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Embracing Global Therapists: A Conversation with Dr. Adele Diamond


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In a recent collaborative check-in, Dr. Lori Baudino engaged in a stimulating conversation with Dr. Adele Diamond, a Canada research chair professor of developmental cognitive neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. This enlightening discussion not only delved into Dr. Diamond's impressive academic background but also explored her profound insights into the world of global therapy.


Dr. Diamond, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, specializes in executive functions – a realm encompassing working memory, selective attention, cognitive flexibility, and creative problem-solving. She emphasized the vulnerability of the prefrontal cortex and executive functions to various life stressors, making a compelling case for addressing the holistic well-being of individuals.


"I've argued that to improve executive functions, you not only want to focus on them and training them. You also want to address all aspects of a person's life," Dr. Diamond stated. This holistic approach, considering the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual dimensions, sets the stage for a comprehensive understanding of mental health.


The conversation seamlessly transitioned to Dr. Baudino's initiative – the Global Therapists program. Positioned as a bridge between mental health needs and graduate students, this program seeks to provide hands-on training and therapeutic skills to support individuals, particularly children, across the globe.


Dr. Diamond applauded the program for meeting the dual needs of a shortage in mental health therapists and providing essential training placements for graduate students. She endorsed the idea, highlighting the potential to address the demand for mental health services while simultaneously offering valuable training opportunities.


Discussing the integration of movement and dance in therapeutic approaches, Dr. Diamond affirmed the positive impact on cognitive and motor development. Drawing parallels with her past experiences, she stressed the universality of observable behaviors as a means of bridging communication gaps between different cultures.


"We learn by doing. We learn through action," Dr. Diamond emphasized, advocating for the incorporation of movement as a central element in the therapeutic process. Dr. Baudino echoed this sentiment, highlighting the potential for the movement to serve as a universal language that transcends cultural boundaries.


As the conversation unfolded, Dr. Baudino sought Dr. Diamond's insights on spreading awareness about the Global Therapists program and promoting mental health on a global scale. Dr. Diamond suggested reaching out to Vikram Patel at Harvard, an advocate for expanding mental health services to remote and underserved communities globally.


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In closing, Dr. Baudino expressed her excitement about the program's potential impact and emphasized the importance of communication and connection in expanding its reach. Dr. Diamond commended the initiative, closing the conversation with gratitude and well wishes.


The exchange between Dr. Lori Baudino and Dr. Adele Diamond illuminated the significance of holistic approaches in mental health, the potential of global therapy initiatives, and the transformative power of incorporating movement into therapeutic interventions. As these discussions continue, the Global Therapists program emerges as a beacon, offering hope and support to individuals worldwide.


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