Mindfulness -- awareness of the present moment with acceptance -- is a deceptively simple way of relating to experience that has been practiced for over 2,500 years to alleviate human suffering. Recently, mental health professionals are enthusiastically discovering that mindfulness holds great promise both for their own personal development and as a way to enhance therapeutic relationships. It is also the central ingredient in a number of new empirically validated treatments, and is proving to be a remarkably powerful technique to augment virtually every form of psychotherapy.
Day One: Mindfulness and Personal Fulfillment
The first workshop day is designed to help you to understand mindfulness practice theoretically and experientially. Through lecture, demonstrations, participatory exercises, and small group discussion, we will see how mindfulness can enrich and enliven our lives both inside and outside of the therapy hour.
We will explore how mindfulness practice can help us to deal with the personal challenges of living in an ever-changing, uncertain world filled with complicated interpersonal relationships. We will investigate the role of mindfulness in working with thorny existential issues such as loneliness, alienation, illness and loss. You`ll learn a variety of formal and informal mindfulness techniques, and gain insights from both scientific and Buddhist Psychology into paths and obstacles to greater well-being.
Day Two: Mindfulness-Based Clinical Interventions
Today we will focus on the integration of mindfulness practice into psychotherapy. First we`ll examine how mindfulness practice can enhance therapeutic presence and transform understanding of the causes of psychological suffering. We will then discuss when and how to introduce various mindfulness techniques to our clients or patients. Special techniques for treating depression, anxiety, chronic pain, stress-related medical disorders and childhood distress will be introduced.
Throughout the workshop, we will examine contraindications for using mindfulness techniques, as well as creative ways to deal with the obstacles and challenges that arise when working with particular disorders and personalities. Upon completion, you will have a foundation for integrating this exciting, potentially transformative practice into both your personal life and your therapeutic work.
After attending this workshop participants will be better able to:
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Registration opens at 7:30AM for the live, in-person event. The workshop runs from 8:30AM-4:30PM daily. There will be one 15-minute break in the morning and another in the afternoon.
For a complete agenda, please download the workshop brochure from the Brochures and Handouts tab.
Eligibility: This program is open to professionals with a beginner to advanced knowledge base in this field and advanced students in health-related fields. This program is not suitable for the general public.
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Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 25 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches nationally about mindfulness, psychotherapy and mind/body treatment and has worked for many years in community mental health with economically disadvantaged children and families. Dr. Siegel maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Dr. Siegel`s personal recovery from disabling back pain led him to develop the Back Sense program, a step-by-step mind/body approach to treating chronic back pain which integrates Western psychological and medical interventions with mindfulness practice. He is coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and coauthor of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain.
He is a regular contributor to other professional publications, and is co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy. Dr. Siegel is known as an engaging, and entertaining presenter whose workshops regularly receive rave reviews.
Describe the three core components of mindfulness practice
Demonstrate an experiential understanding of mindfulness through participation in actual practice sessions
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