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EP20 Invited Address 02 - MWe and the Integration of Identity: The Importance of Mind in Confronting the Pandemics of COVID-19, Social Injustice, and Climate Destruction - Daniel Siegel, MD

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COVID |  Invited Addresses |  Social Psychology
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2020
Daniel Siegel, MD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
1 hour
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Dec 12, 2020
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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.


Educational Objectives:

  1. Identify four facets of what the term, “mind”, involves
  2. Provide a working definition of the mind as an emergent, self-organizing, embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information
  3. Name the common “element” that is both internal and relational
  4. Define an integrated identity as Me plus We equals MWe

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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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.