Mind-body methods for better health

James Gordon, M.D., a renowned expert on using mind-body medicine to heal depression, anxiety and psychological trauma, hosts a daylong workshop and evening lecture in San Antonio.

Dr. Gordon founded the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Mind-Body Medicine and authored “Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression.” The Harvard-educated psychiatrist is a clinical professor at Georgetown Medical School and dean of the Graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University.

His visit is the fifth in the “Conversations About Ethics” series organized by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Event sponsors include Methodist Healthcare Ministries and the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

  • 6 to 8 p.m.: “Self Care and Mutual Help: The Future of Health Care and the Moral Imperative,” a free, open-to-the-public lecture. During the lecture, Dr. Gordon will examine the obligation of caregivers – from health care professionals to those caring for relatives at home – to take care of themselves so they can provide compassionate care and make ethical decisions for those who depend on them. A book signing and reception will follow.
  • 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: “Experiencing Self-Care as the Heart of all Health Care,” a pre-lecture workshop targeted at health care professionals. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Visit www.texashumanities.org for details.

The evening lecture for the general public will be held at the UT Health Science Center auditorium, located at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio.

Dr. Gordon has spent more than 40 years exploring and practicing mind-body medicine, bringing the techniques to cancer patients and the chronically ill; U.S. military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan; and traumatized children and families from Israel and the Gaza Strip, Bosnia and Kosovo, post-9/11 New York City and post-Katrina Louisiana.

He began his career as a research psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health. He recently chaired the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and also has served on panels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Members of the news media are welcome to attend either event; for assistance at the pre-lecture workshop, please contact Sheila Hotchkin at 210-567-3026 or hotchkin@uthscsa.edu.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving U.S. federal funding. Research and other sponsored program activity totaled $228 million in fiscal year 2010. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced approximately 26,000 graduates. The $744 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.

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