This invited address will focus on the strange finding that the various disciplines comprising the broad field of mental health rarely offer their trainees a definition of what the mind is. We’ll explore a cross-disciplinary perspective on this question, offering a working definition of the mind and on what a healthy mind may actually be. The core process of linking differentiated parts of a system—be it the brain, an interpersonal relationship, or modern culture—can be called “integration” and be seen at the heart of well-being. We’ll explore how our current set of pandemics, including COVID-19, social injustice, and climate destruction, are calling on the profession of mental health more than ever to step up our scientific grounding in proactively supporting the cultivation of not only resilience in individuals, but a change in how the relational mind constructs identity.
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Daniel Siegel, MD, received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. Dr. Siegel has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, London's Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and TEDx.