The PowerPoint presentations for the morning and afternoon plenary sessions are available on this page. Simply click on the title of each session below and you will be taken to a PDF version of that presentation.  

Morning Plenary: Sabrina N'Diaye, PhD, LCSW-C, Founder, The Heart Nest Wellness Center

Connection: Trauma's Healing Salve:(PDF)
Witnessing the transcendence from trauma to health can feed our souls. Witnessing the pain of trauma can also empty our "cups". This presentation explores the power of connection as the key element of trauma treatment. It will guide us in keeping the pathways of hope, trust, and vulnerability open to the wounded beings who seek comfort. We will explore the current research on the healing energy of the group, the impact of ritual on the brain, and the medicinal qualities of prayer. Our time together will result in you creating new ways of connecting with your community, clients, and yourself. Most importantly, it will serve as a gentle reminder to remain committed to this sacred path of service.


Lunch Plenary: Gail C. Christopher, DN, Senior Advisor and Vice President for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation                      

 Honoring Our Human Capacity for Healing:
This presentation will share insights gleaned over four decades of working with diverse communities to foster holistic health and well-being. It will provide examples of community resilience, leadership and meaningful change. It will offer a conceptual framework for consideration when designing holistic practice program and policy interventions.

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 Afternoon Plenary: Henry Emmons, MD, Founder, Partners in Resilience

Resilient Healers: Blending New Science and Ageless Wisdom to Sustain a Healthy Mind, Mood and Heart:(PDF)
Trauma affects not only the direct victims but also those who care for them, including the team of healers. Stress-related disorders, including anxiety and depression, have never been more prevalent among health care     professionals. Maintaining a healthy mind and open heart has never been more important. What can we do to restore resilience and serenity, and to protect ourselves as well as our patients from the many faces of stress?  Blending new neuroscience with ageless wisdom traditions, we will explore what it takes to cultivate inner calm and joy, and to protect our brains throughout our lives.

At the end of this presentation you will be able to do three things. One, describe the resilience model and the key factors that help sustain a lifetime of resilience. Two, understand how the new neuroscience can promote a vital mind. Three, develop at least three new personal practices to sustain your own healthy brain and mood.