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Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:45 EST Mon, 09 Jan 2017 21:45 EST Lecture Series: Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy: Advanced Clinical Techniques -

Lecture Series: Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy: Advanced Clinical Techniques

Jan 9 - 7:45pm to 9:45pm

Presenter: Tim Desmond, LMFT
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We know that self-compassion has the power to help us let go of anxiety, anger and suffering from the past, as well as to develop greater peace of mind, strength of presence, and a more open heart. But we also know that these benefits come from practice, not just accumulating knowledge. In this presentation, we will explore advanced clinical techniques for utilizing the power of self-compassion with nearly any client. We will explore Dialogue-Based Mindfulness to improve our ability to teach mindfulness and compassion practices to clients in acute emotional distress. We will also learn custom-tailored compassion training practices to improve emotional regulation, reduce self-criticism, and heal trauma. 

Participants will:

  1. Understand the role of the brain's "Care Circuit" in compassion training. 
  2. Describe Dialogue-Based Mindfulness and how it differs from traditional guided meditations.
  3. Apply self-compassion to the concept of modularity and "psychological parts."


Tim Desmond, LMFT, is a mindfulness teacher, therapist, and co-founder of Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in Alstead, NH. He is the author of Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy and offers training to therapists around the world, helping them to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion practices into their work. He is a student of Thich Nhat Hanh, with whom he has studied closely for nearly 20 years. Tim offers a 12-week online course called the Foundations of Self-Compassion.

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Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:00 EST Sun, 29 Jan 2017 16:00 EST Self-Compassion-Based Eating Awareness Winter Workshop -

Self-Compassion-Based Eating Awareness Winter Workshop

Jan 27 - 4:00pm to Jan 29 - 4:00pm

Self-Compassion-Based Eating Awareness Training teaches you how to curb overeating, feel your hunger, trust your taste buds and become deeply satisfied with the quality, rather than quantity, of food -- all of which helps you eat less and weigh less without dieting! This workshop is derived from principles of mindfulness meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindful eating teachers Geneen Roth and Jean Kristeller, and self-compassion researcher Kristin Neff. Join us for a weekend rich in self-compassion & mindful eating and learn proven practices for developing a more balanced relationship with food and a sense of inner choice over your eating.

Phoenix, Arizona
For more information, go to www.jeanfain.com.

Leaders:
Jean Fain is a Harvard Medical School-affiliated psychotherapist and the author of The Self-Compassion Diet. In her Concord, Massachusetts private practice, she treats food, mood and body image issues. Her articles have appeared in Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post, Shape, NPR and more. She has dedicated her work to helping others keep physically, emotionally and mentally fit.

Self-compassion researcher Dara James earned her Master’s degree in Exercise & Wellness from Arizona State University. In her current work as a Behavioral Health Consultant, Dara is fully committed to practicing what she preaches on self-compassion and mindful eating.

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Sat, 04 Feb 2017 19:00 EST Sat, 04 Feb 2017 22:00 EST Film Series: THE LADY IN THE VAN -

Film Series: THE LADY IN THE VAN

Feb 4 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

THE LADY IN THE VAN

With Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, 2015104 min
Discussant: Tom Pedulla

Once successful playwright and actor Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) moves into a trendy London neighborhood in the 1970s, it won’t be long before he encounters Mary Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a malodorous and irascible homeless woman with a fascinating backstory. Mary has managed to survive in the tony neighborhood, moving her van from curb to curb, by exploiting the residents’ guilt as well as their generosity—but only up to a point. Before long, Mary parks in Bennett’s driveway for a supposedly short stint that stretches to 15 years. During his eccentric tenant’s stay, Bennett (and we as observers) have ample chance to reflect on friendship and mortality as both Shepherd and the author’s widowed mother confront illness, aging, and death. Mary’s extended tenure will also provide the real-life Bennett with almost daily lessons in compassion and become the grist for two plays, a book, and this terrifically engaging film.

