Mindfulness and Compassion: Enhancing Treatment Effectiveness and Personal Wellbeing
Christopher Germer, PhD
Most clinicians have some familiarity with meditation, a well researched treatment modality that is a systematic method of regulating attention and emotion. Meditation is a skill that enhances the mental and physical wellbeing of both patients and clinicians.
“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? This course provides the clinician with an understanding of the theory and practice of mindfulness and compassion from its
beginning to its current anchoring in brain science and integration with psychotherapy. This course will be useful for those clinicians with no meditation experience as well as the experienced clinician of meditation.
Integrate mindfulness and compassion training into psychotherapy and your own practice;
• Develop a specific patient centered meditation practice for the anxious, depressed or traumatized patient;
• Identify the three main forms of meditation—concentration, mindfulness, and compassion and know when to apply them in clinical settings;
• Analyze new research on the benefits of mindfulness training and meditation;
• Explain how meditation underlies positive therapeutic change through the regulation of attention and emotion and self-compassion.
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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 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit ommensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Week-long Seminar: A maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ Weekend Seminar: A maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
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: firstname.lastname@example.org License and Marriage Family Therapists: For information on the status of application to the Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, please call Stacy Ruiz at 617-754-1265 or email email@example.com.
Educators: For information of the status of application to the Commonwealth of assachusetts to offer Professional Development Points (PDSs), please call Stacy Ruiz at 617-754-1265 or emails firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nurses: Application has been made to the Massachusetts Association for Registered Nurses (MARN) for approval to award contact hours. MARN is accredited as an pprover of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Christopher K. Germer, PhD is a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He has
been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978. Dr. Germer lectures nationally and internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion. He is co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in sychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice. Dr. Germer is also author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.