PAIN & PLEASURE: Neuroscience, Spiritual Life and the Addicted Brain
Our next Spirit of Place Retreat will focus on the mind/body relationship, spiritual life, and intersections with the experiences of pain and pleasure.
Neuroscientist and author Layne Kalbfleisch, Ph.D., joins a social worker, a physician who works with addictions, an ethicist/theologian, and a faith community leader to explore how these two basic human emotions shape personal meaning, identity, and religious life.
· Presentations and small group discussions about the brain by a neuroscientist and developmental psychologist, with special attention to neural pathways that manifest both pleasure and pain.
· An inside look at addictions and the most recent evidence-based paths for recovery.
· Perspectives from spiritual traditions (Christian, Jewish, Native American and Buddhist) integrating meaning into experiences of both pain and pleasure.
· Interviews with individuals working among the homeless, the gaming industry, domestic workers, and the sex trade.
PRESENTERS and FACILITATORS:
· Layne Kalbfleisch, M.Ed., Ph.D., owns 2E Consults ® LLC, a practice providing assessment and coaching services for families and children and organizations who work on behalf of families and children. She is affiliated in Pediatrics at The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., and in the College of Education at Northern New Mexico College, Espanola, NM. An educational psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist, she received the inaugural ‘Scientist Idol’ award for messaging science to the public from the National Science Foundation in 2010 and is a member of the US Department of State Committee on Exceptional Children. Kalbfleisch has been featured on CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, SiriusXM Doctor Radio, and The Coffee Klatch – Special Needs Radio, Rhode Island PBS ‘School Talk. Layne is author of “Teaching to Every Kid’s Potential: Simple Neuroscience Lesson to Liberate Learners” scheduled to be published in September 2021 by W.W. Norton and Company.
· Ruth Almen, MSW, ACSW is Clinical Manager for Social Work with the Cleveland Clinic/Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. She previously served in numerous leadership positions with hospice agencies and community mental health agencies among the rural poor across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Ruth has also served an instructor with Northern Michigan University’s School of Social Work.
· Joseph Piccione, J.D., S.TH.D. is an ethicist and theologian. His training includes a law degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. where he worked as a domestic public policy analyst. He formerly worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and was a staff member of the National Commission on America’s Urban Families and the National Commission on Children. Since 1993, Joe has been a bioethicist practicing in Illinois and Michigan. He recently authored a book on the intersection of Zen and breath meditation practice.
· Mike Grossman, M.D., is a family physician and hospice director in Northern Michigan. He currently is a consultant and medical provider Great Lakes Recovery Center, a network of substance abuse treatment programs in Northern Michigan. He 2002, he was named Michigan’s Family Medicine Physician of the Year.
· Jon Magnuson is a former Peace Corps Volunteer, parish and university pastor. He has held teaching positions at the University of Washington, Oregon State University, and Northern Michigan University. He is a licensed mental health provider and current director of The Cedar Tree Institute, a nonprofit organization, based in Northern Michigan, that initiates projects and provides services in the areas of mental health, religion, and the environment.