Upcoming Courses

26th Annual Summer Seminars: Meditation and Mindfulness in Clinical Practice: Enhancing Treatment Effectiveness and Personal Wellbeing

Susan Pollak, EdD, MTS

July 17, 2015 – July 19, 2015 | Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA | Harbor View Hotel More Information

Meditation is currently one of the most widely researched treatment methods. It is a systematic method of regulating attention and emotion—beneficial skills for alleviating mental and physical disorders in patients, and for enhancing the wellbeing of clinicians and cultivating positive attitudes associated with patient care. “Mindfulness” is the term currently used in the scientific literature to describe diverse forms of meditation, including focused attention, open monitoring, and compassion training. Most recently, compassion training is being carefully studied and supported by neuroscientific and clinical research.

What is mindfulness, really? What is compassion? How do we integrate mindfulness and compassion training into psychotherapy, especially in the treatment of anxiety and depression? What scientific evidence supports its use and what are the contraindications? This program is an up-to-date review of the theory and practice of mindfulness and compassion from its ancient origins to modern brain science and psychotherapy. Participants with no meditation experience, as well as seasoned practitioners, will find this course helpful in their clinical work.

More and more psychotherapists and their patients are interested in bringing the power of mindfulness into their clinical work. But how does one actually do that? This workshop shows the way. This course will introduce a variety of mindfulness practices that clinicians and their clients can use to develop the core skills of concentration, open monitoring, and compassionate acceptance. It will include teaching, experiential exercises, and discussion. This program is appropriate for anyone with an interest in the integration of meditation and psychotherapy.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Identify the four main forms of meditation—concentration, mindfulness, compassionate acceptance and equanimity—and know when to apply them in clinical settings;
  • Determine the mechanisms of action in meditation that appear to underlie positive therapeutic change, such as attention regulation, emotion regulation, and self-compassion;
  • Explain how mindfulness and acceptance-based treatment is grounded in empirically-supported psychotherapy;
  • Evaluate new research findings on mind/brain training through mindfulness meditation;
  • Customize meditation practices for individual patients, i.e., those with anxiety, depression, and trauma;
  • Apply the practices and principles of meditation to enhance the therapeutic relationship and personal wellbeing;
  • Discuss the ways mindfulness can be distorted when it enters the mainstream.

Additional Information


Registration: 4:00 pm

Seminar Format:

Friday: 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Saturday – Sunday: 8:15 am – 12:30 pm

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 10


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 10 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 Center, 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 Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Counselors: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School continuing education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The Week-Long Summer Seminars for a maximum of 15 clock hours and the Weekend Summer Seminars for a maximum of 10 clock hours. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Social Workers: For information on the status of the application to the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, please call 617-754-1265 or email: sjruiz@bidmc.harvard.edu.

Nurses: This program meet the specifications for the Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR)

Susan Pollak, MTS, EdD is an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, specializing in the integration of meditation and psychotherapy. Dr. Pollak is the President of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. She is the co-editor of The Cultural Transition, contributing author to Mapping the Moral Domain and Evocative Objects and Meditation. Dr. Pollak is co-author with Ronald Siegel, PsyD of Psychotherapy and Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy.