audience.

  7. Laura Pomeranc October 19, 2019 at 6:49 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for share your knowledge! I’m fascinated with mindfulness from few years ago, since I practice at the beach, being more aware of myself, teaching strategies to my patients and ended with my bad migraines.
    I’m a Mental Health counselor, and want to share With you that after working 10 years with suffered populations, I learned that Love, compassion, and teaching ways of safety were the keys to build resilience on kids!!! Thank you again..

  8. may zaw naing October 19, 2019 at 3:46 am - Reply

    Thank you so much. Very insightful presentation

  9. Isabel Arline Duque October 18, 2019 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Thanks for such extraordinary presentation! I agree with you,Mindfulness is like preparing to run the marathon, you need to train every day! And should be incorporated into our daily life routines.Good we are incorporating this in the schools and in the curriculum, along with professional development for teachers, etc.
    Greetings from Mexico!

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