Upcoming Courses

Winter Seminar: Meditation and Visualization Practices for Everyday Living and Well-Being and to Enhance Peak Performance

Daniel Brown, PhD, ABPH

March 3, 2014 – March 7, 2014 | Naples, FL | The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Resort More Information

The essence of various spiritual traditions is the discovery of practical wisdom about everyday living. Clinicians encounter what Freud once called “the problem of everyday unhappiness.” This affects both patient and clinician. The spiritual traditions provide a way to discover full presence, excellence, well-being, happiness, and vital engagement in everyday life. This workshop integrates the practical spiritual wisdom from the Eastern meditation traditions, and self-hypnosis 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 from promoting vital engagement in life, training the mind to develop everyday well-being and happiness, concentration training to cultivate continuous and complete focus on whatever you are doing at the moment, insight meditation 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. Teaching in this workshop is by lecture and experiential visualization and meditation practices.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Explain how meditation and visualization practices are evidence-based treatment and is grounded in empirically- supported psychotherapy;
  • Demonstrative knowledge about the advances in research on positive psychology and its implications for clinical assessment and practice;
  • Identify meditative, concentration methods, and visualization practices in order to apply them to applications in clinical settings;
  • Utilize visualizations and meditative practices to help your patient’s bring optimal energy states to everyday living;
  • Utilize meditative, concentration, and visualizations practices to help your patients enhance their peak-performance;
  • Identify the three main forms of meditation, concentration, mindfulness, and compassion and know when to apply them in clinical settings;
  • Teach concentration in meditative practices for stabilization of your patients mind so that they stay focused on tasks without major distraction;
  • Employ meditative and visualization practices in your clinical work to benefit the psychological health of your patients.

Additional Information

Monday, March 3, 2014 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; integrative approach to the development of optimal states; visualization practices to develop and draw upon optimal states.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Cultivating attitudes that potentiate optimal states; zone of optimal functioning; practices to develop the right level of energy.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Basic Concentration Training: goals of concentration training; directing and intensifying attention; dealing with problems of concentration, e.g. distracting thought, imbalanced energy states, dullness.


Thursday, March 6, 2014


Advanced Concentration Training: the 9 states of concentration training; awareness [mindfulness] training to awaken the senses.


Friday, March 7, 2014


The Applications of Mindfullness to Everyday Living: full presence and happiness; transforming negative states through pure, non-reactive awareness; cultivating wellbeing through insight meditations; developing sensitivity to and compassion for others.

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 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.

Psychologists: The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology 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 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.

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

Nurses: This activity has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91) for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Educators: Application has been made to Commonwealth of Massachusetts to offer Professional Development Points(PDP’s).

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

Daniel Brown, PhD, ABPH is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.
He has taught Meditation and Peak Performance workshops for over 40 years both nationally and internationally. He is the author of over a dozen books including a textbook on hypnotherapy, Hypnotherapy and Hypnoanalysis, a health psychology book, Hypnosis and Behavioral Medicine, 4 books on meditation including Transformations of Consciousnessand Pointing Out the Great Way, and two books in collaboration with H.H The Dalai Lama. Dr. Brown’s background in both Western and Eastern meditation traditions offers a unique integration of the contemporary Western research on peak performance and positive psychology and the classical Buddhist meditation linage traditions.