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On Mind/Body Unity: A Conversation with Gabor Maté and Richard Buggs

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First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center

1187 Franklin Street

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Gabor Maté is renowned for his groundbreaking work with patients facing the extreme challenges of drug addiction, trauma, mental illness, and HIV. He has also extensively studied and written about the impacts of stress, trauma, and attention-deficit disorder on our bodies and minds.

In his work, Dr. Maté utilizes scientific research, case histories, as well as his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

Join CIIS Dean of Alumni and clinical psychologist Richard Buggs for a conversation with Dr. Maté on healing trauma and the mind/body connection.


Gabor Maté (pronunciation: GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body Says No; Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection; Scattered: How ADD Originates and What You Can Do About It; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. Visit his website to learn more.

Richard Buggs is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. He received his PhD in clinical psychology at CIIS in 1996. His dissertation topic explored the adult experience of emptiness associated with childhood trauma and abuse. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at California Pacific Medical Center Outpatient Clinic where he worked with families, couples, and children. During his post-doctoral internship at Center for Aids Prevention Studies, he facilitated groups with HIV positive men and women using cognitive behavior strategies for optimal health and well-being.

Richard is in private practice in San Francisco and specializes in LGBT issues. He is also the Dean of Alumni at CIIS and directs the international travel study abroad program.

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