Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Mindfulness-Based Wellness - Continuing Education - Saturday, March 7, 2015

Mindfulness-Based Wellness in Dentistry : 
Creating an Optimal Healing Environment

Dalhousie University, Faculty of Dentistry
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Saturday, March 7, 2015
David A. Lovas MD, FRCP(C)
John Lovas DDS, MSc, FRCD(C)

Course Outline

          Dentistry, dental hygiene and life in general can be stressful. To best serve our patients, coworkers, families and society, we ourselves need to embody health. Good self-care is both desirable and a professional obligation. Mindfulness is more than an evidence-based self-care technique, it is an evolved way of being in the world. Mindfulness training helps us live more authentically – expressing our core values in appropriate caring behaviour.

          Mindfulness was first popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD at UMass Medical School 35 years ago. Mindfulness is scientifically-proven, effective and widely used around the world for health care and self-care. Our Faculty of Dentistry and School of Dental Hygiene pioneered the integration of Mindfulness training into dental and dental hygiene curricula. Now you too can benefit from learning this exciting holistic approach to wellness for yourself and your patients.
          “Mindfulness is for all those who would chart a course toward greater sanity and wisdom in their lives.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
          “An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence.’’ William James

Course Objectives 

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:
          • Review how stress in dentistry can affect you
          • Review basic stress-management strategies
          • Understand what mindfulness is, and its pivotal role in stress management
          • Experience effective mindfulness training methods
          • Explore strategies for using mindfulness in your office starting Monday

About the Presenters

Dr. David A. Lovas BSc, MD, FRCP(C) obtained science and medical degrees from Dalhousie University, and psychiatric training from Harvard Medical School. He is an assistant professor in the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine, with cross-appointment in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, and works as a child & adolescent psychiatrist and the physician co-leader of the Emergency Mental Health & Addictions Services (EMHAS) of the IWK Health Center. Dr. Lovas has trained extensively in mindfulness-based clinical interventions and has been awarded Harvard fellowships for his research in this area. His current research and academic interests continue to include mindfulness-based interventions, neurobiology, as well as the role of mindfulness in health-professional development and wellness.

Dr. John G. Lovas BSc, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C) obtained science and dental degrees from the University of Toronto, and oral pathology training at the University of Western Ontario. He’s served as chief examiner in oral pathology for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and as president of the Canadian Academy of Oral Pathology. Dr. Lovas retired from the Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University in July 2014 after teaching oral pathology and oral medicine for 31 years and serving as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for 5 years. He obtained teacher-training in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at UMass Medical Center, the Omega Institute in New York, and the Rochester Medical School. For over ten years Dr. Lovas has been teaching aspects of Mindfulness to dental, dental hygiene, medical and other clinicians, faculty, students and staff.



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