Wellness Series

This series provides information, guided practice, tools, and tips to maintain wellness. Sessions will be led by faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and special guests. All sessions run from 12:00 - 12:45pm.

Mindful Mondays invites you to care for and honor yourself. We will offer guided self-compassion and meditation practices focused on increasing resilience to challenges we are currently experiencing. Practices will be intertwined with discussions on portable and effective stress management strategies.

Family Fridays will address wellness through the experiences of families with a focus on child development, parent concerns, and partner relationships. Topics include the impact of the pandemic on children and families, adjustment to virtual learning, talking to children about social unrest, and more. Please join us to hear from our internal experts, connect with colleagues, and share experiences.

Live Music Sessions provide an opportunity to listen in, take a break, and practice self-care. In partnership with UChicago Medicine’s Healing Arts Program, the Zoom Wellness Music Series will present live music performances throughout the year

We invite you to listen in, take a break, and practice self-care.

Thursday October 28, 2021 at 3pm via Zoom
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Please join us for some soothing and unique world class global sounds!
Carlo Basile (www.carlobasileguitar.com) has traveled to over 40 countries to study, perform and teach Spanish guitar styles with a global influence. Carlo has received numerous awards and grants along the way to his bringing a message of collectiveness and cultural unity. He will host a virtual performance along with multi instrumentalist and composer, Ronnie Malley. Carlo and Ronnie will perform traditional Andalusian classical, flamenco, and Arabic pieces along with some original compositions. Carlo and Ronnie will host a Q & A as part of this presentation.

Ronnie Malley is a multi-instrumentalist musician, theatrical performer, producer, and educator with a background in Global Music and Performance Studies. His recent credits include author and composer of the original play Ziryab, The Songbird of Andalusia, musician in The Secret Garden, musician and consultant on Disney’s theatrical production of The Jungle Book, associate producer, composer, and actor in The Sultan's Dilemma, co-composer on Mary Zimmerman’s The White Snake, and film composition for At the Gate, Modou: The Hang Player, and Jon and Davy. Ronnie has also produced the albums Auraad Fathiya, Saazuk Safar, Tsikago, Gypsy Surf, and East Meets Middle East through his company, Intercultural Music Production, and has appeared as a guest artist on several musical works. He conducts Arabic language artist residencies for Chicago Public Schools and is a teaching artist of music and theater with Global Voices Initiative. Ronnie is also a faculty member at the Old Town School of Folk Music, as well as an artist researcher with Chicago Arts Partnership in Education. He performs with the music groups Allos Musica, Baeoa, EMME, Lamajamal, Surabhi Ensemble, Turath Ensemble, and the University of Chicago Middle East Music Ensemble. Ronnie was most recently on the national Broadway tour of “The Band’s Visit.”

Recordings of Past Sessions:
Family Fridays – November 13, 2020
Negotiating disagreements between partners related to parenting in the pandemic 

Mindful Mondays – November 16, 2020
Topic: Inner Resources for Stress Resilience

Family Fridays – November 20, 2020
Topic: Big Feelings: Empowering kids with healthy thinking during COVID-19

Mindful Mondays – November 23, 2020
Topic: Mindfulness: Gratitude

Family Fridays – December 4, 2020
Topic: Talking to kids about social issues

Family Fridays – December 11
Topic: LGBTQ Parenting

Family Fridays – December 18, 2020
Positive Parenting During Challenging Times

Special Event – January 12, 2021
Live Andalusian Music

Compassion Fatigue Resilience Training – January 22, 2021
*Click here for Tip Card on Relaxing the Mind and Body

Special Event – February 9, 2021
Live Music – Indian Veena

Family Fridays – February 19, 2021
Teaching Kids to Acknowledge and Accept Feelings: The first step to Happiness

Special Event – February 23, 2021
Live Music – African Kora

Family Fridays - February 26, 2021
Topic: YES! Kids can Learn to Self-control, this is HOW

Mindful Mondays – March 1, 2021
Topic: Mindfulness

Family Fridays - March 5, 2021,
Topic: HOW to Talk and WHEN to Listen: Connecting to your child successfully

Mindful Mondays – March 8, 2021
Topic: Mindfulness

Family Fridays – April 02, 2021
Helping Your Child Reach Their Potential

Family Fridays – April 09, 2021
Raising Competent Teenagers

Special Event – April 13, 2021
Live Cello Music with Kinan Abou-afach

Special Event – July 08, 2021
Live Flamenco Music with Leticia Aravena