The Heart of the Practice:
A Day of Personal Exploration at the Confluence of Mindfulness and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Saturday September 26, 2015
Washburn Commons, Brattle Campus
Lesley University
10 Phillips Place, Cambridge, MA

COURSE DIRECTORS
F. Delia Kostner, PhD
Lawrence E. Lifson, MD
Lisa S. Rubinstein, MD
Susan M. Pollak, MTS, EdD

FACULTY
Christopher Germer, PhD
F. Delia Kostner, PhD
Susan M. Pollak, MTS, EdD
Lisa S. Rubinstein, MD
Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD
Robert Waldinger, MD

Moderator: Lisa S. Rubinstein, MD


The considerable overlap between psychoanalytic and Buddhist practices has been increasingly examined in the literature. As more and more therapists working within the psychoanalytic paradigm develop meditation practices, research and anecdotal evidence is building suggesting that it enhances therapeutic work in a wide variety of ways. Therapists are examining the implicit impact of meditation practice on the therapeutic process as a whole as well as its role as a targeted intervention. However it is still rare to find personal descriptions and reflection on the interaction between meditation and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

During this day-long conference we will reflect on how our practice on the cushion enhances our work in the consulting room. What brings a therapist to undertake intensive meditation practice? Do we explicitly bring mindfulness and compassion training into the psychotherapy session? Or, do we allow it to remain implicit in the relationship between therapist and patient? How do we talk with our patients who are interested in mindfulness? And, are there potential detrimental effects of mindfulness meditation practices for our patients? Through formal presentations, meditation practices, personal reflections, and case material, this conference will address how mindfulness meditation and compassion practices interact with our work as psychodynamic therapists.

 

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how psychodynamic psychotherapy and Buddhist psychology overlap and are mutually enhancing.
  • Indicate the range of ways that therapists integrate the two psychologies in their clinical practice.
  • Describe how a meditation practice enhances therapeutic presence, attention, and personal growth of the therapist.

 

 

 


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ACCREDITATION

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.

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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 5.75 clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

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: sjruiz@bidmc.harvard.edu.

Nurses: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School meets the specifications of the Board of Registration in Nursing in Massachusetts, (244CMR).

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Boston, MA 02215

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