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This is the schedule from the 2019 course. 2020 schedule not yet available.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
7:30 am to 8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am to 8:15 am Welcome to the 2nd Annual Herbert Benson Course in Mind Body Medicine

Gregory Fricchione, MD and Herbert Benson, MD

8:15 am to 9:30 am Mind Body Medicine and the Clinical Implications of Brain Evolution

Gregory Fricchione, MD

9:30 am to 10:45 am KEYNOTE - The Many Dimensions of Integrative Health

Helene Langevin, MD

10:45 am to 11:00 am Morning Break

Refreshments provided

11:00 am to 12:15 pm The Hype and Hope of Happiness: Positive Psychology Interventions in Patients with Chronic Medical Illness

Jeffrey Huffman, MD

12:15 pm to 1:30 pm Break for lunch*
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm KEYNOTE - Blast from the Past: Understanding Ancient Mind Body Causes of Depression to Optimize 21st-Century Well-Being

Charles Raison, MD

2:45 pm to 4:00 pm Mastering the Fundamentals of Mind Body Medicine: Knowledge, Skills and BHI's SMART Model of Integrative Care

Elyse Park, PhD, MPH

4:00 pm to 4:15 pm Afternoon Break

Refreshments provided

4:15 pm to 5:15 pm KEYNOTE - 10% Happier

Dan Harris

Thursday, October 24, 2019
7:30 am to 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
7:45 am to 8:00 am Morning Meditation (optional)
8:00 am to 9:00 am Education and Skills Development Options 1

(Choose one of the following four breakout sessions 1A - 1D)

1A Understanding Cutting-Edge Advances in Mind Body Medicine
John Denninger, MD, PhD
1B Knowledge and Skills Development Workshop: Gentle Yoga
Laura Malloy, LICSW, C-IAYT
1C Interactive Small Group Workshop: How to Teach Meditation and Deepen Your Own Practice
Michelle Dossett, MD, PhD, MPH
1D Mind Body Approaches to Treat Chronic Pain
Ellen Slawsby, PhD

9:00 am to 9:10 am Stretch and Move
9:10 am to 10:10 am Education and Skills Development Options 2

(Choose one of the following four breakout sessions 2A - 2D)

2A Placebo Effects in Medicine
Ted Kaptchuk, BA 
2B Knowledge and Skills Development Workshop: Tai Chi
Stanwood Chang
2C Interactive Small Group Workshop: How to Teach Meditation and Deepen Your Own Practice
Rana Chudnofsky, MEd 
2D Therapeutic Touch: Compassion in Action
Katherine Rosa, PhD, CNP, FNP-BC

10:10 am to 10:30 am Morning Break

Refreshments provided

10:30 am to 11:30 am Education and Skills Development Options 3

(Choose one of the following four breakout sessions 3A - 3D)

3A Epigenetic Aging: Influences of Stress, Lifestyle, Nutrition and Supplements
Olivia Okereke, MD, MS
3B Knowledge and Skills Development Workshop: Tai Chi
Stanwood Chang
3C Interactive Small Group Workshop: How to Teach Meditation and Deepen Your Own Practice
Katherine Rosa, PhD, CNP, FNP-BC
3D Workshop: Tools for Integrating Mind Body Medicine into an Office Visit
Margaret Baim, MS, NP

11:30 am to 11:40 am Stretch and Move
11:40 am to 12:40 pm Education and Skills Development Options 4

(Choose one of the following three breakout sessions 4A - 4C)

4A Your Brain on Food: Implications for Mindfulness and Food
Uma Naidoo, MD
4B Knowledge and Skills Development Workshop: Chair and Laughter Yoga
Laura Malloy, LICSW, C-IAYT
4C Interactive Small Group Workshop: How to Teach Meditation and Deepen Your Own Practice
John Denninger, MD, PhD

12:40 pm to 2:00 pm Break for lunch*
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Education and Skills Development Options 5

(Choose one of the following three breakout sessions 5A - 5C)

5A Coaching Your Patients to Get Moving
Elizabeth Frates, MD
5B How to Bring Mind Body Medicine to Your Practice: Modern Models of Integrated Care
Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH
5C Interactive Small Group Workshop: How to Teach Meditation and Deepen Your Own Practice
Margaret Baim, MS, NP

3:00 pm to 3:10 pm Stretch and Move
3:10 pm to 4:10 pm Education and Skills Development Options 6

(Choose one of the following three breakout sessions 6A - 6C)

6A Mind Body Medicine and Its Effect on Healthcare Resource Utilization
James Stahl, MD, CM, MPH
6B Resilient Youth
Rana Chudnofsky, MEd
6C Interactive Small Group Workshop: How to Teach Meditation and Deepen Your Own Practice
Jacob Mirsky, MD

4:10 pm to 4:30 pm Afternoon Break

Refreshments provided

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm Education and Skills Development Options 7