 

About the Film Series:

Each evening, a film addressing key elements of Buddhist psychology will be shown, followed by a presentation and a discussion moderated by a faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and Chip Hartranft, Director of the Arlington Center. Read more here: http://meditationandpsychotherapy.org/film-series 

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Mon, 06 Feb 2017 19:45 EST Mon, 06 Feb 2017 21:45 EST Lecture Series: Rational Mind, Animal Body: The Psychology of Conflict in Kripalu Yoga -

Lecture Series: Rational Mind, Animal Body: The Psychology of Conflict in Kripalu Yoga

Feb 6 - 7:45pm to 9:45pm

Presenter: Doug Baker, LICSW

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Hugely trendy as a workout, Yoga is less well-known as a contemplative tradition rooted in the quest for freedom from psychological suffering. This presentation will briefly explore the history of yoga as a contemplative tradition, putting today's posture-based practice in perspective. This experiential and didactic presentation then dives into Kripalu yoga as psychology from the perspective of inner conflict, and as compliment to Buddhist psychology. Participants will explore experiential learning with simple, non-athletic yogic breath and body practices. As time allows, we will touch on how yoga interventions can be applied in psychotherapy.

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

1. To learn the historical context of Yoga as contemplative tradition

2. To learn the foundations of Yogic Psychology

3. To learn experiential practices for somatic applications of Yogic Psychology


Douglas Baker, LICSW, is a former clinician of the Psychiatric Emergency Service at Cambridge Hospital, and founder of Cambridge Mind Body, a holistic counseling practice in Cambridge. A Kripalu Yoga teacher, he and leads workshops on the self-liberation potential of yoga and meditation and its application in psychotherapy. He is currently writing a small, portable book on walking meditation.

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Sat, 04 Mar 2017 19:00 EST Sat, 04 Mar 2017 22:00 EST Film Series: FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY -

Film Series: FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY

Mar 4 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY

With Taraneh Alidousti, Hedieh Tehrani, Hamid Farokh-Nejad
Directed by Asghar Farhadi, 2006
104 min
Discussant: Charles Styron

Asghar Farhadi’s acclaimed Fireworks Wednesday unfolds over the course of a long day in the life of Rouhi, a young bride-to-be who works for a housekeeping agency. While attempting to perform her duties on a new assignment at a luxurious but chaotic Tehran apartment, she gets drawn into the volatile drama and deceptions of the affluent couple who live there with their neighbors. As day proceeds to night and fireworks for the Persian New Year, Rouhi’s allegiance swings from one character to another, each shift edging her closer to the truth and challenging her romantic notions of married life. Indeed, by the film’s gripping final revelation she may know more than any of the drama’s central players. Like Farhadi's later films, including recent Dharma Film Series hits The Past, About Elly, and the Academy Award-winning A Separation, his masterful third feature Fireworks Wednesday is an utterly absorbing tale that turns on desire, dishonesty, and a clash of old and new.

 

About the Film Series:

Each evening, a film addressing key elements of Buddhist psychology will be shown, followed by a presentation and a discussion moderated by a faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and Chip Hartranft, Director of the Arlington Center. Read more here: http://meditationandpsychotherapy.org/film-series 

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Mon, 06 Mar 2017 19:45 EST Mon, 06 Mar 2017 21:45 EST Lecture Series: Creating the Inner Holding Environment: An Experimental Workshop -

Lecture Series: Creating the Inner Holding Environment: An Experimental Workshop

Mar 6 - 7:45pm to 9:45pm

Presenters: Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS and Bill Morgan, PsyD

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Why do so many of us struggle to establish a regular meditation practice? Could it be that traditional instructions are not engaging enough for our high stimulus cultural milieu? In order to support a more enlivening atmosphere for meditation, there are several important building blocks which need to be established at the beginning of practice. If these are overlooked meditation is more likely to be colored by restlessness, boredom and cognitive drift. These foundational elements—a settled posture, an easy breath and affectively engaged attention- create a holding environment for practice. This workshop will focus on identifying and engaging core elements of this internal holding environment, with serving suggestions about how to cultivate them.

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
 

1.       Cognitively and experientially learn the three core elements of the inner holding environment for practicing mindfulness meditation.
 
