Thursday, May 14, 2020   

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Her Holiness Sai Maa with Andrew Newberg, MD & Neil Theise, MD

A Conversation on Enlightenment & the Nature of Consciousness 


(No CE Hours)


Must be purchased separately


(Free with pre-conference registration)

Science studies the universe according to specific principles in order to build a map of the territory. This approach is radically different from a description of the territory from one who lives there. Her Holiness Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi Mishra, originally trained as a therapist, is recognized as an enlightened spiritual master who lives at a level of consciousness that few attain. 


In this rare and unique presentation Sai Maa will be asked questions about the nature of consciousness, enlightenment, soul, healing, and neuroscience by Dr. Andrew Newberg who has spent his life studying the brain, enlightenment, and the nature of God and Dr. Neil Theise, a physician-scientist who has studied complexity theory and consciousness.

Her Holiness Jagadguru Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi Mishra is a world-renowned spiritual master, healer, and humanitarian. With a unique fusion of Eastern spiritual wisdom, Western therapeutic knowledge, and energetic mastery, Sai Maa shares teachings designed to help people realize their innate power and become masters in their own lives.

Andrew Newberg, MD, is director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health Jefferson University Hospital. He has studied mystical and religious experiences as well as the mind/body relationship, including the physiological correlates of meditation. His books include How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain and the best seller How God Changes Your Brain.


Neil Theise, MD (please see Friday afternoon keynote for bio)

Level: All

Friday, May 15, 2020     

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Rick Hanson, PhD

Neurodharma: Science, Wisdom, & Highest Happiness


(1.5 CE Hours**)

Psychological practices aimed at the heights of human potential - what could be called “awakening” - have been around for thousands of years. Modern neuropsychology is beginning to reveal the underlying biological basis of these practices and higher states of consciousness. Rick will describe seven practices of awakening and their neural correlates, with a focus on the advanced practices of: being wholeness, receiving nowness, and opening into allness. This presentation will explore both “1st person” and “3rd person” - subjective and objective - perspectives, with an emphasis on practical implications for clinical settings and personal practice. 


  • Describe 2 functions of midline cortical networks

  • Describe the difference between the egocentric and allocentric perceptual perspectives


Rick Hanson, PhD, is a psychologist, senior fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 28 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, and Hardwiring Happiness. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR. He offers the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.

Level: All

Friday, May 15, 2020     

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Neil Theise, MD

Fundamental Awareness: Source of Mind & Matter


(1.5 CE Hours***)

Does mind make the world? Neil Theise explores the nature of consciousness and its relationship to us and to the cosmos through the lenses of contemporary science, Western philosophy, and diverse metaphysical systems. From these discussions, he will lead us to an integrative model that considers 

fundamental awareness to be the substratum from which the world emanates, providing a set of concepts to potentiate cross-talk between these varied worldviews.


  • Discuss the principles of self-organizing complex systems and give real world examples of them.

  • Describe the universe as a self-organizing system and the model's implications for concepts of materiality, boundaries, and "thingness."

  • Give at least two examples of how an idealistic philosophy of pure Fundamental Awareness as the substratum of existence reconciles mainstream concepts of Western philosophy, contemporary science, and metaphysical understandings derived from diverse cultures of contemplative practices.


Neil Theise, MD, is a physician-scientist and professor of pathology at New York University School of Medicine. A global thought leader in clinical and scientific aspects of liver disease, he is also considered a pioneer of adult stem cell plasticity. Delving into complexity theory has led him into consciousness studies. He is a long-term Zen practitioner and has recently been initiated into shamanic practice.  

Level: All

Saturday, May 16, 2020     

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Norman Shealy, PhD, MD

Advances in the Restoration of the Brain & Mind


(1.5 CE***)

Learn about the evolution of modern energetic approaches to treating mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and addictions. We will explore the evolution from autogenic training to biofeedback and the multiple electrotherapies available today. Discover the latest work that uses gamma wave inducing PEMF to treat opioid addiction, depression and anxiety, as well as to regulate circulation. Learn about the importance of basic nutrition in brain function and the use of sound therapies as an adjunct to treatment.



  •  Describe the use of inducing gamma brain waves to treat addiction, anxiety and depression.

  • List at least 2 electrotherapies that have been shown to be effective in treating mental health problems.  

  • Describe the importance of self-regulation and nutrition in mental health.

Norman Shealy MD, PhD, DSc, FACS, DABNS, is president of Shealy-Sorin Wellness. He created the concept of holistic medicine in 1971 with the introduction of spinal cord stimulation and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation unit (TENS). He was founding President of the American Holistic Medical Association in 1978. 

Level: All

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

***Session is approved for APA CE and many other CE boards. No CME/CNE is available.

Please see CE Hours page for all CE details.

