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Best mind body conference

Keynotes & Invited Presenters

World-Class Keynotes

Thursday, May 30, 2024    

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
(5:15 Opening & Introduction)

David Grand  Trainspotting

David Grand

Brainspotting: A Neuroexperiential Model for Healing

1 CE Hour** 

Level: All

Brainspotting is an emerging treatment that uses relevant eye positions to identify, process and release core neurophysiological sources of emotional/somatic pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of challenging conditions. Explore how Brainspotting works and how it differs from other trauma processing therapies. Discover how to integrate Brainspotting into ongoing treatment, including with highly disassociative clients.


  • State how eye positions have relevance in potentially accessing and healing unprocessed trauma in the brain. 

  • Describe how the 1 - 4 quadrillion synaptic connections in the human nervous system can leave the therapist in a perpetual state of uncertainty.

  • Describe how developmental trauma may be inaccurately labeled as disordered.


David Grand, PhD, is the developer of Brainspotting, and author of Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change. He trains internationally and has been involved in humanitarian activities with survivors of 9/11, Katrina and Sandy Hook/Newtown. He has accomplished breakthroughs in performance and creativity with Brainspotting Sports Work. David has been widely featured in a variety of national media, including The NY Times, CNN and Sports Illustrated.

Friday, May 31, 2024
8:30 am - 10:00 am
(8:00 am - 8:30am Opening Ceremony)


Porges_Stephen  Polyvagal

Stephen Porges

Polyvagal Theory: Harnessing the Healing Power of Safety Signals 

1.5 CE Hour** 

Level: All

Polyvagal theory provides a new understanding of normal and atypical behavior, mental health disorders, and chronic illness. By incorporating an evolutionary perspective, it explains how the regulation of autonomic function forms the neural “platform” upon which social behavior and the development of trusting relationships are based. Discover how experiences of abuse and trauma may retune our nervous system to respond to friends, caregivers, and teachers as if they were enemies. Learn how signals of safety reverse these challenges.



  • Describe how autonomic regulation is linked to mental health, behavioral problems, learning processes, and sociality. 

  • Explain how deficits in the regulation of the social engagement system relate to the core features of several behavioral and psychiatric disorders.

  • Discuss how a neural process, neuroception, evaluates risk in the environment and triggers adaptive neural circuits to promote either social interactions or defensive behaviors. 


Stephen Porges, PhD is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University and professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. He has published 400+ peer‐reviewed scientific papers, created the Polyvagal Theory and a music-based intervention (Safe and Sound Protocol™).  He is co-creator of Polyvagal Music, co-author with Seth Porges of Our Polyvagal World: How Safety and Danger Change Us and a founder of the Polyvagal Institute.

Friday, May 31, 2024
4:45 pm - 6:30 pm
(4:30 pm - 4:45 pm  Introduction)

Judith Orloff Empathy

Judith Orloff

Embracing the Healing Power of Empathy

1 CE Hour**

Level: All

Explore empathy's transformative potential in healing, intuition, and relationships. Learn empathic listening basics plus how to overcome overthinking and establish healthy boundaries. Judith draws on neuroscience, psychology, and energy medicine to guide us in accessing our sensitivities, soothing the nervous system, and preventing empathy overwhelm.


  • Explain how to identify patients with empathy deficient disorder.

  • Identify 2 skills needed to work with empaths and highly sensitive patients.

  • Describe the scientific research on the neuroscience of empathy.


Judith Orloff, MD is a New York Times bestselling author. Her book, The Genius of Empathy, offers practical tools to develop empathy and heal. A UCLA psychiatric clinical faculty member, Judith blends the pearls of conventional medicine with knowledge of intuition, empathy, and energy medicine. She specializes in treating highly sensitive people in her private practice. Her work has been featured on The Today Show and in the New York Times.

Saturday, June 1, 2024
8:30 am - 10:00 am
(8:00 am - 8:30am Opening & Introduction

Arielle Schwartz

Arielle Schwartz

Thriving Beyond Adversity: Unveiling the Path to Resilience & Post-Traumatic Growth

1 CE Hour**

Level: All

Resilience in not something we are born with. It is developed through thoughts and behaviors that help us adapt well in the face of adversity. Explore the science of positive neuroplasticity and discover preventive and therapeutic interventions that enhance both physiological and psychological factors supporting resilience. Join us on a journey to develop and foster resilience as a transformative force for mind-body health after adverse life events.


  • Describe the role of neuroplasticity in healing trauma. 

  • Identify resilience and protective factors against the development of PTSD.

  • Apply at least 2 psychosensory interventions to support mind-body health and emotion regulation. 

Arielle Schwartz, PhD, CCTP-II, E-RYT, is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified complex trauma professional, EMDR consultant, and yoga teacher. She speaks internationally, is a leading voice in the field of trauma recovery and is author of seven books including The Complex PTSD Workbook, and The Post-Traumatic Growth Guidebook. Founder of the Center for Resilience Informed Therapy, she offers an integrative, mind-body approach. Arielle believes that the journey of trauma recovery is an awakening of the spiritual heart.  

