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 June 15 - 16, 2024 

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Shanghai Session, China 

Global Mental Health Conference

2023 Parallel Session

In 2023, the inaugural Sofia Global Mental Health Conference attracted nearly 10,000 participants from over 10 countries worldwide. The second Sofia Global Mental Health Conference, scheduled for June 2024, will kick off in California, USA. Over 100 top experts from 16 countries will be invited to attend, with sessions held in California, London, Shanghai, and Seoul, covering hundreds of topics through speeches, roundtable discussions, and workshops.

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Session in Shanghai, China
June 15th to 16th

This conference, themed around mental health, transcends disciplinary boundaries, gathering practical experiences to create an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural platform for academic exchange. It aims to promote international cooperation, enhance global multicultural understanding, and facilitate resource sharing, forming a global academic community for mental health.

From June 15th to 16th, the Shanghai session in China will officially commence, showcasing Eastern wisdom and Chinese characteristics within the global mental health conference. It represents the symphony of East and West, as well as the collision between traditional culture and modern technology. The conference is hosted by the China Academy of Sciences Talent Exchange and Development Center, co-organized by the Psychological Education Committee of the China Education Strategic Association, and undertaken by Sofia University in the United States and Beijing Zhongke Chuangjia Human Resources Consulting Co., Ltd. Media strategic cooperation partners include China Education Television and China News Service.

The venue is jointly organized by China and the United States, aiming to break through the traditional conference format and create a 48-hour immersive experience of physical and mental rejuvenation.

Urban Sanctuary Location

The conference is located on the banks of the Suzhou River in Shanghai, creating a sense of entering a city's backyard, akin to stepping into a paradise. The venue and accommodations are arranged in a five-star urban wellness resort dedicated to promoting a "healthy lifestyle." The overall style is elegant and restrained, with two buildings shaped like the "Tai Chi Yin Yang Fish" from architectural aesthetics. The hotel is named Anadi, symbolizing a healing space for regaining emotional balance and life joy.

Feast of Academic Excellence

Thirty top scholars and practitioners from China, the United States, South Korea, and Germany gather in Shanghai to engage in thought collisions through speeches. They will sit at roundtables to share and exchange viewpoints with attendees, leading workshops to create multidimensional experiences. Additionally, these experts will be present alongside participants for 48 hours, providing opportunities for interactions during tea breaks, evening walks, and morning strolls.

Industry-Academia-Research Case Studies:

Using the Anadi Urban Wellness Resort as a case study, participants are encouraged to engage in participatory observation and experiential research. The conference closely collaborates with the hotel to provide free energy assessments and customized healing plans for attending guests, as well as exclusive experiences such as dietary therapy, meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, singing bowls, chanting, and deep sleep workshops. These aim to provide comprehensive energy restoration for high-end clientele, illustrating research scenarios and cases of emotional balance and joy. Moreover, it offers a journey of physical and mental healing for participants.

Expressive Arts Special Exhibition

The conference invites several artists with unique artistic qualities and spiritual charisma to jointly host an art special exhibition. Particularly, Mr. Guo Haiping, an indigenous artist, will replicate the "Development of Nanjing Indigenous Art over 18 Years" exhibition on-site at the hotel. He will personally guide and interpret, leading everyone to explore the extraordinary space of human spirit through indigenous art.

Academic Lightning Talks

The conference extensively collects academic papers, providing a physical space for professional teachers and students, as well as graduates of local master's and doctoral programs, to exchange academic paper displays. It fosters an atmosphere of academic flash mobs and lightning talks, providing opportunities for experts and researchers to understand and establish connections with each other.

Mindfulness Brand Market

The conference sets up mindfulness growth and healing brands, jointly forming a market for mindfulness brands, assisting in brand collaboration, and promoting the realization of industry cooperation alliances and industry-academia-research cooperation. Additionally, it provides a night market for participants to indulge in exchanges, where experts and attendees can enjoy fragrances, tea, fortune-telling, chatting, and check-ins.