(Choose one of the following three breakout sessions 7A - 7C)

7A Demonstrations of Narrative Healing: How to Guide Your Patients' Use of Storytelling to Promote Health
Anne Brewster, MD
7B BHI Coping Essentials: How to Guide Patients towards the Cultivation of Adaptive Perspectives, Positive Emotions, Humor and Empathy
Margaret Baim, MS, NP
7C Interactive Small Group Workshop: How to Teach Meditation and Deepen Your Own Practice
Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH

Friday, October 25, 2019
7:30 am to 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
7:45 am to 8:00 am Morning Meditation (optional)
8:00 am to 9:00 am Education and Skills Development Options 8

(Choose one of the following four breakout sessions 8A - 8D)

8A Disentangling the Link between Stress and Cardiovascular Disease
Ahmed Tawakol, MD
8B The Intersection of CBT and Mindfulness in Children
Aude Henin, PhD
8C BHI-Certified Providers Share Tips on How They Put SMART into Practice
Jane Oh, MD, Cheryl Pascucci, NP, Keri Layton, ND, Jonathon Sikorksi, PhD and Mary Susan Convery, LICSW
Moderated by Margaret Baim, MS, NP

8D Interactive Small Group Workshop: How to Teach Meditation and Deepen Your Own Practice
Ellen Slawsby, PhD

9:00 am to 9:10 am Stretch and Move
9:10 am to 10:10 am Education and Skills Development Options 9

(Choose one of the following four breakout sessions 9A - 9D)

9A Bringing the Body Back into Mind Body Research
Peter Wayne, PhD
9B Knowledge and Skills Development Workshop: Yoga
Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD
9C Introduction to BHI's Wellness Program: Positivity and Relaxation Training (PART)
Rana Chudnofsky, MEd
9D Interactive Small Group Workshop: How to Teach Meditation and Deepen Your Own Practice
Laura Malloy, LICSW, C-IAYT

10:10 am to 10:30 am Morning Break

Refreshments provided

10:30 am to 11:30 am Education and Skills Development Options 10

(Choose one of the following four breakout sessions 10A - 10D)

10A Yoga: The Underlying Science and the Biomedical Research
Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD
10B Knowledge and Skills Development Workshop: Tai Chi
Peter Wayne, PhD
10C Therapeutic Touch: Compassion in Action
Katherine Rosa, PhD, CNP, FNP-BC
10D Interactive Small Group Workshop: How to Teach Meditation and Deepen Your Own Practice
Rana Chudnofsky, MEd

11:30 am to 11:40 am Stretch and Move
11:40 am to 12:40 pm Education and Skills Development Options 11

(Choose one of the following three breakout sessions 11A - 11C)

11A The Relaxation Response and Drug-Mediated Resolution of Inflammation
Manoj Bhasin, PhD
11B The Resilient Clinician: Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Burnout and Promoting Well-Being
Michelle Dossett, MD, PhD, MPH
11C Interactive Small Group Workshop: How to Teach Meditation and Deepen Your Own Practice
Jacob Mirsky, MD

12:40 pm to 2:00 pm Break for lunch*
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Education and Skills Development Options 12

(Choose one of the following three breakout sessions 12A - 12C)

12A Targeting Sleep Physiology with Mind Body Therapies: How to Improve Sleep
Suzanne Bertisch, MD, MPH
12B Data and Impact of SMART
Giselle Perez, PhD
12C Mind Body Approaches to Treat Chronic Pain
Ellen Slawsby, PhD

3:00 pm to 3:10 pm Stretch and Move
3:10 pm to 4:10 pm Education and Skills Development Options 13

(Choose one of the following three breakout sessions 13A - 13C)

13A Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion-Focused Therapy: Two New Potential Adaptive Strategies to Manage Stress
John Matthews, MD
13B Resilient Warrior: Mind Body Techniques for Veterans and Their Families
Louisa Sylvia, PhD
13C BHI-Certified Providers Share Tips on How They Put SMART into Practice
Jane Oh, MD, Cheryl Pascucci, NP, Keri Layton, ND, Jonathon Sikorksi, PhD, and Mary Susan Convery, LICSW
Moderated by Margaret Baim, MS, NP

4:10 pm to 4:30 pm Afternoon Break

Refreshments provided

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm Education and Skills Development Options 14

(Choose one of the following three breakout sessions 14A - 14C)

14A What Doctors Don't Know: The Key to Fixing American Healthcare
John Abramson, MD, MSc
14B Optimizing Brain Health in Older Adults through Lifestyle and Mind Body Approaches
Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD
14C Mind Body Medicine in Practice: Answering Questions and Addressing Common Concerns
Gregory Fricchione, MD and John Denninger, MD, PhD

5:30 pm to 5:45 pm Putting It All Together

Gregory Fricchione, MD

*There are many convenient and varied lunch options within a short walking distance of the course.