About NSTA - National Spasmodic Torticollis Association

San Diego, California

22 Sep

Dystonia Support & Advocacy Group of San Diego County Meeting

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY, SEPT. 15th from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

PLACE: Alvarado Hospital/Rehab. Institute, 6645 Alvarado Rd., 1st Floor Conf. Room

San Diego, CA 92120 www.alvaradohospital.com


GUEST SPEAKER: STEVEN HICKMAN, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Founding Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. He is an Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSD Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Hickman is also the Executive Director of the non-profit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, which is dedicated to disseminating the practice of self-compassion throughout the world. Steven is a Certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion, and is a teacher trainer for both programs. His area of specialty is the training of teachers of mindfulness and self-compassion and he founded the UC San Diego Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute dedicated to providing professional training and certification in the full spectrum of mindfulness-based programs. He is married and has three young adult children, affording him ample opportunities to practice what he teaches.

The practice of Mindfulness (moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness) is showing growing empirical support as a means of dealing with stress, pain and illness. Dr. Hickman’s talk will explore how you might begin to draw on this ancient practice to enhance your own well-being and capacity to cope with the challenges of daily life. Along with mindfulness, the ability to treat ourselves with the same kindness as we treat our loved ones and dear friends, is a rare commodity in this day and age. Most of us have a harsh inner critic, a tendency toward perfectionism and preference for putting all our energy into caring for others and overlooking ourselves. As we learn on the airplane when the flight attendant tells us to secure the oxygen mask on ourselves before we help the children traveling with us, we need to be self-compassionate if we are to sustain our compassion for others. Being kinder to ourselves is related to a wide range of positive outcomes like greater quality of life, more resilience in the face of difficulty, ability to achieve our goals and make much-needed changes to our behavior. Dr. Hickman will explore these two related topics of mindfulness and self-compassion in an engaging and experiential workshop.

Persons with ALL forms of dystonia, your family members, friends & others are invited to attend.

Refreshments will be available.

** PLEASE RSVP TO MARTHA at mmurphy582@gmail.com or 619-582-1961 so that we can plan accordingly for food and for seating. Thank you.



Group website: www.dystoniaofsandiego.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dystoniaofsandiego

Our support group is affiliated with the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing research for more treatments and ultimately a cure, promoting awareness and education, and supporting the needs and well-being of dystonia-affected individuals and their families. For more information, visit www.dystonia-foundation.org or phone 1-800-DYST (3978). Our group is also affiliated with the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association.