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The Mind-Body Connection:
Exploring the relationships between emotions, exercise and eating

A one-day course with tutor: Dr Andrew Morrice
CPD Certificate (6 hours)

What you will gain from attending:

  • A deeper knowledge of the interdependence of the mind-body system and the many ways it impacts on our lives
  • Greater clarity about the role some emotions play in creating ill-health – and the powerful ways in which other emotional states promote health (including the key role of oxytocin)
  • The simple and powerful changes to lifestyle that can augment the effectiveness of psychotherapy and counselling
  • An introduction to ways in which metaphor and other language skills can be used to help people make healthy changes
  • Increased knowledge of the ways in which physical changes in the body contribute to emotional distress – in particular how physical changes contribute to depression
  • The effects of diet on our emotional and physical health, and how emotional and cognitive patterns interfere with our ability to nourish ourselves appropriately
  • A solid understanding of the physical health challenges facing us today and why, despite the wonders of modern medicine, chronic ill health
    is rising
  • The different ways activity and exercise can maintain – or undermine – health
  • The interrelationship between food and drugs – why some foods
    are addictive
  • Are there similar problems in applying the disease model to ‘chronic physical illness’ as arise in ‘mental illness’?
  • Insight into how the human givens approach can clarify complex and apparently conflicting information to provide robust and easily understood ideas about how human health can be maximised
  • New ways to improve your own health and wellbeing
  • Course notes, CPD Certificate and more...

Why this course is important:

Getting our physical needs met healthily is, of course, just as important as ensuring that our innate emotional needs are met well, especially since our physical health impacts on our mental health, and vice versa.

However, even though our physical needs may appear obvious – a healthy diet, regular exercise etc – we know that most of the chronic diseases sweeping through the Western World are linked to “lifestyle”, indicating that many people are not actually meeting their physical needs, or developing their physical resources, in healthy balanced ways – despite the vast array of information available to them.

Dr Andrew Morrice's fascinating day explores the many reasons for this
(for instance, much of our collective thinking and advice about health is contradictory and distorted by vested interests and preconception) – and what can be done about them.

Human givens therapy is a truly bio-psycho-social model of emotional and mental wellbeing, which draws much of its strength from brain-science, but there is more – there are also physical benefits to be had from good therapy and education. The day looks at these too and at how 'physical' factors can help create emotional and mental challenges.

By demonstrating how thoroughly interconnected the mind and body are in the way they react to the world around us, and giving you new information and ways to incorporate this latest mind-body knowlege into your practice, he sifts the sense from the nonsense, making it easier to think clearly about our own health as well as that of our patients.

And when we can think more clearly about health this creates more opportunities to help people thrive in the modern world...


Course Programme

The 'The Mind-Body Connection: Exploring the relationships between emotions, exercise and eating' course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

The day's programme

Registration: 8.30am to 9.30am (Tea or coffee served until 9.25am)

9.30am – Organising and Disorganising ideas, Environment and Exercise

  • How the human givens model already gives us a way to map our needs and resources for physical health
  • A guide to our distorted thinking about health and why health advice can appear chaotic
  • The challenges: obesity; diabetes; cancer; dementia, anxiety and depression
  • Understanding the culture of Western Medicine
  • How our innate needs and resources relate to the environment
  • The three “Big E’s”: emotion, eating and exercise
  • The “given” role of activity and physical effort in health

10.45am — Discussion over tea/coffee

11.15am – Exercise and the physiology of emotion

  • A guide to the physiology of the three main emotional responses: fight and flight, rest and restore, and care and connect
  • Long-term effects of chronic fight and flight (stress) responses: the
    detrimental effects of cortisol and adrenaline on the cardiovascular and immune systems
  • Understanding more about the physiology of the functional (7:11) breathing cycle – including a practical biofeedback demonstration
  • The physiology of positive emotional states, with particular emphasis on the role of oxytocin (the care and connect response)
  • Rapport building exercise which focuses on the physical sensations experienced

12.30pm — Lunch (included)

1.15pm – Can human beings discuss food rationally?

  • We view a short film
  • Food, evolution and health
  • Barriers to rational discussion of food and health
  • What can we scientifically conclude about optimal human diet and its effects on health – both emotional and physical?
  • Broader contexts: plenty and hunger, ethics and food production
  • The interrelationship of food and drugs – how some foods are addictive
  • The complexity behind the simplicity of plants
  • The simplicity behind the complexity of the Microbiome
  • The connection between diet and inflammation

2.30pm — Discussion over tea/coffee

2.45pm – Bringing it all together

  • Are there advantages in looking at health from the perspective of innate needs and resources instead of primarily through the ‘disease model’?
  • What happens when people who are ill improve all three 'Big Es'?
  • Inflammation and its links to ageing, disease and depression
  • How depression is related to physical ill-health
  • Specific physical advice therapists and counsellors should know about when dealing with advice for depression, anxiety and pain
  • Understanding placebo, therapeutic attention and turning the language of sickness into words of healing, and hope

4.00pm — Day ends

Places are limited – book yours now:

The Mind-Body Connection:
Exploring the relationships between
emotions, exercise and eating

Thursday 11th July 2019                               London

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