Sunday, June 2, 2024
2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
(2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Introduction

mingtong gu Chi Gong

Master Mingtong Gu

Healing & Spiritual Awakening as One Path 

No CE Hours

Level: All

Dive into the ancient wisdom and modern science of Wisdom Healing Qigong, a holistic practice uniting mind, body, and heart through gentle movements, sound healing, visualization, and meditation. Learn the transformative power of using your voice for sound healing that activates energy vibrations to shift emotions and awaken your essence. Experience Master Gu's transmission of pure consciousness to accelerate your healing and awakening process.


  • Learn how Wisdom Healing Qigong can help you cultivate a profound sense of autonomy and peace.

  • Learn how Wisdom Healing Qigong can enhance wellbeing by connecting to the infinite source of energy and vitality.

  • Discover how Wisdom Healing Qigong can help a person access inner joy regardless of circumstance.

With his joyous and skillful Wisdom Healing Qigong teachings, Master Mingtong Gu brings ancient wisdom to the West for better health and happiness. Named Qigong Master of the Year by the 13th World Congress for Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine, he is founder of The Chi Center and The Center for Wisdom Healing Qigong in Santa Fe. Master Gu leads retreats and workshops around the world.

Compelling Invited Presenters

Friday, May 31, 2024
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


Dondi Dahlin  5 Element

Dondi Dahlin

Elemental Insights: Elevate Client Experiences with the Five Elements in Energy Psychology

No CE Hours

Level: All

Knowing the elemental type of your clients provides a deep understanding of their core motivations, fears, and desires. This can lead to insights into why they react to certain situations or triggers. By understanding a client's elemental type, you can tailor your approach to align with the client’s motivations and needs. This understanding can enable more effective communication in therapy, coaching, and personal development. 



  • Identify the core characteristics of the five elemental types – water, wood, fire, earth, and metal and explain how these elements correlate with clients' motivations, fears, and desires. 

  • Describe how to apply knowledge of the Five Elements theory to 2 case studies by matching tailored communication strategies for the five different elemental client types. 


Dondi Dahlin is an award-winning author of The Five Elements, based on the world’s oldest personality types. She co-wrote The Little Book of Energy Medicine with her mother Donna Eden and has taught at Hay House and Mindvalley. Her dynamic energy has graced stages in over 30 countries, and she has a proud 35-year tenure with the Screen Actors Guild. 

kerri Husman Ketamine and EP

Kerri Husman

Navigating New Frontiers: Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

& the Fusion with Energy Psychology
1 CE Hour** 

Level: All

Explore the cutting-edge intersection of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and energy psychology. Kerri offers the latest scientific insights on the expanding use of ketamine for mental health conditions, sharing her firsthand experiences in treating resistant conditions and healthcare worker burnout. Discover how she integrates energy practices and methods for facilitating spiritual emergence/emergencies into this work.


  • Describe current legal, FDA indications and DEA status of racemic ketamine and esketamine, as well as current submissions for approval. 

  • List 3 energy modalities that have scientific literature supporting their use as integration methods with psychedelics. 

Kerri Husman, MD, is an integrative psychiatrist and holistic healing professional in Iowa City, IA. She is co-owner of Eastwind Healing Center, which provides over 50 services to support health and wellness. Kerri is certified and trained in a variety of energy psychology methods as well as hypnosis, Healing Touch, core shamanism, ketamine administration and psychedelic- assisted psychotherapy. She is ACEP's president-elect.

Saturday, June 1, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Charleene Closshey  Sound healing

Charleene Closshey
Shift the Mind & Body with the Archetypes of Sound™  

1 CE Hour***

Level: All

Explore the science of sound therapy with the Archetypes of Sound™, a new system based on Jungian archetypes and the 12 classical intervals heard in Western music. Experience the mood-shifting effects of these archetypal patterns with 13 crystal singing bowls. Discover how to implement sonic archetypes into your practice, whether you’re a skilled musician or sound healing enthusiast.  


  • Name 2 studies showing how sound and music affect physical systems.

  • Explain two Archetypes of Sound.

Multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, Broadway actor, and frequency researcher Charleene Closshey pioneers new perspectives on composing with her Archetypes of Sound™. A Billboard Top 40 radio artist, Charleene's award winning music carries inaudible, extremely low frequencies (ELFs) scientifically shown to stimulate the vagus nerve. Her music was lauded to "break the mold" and was even blessed by the Pope. 

Ian Foster Ethics

Ian Foster

5 Strategies for Running a Safe, Ethical, & Vibrant Practice

1 CE Hour***

Level: All

Ian will present important legal and ethical material that will relieve legal anxiety, empower you to take action, and help you build a visible and vibrant practice that makes a difference in your clients’ lives. Ian is passing on his "inside knowledge" from government service so you can build a long-lasting and vibrant business with confidence.


  • List 2 benefits of safe harbor laws.

  • Describe 2 actions you need to take to ensure you're practicing safely if you have a professional license.

Ian Foster, JD, has 23 years’ experience as an attorney, including many years inside government and in private practice. He now pioneers the legal specialty of helping heart-centered entrepreneurs serve the world with confidence by being in alignment with the law. 

*    Session is approved for different CE boards, but no CE for psychologists is available.

**  Session is approved for CE for psychologists and and many other CE boards.

*** Session is approved for various CE boards, but not for psychologists and NBCC CE.

Please visit the CE Hours page for detailed information.

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