Top Sierra Tucson Docs to Present at Mindfulness Conference This Week

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Conference to discuss growing mindfulness treatment approach, include head doctors from Sierra Tucson, an internationally recognized treatment center

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This week, experts, thought leaders and health professionals will gather in the Phoenix area (Goodyear) for a national conference on mindfulness, one of the most popular new treatment approaches in the field of psychotherapy. The “Art & Science of Mindfulness & Counseling: A Revolution of the Heart” conference will be held May 16-19, 2012 at the Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa, and will feature two Sierra Tucson physicians, Robert Johnson, D.O., Medical Director, and James Duffy, M.D., Psychiatrist and Chief of Integrative Medicine, along with Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., a renowned expert in the mindfulness field. The conference is hosted by FACES Conferences, a leading provider of education and conferences dedicated to mindfulness.

“Over the last three decades we have helped support and give a voice to a variety of mental health movements,” reads the FACES website. “In all that time, we have never seen a mental health movement with the potential of the mindfulness movement.”

The benefits of mindfulness are becoming more known and appreciated nationally in many facets of wellness and recovery. Mindfulness practices hold promise not only for personal development, but also as powerful tools to augment virtually every form of psychotherapy.

Sierra Tucson’s Dr. Johnson, a Board Certified Psychiatrist & Addictionologist, will present “Meds, Mindfulness, and More: The Neurobiological Case for a More Integrative Approach to the Treatment of Depression,” in which he’ll discuss the controversies around the effectiveness of psychotropic medication versus placebo, how the industry came to embrace such a narrow approach to the treatment of psychiatric illness, and the emerging neuroscientific data about the benefits of a broader and more integrative approach to psychiatric treatment. He will specifically discuss the neurobiological benefits of various somatic, experiential, psychotherapeutic, coaching, and complementary/alternative approaches for the treatment of major depression.

“There is a growing line of evidence that the therapies that work – whether medication, psychotherapy, mindfulness practices, somatic treatments, or experiential therapies – may share common psychobiological mechanisms,” said Dr. Johnson. “We are beginning to gain a greater understanding at a neurobiological level of the nature of the mind/body relationship. Even though antidepressant medications can be very helpful, given what we know about their potential toxicities and limitations, there is a strong, emerging scientific argument to be made about the value of a more integrative and broad-based approach to the treatment of depression.”

Sierra Tucson’s Dr. Duffy will present “The 5 Medicines: A Practical Model of Integrative Mental Healthcare,” in which he’ll describe the significant challenges to incorporating integrative medicine approaches into clinical practice including the avalanche of new research data that clinicians must sort through in the face of limited time and resources. The workshop will present a practical model for providing integrative mental healthcare and a review of recent important scientific findings that support a holistic approach.

“Integrative approaches to mental healthcare have demonstrated efficacy in treating mental disorders and have very few, if any, harmful side effects,” said Dr. Duffy. “These simple but effective treatments include diet, movement practices, environmental changes, meditation and non-Western approaches such as acupuncture and Ayurveda, each of which can be used in adjunct to conventional allopathic treatments.”

About Sierra Tucson
A premier facility for treating coexisting disorders, Sierra Tucson is known for its holistic, bio-psycho-social-spiritual treatment approach. Individualized treatment plans incorporate 12-Step philosophy, a wide variety of innovative and integrative therapies, a Family Program, and a combination of Western and Eastern Medicine practices. Dually accredited by The Joint Commission, Sierra Tucson employs full-time medical staff as a key part of its multidisciplinary treatment team. Specialized programs include:

  • Alcohol & Chemical Dependency
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood & Anxiety Disorders
  • Pain Management
  • Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Complex Assessment & Diagnosis
  • Progressions, for advanced recovery skills

Located on 160 acres at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona, this exceptional facility offers a beautiful, natural healing environment and the highest level of confidentiality. For more information about Sierra Tucson and its programs, call 800-842-4487.

Sierra Tucson is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. CRC offers the largest array of personalized treatment options, allowing individuals, families, and professionals to choose the most appropriate treatment setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management, and therapeutic education needs. CRC is committed to making its services widely and easily available, while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced treatment. Since 1995, CRC programs have helped individuals and families reclaim and enrich their lives.

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