montreal workshop: mending the whole person

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Hey Montrealers! If you’re into the connection between the mind, body and emotions, you’ll want to check out Mending the Whole Person: Solutions for a Healthier Self, an upcoming workshop organized by McGill University’s PACE (Personal and Cultural Enrichment) program. Deets:

We are constantly surrounded by messages about health and disease – whether from a perspective of a recent study, admonishments or things to avoid. In response to this, a common response is to feel overwhelmed and react, thinking: “Why bother?”

What if we were to change our perception about health and disease? This 2 hour workshop invites you to listen, reflect and participate in a conversation about health, and the connection between the mind, emotions and the body. How do you shape your sense of health and well being? And its counterpoint, how do all the elements of your life and who you are, influence your experience when you are not feeling well? How do you self-determine your healthcare, especially when faced with a chronic health condition? With rising rates of chronic illness, these are growing concerns for many people today.

This 2 hour workshop will present current ideas about health and well-being as well as links to themes raised throughout the history of medicine. The workshop will also share recent developments in the medical science of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body. Through lecture, dialogue and experiential exercises, participants will have the opportunity to investigate the relationship between health and illness and where the “person” fits into this equation.

Facilitator: Dot Wojakowski’s initial forays into empowerment began by co-founding The Sexual Assault Centre of McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS) in 1991. Her experience of surviving a severe head injury has brought her considerable insight into the value of participating in one’s own healing, as well as the vital need to understand health and disease from a paradigm that considers and treats the whole person. Steeped in her previous social work experience, she brings a sense of hope and engagement to her teaching and professional clinical practice in naturopathy and counseling. Ms. Wojakowski holds a BSW (Social Work) and BA (Political Science, Women’s Studies) from McGill University and is a regular annual lecturer at the McGill Faculty of Nursing.

Date: March 28, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: 688 Sherbrooke Street West

For more info and a special “Come With A Friend” deal, check out the PACE website.