Embracing Life Challenges: Finding Balance through Integrative Mental Health Care

Thursdays, Feb. 14 – Mar. 28, 2019
7:00pm – 8:30pm
UCSF’s Parnassus Campus
513 Parnassus Avenue, School of Nursing Building
Course# MLL19013

Course Co-Chairs

Sudha Prathikanti, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
School of Medicine, UCSF

Selena Chan, DO
Clinical Fellow
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF

Course Description

Ancient cultures throughout the world have recognized that emotional vibrancy and well-being spring from a life lived in balance – a life with both energizing and calming activities – that emphasizes one's connection with community, nature, and the deepest self. In such a context, we are strong and resilient, with the capacity to embrace and grow from pain and loss, which are natural processes of human life. In today’s society, we are often disconnected from the elements of a balanced life, making emotional wellness harder to achieve. When physical injury, interpersonal loss or chronic illness enters our lives, nurturing ourselves becomes especially challenging. Sometimes, there is a sense of losing one's deepest self, which may manifest as anxiety, depression or difficulty taking care of oneself.

This course brings together integrative mental health experts inspired by the wisdom of healing paradigms from around the world. Speakers will explore and illuminate the multiple dimensions of emotional well-being and share practical methods of cultivating resilience and recovery in the face of changing stressors and evolving life narratives.

*** PLEASE NOTE:  This series of lectures are academic-based and not support or therapy group sessions ***

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Lecture Schedule

PLEASE NOTE: Schedule or speakers may change on short notice

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Title: The Mandala of Healing: Moving Toward a Whole Person Paradigm in Mental Healthcare Download Slides
Healing Paradigm - Ayurveda
Sudha Prathikanti, MD, ABIHM
Integrative Psychiatrist, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF

Title: A Shamanic Journey: MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy to Guide Recovery from Trauma Download Slides
Healing Paradigm - Natural hallucinogens and psychoactive treatments
Sylver Quevedo, MD, MPH    
Physician of Nephrology, Integrative, Family, and Internal Medicine.
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF


Title: The Alchemy of Healing: The Pathways to Emotional and Spiritual Flourishing in the Classical Chinese Medicine Tradition Download Slides
Healing Paradigm - Classical Daoist Chinese Medicine
James Duffy, MD
Integrative Psychiatrist, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF
Title: Listening to One's Deepest Self: Opening to Transpersonal Dimensions of Healing Download Slides
Healing Paradigm - Transpersonal Psychology
David Lukoff, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

Title: Nature’s Remedies: Herbal Treatments for Emotional Distress Download Slides
Healing Paradigm - Traditional Western Herbalism
Geronima Cortese, RN, MPH, OCN 
Urologic Surgical Oncology Nurse Navigator, UCSF

Title: Exploring Physical and Emotional Dimensions of Pain and Loss: The Power of the Mind-Body Connection Download Slides
Healing Paradigm - Mind-Body Therapies
Selena Chan, DO
Integrative Psychiatrist
Clinical Fellow, Osher Center of Integrative Medicine, UCSF