2.       Cognitively and experientially learn how to elicit these three elements during a practice session.

3.       Cognitively and experientially learn how to monitor and adjust these core elements during meditation practice. 

Bill Morgan, PsyD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge and Quincy MA. He is a founding board member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and has participated in 8 years of intensive retreats in the Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan schools of Buddhism during his forty years of meditation practice. He has led mindfulness retreats for mental health professionals for the past 20 years. Bill is a contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition. His book, The Meditator’s Dilemma: An Innovative Approach to Overcoming Obstacles and Revitalizing Your Practice, was recently published by Shambhala.   Email: wdmorgan33@gmail.com • Website: www.BillandSusan.org

Susan T. Morgan, MSN, RN, CS is a psychotherapist who teaches mindfulness meditation to individuals and groups, and consults with psychotherapists interested in deepening their meditation practice and therapeutic presence. Susan has practiced Buddhist meditation for 25 years, primarily in the Theravada tradition, and recently completed a 4-year retreat with her partner Bill. She has co-led mindfulness retreats and workshops for psychotherapists with Bill for the past 15 years. Lovingkindness and mindfulness of the body are integral to her teaching. Susan is a contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition. Email: stmorgan11@gmail.com • Website: www.BillandSusan.org

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Sat, 01 Apr 2017 19:00 EDT Sat, 01 Apr 2017 22:00 EDT Film Series: HEART OF A DOG -

Film Series: HEART OF A DOG

Apr 1 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

HEART OF A DOG

With Laurie Anderson
Directed by Laurie Anderson, 2015
76 min
Discussant: Susan Pollak

A reflection on love, loss, and death, performance artist Laurie Anderson’s Heart of A Dog is as much a guided meditation as a movie. With her eccentric multimedia montage of original music, animation, home movies, stories, and thoughts about life after 9/11, Anderson is a wise guide through the difficult terrain of life, capped by the deaths of her husband Lou Reed as well as her beloved dog and frequent subject Lolabelle. Anderson offers solace and inspiration from art, music, and literature as well as lessons from her Buddhist teachers in this true dharma film.

 

About the Film Series:

Each evening, a film addressing key elements of Buddhist psychology will be shown, followed by a presentation and a discussion moderated by a faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and Chip Hartranft, Director of the Arlington Center. Read more here: http://meditationandpsychotherapy.org/film-series 

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Mon, 03 Apr 2017 19:45 EDT Mon, 03 Apr 2017 21:45 EDT Lecture Series: Teaching Meditation to Adolescents - Approaches and Therapeutic Benefits -

Lecture Series: Teaching Meditation to Adolescents - Approaches and Therapeutic Benefits

Apr 3 - 7:45pm to 9:45pm

Presenter: Jessica Morey, MA

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In her work sharing meditation with teens, Jessica and others have integrated mindfulness and compassion meditation, relational mindfulness practices, mindful movement, creative expression, and nature awareness practices. These modalities will be presented and demonstrated. Jessica will emphasize the core qualities of a "mindful mentor" - authentic relationship building, attuned compassion and respect - which are the critical foundations for teaching mindfulness to youth. She will also present an overview of the research on the benefits of meditation and mindfulness for youth and present research on teen retreats. This presentation will include lecture, guided practices and relational mindfulness activities. 

Participants will learn:

  1. Approaches and activities to engage youth in mindfulness meditation practice
  2. Core qualities of Mindful Mentoring with youth
  3. Overview of research findings on the benefits of mindfulness meditation for youth

Jessica Morey, MA is the Executive Director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), an international non-profit that leads secular meditation retreats for teenagers and young adults. She began practicing meditation at age 14 on teen retreats offered by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS). She has attended longer retreats (1-3 months) in Asia and the U.S, participated for 10 years in the IMS young adult mentoring group and trained as a Buddhist meditation teacher with Noah Levine and Against the Stream. Jessica is a founding board member and lead teacher for iBme teen retreats.  Before joining iBme, Jessica worked in clean energy and climate policy and finance. She holds a BA in Environmental Engineering from Dartmouth and Masters degrees in Sustainable Development and International Affairs. Her article in Mindful Magazine, “Finding My Way,” describes her experience learning and benefiting from mindfulness throughout her young adult years.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:00 EDT Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:00 EDT RESCH: Awake and Alive: Mindful Living with Cancer Retreat -

RESCH: Awake and Alive: Mindful Living with Cancer Retreat

Apr 24 - 9:00am to Apr 28 - 6:00pm

RESCHEDULED:
This life-affirming retreat offers anyone living with cancer the opportunity to explore what it means to live fully awake and alive while facing serious illness. A balanced program of transformative, healing practices gives you practical tools to navigate the emotional, psychological, and spiritual challenges of cancer – empowering you to live well in the midst of change and uncertainty.

