Course overview

Clinical Workshop

In this course, faculty explore the phenomenon of cultivating resilience, the art and science of transformation, and compassion and healing trauma. A Q&A session with a faculty panel is also conducted.

Paul Brenner, MD

Dan Vicario, MD

Cassandra Vieten, PhD

Julie Yau, PhD

Robert Schwarz, PhD

 Board Review Series

AIHM 2016 Annual Conference

 Required Lessons


 Time to Complete

1 hour 30 minutes

 Non-CME Eligible*

0 Credits 

What you will learn

  • Course Summary

  • Cultivating Presence
    This phenomenon is a brilliant evolutionary survival strategy for most living forms, but not for humans at this stage of evolution. The trans‐generational past often overshadows present reality. Organic illness may be the result of generational and present experiences leaving us with erroneous stressors that impact the immune system. It is time to free ourselves from old thinking, language, and observation.

    Optimal care of seriously ill patients requires compassion and presence. With desire, intention and being present, we support them in transmuting illness into wellness, creating a powerful healing epigenetic phenomenon. A sense of empowerment is crucial for patients. We can support their hope, faith, and belief in their ability to heal while also embracing uncertainty. Additionally, practitioners need to take care of self to best deal with stress, helplessness, overwhelm and potential burnout.

    The Art and Science of Transformation
    We are each always changing, always growing. But sometimes we encounter moments or periods of life that are so potent, and so full of potential, that they transform our consciousness, fundamentally shifting our worldview, our motives and priorities, and how we relate to ourselves, others, and the world. In this session, Dr. Vieten will share results of research on how consciousness transformation can lead to improved physical, mental, and spiritual health, through a number of key pathways.

    Consciousness, Compassion & Healing Trauma
    Until recently, trauma was thought of as an occurrence from extraordinary events such as acts of terrorism, human rights violation, war, and so forth; yet a traumatic event is anything that overwhelms our capacity to cope, leaving us unable to recover our sense of connectedness. Trauma is a normal part of life, however, it can separate us from our authentic being. Trauma often occurs in our early years when we are lacking the necessary resources to fully recover. Early trauma is the constellation that forms the limited self, which continues to recreate itself throughout life, often hidden in the unconscious, until the trauma is resolved. Traumatic states have the power to throw us into deep despair, yet are also capable of radical transformation, in which compassion and expanded consciousness may emerge. The presentation will define the nature and characteristics of trauma, along with its destructive and generative dimensions. We will also explore why somatic trauma resolution has an intrinsically spiritual core, and how it fosters the embodiment of something essential for being. Session wraps up with an interactive panel discussion with audience.

    Workshop 3 Clinical Panel
    The Clinical workshop concludes with a panel discussion of expert faculty moderated by Robert Schwartz, PhD
    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Describe the epigenetic phenomenon.
    • Describe how the trans‐generational past shaped our reality.
    • Describe how observation further alters reality.
    • Explain why technology is further advanced than human compassion.
    • Explain and apply the Healing power of Presence.
    • Discuss Intention, empowerment and wellness.
    • Describe entrainment, limbic resonance, mirror neurons.
    • Distinguish between Healing and Curing Identify and learn to utilize skills to better deal with stress, helplessness, overwhelm and compassion fatigue.
    • Review the meaning of true integration.
    • Identify the factors and conditions.
    • Define the nature and characteristics of trauma, while developing a deeper understand of its dual nature, especially the aspect of renewal.
    • Explain how healing trauma cultivates compassion and expands consciousness.
    • Demonstrate the spiritual of core of healing trauma. that catalyze positive transformations in consciousness.
    • Describe stages in the process of transformation, and pitfalls associated with each stage.
    • Describe pathways through which transformations in consciousness can lead to improved health and quality of life for both practitioners and clients/patients.

Course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • Certificate of Completion

Included in this course

Course Faculty

Paul Brenner, MD

About paul
Paul has practiced medicine as a cancer surgeon, an obstetrician, and a psycho-social oncologist. His present interest is how the epigenetic phenomenon impacts chronic illness and distorts the nature of reality.

Dan Vicario, MD

About dan
Dan has been a medical oncologist for over 25 years. He was co-founder of the San Diego Cancer Center (now U.C. SDCC) where he was Medical Director for 20 years. He co-founded the San Diego Cancer Research Institute (SDCRI), a 501(c)3 nonprofit. He's been Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSD since 1992. Dan created the Integrative Oncology Program at the SDCC and SDCRI in 1998. For over three decades, he also studied and practiced several ancient healing traditions including Ayurveda.

Cassandra Vieten, PhD

About Cassandra
Cassandra Vieten, PhD is President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a Scientist in the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research has focused on spirituality and health; development and pilot testing of mindfulness-based approaches to cultivating emotional balance. She is co-author of Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life.

Julie Yau, PhD

About Julie
Julie Brown Yau, Ph.D., SEP, specializes in the resolution of trauma; using a unified approach for addressing developmental, relational, and shock trauma, Julie’s work includes the latest psychosomatic and neuroscientific findings that supports emotional maturity and psycho-spiritual growth. Julie is the director of education and program development at CCALS. Julie has lectured at numerous conferences, hospitals, schools, and the UCI center for Integrative Medicine. Julie has a private practice in Laguna Beach CA. Her diverse 30-year background in spiritual, psychological and somatic traditions provides her with a unique depth of knowledge and experience.

Robert Schwarz, PhD

About Robert
Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP is a licensed psychologist who has been practicing for over 30 years. He is the Executive Director of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology ( He is author of Tools for Transforming Trauma. He is the co-instructor for ACEP’s online EFT course. Dr. Schwarz has organized over 25 conferences on treating trauma, Ericksonian Hypnosis and energy psychology.

*CME/CEU Credits

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

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