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Daniel Siegel – Supporting Connection in Children, Adolescents, & Young Adults
November 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm CSTFree
Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, an internationally acclaimed author, award winning educator, and renowned child psychiatrist discussed both components of and strategies for building thriving relationships during and after COVID. Hosted by UW–Stout and the Thompson Center, this presentation offered a perspective on how the challenges of the current pandemic are influencing the environmental experiences of children and adolescents. Dr. Siegel presented on the importance of acknowledging the intersection of relationships and biology. He discussed his three pillars of mind training: focused attention, open awareness, and kind intentions towards others and discussed the neurobiological benefits of this type of training for children and adolescents. Dr. Siegel described the problems that can arise when we have a constrained view of the self, arguing that the self is a combination of ‘me’ and ‘we’; that we exist in relation to our environment, not as a single isolated being. Attention was paid to how this approach can be taught to children and adolescents to aid in the development of mindsight—the ability to tune into their own experience and to respond with intention.