What to expect:

  • A small intimate group in a safe and nurturing environment that honors and supports each person’s unique journey with cancer.
  • Gentle and insightful mindfulness, stress reduction and loving-kindness practices.
  • Qigong to help you activate and circulate life energy through your body.
  • Opportunities to share in a supportive circle; poetry; ritual; and time alone for rest, self-refection and exploration of the beauty of the old growth forest.
  • Expressive Arts: drawing, music and movement to stimulate imagination and to unlock the the healing power of creativity.
  • Laughter, creativity, celebration, joyful play and delicious, organic, gourmet meals.

Who will benefit?

Anyone with any type of cancer, at any stage, interested in personal healing, growth, and transformation. Caregivers/companions welcome if space allows.

The facilitators:

Erica Rayner-Horn M.A., L.M.H.C.A.— mindfulness-based psychotherapist; instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, meditation instructor, presenter, and workshop leader. Erica is the author of Finding Tranquility - Guided Mindfulness Meditations for Stressful Times, and an upcoming book and audio series on cancer and mindfulness. To learn more, visit www.mindful-therapy.net.

Diana and Kelly Lindsay—authors, speakers, workshop facilitators, and coaches for those in a health crisis and their caregivers. Diana is a Qigong instructor, Kelly a Reiki Master. Program Directors of Healing Circles Langley, a Commonweal program on Whidbey Island. Authors of Something More Than Hope/Something More Than Everything: Surviving Despite the Odds, Thriving Because of Them. www.somethingmorethanhope.com.

Location:
Whidbey Institute at Chinook, on Whidbey Island, WA

Registration & Information:
http://whidbeyinstitute.org/event/awake-alive-fall-2016/

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Mon, 01 May 2017 19:45 EDT Mon, 01 May 2017 21:45 EDT Lecture Series: The Buddha's Wife: The power of relational mindfulness in clinical practice -

Lecture Series: The Buddha's Wife: The power of relational mindfulness in clinical practice

May 1 - 7:45pm to 9:45pm

Presenter: Janet Surrey, PhD

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Insight Dialogue is a co-meditative practice specifically bringing mindfulness into relationship, including speaking  and listening. Clinical applications for the therapy relationship will be discussed and demonstrated.

Participants will learn:

1. Practice  the guidelines for Relational  mindfulness
2.  Apply the practice to clinical relational practice-especially deep listening and wise speech
3. Learn how mindfulness practiced in relationship can help clients with relational difficulties 

Janet Surrey, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Newton.  She is a Founding scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Stone Center, Wellesley College and a Board member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. She is trained as an Insight Dialogue teacher in the Buddhist Theravadan tradition and co-author of The Buddha'sWife:the Path of Awakening Together.

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Sat, 06 May 2017 19:00 EDT Sat, 06 May 2017 22:00 EDT Film Series: ANOMALISA -

Film Series: ANOMALISA

May 6 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

ANOMALISA

With David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan
Directed by Duke Johnson & Charlie Kaufman, 2015
90 min
Discussant: Chip Hartranft

How May I Help You Help Them? is the title of a book by customer service industry guru, Michael Stone, and it is the topic of his forthcoming keynote at a CS convention in Cincinnati. It is Michael, though, who seems to need help the most. Bored, barely capable of interpersonal connection, and beginning to perceive everyone around him as the same—even an old girlfriend the family man haltingly invites to the hotel bar for a drink—Stone stumbles through the synthetic world he’s helping to create. Isolated amidst his encounters with a parade of fitfully sincere service workers and monotonic settings, he comes across only one person who speaks to him in an authentic voice: the wounded but distinctive Lisa. Anomalisa is an increasingly surreal love story for adults, rendered in a unique style of stop-action puppet photography where the seams and joints are not only visible but somehow part of the point. Artificial though they appear, Michael and Lisa move each other deeply (and us as well)—particularly when things become awkwardly, touchingly sexual. Winner of every major animated film award including an Oscar and Golden Globe, Anomalisa is a one-of-a-kind work of art—antic, entertaining, uncomfortable, and ultimately revelatory in its no-strings account of our human need to connect.

