Upcoming events at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

Buddhist Psychology Film Series
October 2010 – May 2011, Saturday Evenings, 7:00 – 10:00 PM, Arlington, Massachusetts
Co-sponsored with The Arlington Center.
Next Playing:
December 3, 2011
Another Year

Director: Mike Leigh
Runtime: 129 minutes
CE Discussant: Janet Surrey, PhD

How is it that some of us arrive at happiness and purpose, while others can’t help but stumble over them and straggle past? For Tom and Gerri, Another Year’s contented middle-aged couple, no special formula is required apart from love and work, which Freud called the cornerstone of being human. As they prepare to welcome their likeminded son and his new fiancee into the fold – an almost effortless transmission of Tom / Gerri’s simplicity and devotion – other more afflicted friends and relations converge upon them, flailing about or foundering on inner impediments. Absent of any particular wisdom, the older couple will be unwaveringly clear with their suffering circle, offering an opportunity for insight that may – or may not – be taken up. As with Mike Leigh’s other films (including last year&rs quo;s series hit Happy-Go-Lucky), the magic of Another Year is that it feels entirely natural and lived in. Director, actors, and viewers become so deeply attuned to emotional nuance that the least gesture can elicit almost unbearable hilarity, discomfort, or rue. Another Year’s deceptive simplicity gently invites us as well to locate and reflect upon its predicaments as they might touch our own lives.

Buddhist Psychology Lecture Series: Conversations at the Edge
September 2011- May 2012, Monday Evenings, 7:45 – 9:45 PM, Arlington, Massachusetts
Co-sponsored with The Arlington Center.
2 CE’s are offered each evening to psychologists, social workers, nurses, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed mental health counselors.

Next Featuring:
November 21, 2011
Self-Compassion: The Heart of Mindfulness
Presenter: Christopher Germer, PhD
Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of mindfulness in psychotherapy, and it’s especially necessary when the sense of “self” is engulfed in intense and disturbing emotions. Fortunately, self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or feel uneasy being kind to themselves when they suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. Recent research has shown that self-compassion enhances emotional well-being, reduces depression and anxiety, and can even help you stick to your diet and exercise routine.

Relational Mindfulness: Applications to Clinical Practice
December 2nd, 2011. Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
A Daylong workshop with Janet Surrey, Ph.D. and Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS
This workshop will be an introduction to mindfulness meditation practiced in
relationship, with particular applications to clinical practice. The group will learn and
practice the Guidelines for Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal meditation practice taught
by Gregory Kramer. PhD: Pause, Relax, Open, Trust Emergence, Listen Deeply and
Speak the Truth. We will explore the direct application to cultivating compassionate
presence in the therapy relationship. Participants will learn: 1) to practice mindfulness in
relationship, 2) to utilize the tools of authentic and empathic responsiveness in therapy,
and 3) to apply the guidelines to clinical relational practice. This course offers 6 hours of CE credit.

To register, please contact Beth at 617.349.8833, echambe5@lesley.eduor visit www.lesley.edu/ce/ls/professional.html.

The Power of Mindfulness: Inside & Outside The Therapy Hour
December 1-2, 2011, Cleveland, Ohio
January 26-27, Ann Arbor, Michigan
March 15-16, Bloomington, Minnesota
April 12-13, Raleigh, North Carolina
Sponsored by the Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior
With Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD
Day One: Mindfulness for Personal and Interpersonal Fulfillment is designed to help you to understand mindfulness practice theoretically and experientially and see how it can enrich and enliven your life both inside and outside of the therapy hour. We will explore how mindfulness practice can help us to deal with an ever-changing, uncertain world filled with complicated interpersonal relationships, and investigate the role of mindfulness in working with loneliness, alienation, illness and loss. You’ll gain insights from both scientific and Buddhist Psychology into paths and obstacles to greater well-being.
Day Two: Mindfulness-Based Clinical Interventions will focus on the integration of mindfulness practice into psychotherapy. First we’ll examine how mindfulness practice can enhance therapeutic presence and transform understanding of the causes of psychological suffering. We will then discuss when and how to introduce various mindfulness techniques to our clients or patients. Special techniques for treating depression, anxiety, chronic pain, stress-related medical disorders and childhood distress will be introduced.
12 CE’s are offered to psychologists, social workers, nurses, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed mental health counselors.

Mindfulness Research Opportunity
Mindfulness Therapists Wanted for Brown University Research Study
The Contemplative Studies Research Lab in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown Medical School is looking for mindfulness instructors for a NIH- funded “Mindfulness Dismantling study”. The design is a 3-armed RCT comparing 8 weeks of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) vs focused awareness (FA) practice only vs open-monitoring (OM) practice only. The current study will compare standard MBCT with focused awareness on an array of neurophysiological measurements.

The Contemplative Studies Research Laboratory is an interdisciplinary team of neuroscientists, psychologists, Buddhist scholars, and contemplatives. We are currently seeking therapists who have experience teaching MBCT, but will also be seeking instructors for the other arms shortly. If you have any interest in being part of our team, we would love to hear from you.

The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is also currently cosponsoring a number of programs at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, of interest to psychotherapists. Please visit their website, http://www.dharma.org/ims/retreats.php for details.

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