Summit 2019

SESSION 4: Dan Siegel MD | A Different Approach to 2e: School, Peers, Medication, and More

Talk Description, Speaker Bio, and Resources

Dr. Dan Siegel shares a profound and fascinating approach to helping all 2e children, and especially those exhibiting symptoms of depression. Grounded in Interpersonal Neurobiology, Dr. Siegel shares concepts and strategies that impact a child's relational world, with both parents and peers, that have a significant effect on well-being through neurotransmitter functioning. Dr. Siegel discusses:

  • The imperative of doing the "inside work" of parenting, including understanding your own expectations and childhood experiences, so you can be fully present and responsive to your child's needs
  • How the boredom and disconnection many 2e students experience can promote depressive symptoms
  • The significance of a child's sense of "belonging" with environments and like-minded humans, and how a parent can promote this (including evaluating current learning environments)
  • To medicate or not? Dr. Siegel shares a few ideas on what to consider first before medicating your child's symptoms of depression.

(Look for Dr. Siegel's fascinating 'Prequel' on the science behind this subject in a separate talk called 'Deep Mechanisms of the 2e Brain' on Day 7, Session #5)

Dan Siegel

Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, which teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities. Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His five New York Times bestsellers are: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D:The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Developing Mind(2ndEd.), Mindsight,The Mindful Brain, andThe Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D).

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