Registration for Open Mind events will be available one month prior to the event. Invitations will be sent to everyone on The Friends mailing list. To join our mailing list, email Wendy Kelman at: wkelman@mednet.ucla.edu

VIRTUAL OPEN MIND

 

Open Mind Lecture
Hidden Valley Road

Robert Kolker

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family - OPRAH’s BOOK CLUB pick! Robert Kolker will talk about his New York Times, #1 bestselling book, Hidden Valley Road, the story of a midcentury American family with 12 children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease. Mr. Kolker will be joined in discussion by Dr. Stephen Marder, UCLA Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and a world-renowned expert on schizophrenia. Lindsay Galvin Rauch, one of the Galvin family sisters, will also talk about what it was like growing up in a family with siblings who had severe mental illness.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Program begins at 4:00 PM

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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For questions email WKelman@mednet.ucla.edu

VIRTUAL OPEN MIND

 

Open Mind Lecture
Parenting During the Pandemic

Lori Gottlieb and Dr. Dan Siegel

Join Lori Gottlieb and Dr. Dan Siegel for a virtual Open Mind program. Lori Gottlieb is the New York Times best-selling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, psychotherapist, and "Dear Therapist" columnist for The Atlantic. Dr. Daniel Siegel is a psychiatrist, best-selling author of numerous books including Parenting From the Inside Out, The Whole Brain Child, The Developing Mind, and co-founder of The Mindsight Institute.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Program begins at 4:00 PM

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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For questions email WKelman@mednet.ucla.edu

VIRTUAL OPEN MIND

 

Open Mind Lecture
My Father, Our Future:  A New Reality

Jonathan Salk, M.D. and Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

Jonathan Salk, M.D., highly respected adult and child psychiatrist at UCLA and son of Dr. Jonas Salk, legendary scientist who developed the vaccine for polio, will be joined in conversation by Susan Smalley, Ph.D.  In the book A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future , co-written with his father in 1981 and updated in 2017,  Dr. Salk helps us understand the current confusion and conflict we are experiencing, and provides us with a science-driven basis for hope, and a groundwork for understanding how we can achieve a better future for humanity.  Dr. Salk has lectured and taught about the theory and practice of psychiatry and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, as well as Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, and member of the Advisory Board of the Population Media Center.

Susan Smalley, Ph.D., Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. Is a behavioral geneticist, writer and activist. Her research centered on the genetic basis of childhood-onset behavior disorders and the role of mindfulness in enhancing health and wellbeing. She is the founder of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center at the Semel Institute and co-author of Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness. Dr. Smalley has been an activist for gender equality and an investor in companies that have the potential to enhance the human condition. She recently played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Bedari Kindness Institute at UCLA and serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee for the Institute.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Program begins at 4:00 PM

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

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VIRTUAL OPEN MIND

Open Mind Lecture
The Power of Showing Up

Daniel J Siegel, M.D.

In The Power of Showing Up, Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson explain how to be really present for our kids. Even if we don’t have a committed co-parent or know exactly what we’re doing every moment, the research demonstrates that when children have secure attachment with a caregiver—which is developed through the quality of a parent’s presence—they build social and emotional intelligence, leadership skills, meaningful relationships, and happiness.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Program begins at 4:00 PM

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

For questions email WKelman@mednet.ucla.edu

 

VIRTUAL OPEN MIND

Open Mind Lecture
On Grief and Grieving

David Kessler

In this groundbreaking new work, David Kessler—an expert on grief and the coauthor with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross of the iconic On Grief and Grieving—journeys beyond the classic five stages to discover a sixth stage: meaning.



 

In 1969, Elisabeth Kübler Ross first identified the stages of dying in her transformative book On Death and Dying. Decades later, she and David Kessler wrote the classic On Grief and Grieving, introducing the stages of grief with the same transformative pragmatism and compassion. Now, based on hard-earned personal experiences, as well as knowledge and wisdom earned through decades of work with the grieving, Kessler introduces a critical sixth stage.



 

Many people look for “closure” after a loss. Kessler argues that it’s finding meaning beyond the stages of grief most of us are familiar with—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—that can transform grief into a more peaceful and hopeful experience.



 

In this book, Kessler gives readers a roadmap to remembering those who have died with more love than pain; he shows us how to move forward in a way that honors our loved ones. Kessler’s insight is both professional and intensely personal. His journey with grief began when, as a child, he witnessed a mass shooting at the same time his mother was dying. For most of his life, Kessler taught physicians, nurses, counselors, police, and first responders about end of life, trauma, and grief, as well as leading talks and retreats for those experiencing grief. Despite his knowledge, his life was upended by the sudden death of his twenty-one-year-old son.



 

How does the grief expert handle such a tragic loss? He knew he had to find a way through this unexpected, devastating loss, a way that would honor his son. That, ultimately, was the sixth state of grief—meaning. In Finding Meaning, Kessler shares the insights, collective wisdom, and powerful tools that will help those experiencing loss.



 

Finding Meaning is a necessary addition to grief literature and a vital guide to healing from tremendous loss. This is an inspiring, deeply intelligent must-read for anyone looking to journey away from suffering, through loss, and towards meaning. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Program begins at 4:00 PM

Registration is required for this free live private Zoom event.

For questions email WKelman@mednet.ucla.edu

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