Once upon a time, different knowledge and wisdom traditions had the common decency to remain neatly distinct from each other. Science and spirituality, body and mind, physical medicine and psychological treatment---all were walled off into mutually opposed realms. No untoward and promiscuous mixing of categories allowed!
Now there’s a growing recognition that “wisdom”---that elusive ability to see life whole, to move beyond the impulsive judgment of the moment, to perceive what’s “true, right, lasting”---involves recognizing the complex web of connections between brain, mind, body, and spirit; between how we think, feel, believe, and behave.
When it comes to mental healthcare, it’s become more and more apparent that wisdom involves paying attention to both psyche and soma, as well as lifestyle choices, spirituality, and other previously unacknowledged dimensions of human experience.
At this year’s Networker Symposium, Creating a New Wisdom: The Art and Science of Optimal Well-Being, we don’t just plan to talk about this new integrative vision, we’ll help you actively live it. Not only will you hear from the field’s leading innovators, visionaries, and researchers, but in a world in which we experience so much virtually, you’ll be able to feel the synergistic energy and unpredictable possibilities of being in the immediate presence of 3,500 members of your own professional tribe.
You’ll learn what mind-body-spirit connection really feels like---during Creativity Day, as you express your urge to draw, dance, sing, write, connect with your inner Buddha; in your workshops, as you explore the art and science of therapy with some of the best teachers in the world; and during the Symposium many luncheons, dinners, receptions, and other social events, as you share a glass of wine with some of your new best friends.
None of us can afford professional isolation if we wish to advance our craft and meet the challenges of 21st-century practice. At this year’s Symposium, you’ll not only experience the support and stimulation of the field’s ultimate community of practice, but you’ll have the time of your life!
We look forward to celebrating our 35th anniversary with you amid the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., this spring.