Education Summit

5th Annual Education Summit Announced!

March 11, 2021 l Covington, KY & Online

Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio’s (MHANKYSWOH’s) 5th Annual Education Summit, Unraveling the Mind-Body Connection: Evidence Based Approaches to Wellness, will bring together hundreds of social workers, counselors, educators, behavioral health practitioners, emergency services providers, peers and more from across our tri-state area to discuss important and emerging mental health challenges.


WHY THIS THEME?

Awareness of the mind-body connection is by no means new. Until approximately 300 years ago, virtually every system of medicine throughout the world treated the mind and body as a whole. But during the 17th century, the Western world started to see the mind and body as two distinct entities. This Western viewpoint had definite benefits, acting as the foundation for advances in surgery, trauma care, pharmaceuticals, and other areas of allopathic medicine. However, it also greatly reduced scientific inquiry into humans' emotional and spiritual life, and downplayed their innate ability to heal.

In the 20th century, this view gradually started to change. Researchers began to study the mind-body connection and scientifically demonstrate complex links between the body and mind. Integrative psychiatrist James Lake, MD, of Stanford University, writes that "extensive research has confirmed the medical and mental benefits of meditation, mindfulness training, yoga, and other mind-body practices."

The mind and the body are not two separate entities—although they are often treated that way. Physical health and emotional health are intimately intertwined in what’s known as the mind-body connection. Our chemistry and biology impact our mood and emotions, as well as thoughts and beliefs. With all of these factors combined, they play a major role in influencing our stress and physical health.

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