BHI will host its annual conference at Harvard Medical School October 19-21, 2017. This year’s course, “Mind Body Medicine: Guiding Patients to Health and Happiness,” will provide hundreds of clinicians and mind body practitioners from across the globe an opportunity to explore cutting-edge research, share best practices and discover new strategies for treating patients. The 2 ½ day Continuing Medical Education (CME) course will be held at the Joseph Martin Conference Center in Boston.
The conference will feature a joint presentation by BHI founder Dr. Herbert Benson (author of “The Relaxation Response,” a groundbreaking work of mind body medical literature) and Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, whose pioneering work in the field led him to coin the phrase “mindfulness” and found the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. BHI Director Dr. Gregory Fricchione will present “Evolutionary Mind Body Medicine: Implications for Health and Well-Being.”
Keynote speakers Amy Cuddy, PhD and Robert Waldinger, MD are Harvard professors and TEDtalk phenoms who between them have more than 50 million views. Dr. Cuddy’s 2015 book “Presence: Bringing your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges,” explores how harnessing inner strength can help propel individuals to greater success. A professor of psychology at Harvard, Dr. Cuddy is perhaps best known for her TEDtalk about “the power pose,” which discusses how one’s carriage can influence interpersonal relationships. Dr. Waldinger directs the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest longitudinal studies of adult life ever done. Dr. Waldinger’s research focuses on the lifetime predictors of healthy adult development, studying two groups of men recruited as teenagers from Harvard College and from Boston inner city neighborhoods, and who have been part of the Study for 76 years.
The BHI is proud to feature members of the Healing Emergency Aid Response Team 9/11 (HEART 9/11). The team of New York-area police, fire, emergency medical and building trades personnel responded in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attack; their shared experiences bonded the members and propelled them to share their strategies for responding to crises with other first responders around the country. HEART 9/11’s mission is to respond to natural and man-made disasters, help those affected to rebuild and recover by teaching resiliency skills to individuals and families.
Registration for the course will be conducted through Harvard Medical School.