Mindfulness and compassion practices are among the most rapidly expanding and widely researched psychotherapeutic interventions today. They hold great promise not only for clinicians’ own personal development, but also as remarkably powerful tools to augment virtually every form of treatment. Mindfulness and compassion are not, however, one size- fits-all remedies. Practices need to be tailored to fit the needs of particular individuals. And to really reap the benefits of mindfulness and compassion, it’s important for clinicians to personally experience their effects.
This seminar provides an up-to-date review of the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation and compassion practices from their ancient origins to modern brain science and psychotherapy, along with opportunities for participants to cultivate their own personal practice. After reviewing how they work to alleviate psychological distress,we will explore which practices are best suited to different patient populations.
You’ll learn how to use mindfulness and compassion practices to help resolve anxiety, depression, and stress-related medical disorders, as well as to gain freedom from self-esteem concerns and to develop deeper, more rewarding, therapeutic and personal relationships. Participants with no meditation experience, as well as seasoned practitioners, will find this course helpful both personally and clinically (you’ll also find that Martha’s Vineyard is a wonderful natural environment in which to develop and enjoy mindful awareness).
Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School. He serves on the Board of Directors and faculty, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.