Upcoming Courses

Meditation and Visualization Practices for Everyday Living and to Enhance Peak Performance

Daniel Brown, PhD, ABPH

February 19, 2018 – February 23, 2018 | Naples, FL | The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club More Information

This evidence-based workshop integrates the practical spiritual wisdom from the Eastern meditation traditions, and visualizations, and methods from positive psychology from the Western psychotherapy 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, the development of character strengths and positive states of mind to potentiate mastery of being in everyday life, the articulation of ultimate concerns for promoting vital engagement in life, training the mind to develop everyday wellbeing and happiness, concentration training to cultivate continuous and complete focus on whatever you are doing at the moment, insight meditations to reduce reactivity and develop a non-reactive openness to experience, and visualizations to develop sensitivity and compassion for others. The outcome of participation in this workshop will be the enhancement of everyday living, well-being and peak performance.  Participants with no meditation experience, as well as seasoned practitioners, will find this course helpful in their clinical work. Teaching in this workshop is by lecture and experiential visualization and meditation practices.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Integrate Eastern meditation traditions with visualization practices from Western psychotherapy traditions to benefit their patients and themselves;
  • Review how meditation and visualization practices are evidence-based treatments;
  • Utilize visualizations for developing and calling upon optimal self-states, for transforming negative emotional states into well-being and everyday happiness, and for developing vital engagement in everyday life;
  • Utilize meditative, concentration, and visualization practices to help enhance peak performance;
  • Identify meditative, concentration methods and visualization practices in order to apply them to applications in clinical settings and everyday living;
  • Develop meditation practices in order to bring optimal energy states to everyday living;
  • Use concentration meditation to stabilize the mind so that it stays focused on whatever you intend it to stay on without distraction;
  • Foster the development of a variety of advanced meta-cognitive skills;
  • Apply mindfulness meditation training to cultivate continuous and complete presence to whatever you are doing at the moment;
  • Utilize insight meditations to reduce reactivity and develop a non-reactive openness to experience;
  • Incorporate visualization practices to develop sensitivity to and compassion for others.
  • Apply the practices and principles of meditation to better the therapeutic relationship and personal wellbeing.

Additional Information

Monday, February 26, 2018
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. Q&A.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Basic Concentration Training I: goals of concentration training; directing and intensifying attention; dealing with problems of concentration, e.g. distracting thought, imbalanced energy states. Q&A.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Basic Concentration Training II: the 9 states of concentration training; awareness (mindfulness) training to awaken the senses. Q&A.
Friday,  March 2, 2018
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
The Applications of Mindfulness to Everyday Living: full presence and happiness; transforming negative states through pure, non-reative awareness; cultivating well-being through insight meditations; developing sensitivity and compassion for others. Q&A.

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


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 15.00 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.

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found at: www.eaccme.eu.

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 (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEPTM solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. The winter seminar programs meet the criteria for 15 clock hours.

Nurses: Applications have been made to the ANA-MA and accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.

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

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