ICC-ITA Head Start Speaker Series, October 1st

ICC/ITA Head Start Speaker Series Session VII:

The ICC & ITA are co-sponsoring a monthly speaker series for community youth focused on enhancing their professional and academic knowledge. Our goal is to create a forum where the next generation can benefit from the experiences, relationships, and mentorship of successful individuals. Once a month we will have speakers that present on a specific topic or discuss their career path. The speakers will be individuals of diverse backgrounds that are interested in serving as mentors and advisors. We hope that this information transfer and mentor relationships will help them make better career decisions.  

Topic: Using Mindfulness to Work Smarter not Harder
Speaker: Basant Pradhan, M.D, Director of Yoga and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (Cooper University Health System)

Date: Sunday, October 1st @ 5pm
Location: ICC

Topic Detail:  Today’s fast paced and technology driven world creates a challenging environment in which to grow-up. In this always “on” world, students face considerable academic stress to be successful and social pressure to be engaged.  Dr. Pradhan, an expert in mindfulness and meditation, will lead an information session and workshop focused on teaching participants a few meditative techniques which can be used to help cultivate and maintain the inner peace, reduce life stress, build skills and “work smarter”.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Basant Pradhan serves as Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Pediatrics and is the founding director of the Yoga and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy at Cooper University Health System. Pradhan was a monk in India before he entered the field of neuropsychology and neuro-psychiatry. His clinical and research work since 1993 has revolved around child psychiatry epidemiology, Yoga and mindfulness methods, and cognitive neuroscience. Dr. Pradhan also authored one of the textbooks in the field, “Yoga and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.” Pradhan’s work has been awarded with grant support from the National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH), Huntington Study Group, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, USA. He has also received the Institutional Bronze Medal from the Prime Minister of India. In addition to being a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Pradhan serves as an executive member of the prestigious Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) and the APA’s National Caucus on Integrative Psychiatry.

Program Coordinator: Parth Chauhan (856)304–7345 / & Samir Patel (201)657-8661 /

Please note, RSVP is appreciated; email to above address with your attendance, # of attendees, and age of children attending.