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Conversations for Clinicians #14 – The healing power of Interpersonal Neurobiology in healthcare

September 12, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

As individuals, communities, institutions, or even as a culture, this year has brought unparalleled changes to our lives. For those of us working in healthcare, the stress we’ve experienced has revealed amazing strength and tenacity, as well as fragility and vulnerability.

Healthcare – medical education and practice – focuses on the objective, data-driven evaluation of physical health, leaving the subjective, emotional experience of both patients and providers woefully underserved.

Taking the time to understand just what it means to be a human being is extraordinarily useful; considering the role of the nervous system, it turns out, is a key to that endeavor.

Can we begin to apply interpersonal neurobiology to see vulnerability as a strength and not a weakness? Can we not only reduce provider burnout with this shift, but also increase the satisfaction of working in healthcare? Can we expand patient engagement and improve the quality of their care?

Join us as we welcome guest Mary Meador, MD, practicing physician and mental health expert, to introduce us to Interpersonal Neurobiology and how to apply it to our work in healthcare.

Mary will guide us to build awareness of our body and emotions, and explore how our minds resonate with one another in the provider-patient relationship.

We will discuss:

  • Our brain as a social organ built on experience of relationships

  • How the ancient, brain-based need for safety and survival influences our work in healthcare

  • The interpersonal neurobiology of stress, anxiety, and fear

  • Tips for attending to your own well-being through interpersonal neurobiology to expand your bandwidth in helping others

Hosted by: 

Dr. Tina Runyan and Dr. Joan Fleishman – Co-Founders of Tend Health, clinical psychologists with expertise in supporting health care professionals

With guest: 

Mary Meador, MD, Board Certified Family Medicine Physician specializing in mental health with expertise in Interpersonal Neurobiology, in private practice in Bend, OR

We are building a community. Please share this invitation with anyone who you think may find value in  participating in this session. Especially now, we can all benefit from coming together to create and share space for and with one another.

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September 12, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


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