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CCHP convocation features Dr. Henry Emmons on 'The Science of Hope'

Emmons_convoDuring the 2012 Center for Counseling and Health Promotion convocation lectures, Henry Emmons, M.D., will discuss how individuals can restore serenity to their lives and protect themselves from stress.

His first lecture will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 19 in Hoversten Chapel and repeated at noon on Saturday, October 20 in the Chapel.

Emmons’ presentation is titled “The Science of Hope: Blending New Neuroscience and Ancient Wisdom to Sustain a Healthy Mind, Mood, and Heart.” His lecture will outline approaches to cultivating inner calm and joy in a chaotic, contemporary society where stress-related disorders are prevalent.

Emmons is a consultant to Twin Cities-area college counseling centers and organizations as well as a popular workshop presenter. He is a past recipient of a Bush Medical Fellowship, which funded a sabbatical to study natural and mindfulness therapies in the practice of psychiatry.

He has created adult education programs through the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, including “A Year of Living Mindfully” and “The Inner Life of Healers: Programs of Renewal for Health Professionals.” Emmons developed the “Resilience Training Program” for the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. This unique program integrates nutrition, exercise, and the psychology of mindfulness to improve outcomes in the treatment of depression.

Emmons is the author of three books:

— The Chemistry of Joy: A Three Step Program for Overcoming Depression Through Western Science and Eastern Wisdom,

— The Chemistry of Calm: A Powerful, Drug-Free Plan to Quiet Your Fears and Overcome Your Anxiety, and

— The Chemistry of Joy Workbook.

He also has authored “Insights on the Inner Life of Healers,” an essay in Living the Questions: Essays Inspired by the Work and Life of Parker J. Palmer.

The CCHP convocation is free and open to the public.

2012-13 Convocation Series

Augsburg’s 2012-13 Convocation Series of speakers explores the impact that an individual can have in a global population of 6.7 billion people. Presentations touch on topics in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Each session offers an opportunity to hear from leaders in their areas of expertise. Dan Phillips, designer, builder, and founder of The Phoenix Commotion, will discuss “Recycled Housing: Adventures in Human Sensibilities” during the Humanities and Fine Arts Convocation to be held Wednesday, November 7.

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