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The Yes Brain

When facing challenges, unpleasant tasks, and contentious issues, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity. This is what New York Times bestselling authors Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson call a No Brain response.

But our kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity. Parents can foster their children’s ability to say yes to the world and welcome all that life has to offer, even during difficult times. This is what it means to cultivate a Yes Brain.

This engaging video covers the key topics in the authors' latest book, The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child, including:

  • The four fundamentals of the Yes Brain—balance, resilience, insight, and empathy—and how to strengthen them
  • The key to knowing when kids need a gentle push out of a comfort zone vs. needing the “cushion” of safety and familiarity
  • Strategies for navigating away from negative behavioral and emotional states (aggression and withdrawal) and expanding your child’s capacity for positivity


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Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. |  Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
3 Hours 11 Minutes
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Jan 07, 2019
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Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.'s Profile

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Mindsight Institute

Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, which teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities.

Dr. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA. He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA. Dr. Siegel serves as the founding editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over seventy textbooks. He has also authored several books, five of which are New York Times bestsellers: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D: The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline.

Dr. Siegel’s ability to make complicated concepts exciting as well as easy to understand has led him to be invited to address local, national and international organizations where he speaks to groups of educators, parents, public administrators, healthcare providers, policy-makers, clergy and neuroscientists. He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx. For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit:

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Daniel J. Siegel is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute.  He is an author for W.W. Norton publishing and receives royalties.  He is an author for Bantam publishing and receives royalties.  He is an author for Guilford Press and receives royalties.  He is an author for Tarcher/Penguin and receives royalties.  He is an author for Random House and receives royalties.  He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-financial:  Dr. Daniel J Siegel is a clinical professor at UCLA School of Medicine. He does not receive compensation.

Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.'s Profile

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Parenting consultant and psychotherapist

Private Practice

Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times bestsellers, The Whole-Brain Child (Bantam, 2012) and No-Drama Discipline (Bantam, 2016), as well as The Yes Brain (Bantam, 2019). Dr. Bryson is also the co-author (with Dan Siegel, M.D.) of The Whole-Brain Child Workbook (PESI, 2015) and No-Drama Discipline Workbook (PESI, 2016). She is the executive director of the Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA, and a pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist. She keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world. Dr. Bryson earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, where her research explored attachment science, child-rearing theory, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Tina Payne Bryson has an employment relationship with Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology Associates.  She is a director with the Mindsight Institute.  She is an author for Random House Delacorte publishers and receives royalties.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-financial: Tina Payne Bryson is the co-host of the online parenting show “The Intentional Parent”.  She maintains a blog on kids and parenting (

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  1. Identifies how to apply interpersonal neurobiology to parenting by making it accessible to parents and counselors in order to improve parent/child relationships.
  2. Compiles the various disciplines of science and weaves them into one framework in order to determine which concepts are useful for helping children develop.
  3. Provides a comprehensive understanding of the Yes Brain approach with regards to children and adolescent development by articulating the differences between mind, brain, and relationship and identifying how to integrate these concepts. 
  4. Explains how what is done in relationships with children impacts how the architecture of the brain is built and identifies how we can help children develop brains that are integrated so that children can thrive in home and social settings.



  • Introduction to Dan Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
  • The Yes Brain Approach
  • Mind, Brain, Relationship Connection
  • Integration

Yes Brain vs. No Brain

  • Neurological State
  • Approach to Life
  • Subjective Experience Exercise
  • Attention Activation
  • Reactive No Brain State vs. Receptive Yes Brain State 

Promoting a Yes Brain State: 4 Fundamentals of the Yes Brain


  • Repair
  • Fixed vs. Growth Mindset
  • The Four F’s of the Reactive State
  • Self-Regulation
  • The Green, Red, & Blue Zones
  • Chasing the Why
  • Balance Strategies
    • Sleep
    • Healthy Mind Platter
      • Time in, Play Time, Connecting Time, Down Time, Active Time, Focus Time, Sleep Time


  • Expanding the Width of the Green Zone
  • Practicing Dealing with Adversity
  • Push-in & Cushion
  • Resilience Strategies
    • The Four S’s
      • Safe, Seen, Soothe, Secure


  • Self-knowing Awareness & Presence
  • Super Power Metaphor
  • Insight Strategies
    • Reframing
    • Avoiding the Red Volcano Eruption


  • Understanding the Insula’s Role in Empathic Resonation
  • Types of Empathy
  • Empathy By Parental Example


  • Integration & Connectivity
  • What is Success?
  • Redefining the “Self”
  • Question & Answer Period

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists/Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Educators/Teachers 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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