Sunday, May 17, 2020     

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Cyndi Dale

The Energetics of Trauma & the Healing Power of Light


(No CE)

There are three types of light you can use to heal different aspects of trauma: absolute, virtual, and polarity. After discussing the scientific and energetic potentials of these forms of light, Cyndi will introduce her unique trauma model. The model blends physiological realities (including the polyvagal system, epigenetics, and mast cell overproduction) and subtle structures (including forces, charges, and miasms). You will discover how to apply the three types of light using her unique model for healing trauma, as well as several other techniques. Demonstration and practice includes integrating these approaches with “tapping.”



  • Describe a working model of trauma that blends physiological and subtle energy teachings.

  • Describe the 3 types of light that exist in this universe.

  • Describe 2 ways to apply these very distinct forms of light to assist the self and others with recovering from, and renewing through, trauma.

Cyndi Dale is an internationally renowned author, speaker, healer, and business consultant and the author of 27 books about energy medicine, intuition, and spirituality. She has worked with over 65,000 clients and presented hundreds of seminars and workshops throughout the world. Her books include The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy, winner of four internationally recognized Publisher’s Awards.

Level: All

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

Please see CE Hours page for all CE details.

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Saturday, May 16, 2020    2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Peta Stapleton, PhD

Emotional Freedom Techniques for Food Cravings & Weight Management: 10 Years of Clinical Trial Results


(1 CE Hour**)

This presentation will outline 10 years of clinical research trials on EFT for food cravings and weight loss in overweight/obese adults, including the first fMRI trial and comparison to gold standard approaches. Discover what works, what doesn’t and what is essential.



  • Discuss the existing research and evidence base for EFT and weight / food issues

  • Describe underlying issues that require intervention when working with clients wanting to lose weight


Peta Stapleton, PhD, is a psychologist and associate professor at Bond University. She specializes in eating disorders, women’s health and adolescent issues, and is a leading EFT researcher. Her most recent book is The Science Behind Tapping. Peta has been named Psychologist of the Year for the whole of Australia by Allied Health Awards.

Level: All

Julie Brown Yau, PhD

Trauma as a Path to Embodied Wisdom

(1 CE hour*)

Healing from developmental/relational trauma can be disorderly, labyrinthine, and deeply challenging. Drawing from somatic depth psychology and the wisdom tradition of Sri Vidya, you will learn how to work with often frightening or volatile energies such as anger, rage and terror. These energies often emerge before the body is able to safely feel them. We will engage in a practice that will help you and your clients move beyond identity distortions and limitation, while finding a deeper sense of connection in our disconnected world.



  • Discuss at least 2 methods for working with developmental trauma that are in alignment with energy psychology.  

  • Describe an integration and resolution process of early trauma that increases the ability to liberate, feel and modulate emotions through the body.


Julie Brown Yau, PhD, addresses the challenging psychobiological symptoms of developmental and relational trauma using a unified approach. She is the author of The Body Awareness Workbook for Trauma. She is also the director of education and program development at CCALS. Julie has a private practice in Newport Beach, CA, and works on Skype worldwide.

Level: All

Saturday, May 16, 2020     3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

David Feinstein, PhD

How Can Acupoint Tapping Change Deep

Emotional Learnings?

(1 CE hour**)

What do we know about what happens in the brain when we tap on our skin while having the client state a wide range of phrasings? And what does that have to do with emotional healing and well-being? Learn the fascinating answers to these questions and more!


  • Explain how the meridians have been shown to be embedded in the body’s connective tissue.

  • Describe how stimulating specific acupuncture points may send activating or deactivating signals to specific brain regions.



David Feinstein, PhD, a clinical psychologist, has received nine national awards for his books on consciousness and healing. He has served as faculty at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and, with his wife Donna Eden, has built the world’s largest organization teaching energy medicine.

Level: All

Tammy Nelson, PhD

What's New with Sex? ​


(1 CE hour**)

Sexuality issues can challenge a clinician’s skill set in a world where virtual reality, artificial intelligence, teledildonics, sex robots, tantra, BDSM, expanded definitions of monogamy, polyamory and more have changed our understanding of sexual behavior and relationships. Our beliefs, values and ideas can be challenged by this changing landscape. Exploring unconventional sexual practices will help us face our preconceived notions and countertransference issues around sex and intimacy. We will also learn how to effectively discuss these issues with our clients. 




  •  Describe 2 behavioral communication skills you can use to intervene around sex and intimacy in order to decrease your own and clients’ anxiety in a session.

  • Define sexual wellness and describe how your sex-related stereotypes may impact treatment outcomes.



Tammy Nelson, PhD, is a board-certified sexologist, certified sex and couples therapist, and certified Imago Relationship therapist. She is author of several books on sex and couples therapy. Tammy is the director and founder of the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute in Washington DC., a training institute and think tank focused on obtaining and creating sustainable relationships. 

Level: All

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

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

Please visit the CE Hours page for detailed information.