Upcoming Courses

18th Annual Winter Seminar: Meditation and Visualization Practices for Everyday Living and Well-Being and to Enhance Peak Performance

Daniel Brown, PhD, ABPH

February 23, 2015 – February 27, 2015 | Naples, FL | Naples Beach and Golf Resort More Information

This evidence-based seminar integrates the practical spiritual wisdom from the Eastern meditation traditions, and self-hypnosis and visualizations, and other methods from positive psychology from the Western traditions to address staying in the ‘flow’ and bringing one’s best self to everyday living. These methods include: visualizations for developing optimal performance states; positive states of mind to potentiate mastery of being in everyday life; training the mind to develop everyday well-being and happiness; concentration training to cultivate continuous and complete focus on whatever you are doing at the moment; insight meditation to reduce reactivity and develop a non-reactive openness to experience; and visualizations to develop sensitivity, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion for others. The outcome of participation in this seminar will be the enhancement of everyday living, wellbeing and performance excellence. Teaching in this workshop is by lecture and experiential visualization and meditation practices.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Review how meditation and visualization practices are evidence-based treatments;
  • Identify meditative, concentration methods and visualization practices in order to apply them to applications in clinical settings and everyday living;
  • Utilize meditative, concentration, and visualization practices to help enhance peak performance;
  • Identify the three main forms of meditation, concentration, mindfulness, and compassion and know when to apply them in clinical settings;
  • Teach concentration in meditative practices for stabilization of your patient’s mind so that they stay focused on tasks without major distractions;
  • Employ meditative and visualization practices to benefit the psychological health of your patients and yourself.

Additional Information

9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Introduction: Ordinary mind and everyday unhappiness; relationship between peak performance, optimal states, flow states, and everyday self-contentment and happiness; conditions which hinder or potentiate optimal states; integrative approach to the development of optimal states; visualization practices to develop and draw upon optimal states. Q & A.
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Cultivating attitudes that potentiate optimal states; zone of optimal functioning; practices to develop the right level of energy. Q & A.
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Basic Concentration Training: goals of concentration training; directing and intensifying attention; dealing with problems of concentration, e.g. distracting thought, imbalanced energy states, dullness. Q & A.
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Advanced Concentration Training: the 9 states of concentration training; awareness [mindfulness] training to awaken the senses. Q & A.
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
The Applications of Mindfullness to Everyday Living: full presence and happiness; transforming negative states through pure, non-reactive awareness; cultivating well-being through insight meditations; developing sensitivity to and compassion for others. Q & A.

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 15


Physicians: The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits (ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©), therefore up to 15 ECMEC© Credits are available. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Psychologists: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer Continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, maintains responsibility for this program.

Counselors: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP™ solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.” The winter seminar programs meet the criteria for 15 clock hours.

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted.

Nurses: The following programs have been approved by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. These educational activities have been awarded 15.0 contact hours: Essential Psychopharmacology, 2015, Carl Salzman, MD; Psychopharmacology: A Master Class, Carl Salzman, MD; New Innovations for the Treatment of ADHD and Psychological Brain Health, John Ratey, MD The Florida Board of Nursing has approved Meditation and Visualization Practices for Everyday Living and to Enhance Peak Performance for 15 contact hours

Educators: Application has been made to Commonwealth of Massachusetts to offer Professional Development Points(PDP’s).

Please call Stacy Ruiz at 617-754-1265 or e-mail sjruiz@bidmc.harvard.edu for more information about your credit hours.