Scientific Program

Conference Series LLC Ltd invites all the participants across the globe to attend 5th International Conference on Mental Health and Human Resilience .

Day 1 :

Keynote Forum

Patrizio Paoletti

Patrizio Paoletti Foundation for Development and Communication, Italy

Keynote: Prefiguring the future: An educational project to strengthen resilience and hope in individuals and communities facing natural disasters

Time : 10:10-10:50

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Biography:

Patrizio Paoletti is the President of the Patrizio Paoletti Foundation for Development and Communication. As President of the homonymous Foundation, he is leading international social projects and educational programmes with the aim of promoting human resilience, personal and community well-being. He is member of several scientific boards and committees ad has numerous publications concerning lifelong learning processes for personal and social development and growth. Moreover, he is one of the leading teachers of meditation in Italy and the creator of several scientifically studied meditation techniques, including: One Minute Meditation (OMM); Quadrato Motor Training and OVO Whole-Body perceptual deprivation Tank.

Abstract:

Interdisciplinary interventions for promoting personal and social resilience and hope are important for assisting individual and community post-traumatic growth (IC-PTG), namely positive change or benefit finding resulting from trauma. The current study examined the subjective experience of Prefiguring the Future project (PFP) for the Italian communities affected by the earthquakes of 2016-2017 on IC-PTG. The theoretical framework for PFP is based on educational neuro-psycho-pedagogy and Inner Design Technology models, aimed at breaking the dynamics of the reactive mind and triggering the conscious mind and its assets for implementing resilience. 240 volunteers participated in the study (women=73.8%, men=26.2%; age: mean=49.34, SD=10.656). On the basis of quali-quantitative research methodology, data was collected by means of open-ended and closed-ended questionnaires measuring satisfaction, believes and behaviours. The results showed: (1) high levels of satisfaction with participation, (2) recognition of the importance of attending the meetings as shared community moments for creating networks and stimulating actions with social value; (3) understanding of the possibility of a continuous personal growth. These results show how the participants use awareness and personal responsibility for re-designing oneself and their surrounding. Furthermore, the current results suggest PFP as useful path for IC-PTG, by improving of personal skills to become a driving force for a “resilient community”. We will further discuss the key elements constituting the structural matrix of a community able to overcome stressful events by refering to the skills of resilience and relational plasticity.

Keynote Forum

Tal Dotan Ben Soussan

Patrizio Paoletti Foundation, Italy

Keynote: Increasing resilience: Molecular and electrophysiological changes following Quadrato Motor Training

Time : 10:50-11:30

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Biography:

Tal Dotan Ben Soussan is the Director of Neuroscientific Research Unit of the Patrizio Paoletti Foundation. Leading studies examining the effects of different training paradigms on neuroplasticity, resilience and well-being, her multidisciplinary approach utilises electrophysiological, neuroanatomical and molecular tools to examine the underlying mechanisms promoting cognitive and emotional well-being. Her pioneering work on the Quadrato Motor Training has demonstrated that specifically-structured sensorimotor activity can improve neurobiological, emotional and cognitive functions. She is also applying her neuroscientific model to examine the interconnectedness of motion, emotion and cognition for increasing resilience and performance in the workplace, as well as in schools and neurodegenerative states.

Abstract:

At this historic moment, which is characterized by exponential external technological development, we need tools to help us cope better with induced stress. What may be required in order to keep pace is a work on Inner Design Technology, in which people, through different training paradigms, can undergo neuroplasticity, which can in turn aid in becoming more resilient. While stress suppresses many brain functions, as well as brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) synthesis, important for learning and neuronal plasticity; some antidepressant treatments were found to increase BDNF. Nevertheless, injection of BDNF was also found to produce an opposing depression-like response, emphasizing the importance of activating the body’s own resources. To this aim, we utilized the Quadrato Motor Training (QMT), a specifically-structured movement meditation, created by Patrizio Paoletti, which was found improve neuronal communication, attentive relaxation and creativity. Following 12-weeks of daily practice, we further found increased proBDNF level. The present results support the usefulness of integrating training such as the QMT across the lifespan and suggest that it may aid in coping with stress and increase well-being. In the current talk, we will discuss the underlying biological and neuronal mechanisms mediating improved cognitive and emotional functions, extending previous knowledge regarding the benefits of training for increasing emotional, molecular and neuronal resilience.

Break: Networking & Refreshments 11:30-11:50 @ Bar Terraza