Immersive Night of Life

Participants engage in intimate conversations with professors from both China and abroad, delving into deeper spiritual topics around a bonfire. They will also have profound discussions with the creators of the internationally acclaimed documentary "Death Makes Life Full of Possibilities," exploring the impact of death on personal worldview and daily life, expanding the boundaries of life, and enriching life experiences.

Sharing Global Resources

In order to continuously promote the integration of psychological health research and practice, and meet the needs of Chinese professional students and researchers to anticipate global trends in psychology, share academic frontiers, and exchange practical experiences and insights, we have established a global psychology resource platform for continuous learning and growth. This platform provides each participant with online viewing and replay privileges for academic reports from over 100 top experts and scholars from 16 countries around the world, covering more than 100 topics at the four satellite venues of the global conference in California, Seoul, London, and Shanghai, enabling the richness brought by the global conference to continue.

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Invited Speakers

Currently, several domestic and international experts have confirmed their attendance at this conference. They will deliver keynote speeches, workshops, and participate in roundtable discussions on various topics, engaging in full interaction with the onsite participants.

Carol Humphreys

Carol Humphreys

Sofia University President

Dr. Carol Humphreys is dedicated to the fields of humanistic psychology and transpersonal psychology. She has served as Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Accreditation Liaison Officer at Sofia University. She has also held positions at the University of Miami, Chapman University, Brandman University, and the Saybrook University, where she served as Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Interim President, Executive Faculty, and Chair of the Faculty.

Sun Shijin

Sun Shijin

Director of the Psychology Research Center, Fudan University

Ph.D. in Psychology, Professor, Ph.D. Supervisor, Postdoctoral Mentor. Director of the Psychology Research Center at Fudan University, Director of the Institute of Health and Medical Psychology at the Academy of Integrative Medicine, Fudan University, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Psychological Society, Executive Director of the Chinese Society of Social Psychology, Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Psychological Society, and Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Society of Social Psychology. Host of the Sun Shijin Studio, a Shanghai School Psychological Health Education Master Studio.

Zhu Yangyong

Zhu Yangyong

Associate Director, Data Industry Research Center, Fudan University

Professor at the School of Computer Science, Fudan University, Associate Director of the Data Industry Research Center, Founder and Director of the Shanghai Key Laboratory of Data Science, and Consultant Expert for several government agencies. Renowned data scientist with over 200 published papers, holder of 15 high-value patents, and author of 11 academic books including "Data Science," "Data Assets," and "Data Autonomy."

Liang Yongan

Liang Yongan

Humanities Scholar, Fudan University, Ph.D., Professor

Humanities scholar at Fudan University, Ph.D., and Professor. Author of books such as "Reconstruction of Totality" and historical novels like "Wang Mang."

Liu Zhengkui

Liu Zhengkui

Research Fellow, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Ph.D., Research Fellow at the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor, Assistant Director of the Institute, Director of the Young Innovative Team, and Ph.D. Supervisor.

Zhong Nian

Zhong Nian

Director, Center for Modern Psychology, Wuhan University

Professor, Ph.D., graduated from the Department of Psychology, Peking University, and has held positions such as Director of the Ethnic Studies Office at the Zhongnan University for Nationalities, Director of the Institute of Chinese Thought and Cultural History at Hubei University, Director of the Department of Psychology at Wuhan University, Associate Dean of the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University. Currently, he is the Director of the Center for Modern Psychology at Wuhan University, Professor of the Department of Psychology at the School of Philosophy at Wuhan University, Vice President of the Chinese Society of Social Psychology, Chairman of the Chinese Cultural Psychology Summit Forum, and initiator of the "Psychology and Chinese Development Forum."

