Open Mind Lecture

Dr. Regina Pally

The Reflective Parent

 

Figuring out how to raise happy, healthy, and successful kids can be overwhelming.  Parents often find themselves wading through tons of conflicting advice.  Books that outline a “right way” of doing things can leave even the most dedicated caregiver feeling discouraged and inadequate when real life doesn’t measure up. An experienced psychiatrist and founder of the Center for Reflective Communities, Regina Pally serves up something totally different in The Reflective Parent.  She argues that the key to successful parenting is to have a strong relationship with your child. This requires parents to to slow down,  reflect, and recognize that there is no one right way to parent.

 

Pally synthesizes the latest neuroscience research to show that our brain’s natural tendencies to empathize, analyze, and connect with others are all we need to be good parents. Each chapter weaves together discussions of specific reflective parenting principles like “Tolerate Uncertainty” and “Repair Ruptures” with engaging explanations of the science that backs them up.  Brief “Take Home Lessons” at the end of each chapter and vivid examples of parents and children putting the principles into action make this a practical guide for anyone looking to build loving, lasting relationships with their kids.

 

Tuesday, April 25th , 2017

 

 

Admission is free but reservations are required.

 

 

Open Mind Lecture

Maia Szalavitz

Unbroken Brain

 

Maia Szalavitz, award-winning author and journalist who covers addiction and neuroscience will discuss her latest book, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction. Using her own story of recovery from heroin and cocaine addiction, Szalavitz explores how reframing addiction as a developmental disorder could revolutionize prevention, treatment and policy.

 

She is the author or co-author of six previous books, including the bestselling The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog (Basic, 2007) and Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential – and Endangered (Morrow, 2010), both with leading child psychiatrist and trauma expert Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD.

 

Edythe D. London, Ph.D., Thomas P. and Katherine K. Pike Professor of Addiction Studies, Distinguished Professor-in-Residence in the Departments of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, will join Maia Szalavitz in discussion.

 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

 

 

Admission is free but reservations are required.

 

Alive Inside

 

Alive Inside is a stirring documentary film that follows social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of the non-profit organization, Music and Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from Alzheimer's and Dementia and other neurodegenerative illnesses. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and its healing power.

 

Letitia Rogers, Regional Director, Western US, of Music and Memory will participate in discussion with Dr. David Reuben, Director of the UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and the founder of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Comprehensive Healthcare Program at UCLA. Dan Cohen will join in the conversation via Skype.

 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

 

 

Admission is free but reservations are required.

 

Copyright 2016, The Friends of the Semel Institute

Copyright 2016, The Friends of the Semel Institute