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2014 SWC Convention Workshops

In SWC convention on February 21, 2014 at 1:34 am

Come to our next convention in Madison, Wisconsin July 16-20 for these great workshops.   All our workshop include CART (real time captioning) and the hearing loop to make sure you “hear” it all.  Read more about our convention and register here:



An Introduction to Mindfulness

by Craig Wille, MS, NCSP

Craig worked as a School Psychologist in the public schools in Wisconsin for 37 years. He studied, used and applied meditation and related approaches in his own life, as well as in with students and adults since the early 1970s. Over the past ten years he participated in and taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in a variety of educational and clinical settings.

Workshop summary

Mindfulness has been defined by teacher, author and practitioner Jon Kabat-Zinn as follows: “Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Put another way, Mindfulness meditation is the art of paying attention, of listening to your heart. Rather than withdrawing from the world, mindfulness can help you enjoy it more fully, effectively and peacefully.

This brief introduction is designed to introduce Mindfulness meditation practice. It includes guided instruction in selected Mindfulness meditation practices, as well as learning and discussion about what Mindfulness is and how to apply it in daily life.


How to be Happier in Life and Work

by Tina Hallis, Ph.D.

Life is too short to be unhappy at work, so I decided to create my company, Happy Hill Consulting, LLC, as a way to improve the cultures of organizations by combining my strong interest in Positive Psychology with my desire to share life changing information with others.  I have a Ph.D. in Chemistry and have spent the last 20 years enjoying applying Chemistry to Biology.  I am now truly excited about and focused on a new area of science called Positive Psychology that explores how all of us can improve our ability to thrive and flourish in life.  It has made a huge difference in my life as I’ve applied these strategies to help me reinvent myself and start my own business.  I believe it can make a difference in your life too!

Workshop Summary

Learn scientifically based techniques to increase your ability to thrive at work and in life.  Join us to hear actions you can implement immediately to change your life based on scientific research in the exciting new area of Positive Psychology.  The field of Positive Psychology focuses on how we can go beyond living an average existence to thriving and flourishing in our life by changing how we think and what we do.  Our brain is constantly changing without any input from us, but studies have shown that we can control our thoughts and train our mind to increase our overall level of well-being.  This makes us more creative, energetic, productive, engaged and healthier.
In this presentation, we will 

  • Learn why our brain filters out the good in our surroundings and how that affects our perception of reality
  • Discover the power of our thoughts and how they greatly impact our quality of life
  • Identify practices and techniques you can implement now to change your filter and your thoughts for a more positive life


Future Treatments for Hearing Loss

by Dr. Samuel P. Gubbels, assistant professor, UW Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center

Department: surgery/ Otolaryngology

Aligned research focus:

Regenerative medicine for hearing loss, Hair cell regeneration, Inner ear stem cell transplantation, Adult cochlear stem cells 

Research Description: 

Hearing loss is an exceedingly common problem worldwide with severe to profound deafness affecting 278 million people worldwide. In general, hearing loss in humans is caused by loss or dysfunction of the hair cells of the cochlea and, when lost, these cells cannot spontaneously regenerate which leads to the permanency that typifies the clinical course of most cases of deafness. While the current treatments for hearing loss, hearing aids and cochlear implants, work very well, they do have some drawbacks. The ideal treatment for hearing loss would be to replace the elements of the inner ear which have been lost due to loud noise, ageing, ototoxic medications, or hereditary causes.

My lab is interested in using a variety of pluripotent stem cell types to model the development, disease and regeneration of inner ear hair cells in vitro. In collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. Su-Chun Zhang, we are actively defining a method to reliably direct the differentiation of pluripotent stem cells into auditory hair cells and other inner ear cell types. In addition, we seek to evaluate the ability of these cells to integrate into the appropriate areas of the inner ear upon transplantation by using a novel, developmental in vivo model system. We believe that knowledge gained in these studies may provide important insight into how pluripotent stem cells can be used to model inner ear disease and realistically pursue cell-based therapies for hearing loss in the future.

 Look for three more workshops to be announced soon.  


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