Playfulness is the Treatment for Isolation, Fear, and Loneliness

By Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, RPT-S How did we get lucky enough to live in a time-period where we have scientific evidence for the necessity of play and playfulness??? In a culture where we privilege verbal processing and solution identification, as well as a boot-straps mentality that hard work should feel hard, the truth that playfulness both heals and strengthens our … Read More

Keeping Integration in Mind: Response-Ability in These Times of Uncertainty

In the past weeks, I have been reflecting on the varied responses to the current pandemic.  Like you, I’m exposed to multiple stories of unregulated fear and panic driving people to narrow their sphere of concern as they scramble to populate their pantries and cupboards causing widespread shortages for others.  Also, I have been deeply discouraged by the opposite reaction: … Read More

Happy New Year GAINS Community!

A Letter from the Incoming GAINS President As the incoming President I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year and to share with you the vision and hope the board has for GAINS. These are certainly challenging times across our irreplaceable planet. It is difficult to embrace the New Year with enthusiastic openness … Read More

A Thank You Note: We All Have A Brain – They All Work The Same

By Kirke Olson The work we all do as educators is challenging, rewarding, and sparks our emotions whether we are in adult settings, schools or in early childhood education. Using the best practices in our jobs is obviously important, but it is easy to miss the emotional aspects of the hard heart-work of education. Sometimes the reminders of the emotional … Read More

Resilience: 6 Steps to BOUNCE Back

by Mary Meador, MD What is resilience? It is the quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure, trauma or misfortune overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to bounce back. The initial research on resilience was started by Norman Garmezy in the 1970s. … Read More

Youth and IPNB By Mandy Shewfelt

At GAINS we join with today’s youth and their vocal recognition of being the first generation to grow up living in the explicit reality of intense climate disruption. They are dealing with floods, the Arctic on fire, draughts, dangerous heat waves, intense weather disturbances, and a faster than expected warming climate. Species are becoming extinct at an alarming rate. Social … Read More

What is the relevance of IPNB to leadership?

By Lynn Redenbach This year’s IPNB conference, Timeless Wisdom, Timely Action touched me deeply, as it did for many others who were fortunate to attend this final gathering.  Perhaps, the announcement that this would be the last conference of its kind added to the preciousness of the experience; however, the experiential focus throughout the event brought the topics into body … Read More

Celebrate Diversity – 5 Things To Do for Pride Month!

By Debra Pearce-McCall and Lindsay Dec Interpersonal Neurobiology, by its very nature, is inclusive. It highlights and celebrates the brain to brain connections among all people. It serves as an illuminating, integrative framework that underscores the common features in good therapy, or teaching, or leading, or coaching, or parenting – the powerful potential in all relational human endeavors. And with … Read More

A Leader’s Journey

By Lynn Redenbach What does it mean to be a leader who embraces IPNB in practice? What principles inform the doing and being of leading from an IPNB perspective? Considering the centrality of MWE (Siegel, 2017) across all domains of human experience, how do IPNB-informed leaders describe their development and identity? What principles resonate in practice? How are the resulting … Read More

Minding Brains: What Good Leaders Know by Debra Pearce-McCall

In an exponential explosion of interest, the brain is everywhere! (And yes, the mind is everywhere, too.) Leaders and coaches are learning juicy bits of brain information through all kinds of articles, books, and programs. And interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB) gives leaders (and those who help them) a powerful, meaningful, adaptable, and science-based path to make neuroscience applicable and relevant to … Read More