Dorote Lucci

Dorote Lucci

Core Professor, Sofia University / Chairperson, Global Psychology Conference

Dr. Lucci has a rich background in cross-cultural management, marketing strategy, as well as medical practices and interpersonal neurobiology research, along with clinical hypnosis and psychotherapy practice experience. She also has extensive experience consulting for start-up companies in international management and marketing. Fluent in English, German, French, and Spanish. Dr. Lucci has founded the educational technology company Embodied Inc in 2014 and the medical technology company CoreReboot in 2015, integrating innovative VR technology with psychotherapeutic practices to provide mental health counseling and consulting services to communities and to offer psychological support and mindfulness therapy training for cancer treatment.

Marilyn Schlitz

Marilyn Schlitz

Core Professor, Transpersonal Psychology, Sofia University

Dr. Schlitz is a renowned social scientist, award-winning author, and national public speaker in the United States. She has been a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and has taught at Harvard University and Trinity College. She is the former CEO and President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and a Senior Research Fellow. Her notable research projects include clinical and laboratory research in consciousness transformation and healing. Her publications include "Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life," "Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine," and "Death Makes Life Possible" (the film). She has published hundreds of articles in academic journals and popular publications and has given lectures at various venues including the United Nations, the Smithsonian Institution, the Federal Club, and community groups around the world.

Guo Haiping

Guo Haiping

Contemporary artist Founder of Primal Art Therapy

Guo Haiping is a contemporary artist and the founder of Primal Art Therapy. He serves as the chief editor of "Primal Art Series" and is a member of the International Expressive Arts Analysis Association (IAEAA) and the International Association for Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (IACAET) in China. Additionally, he holds positions as the vice director of the Art Psychology Counseling and Therapy Committee of the Jiangsu Psychological Society and the vice director of the Group Counseling Special Committee of the Jiangsu Psychological Counseling Industry Association. Guo is also a guiding teacher at the Studio of Psychological Health Education in Schools (led by Sun Shijin) and a council member of the Nanjing Disabled Persons' Rehabilitation Association. His published works include "Escaping the Maze of Psychology," "Mad Art: Reports on Art by Chinese Psychiatric Patients," "Sunbathing: Twenty Years of Artistic Action," "I Am Ill Therefore I Am," "Notes on Chinese Primal Art," "One Choking: Nunu's Primal Art World," and "Rebirth: From Primal Art to Primal Art Therapy." Guo has received honors such as "Good Person of China," "Advanced Individual in Assisting the Disabled in Jiangsu Province," and "Inspirational Figure of Nanjing."

Wang Chengya

Wang Chengya

Executive Vice Chairman, Institute of Confucianism, School of Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Dr. Dao Ren Wang Chengya, studied at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has been immersed in the world of medicine and Taoism for more than 30 years. He is currently the Executive Vice Chairman of the Institute of Confucianism, School of Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a visiting professor at the School of Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a special expert in clinical Chinese medicine at Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the director of the National Traditional Chinese Medicine Health Non-Material Cultural Heritage Protection and Inheritance Center of the National University Institute, a visiting researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the vice president of the Laozi Taoist Culture Research Association, the chairman of the Cultural Psychology Professional Committee of the China Health Care Association, and the chairman of the Chinese Culture Psychology Summit Forum.

Gao Ge

Gao Ge

Associate Professor, Department of Performance, Shanghai Theatre Academy

Gao Ge is an associate professor in the Department of Performance at the Shanghai Theatre Academy and a master's supervisor. She is also an industry mentor for the Applied Psychology program at Fudan University. Recognized as a globally certified trainer in the Feldenkrais Method, Gao has dedicated herself to the practice and research of integrating body and mind in theatrical performance. Drawing from the spiritual essence of Eastern culture, she explores methods for integrating body and mind in healing practices from both Eastern and Western perspectives.

