Osher Integrative Medicine Network Forum 2022: The Lived Experience of Depression - An Integrative Approach

November 10, 2022 to November 17, 2022

Despite advances in diagnosis and management of depression, much remains to be learned and the stigma associated with the condition persists. While integrative medicine and holistic health approaches offer some benefits to people with depression, it is important to develop a more precise understanding of how these work in the context of socio-demographic, genetic and prescription therapies.

Through this two-day Integrative Medicine Network Forum, we aim to create a greater understanding of depression through a cross-disciplinary dialogue rooted in scientific inquiry, multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives, and clinical innovation.

We will begin by examining the sources of depression. Are we dealing with a problem in brain chemistry and neuroscience or a disorder of mind and spirit? We will examine integrative medicine (IM) approaches to depression, how IM practitioners often distinguish between curing (fixing the broken part) and healing (achieving wholeness) and strive to address both. We will discuss cultural themes in defining and managing depression and look at cutting-edge approaches to treating depression.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians & psychologists.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe our current understanding of depression through an integrative multimodal, multicultural multidisciplinary lens 
  2. Identify varieties of diagnostic and non-pharmacologic treatment options that might expand understanding of suffering, and what might facilitate healing in depression 
  3. Recommend a network of experts from across the healthcare spectrum, including allopathic and integrative healthcare, for specialty consultation and longitudinal patient care
  4. Produce new opportunities for research and clinical innovations through cross-disciplinary dialogue

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine - Brigham & Women's Hospital & Mass General Brigham

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 12.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 12.50 Participation
  • 12.50 Continuing Education (CE) for Psychologists
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/10/2022 - 8:30am EST
Event ends: 
11/17/2022 - 4:30pm EST

Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH - Course Director
Medical Director, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Education Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Brigham & Women's Hospital

Arihanta Academy
Christopher Miller, PhD

Baylor University
Matthew Lee, PhD

Boston Public Health Commission
Kevin Simon, MD

Brigham & Women's Hospital
Eric Jacobson, PhD, MPH
Donald Levy, MD
Ashwini Nadkarni, MD
Shan Siddiqi, MD
David Silbersweig, MD
Peter Wayne, PhD
Gloria Yeh, MD, MPH

Brown University
Bhrigu Singh, PhD

Center for Mindfulness & Compassion
Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD

Harvard Divinity School
Janet Gyatso, PhD

Harvard Medical School
Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD

Harvard School of Public Health
Vikram Patel, MBBS, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital
Margarita Alegria, PhD
Annie Brewster, MD
Paolo Cassano, MD, PhD
Maurizio Fava, MD
Gregory Fricchione, MD
Franklin King, MD
Maren Nyer, PhD
Olivia Okereke, MD, MS
Sabine Wilhelm, PhD
Albert Yeung, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital for Children
Shannon Scott-Vernaglia, MD

McLean Hospital
Marni Chanoff, MD
David Rosmarin, PhD

Osher Center for Integrative Health - Boston
Aterah Nusrat, MSc, DIC

Osher Center for Integrative Health - Miami
Karen Koffler, MD

Osher Center for Integrative Health - Northwestern
Melinda Ring, MD
Shakira Sanchez-Collins, MD, MDiv
David Victorson

University of Texas - Austin
Rosa Schnyer, DAOM, IFMCP, LAc

Stanford University
Rania Awaad, MD


In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


12.50 Continuing Education (CE) credits are awarded.

Available Credit

  • 12.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 12.50 Participation
  • 12.50 Continuing Education (CE) for Psychologists


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