The Mindsight Approach to Well-Being: A Comprehensive Course in Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)

Teacher: Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

1. Define what the mind is from an IPNB perspective

2. Explain how energy and information flow is regulated and forms the mind

3. Differentiate the concepts of consciousness, subjective experience, and information processing

4. Outline how integration—the linkage of differentiated parts of a system—leads to optimal self-organization experienced as flexibility, adaptability, coherence (resilience across time), energy, and stability

5. Identify the role that mindsight—insight, empathy, and integration—plays in well-being and healthy relationships

6. Form a better understanding and experience of challenging emotions

7. Highlight how the brain develops and changes through relationships, consciousness, and neuroplasticity

8. Demonstrate how to use the Hand Model of the Brain to support emotional regulation

9. Distinguish among the seven nonverbal aspects of communication and their role in connecting with others

10. Analyze how presence, attunement, and resonance foster trusting relationships – the PART we play in close relationships, including psychotherapy, education and the workplace

11. Model reflective dialogue and communication

12. Outline how relational connection influences the growth of connections in the brain

13. Describe the science of kindness, empathy, compassion, and forgiveness

14. Define and identify the role self-compassion plays in integration and well-being

15. Outline how relational integration is the basis of neural integration, which is crucial for healthy relationships

16. Identify the foundations of optimal parent-child relationships called secure attachment

17. Differentiate among secure, ambivalent, avoidant, and disorganized attachment categories

18. Implement findings from the Adult Attachment Interview into self-understanding as well as clinical assessment and treatment

19. Outline how to create a coherent narrative and earned secure attachment pattern

20. Outline the scientific underpinnings of the view that integration is the basis of health and resilience

21. Define the 9 domains of integration

22. Reframe mental health challenges as impediments to integration in the form of chaos and rigidity

23. Identify the process of change toward well-being as opportunities for growing integration

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24. Implement conceptualizations of the 9 domains of integration into self-understanding as well as the understanding of others (and diagnosis, treatment planning, and intervention if you are a clinician)

25. Embody the 9 domains of integration by using the integrative movement series, a mindfulness practice that symbolizes each of the domains

26. Outline the steps of the Wheel of Awareness practice to integrate consciousness and support well-being

27. Describe the 3-P diagram and interpret integration of consciousness through the model of the plane of possibility

28. Implement Bilateral, Vertical and Memory Domains of Integration into self-understanding (and for diagnosis, treatment planning, and intervention, if you are a clinician)

29. Embody these three domains of integration through active engagement (and, if you are a clinician, even by teaching clients the integrative movement series)

30. Identify the roles of and relationship between the left and right sides of the brain

31. Recognize impediments to bilateral integration which can lead to chaos or rigidity, and use practical techniques to support the growth of bilateral integration

32. Identify when there are challenges in vertical differentiation and/or linkage within the nervous system. Employ methods to support neuroplasticity, enabling greater neural integration and well-being

33. Evaluate impairment of integration in memory processes in everyday life and in traumatic experiences

34. Explain the role of implicit and explicit memory in trauma resolution and health

35. Assess the “coherency of narrative”—how we have come to make sense of our lives—and identify how to cultivate mental adaptability

36. Reframe “stress” from an IPNB lens in order to build resilience, grit, and a growth mindset

37. Differentiate the layers, aspects, or parts of the self

38. Identify the neurobiological processes, attachment patterns, and narrative characteristics that relate to unresolved, dismissing, or preoccupied attachment histories

39. Develop a coherent narrative and the sensemaking process of self-reflection

40. Outline how to identify unresolved trauma or loss within the narrative process

41. Describe the adaptive strategy of dissociation that emerges with disorganized attachment (and, if you are a clinician, learn ways to work with clients to integrate dissociated states)

42. Explore how an incoherence of narratives impacts the integration of states of mind

43. Identify the key components of feeling felt that highlight interpersonal integration

44. Outline how relational integration leads to neural integration

45. Differentiate the quantum and Newtonian classical physics aspects of experience from the viewpoint of IPNB

46. Evaluate issues of mortality, uncertainty, and transience as well as the experience of the Arrow of Time in support of temporal integration

47. Reframe the experience of identity from an IPNB lens

48. Assess the evolutionary, cultural, and familial aspects of identity

49. Discover how to support identity integration to bring more compassion and kindness into the world

50. Identify key features of secure attachment and how they relate to interpersonal relationships

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