Zhu Jianjun

Zhu Jianjun

Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Beijing Forestry University

Zhu Jianjun is a professor of psychology and a registered systemic psychological supervisor. He is the founder of the Psychology Department at Beijing Forestry University and the originator of Imagery Dialogue Psychotherapy, as well as a co-founder of Return Therapy and Sandplay Therapy. Zhu serves as the vice director of the Cultural Psychology Professional Committee and a member of the Integrated Psychology Professional Committee of the Chinese Psychological Society. His research primarily focuses on psychological counseling and therapy, with additional studies in traditional Chinese cultural psychology, environmental psychology, Chinese medicine psychology, and psychology of crime victims. Zhu has authored over forty works, including "Imagery Dialogue Psychotherapy," "Reconstructing Happiness: An Introduction to Return Therapy" (co-authored), "One Sand World" (co-authored), "Becoming a Psychological Counselor," "The Heart and Culture of China," "Creating Reality," "Imagery Dialogue Psychology and Traditional Chinese Medicine," "Women's Self-Defense Manual," and "The Dream of the Red Chamber."

Zhu Caifang

Zhu Caifang

Chair of the Chinese Ph.D. Program in Transpersonal Psychology, Sofia University

Dedicated to the research and practice of meditation, Zhu Caifang holds a master's degree from Harvard University with a major in religion and a minor in psychology, as well as a Ph.D. in East-West psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She serves as the vice secretary and director of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA) and holds adjunct professorships at the Buddhist College of China and at Harvard University's Alumni Psychological Health Community Service Department. Zhu is the founder and director of the Mingxiang Cultural Center in Beijing and is a psychological supervisor. She developed the "Antong Integrative Therapy," which has been included in the book "Holistic Treatment in Mental Health," published by a professional psychological health publisher in the United States.

Cao Yu

Cao Yu

Ph.D. in Psychology, National Psychological Consultant

Cao Yu holds a Ph.D. in psychology under the guidance of Professor Shen Heyong. He is an International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) member and a Gold-level Imagery Dialogue Psychotherapist, lecturer, and supervisor, as well as a co-founder of Return Therapy and Sandplay Therapy. Together with Zhu Jianjun, he has co-authored several publications, including "The Dictionary of Emotions," "One Sand World," "Reconstructing Happiness: An Introduction to Return Therapy," "Love Doesn't Have to Hurt: Case Notes on Imagery Dialogue Psychological Counseling" (co-authored), "Imagery Dialogue Case Supervision Collection" (co-authored), and "Summary of Imagery Dialogue Clinical Techniques" (co-authored).

Kelly Yi

Kelly Yi

Associate Chair of the PsyD

Dr. Kelly Yi has over 20 years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups at numerous agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in South Korea. He is the Associate Chair of the Psy.D. program at The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology/Sofia University. He also is former clinical faculty at Stanford University and Palo Alto University. Dr. Yi has a passion for bringing contemplative healing practices to underserved populations.

Mary Kay Chess

Mary Kay Chess

Chair of the Ph.D. Program in Business Administration at Sofia University

Dr. Chess currently serves as the Chair of the Ph.D. Program in Business Administration at Sofia University. She excels in leading change within complex and large organizations, having previously served as COO of a major healthcare corporation in the United States and led reform efforts in three major state healthcare systems. Dr. Chess is an expert in leadership, systems thinking, and organizational complexity. Over the past 15 years, she has chaired and served on the committees of over 25 doctoral dissertations, covering topics such as organizational sustainable change, mindfulness in clinical healthcare environments, viewing work as a calling, and health and well-being. She is also a nationally recognized speaker admired by leaders in public health and safety communities across the United States. Dr. Chess is also a certified federal reviewer for HRSA grants.

Sunghyun Park

Sunghyun Park

Current President of the Korean Counselling Psychological Association

Dr. Sunghyun Park is a Professor of Transpersonal Counselling Psychology at Seoul University of Buddhism and the current President of the Korean Counselling Psychological Association. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from The Catholic University of Korea. As a certified Counselling Psychologist and an R-level Meditation Instructor by the Korean Society for Meditation, his work focuses on integrating psychological counseling and meditation through research and practice. Recently, he has been particularly interested in studying the application of compassion meditation-based psychotherapy.

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