Dr. Celisa Flores (USA)

Dr. Celisa Flores

PsyD, Clincal Psychology

Center for Discovery

Presentation Title
Neuroscience of Mindfulness and Self-Care

Content Focus Area
Individual Level
Alternative/Complementary health

Biographical information related to the topic
My University training includes an initial 4 years of study on biology and psychology, followed by 5 years of counseling and clinical psychology. These studies included a focus on Mindfulness and Yoga, integrating those components into treatment and wellness and prevention programs, as well as international study on understanding different models of care. I have created a program for teachers and other professionals to utilize with students and young children to facilitate the use of mindfulness in a classroom setting. This program is actively in use in school settings and has been adapted for prisons. In the past, I have trained Universities, professional organizations, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

U.S. research has indicated that workplace wellness programs decrease medical costs, absenteeism and increase job satisfaction. Workplace wellness programs may include a variety of strategies with one goal in mind: improving costs through prevention.
Mindfulness has become popular in the western culture over the last twenty years, though it has been practiced throughout the world for over 2,500 years.
Many of these skills lead to increased focus, improved interpersonal communication, improved immune function, and overall happiness. Mindfulness has been shown, through modern technology, to reduce the biomarkers of stress and enhance brain function and size. As communities adapt to the use and reliance upon technology, mindfulness is a practice to allow us to exist in our present experience, connect to ourselves and others more effectively, and appreciate the moment.
This presentation will explore the history of mindfulness, yoga, and other mind-body techniques to enhance wellness, as well as a modern scientific understanding of these practices. Through learning about the benefits of mind-body strategies, the benefit to the workplace will be clear. My aim is to provide strategies for teaching mindfulness, meditation, and accessible yoga in experiential and traditional learning styles. These skills are best learned through practice, and are accessible for anyone from children to high performing executives.

Session Description
In this presentation, Dr. Flores will focus on wellness for providers by connecting the history and relevance of mind-body approaches in our own self-care. As healers, we are often inundated with new approaches and interventions to pass along to our clients; with our focus on them, it can be difficult to decide what might be a good fit for us! This presentation will center on the history and benefits of mind-body practices, followed by some experiential work to facilitate a deeper understanding of our own lives.

Learning Objective 1
Identify 3 personal risks of stress in their own career.
Learning Objective 2
Describe appropriate use of meditation, yoga, and breath-work for stress management and the benefits of personal practice in teaching others.
Learning Objective 3
Experience one brief and accessible series of postures in a yoga practice.

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