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Dr. Robert Rosenbaum

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» Robert Rosenbaum, PhD, 25 April 2012 [cached]
Robert Rosenbaum, PhD
Robert Rosenbaum, PhD
Robert Rosenbaum, Ph.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist and psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay area, a Zen practice leader and senior teacher of Dayan Qigong, and a mountaineer. He brings a lifetime of practice to the moment-by-moment harmonization of body, mind, and spirit.
Bob began Zen practice in 1971; since 1988 he has practiced at the Berkeley Zen Center in the Soto Zen lineage of Snunryu Suzuki.
Bob received authorization to teach Dayan ("Wild Goose") Qigong in 1999 from Master Hui Liu of the Wen Wu School in the tradition of Grandmaster Yang Mei Jun. Bob regularly teaches qigong at the Wen Wu school and the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ten years ago he began the first qigong program to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland; since then it has spread to many other medical centers.
In order to devote himself full time to Zen and Qigong practice, Bob recently retired from 25 years in Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers, working in the Departments of Psychiatry, Behavioral Medicine, and Neurology. While there he served as chief psychologist and as the head of assessment services. As a psychotherapist he specialized in brief therapy and, with Moshe Talmon and Michael Hoyt, did research on single session interventions. In Behavioral Medicine he developed a mindfulness-based program for patients with chronic pain. Bob initiated training programs in neuropsychology, hypnosis, and brief psychotherapy and held grants researching dementia and adult attention deficit disorder.
Bob is the author of numerous journal articles and the book Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy. His most recent book, Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching will be published by Wisdom Press in Spring 2013.
Bob has been a Fulbright Professor at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience in Bangalore, India; director of the psychology doctoral program at the California Institute of Integral Studies; and was active in the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. He has given presentations and workshops around the world, including in Nepal, India, Australia, Japan, Europe and South America.
Bob has been a lifelong avid backpacker in the Sierras and Cascades. Since 2000, Bob has spent one or two months each year in the Himalayas. He assisted his friend, Robin Boustead, in the development of portions of the Great Himalaya Trail across Nepal and India. Bob is the proud father of two grown daughters who are enthusiastic climbers, lovers of the outdoors, and committed to social justice.
Bob sees the sitting meditation of zazen and the moving meditation of qigong as two complementary expressions which mutually reinforce the natural practice of the Way in ordinary, everyday activity.
Rancho La Puerta - Activities >> Events Calendar, 15 Aug 2010 [cached]
Zen Qigong | Robert Rosenbaum
Zen Qigong | Robert Rosenbaum
Robert Rosenbaum, Ph.D. has 30 years of experience in the integration of body and mind, combining the discipline of Zen practice with the joyful flow of qigong. He is a senior teacher of Dayan ("Wild Goose") qigong certified by Master Hui Liu, and a teacher at the Berkeley Zen Center. As a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist, he has designed programs for patients with chronic pain and neurological illness, as well as innovative approaches to brief psychotherapy.
Nine years ago, he introduced the first qigong classes to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as part of their mind-body medicine department; these classes have now spread throughout northern California. The author of numerous articles and the book, "Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy," Bob has given presentations and workshops throughout the United States and around the world. On the web:
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine - Programs in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, California, 27 Mar 2011 [cached]
Robert Rosenbaum, Ph.D. -Dayan QiGong (San Francisco) Robert is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area, a senior teacher of Dayan ("Wild Goose") Qigong assisting Master Hui Liu, and a senior student of Sojun Mel Weitsman at the Berkeley Zen Center, where he has also been shuso (head student), director of meditation retreats and chair of the Ethics Committee. The author of numerous articles and the book, Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy, Bob has given presentations and workshops throughout the United States; in Nepal, India, Australia, Japan, Europe, and South America. Bob has been a Fulbright Professor at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India; director of the psychology doctoral program at the California Institute for Integral Studies; Chief Psychologist at Kaiser Permanente (Hayward), and a conference coordinator for the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.
Articles - Heal your Pain | Vitamin Trader, 28 July 2009 [cached]
"I've had patients who've had pain for years get better in a few weeks," says Robert Rosenbaum, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif.
Calming arts / Chinese healing methods catching on, 12 April 2003 [cached]
It was bad enough that Dr. Robert Rosenbaum got six colds every year and had persistent back and sciatic nerve pain most of his life.But cold hands that never warmed up?
Not a happy thing for any patient he examined.
So nobody was more surprised, or pleased, than Rosenbaum when he tried the ancient Chinese healing practice of qigong.Not only did his pain disappear and his whole mood become calmer, but his hands also warmed up.
That was eight years ago, and he now teaches the art to his own patients at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Oakland, where he is a neuropsychologist.Qigong,
he said, is great for healing not just physical ailments but emotional upsets like anxiety as well -- and if ever there was a good time for that it's now, with war worries rattling nerves everywhere, he added.
Today, people all over the world will get an opportunity to check out firsthand what he and other practitioners of qigong, and its companion art of tai chi, are talking about.
It's the fifth annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, and groups will be demonstrating the two practices in parks, squares and others spots all over Northern California.
The idea is to promote world peace and healing, with demonstrations beginning in New Zealand at 10 a.m. (New Zealand time) and rolling through every time zone on the planet at 10 a.m.Fifty-six countries are participating.
In Northern California, demonstrations will happen in dozens of cities from San Rafael and El Cerrito to Sebastopol and Grass Valley.
"Regardless of people's beliefs, pro or con about the war, we all want things to work out better," said Rosenbaum, 53."And if nothing else, qigong has the effect of helping us feel less jangled by the war, less saddened."
Even those unfamiliar with tai chi and qigong will probably recognize the practices when they see them: groups of people standing together doing what looks like a slow-motion, Asian dance routine.
The most recognizable of the two practices is tai chi, a gentler, slower version of more familiar martial arts crafts such as tae kwon do.It was invented in China about 1,400 years ago and consists of a series of flowing, set routines, with names like "Chen" and "Yang," designed to help balance, strength and relaxation.
"Qigong does far more than it ought to from a medical perspective," Rosenbaum said."It's really quite remarkable."
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