Public Talks

DonalPhotoDr. MacCoon’s public talks integrate themes of psychology, neuroscience, mindfulness, sustainability, resilience, and community. His talks are entertaining, informative, and soulful, weaving together words, images, and his own music.

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Selected audience feedback

"An absolutely beautiful and compelling presentation" (Plenary with Dr. Rakel, Chicago, IL, 2012)
"Top presenter in my mind. May be one of the most influential presentations I have ever witnessed. Blew the socks off Dr. Phil!!!"
"Dr. MacCoon was a phenomenal musician. The experience with his music added so much to the workshop." - American Academy of Pain Management Mindfulness Workshop, Orlando, FL, September, 29, 2013
"Phenomenal!" (Plenary with Dr. Rakel, Chicago, IL, 2012)
"Loved it, impressive and inspiring. Good speaker, great musician!"
"His lecture is 'Medicine.'"
"His lecture was amazing. Entertaining, funny, and very inspirational."
"Very, very, clever, so touching, hilarious, wonderful and enlightening. Life changing! Donal is great!!"
"Donal was a breath of fresh air! Amazing speaker and truly a heartfelt talk. I loved it!"
The musical number performed by Donal was very moving. I don't think there were many dry eyes in the room. -12th Annual Symposium: Advances in Multidisciplinary Cancer Care, October 18, 2013
"Amazing Plenary! I almost cried. This was so powerful" (Plenary with Dr. Rakel, Chicago, IL, 2012)
"The highlight of all three days for me."
"Moving and educational -- Loved the music!!" (Plenary with Dr. Rakel, Chicago, IL, 2012)
"Wonderful presenter. Excellent about engaging audience, connecting with those in audience and making real life connections. "Real"
"Probably the best talk I have ever seen in any area. This guy has to take his show on the road!"
"One of the best plenaries I have ever seen! Thank you!" (Plenary with Dr. Rakel, Chicago, IL, 2012)

Video of  talk given in Februrary, 2013 to UW-Madison Environmental Health, Making the Connections conference: “Saving Rumi: Connecting to Ourselves for Sustainable Well-being” (Available in 9, bite-size, bits)

Video of another talk (starts at 52 minutes into the video)

Selected talks (some with resources):

  • Strong: Resilient Emotion Regulation for One Planet Thriving (12/14/16), Meriter Hospitalist Group, Madison, WI
  • Wild Wisdom: The Art of Showing Up (2015), Whole Me: Whole We Conference, UW-Health, Madison, WI
  • Providence Health & Services, Portland, OR (November, 2013): (1) “Pause, Presence, Proceed” with Dr. David Rakel; (2) “Connecting to Ourselves as Health Professionals: Mindful Approaches to One Planet Thriving” pdf  (see MacCoon, Wallace, & Newman, 2004, for details concerning model presented).
  • UW-Madison Environmental Health, Making the Connections conference, Madison, WI (Februrary, 2013): “Saving Rumi: Connecting to Ourselves for Sustainable Well-being (video)
  • The American Academy of Pain Management, Annual Conference in Orlando, FL (September, 2013): “The Mindful Clinician — How YOU Trump Pills:
    Pause, Presence, Proceed”, 4-hour workshop co-facilitated with Dr. David Rakel
  • The Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine, Annual Conference in Chicago, IL (September, 2012): “Pause, Presence, Proceed”, co-speaker plenary with Dr. David Rakel
  • Mindfulness and Sustainable Well-being, Viroqua, WI (March, 2012)
  • UW-Health Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds, Madison, WI (August, 2011)
  • Aurora Health Workshop (August, 2010) co-facilitated with Katherine Bonus. Mindfulness resources for parents and children can be found at the Center for Healthy Minds.
  • Rock Valley College (April, 2010) pdf
  • Madison Bioneers (November, 2009) pdf
  • Aurora Health Primary Care Conference (May, 2009) pdf
  • Wisconsin Psychological Association, Madison, WI (April, 2009) pdf
    • Video (10-minute version)
    • Podcast (full 80-minutes, 37 MB)
  • First Congregational Church, Western Springs, IL (April, 2009) pdf
  • UW-Madison Business School (April, 2009) pdf
  • Green Medicine Conference (2008): Mindfulness pdf; Sustainable Well-being pdf

 

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