Upcoming Courses

26th Annual Summer Seminars: Meditation and Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

Ronald Siegel, PsyD

August 24, 2015 – August 28, 2015 | Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA | Harbor View Hotel More Information

Mindfulness meditation is one of the most rapidly expanding and widely researched psychotherapeutic interventions today. It holds great promise not only for clinicians’ own personal development, but also as a remarkably powerful tool to augment virtually every form of treatment. Mindfulness is not, however, a one-size-fits-all remedy. Practices need to be tailored to fit the needs of particular individuals. This program provides an up-to-date review of the theory and practice of meditation from its ancient origins to modern brain science and psychotherapy. After reviewing the components of mindfulness practices and how they work to alleviate psychological distress, we will explore which practices are best suited to different patient populations. Through lecture, demonstration, Q & A, and case discussion, you’ll learn how to use mindfulness practices to help resolve anxiety, depression, stress-related medical disorders, and interpersonal conflicts in both adults and children. Participants with no meditation experience, as well as seasoned practitioners, will find this course helpful in their clinical work. The goal of the course is to change learner competence and performance in practice.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Identify the three main forms of meditation—concentration, mindfulness, and acceptance—and know when to apply them in clinical settings;
  • Discuss the mechanisms of action in meditation that appear to underlie positive therapeutic change, such as metacognitive awareness, emotion regulation, and self-compassion;
  • Determine how mindfulness and acceptance-based treatment is grounded in empirically-supported psychotherapy;
  • Evaluate new research findings on mind/brain training through meditation;
  • Customize meditation practices for individual patients including those with anxiety, depression, psychophysiological disorders, and distressed youth;
  • Apply the practices and principles of meditation to enhance the therapeutic relationship and personal wellbeing.

Additional Information


Registration: 8:30 am

Seminar Format: Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

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 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: The following program meets the specifications for the Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR)

Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School. He serves on the Board of Directors and faculty, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and is author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems, coauthor of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy and Back Sense; and coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice. He is a long time student of mindfulness meditation, teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields.