Upcoming Courses

27th Annual Summer Seminars: Meditation and Mindfulness: Enhancing Treatment Effectiveness and Personal Wellbeing

Susan Pollak, MTS, EdD

July 25, 2016 – July 29, 2016 | North Falmouth, MA | Sea Crest Beach Hotel More Information

Meditation 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” describes 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 seminar 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 seminar 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 seminar shows the way. This seminar will introduce a variety of mindfulness practices that clinicians and their patients can use to develop the core skills of concentration, open monitoring, and compassionate acceptance. It will include teaching, experiental exercises, and discussion. This seminar is strongly recommended for anyone with an interest in the integration of meditation and psychotherapy.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Discuss four essential aspects of meditation (concentration, mindfulness, compassionate acceptance and equanimity) and understand when to use them in clinical practice;
  • Explain how mindfulness and acceptance-based treatment is evidence-based and emanates from empirically supported psychotherapy;
  • Determine the mechanisms of action in meditation that appear to underlie positive therapeutic change, such as attention regulation, emotion regulation, and self-compassion;
  • Analyze new research findings on mind/brain training
    through mindfulness meditation;
  • Tailor meditation practices for individual patients, i.e., those with anxiety, depression, and trauma;
  • Distinguish how the practices and principles of meditation improve the relationship between patient and therapist;
  • Utilize the practice of meditation to enhance personal well being.

Additional Information

Monday, July 25, 2016

8:30-9:00 AM

Registration

9:00-10:15 AM

Overview of Mindfulness: Definitions, types of meditation, history in clinical practice. Brief mindfulness exercise.

10:15-10:30 AM

Continental Coffee Break

10:30-12:15 PM

What happens when Mindfulness enters the mainstream? Brain mechanisms, default mode network, scientific challenges and opportunities. Q&A.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

9:00-10:15 AM

The Core Skills: Focused Attention. Practice. Clinical Application. Q&A.

10:15-10:30 AM

Continental Coffee Break

10:30 AM-12:15 PM

Open Monitoring. Practice. Clinical Application.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

9:00-10:15 AM

Loving kindness and Compassion. Practice. Clinical Application. Q&A.

10:15-10:30 AM

Continental Coffee Break

10:30 AM-12:15 PM

Equanimity. Practice. Clinical Application

Thursday, July 28, 2016

9:00-10:15 AM

Mindful Self-Compassion—The Newest MBI. Q&A.

10:15-10:30 AM

Continental Coffee Break

10:30 AM-12:15 PM

Working with Anxiety and Depression. Clinical Applications.

Friday, July 29, 2016

9:00-10:15 AM

The Art of Sequencing. Clinical Applications. Q&A.

10:15-10:30 AM

Continental Coffee Break

10:30 AM-12:15 PM

Demos (30 min each).

12:15 PM

Adjourn

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

Accreditation:

Physicians This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of pmiCME and The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. pmiCME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CREDIT DESIGNATION:

Weeklong Seminar: pmiCME designates the live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

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 has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5689. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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.

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.