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Conference Overview : Mental Health Summit

Mental health issues are not on the rise; rather, it is the mismanagement of mental health that is the problem. Too often people are given a label and told they are a broken machine with a broken brain. Anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts, PTSD—many people now see these as diseases that cannot be cured, only managed. People’s stories are forgotten, their histories ignored, and their identities taken away. Yet we all struggle with mental ill-health. Emotional pain is not a malfunction. The solution does not lie in a diagnosis or a pill. The solution lies inside of us: our minds. In this conference you will learn scientifically-researched mental self-care techniques to help you overcome mental ill-health, help others, and help your community. You will not only gain more knowledge about the current problems in mental healthcare, but also about real, long-term sustainable solutions, and how to apply these solutions in your own life and in your community.

Conference Sessions

Friday, December 6 Registration 2:30 - 5:00 PM

Session 1: Introduction: Why the Current Mental Healthcare System is Broken

5:00 - 6:00 PM

In this session Dr. Leaf will present the major shortcomings in the current mental health system, how the system is failing to help people find healing, and begin the discussion on how we can fix this and help ourselves and others deal with mental health issues.

Topics Covered:

  • Current mental health system
  • What is mental health and mental ill-health
  • Psychiatric labels
  • Psychotropic medication
  • Redefining anxiety, depression, and stress
Friday, December 6

Session 2: The First Step in Overcoming Mental Ill-Health: Defining Your Identity

6:30 - 7:30 PM

In this session Dr. Leaf will discuss why discovering and defining your unique identity is the first step in dealing with mental health issues, how to begin finding your unique identity, and how to help others discover their identity.

Topics Covered:

  • Identity and purpose
  • Quantum physics
  • Mind-Brain connection
  • The UQ Profile
  • Discomfort zones
Friday, December 6

Session 3: Food and Exercise to Optimize Mental Health

8:00 - 9:00 PM

In this session Dr. Leaf and Jessica Leaf will discuss how to nourish & build your body to boost mental and physical health.

Topics Covered:

  • How to eat real food mindfully
  • Exercise
  • How to overcome eating disorders
  • Organic v. conventional
  • How your thoughts impact your food choices and your digestion
  • The importance of sleep, and how to improve your sleeping
  • Protein, carbs, fat, and sugar
Saturday, December 7

SPECIAL Wellness Workshop with Dr. Jason Littleton MD, CEO, Littleton Concierge Medicine

8:00 - 8:50 AM

Dr. Jason Littleton will be leading a 50 mins wellness workshop where he will give you practical nutrition, exercise, and sleep tips and techniques to help you improve your mental and physical health, and help you re-energize your life! He will also be answering questions from the audience.

Session 4: 21 Day Brain Detox

9:00 - 10:00 AM

In this session Dr. Leaf will discuss how to use the 21 Day Brain Detox as a practical and sustainable tool to deal with mental health issues.

Topics Covered:

  • 21 Day Brain Detox Program and Switch App
  • Additionally mental self-care techniques
  • Clinical trials, results, and current research
  • Using the 21 Day Detox with children and teens
Saturday, December 7

Session 5: How to Build your Brain to Improve Mental Health

10:30 - 11:20 AM

In this session Dr. Leaf will discuss how building your brain is a key element to improving mental health, and provide practical and easily applicable tips on how to build your brain.

Topics Covered:

  • How to build your brain
  • Why it is essential to build your brain
  • Switch on your Brain with the 5-step Learning Process®
  • How to help children & teens build their brains
Saturday, December 7

SPECIAL Session with Dr. Peter Kinderman (via Skype)

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

In this special session Dr. Peter Kinderman will be discussing his work on how he helps patients who struggle with major mental health issues and what we can all do to help those around us. He will also be discussing ways we can change institutions such as schools and companies to be places that improve, rather than negatively affect, our mental health and places that protect people (especially children) from abuse, educe or eliminate poverty and inequality, and build healthier communities.

Lunch Break

12:00 - 1:30 PM

The hotel has many dining options, we encourage you to explore them.

Saturday, December 7

Session 6: How to Help Children, Teens, and Young Adults Improve their Mental Health

1:30 - 2:30 PM

In this session Dr. Leaf will discuss how to help young children, teens, and young adults manage and improve their mental health.

Topics Covered:

  • How to help children with identity issues
  • How to managing social media and technology
  • How to create trusting and open relationships
  • How to help children deal with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues
Saturday, December 7

Session 7: Mind Matters

3:00 - 4:30 PM

In this session mental health experts will do a presentation on their field of specialty.

Dr. Peter Breggin (via Skype):

  • Dr. Breggin will discuss the myths and dangers surrounding ADD, ADHD and the drugs prescribed to children to manage these problems. Dr. Breggin will also talk about how to safely withdraw from psychotropic medication, and alternative treatments for yourself, your children, a friend, or a family member.

Professional Perspectives: How We Can Reform Our Mental Health System with The Honorable Judge Sheylena Brown, former prosector Lori Volkman, J.D. and Dr. Mark Mayfield, a licensed professional counselor.

  • Description: Professionals in the mental health system see and experience first-hand what is wrong with the current way we understand and treat mental health, and are uniquely positioned to offer insights into how we can reform this system. Join us as we discuss how people might encounter crisis in the mental health system, personal accounts of how the professionals on this panel have experienced our mental health system as first responders, lawyers, judges and psychiatrists, and how you can participate in reforming the way we respond to and heal mental distress.
Saturday, December 7

Session 8: How you can make a difference and help others

5:00 - 6:00 PM

This session is all about providing you with the practical steps to dealing with mental health issues in your life, home, school, and community.

Topics Covered:

  • How to transform communities
  • Bench therapy
  • Examples of current mental health initiatives
  • How to use the 21 Day Brain Detox/Switch App
Saturday, December 7

Meet & Greet

6:30 - 8:00 PM

Closing messages (including how people can get involved, make an impact, etc.), book signing, meet and greet.

2018 Testimonials

“I loved the conference and can’t wait till next year!!! I loved hearing from all the different speakers to get a well rounded approach. Very inspiring!!!”

“The conference changed my entire perspective on dealing with past trauma. It gave me hope of healing and transformation.”

“The entire conference was thought provoking, insightful and full of hope.”

“An absolutely enjoyable stay at a beautiful hotel, meeting like-minded people sincerely interested in the mind changing the brain and how it impacts the body. The science behind interactions can be difficult to absorb. (The science is important to me, however.) I was able to learn (in more detail) how mindsets and perceptions could impact everyday life. I was also reminded that it's important to stay in the love zone, and forgive (to become disentangled from any prior issues), and to detox the brain (from toxic thoughts).”

“It was a great weekend full of blessings and information that I will put into action.”

“I appreciated all of the information Dr. Leaf shared!!! The spiritual, scientific and practical knowledge I gained from her makes me giddy! I would definitely not complain if the event was extended! :-)”

“This was a great conference for personal mental and emotional growth. The concepts presented are based on statistics and fact, not personal opinion. I am a Christian and I know that the word of God speaks of these very things. It is God concepts in how-to form. Every speaker has something useful to contribute. So glad I attended.”

“I absolutely LOVED listening to Dr. Leaf and her ideas on how we can be world changers. I literally loved every second of her teachings!!!”

“Dr. Leaf was amazing! I left the conference with a different perspective about so many areas of my life and have taken that momentum home and am studying everyday to understand more of what she teaches. Thank you!”

Dr. Caroline Leaf : Cognitive Neuroscientist

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist with a Masters and PhD in Communication Pathology and a BSc Logopaedics, specializing in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology. Since the early 1980s she has researched the mind-brain connection, the nature of mental health and the formation of memory. She was one of the first in her field to study how the brain can change (neuroplasticity) with directed mind input.

During her years in clinical practice and her work with thousands of underprivileged teachers and students in her home country of South Africa, and in the USA, she developed her theory (called the Geodesic Information Processing theory) of how we think, build memory and learn, into tools and processes that have transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), learning disabilities (ADD, ADHD), autism, dementias, and mental ill-health issues. She has helped hundreds of thousands of students and adults learn how to use their mind to detox and grow their brain to succeed in every area of their lives, including school, university and the workplace.

Dr. Leaf teaches at academic, medical and neuroscience conferences, churches and to various audiences around the world. Dr. Leaf is also involved in the global ECHO movement, which trains physicians worldwide on the mind-brain-body connection. She runs the “Integrated Mind Network”, which is a panel of top neurosurgeons, neurologists, MD's, ob./gyn.'s, endocrinologists, MD’s and neuroscientists with whom she consults with, and does research and clinical trials with. One of the Integrated Mind projects that she is currently running through her research foundation, involves clinical trials with people suffering from anxiety and depression using her researched mind techniques. Various scales and qEEG technology are being used in the trials. She is also part of a mental health initiative in Washington DC.

Dr. Leaf’s You-Tubes videos, podcasts, and TV episodes have reached millions globally. She has been featured on Elle, TED, Bustle, Medium, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Something You Should Know, and many other TV, radio, podcast, and print outlets. Her passion is to help people see the power of the mind to change the brain, and to see the link between science and spirituality through controlling their thoughts and emotions, learning how to think and learn, and finding their sense of purpose in life. Her work goes beyond mindfulness and the ‘quick fixes” of the current mental health system and technological age and takes you into the world of hard work, which is the only way to create effective change with lasting effects.

Dr. Leaf shows you that how you understand and use your mind is predictive of how successful you will be.

The Venue

Hilton Anatole

This Dallas hotel located in the Market Center and Design District is just 5 minutes from Uptown and Downtown Dallas, Texas, highlighted by the arts and entertainment districts of West End and Deep Ellum as well as Victory Park and American Airlines Center arena for live music, concerts and ballgames.

Boasting the largest hotel art collection in the US, with over 1,000 exotic pieces from around the world, along with a full-service health club & spa and a choice of eight restaurants and bars, the Hilton Anatole is a destination in itself. Complimented by over 600,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, this Dallas hotel's 1,606 beautifully detailed, Asian-inspired guest rooms and suites resonate the Anatole's amenable comforts and grand style.

The hotel’s redesigned Atrium II presents guests with a tranquil reflecting pool overlooked by a massive kinetic sculpture "Nebula", suspended 50 feet above and specially designed by Reuben Margolin.

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