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Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) describes how the brain and mind are shaped, or developed, and how they function based on the interplay of genes in the context of relationships. IPBN is a practical and functional model to help people in the relational professions, including lawyers, litigators, mediators, judges, doctors, medical professionals, law enforcement (including hostage negotiators), clergy, educators, psychotherapists and other mental health professionals.

IPNB allows ours mediators to create a space where agreements can be reached. IPNB is, at its core, about a way of being that asks us to pay attention, be curious, and to be intentional in our lives, allowing us to be free from reactivity and purposeful with our thoughts, feelings and actions.

By setting intentions, taking action and thoughtfully observing each action, mindfulness establishes purposeful awareness. Living on purpose means that you are fully present with each unfolding moment and less likely to experience accidents and mishaps – whether physical or emotional.

Created initially by Dr. Dan Siegel, IPNB now has a wide array of support from professionals and authors with books published as part of Norton Publishing’s Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology (50+ books). The Mindsight Institute offers courses and workshops. UCLA hosts an annual IPNB conference. Portland Community College offers an online Foundations in IPNB program that is 6 months long at climb.pcc.edu/IPNB (previously, Portland State University offered a one-year graduate credit program). IPNB is also supported by the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology (GAINS), at MindGains.org.

In 1998, there were zero studies on Mindfulness, now, there are over 70 studies. Mindfulness has been shown to combat the symptoms of stress by rewiring the brain.

Intensive mindfulness training programs have been related to an increase in subjective well-being, self-compassion, and resilience.

Positive Psychology is an evidence-based approach to researching how to becomes our best selves. Positive Psychology focuses on cultivating happiness, strengths, self-esteem, and optimism.

The goal is not to change you, but to help you more consistently become the person you already are at your best. Since 1998, over 1300 peer reviewed articles have been written on these subjects. 

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