 

About the Film Series:

Each evening, a film addressing key elements of Buddhist psychology will be shown, followed by a presentation and a discussion moderated by a faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and Chip Hartranft, Director of the Arlington Center. Read more here: http://meditationandpsychotherapy.org/film-series 

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Mon, 05 Jun 2017 19:45 EDT Mon, 05 Jun 2017 21:45 EDT Lecture Series: Implicit Mindfulness: Bringing Mindfulness Concepts to Pre-Contemplative Patients -

Lecture Series: Implicit Mindfulness: Bringing Mindfulness Concepts to Pre-Contemplative Patients

Jun 5 - 7:45pm to 9:45pm

Presenter: Laura Warren, MD

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This presentation will discuss techniques for bringing mindfulness concepts implicitly to encounters with patients who, for a variety of reasons (cultural, religious, etc), have a more difficult time engaging with mindfulness when it is explicitly discussed, for which the term “pre-contemplative” is applied. We will discuss ways to incorporate language and concepts clinically that implicitly reflect core mindfulness principles while also respecting patients’ unique identity and values. We will also discuss using implicit mindfulness to frame shared goals with patients with regard to their overall physical and mental health. 

Participants will learn to:

  1. ·      Identify “pre-contemplative” patients who might benefit from implicit mindfulness
  2. ·      Integrate specific language/concepts that reflect implicit mindfulness concepts
  3. ·      Apply implicit mindfulness to clinical settings when appropriate

Bio: Laura Warren, M.D. is an outpatient psychiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), and works in primary care as well as specialty mental health.  She was first trained in MBSR in 2007, and completed the IMP Meditation and Psychotherapy Certificate Program in 2009, and since then has been incorporating mindfulness into her clinical practice.  She has been involved with the Center For Mindfulness and Compassion at CHA since its inception.  Currently she is teaching as part of the MINDFUL-PC program, which seeks to bringing mindfulness groups to primary care, and she has been involved in bringing mindfulness to psychiatry residency training. She recently joined the board of IMP, and is interested in using mindfulness to help patients and providers manage stress, and to reduce burnout among healthcare professionals.

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Calendar

All individual events, both IMP-sponsored and member-posted, are listed in our calendar. Upcoming events are also listed by date.

Film Series

This CE program is intended for psychotherapists who are interested in Buddhist psychology, meditation, or mindfulness. Mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy is increasingly appreciated by the therapeutic community as an effective way to reduce emotional distress. Each evening, a film addressing key elements of Buddhist psychology will be shown, followed by a presentation and a discussion moderated by a faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and Chip Hartranft, Director of the Arlington Center.
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Lecture Series

This monthly continuing education (CE) program is for psychotherapists interested in Buddhist psychology, meditation, or mindfulness. Each lecture will address theoretical and clinical issues at the interface of these rich healing traditions, with topics ranging from addictions to forgiveness to countertransference.
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Upcoming Events and Happenings posted by IMP Members

If you would like to post an upcoming event or announce a new book publication, please send an email with details to mail@meditationandpsychotherapy.org. All events, whether IMP-sponsored or from our members, are listed on our calendar and in our events listings. 
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Upcoming Events

Mar 4 - 7:00pm
FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY With Taraneh Alidousti, Hedieh Tehrani, Hamid Farokh-NejadDirected by Asghar Farhadi, 2006104... More >
Mar 6 - 7:45pm
Presenters: Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS and Bill Morgan, PsyD      Register here! Why do so many of us struggle to... More >
Apr 1 - 7:00pm
HEART OF A DOG With Laurie AndersonDirected by Laurie Anderson, 201576 minDiscussant: Susan Pollak A reflection on love,... More >
Apr 3 - 7:45pm
Presenter: Jessica Morey, MA   Register here!  In her work sharing meditation with teens, Jessica and others have... More >
Apr 24 - 9:00am
RESCHEDULED:This life-affirming retreat offers anyone living with cancer the opportunity to explore what it means to live... More >

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