A look back at Porter-Starke Services annual Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium

A look back at Porter-Starke Services annual Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium
By: Julia Demma Last Updated: April 19, 2019

A Look Back at Porter-Starke's Annual Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium

The Porter-Starke Services Foundation’s 10th annual Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium is coming up next month! The Symposium, which includes a keynote breakfast and breakout sessions with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., is vital to educating and generating awareness within the community Porter-Starke Services serves. The Symposium is just one way that Porter-Starke Services encourages community members to come together and learn more about mental health and wellness.

“Not everyone needs to come in for treatment at Porter-Starke Services, but anyone can benefit from the message of health, balance, and hope presented at the Symposium through our keynote speaker and breakout sessions,” said Elliott Miller, director of marketing for Porter-Starke Services. “People in the community can apply those principles on themselves and others.”

As the 2019 Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium approaches, take a look back at some previous Symposiums and their key points!

2015 Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium

Community members learned more about resilience in mental health. Key speaker Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment of Victims of Violence, told stories about people who have been able to bounce back, what drives resilience, and how to be resilient in our own lives.

2016 Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium

The focus on this event was understanding depression and exploring various ways to spot and treat the illness. In his 40 years of treating depression, Dr. Michael D Yapko shared his findings and helpful tips about noticing and treating depression with the crowd.

2017 Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium

The keynote speaker was the renowned psychotherapist, author, cognitive behavior educator, and researcher Dr. Christine Padesky, who encouraged attendees to use practical suggestions for mood management in their lives. 

2018 Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium

The keynote speaker brought new light to the recent trend of mindfulness, primarily as “noticing and accepting our moment-by-moment experience,” which is a research-proven strategy to help us let go of unproductive mental habits and replace them with ones that make life richer and more rewarding.

2019 Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium

The upcoming 2019 symposium on May 23 will feature Dr. Bryon’s clear, humorous, and helpful presentation of science-based strategies that nurture strength from the inside out. The engaging exploration of the Yes Brain will show how this mindset encourages children and adults to say yes to the world, even during difficult times. Attendees will leave with practical ways to encourage Yes Brain qualities, such as emotional balance, resilience in the face of frustration, personal insight, and compassion for others.

The event will take place at the Harre Union located on the Valparaiso University campus. For more information about the event, visit https://www.porterstarke.org/events/symposium.