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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:00 EDT Sun, 22 Oct 2017 13:30 EDT Being Together: The Art of Loving -

Being Together: The Art of Loving

Oct 21 - 5:00pm to Oct 22 - 1:30pm

Join Rich and Antra Borofsky for a couple's weekend workshop at The Center for the Study of Relationship, in Cambridge, MA

 

Click here to read about the Borofskys work with couples and their workshops.

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Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:00 EDT Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:00 EDT Insight Dialogue Practice Group - Hatred -

Insight Dialogue Practice Group - Hatred

Oct 22 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Insight Dialogue Practice Group
 
Time: Sunday mornings, 9 -12AM
Place : Art and Soul Yoga Studio
Address: 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge
Parking:  Onstreet parking available Sundays

Insight Dialogue is a fully engaged relational co-meditation practice resting on the deep foundation of silent practice in the Theravadan Buddhist  tradition. Please join us for all or any of these Sunday morning meetings in Cambridge.  This is an opportunity to learn and practice the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and to explore the manifestation of this way of being in relationship in our personal and collective lives.

This fall we will explore the challenges of meeting the three poisons of mind: greed, hatred and delusion- in ourselves, each other and our world, and the cultivation of antidotes in traditional and contemporary teachings. Jan Surrey will lead Insight Dialogue practice and Annie Hoffman will offer mindful movement in each session. Each session will be co-led by experienced ID facilitators.

Sept 24  Greed: Jan, Annie, and Natalie
               Eldridge 
Oct 22   Hatred: Jan, Annie,  and Betty 
              Burkes
Nov 19   Delusion:  Jan, Annie,and Catherine 
               Hoffman


No prior experience of Insight Dialogue is necessary, prior meditation instruction suggested. Any questions- email Jan Surrey at jsurrey@aol.com or Annie Hoffman anniehoffmanyoga@yahoo.com or call Jan at 617-966-4898

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Sat, 04 Nov 2017 19:00 EDT Sat, 04 Nov 2017 22:00 EDT Beatriz at Dinner -

Beatriz at Dinner

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

November 4, 2017
Beatriz at Dinner
Starring Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton
Directed by Miguel Arteta, 2017
83 minutes
Discussant: Charles Styron, Psy. D.

This provocative film has been dubbed both a Trump-era comedy and a drama, and it certainly has elements of each. Beatriz (Salma Hayek) is an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico and has a career as a compassionate, multifaceted, new age health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a self-satisfied real estate developer and a billionaire. When these two end up at a dinner party together through a coincidence, sparks are kindled slowly and eventually fly. A genuine collision of their two worlds ensues while the remaining five dinner guests observe without a clue how to intervene constructively. It is a though a large crevasse opens up beneath their feet, and they are loathe to acknowledge it while simultaneously fearing they may fall into it. The crevasse is the divide between world views, vastly different languages, and divergent ethical perspectives.

Learning objectives: At the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. explain the central theme of strident conflict in teh film from the point of view of "The Middle Way"
  2. explain the concept of "Self-Secret" as it pertains to the conceptual divide in the film
  3. evaluate the consistency of the message and the medium of this film.

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Mon, 06 Nov 2017 18:30 EST Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:30 EST Equanimity: An Essential Practice for Turbulent Times -

Equanimity: An Essential Practice for Turbulent Times

Nov 6 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

November 6, 2017
Equanimity: An Essential Practice for Turbulent Times     REGISTER HERE
Susan M Pollak MTS, Ed.D.
Location: CMC see address above

Equanimity is a skill that is taught in meditation centers and is a key component in Eastern psychology and philosophy. However, it is virtually absent from the literature in western psychology. As mindfulness and compassion enter the mainstream, this is changing. Equanimity allows us to keep our balance and sanity in difficult times and enables us to be with whatever is happening. This talk will feature experiential practice as well as theory and recent research. Ways to integrate it in clinical work will also be addressed.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. explain the key components of equanimity
  2. discuss why it has been a key practice in Eastern philosophy
  3. understand how to bring it into our lives and practice

Susan M Pollak is the president of IMP. She is also a co-founder of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School, where she has taught for over 20 years. She is the author of numerous books, most recently Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, with Thomas Pedulla and Ronald Siegel. She teaches nationally and internationally on the integration of mindfulness and compassion in psychotherapy. Dr. Pollak has a private practice in Cambridge.

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017 13:00 EST Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:00 EST Level II Couples Workshop -

Level II Couples Workshop

Nov 11 - 1:00pm to Nov 12 - 1:00pm

Join Rich and Antra Borofsky for their Level II Couples Workshop, only open to couples who have previously attended a workshop with them, at the Center for the Study of Relationship in Cambridge, MA.

Click here to read about the Borofskys work with couples and their workshops.

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Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:00 EST Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:00 EST Insight Dialogue Practice Group - Delusion -

Insight Dialogue Practice Group - Delusion

Nov 19 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Insight Dialogue Practice Group
 
Time: Sunday mornings, 9 -12AM
Place : Art and Soul Yoga Studio
Address: 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge
Parking:  Onstreet parking available Sundays

Insight Dialogue is a fully engaged relational co-meditation practice resting on the deep foundation of silent practice in the Theravadan Buddhist  tradition. Please join us for all or any of these Sunday morning meetings in Cambridge.  This is an opportunity to learn and practice the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and to explore the manifestation of this way of being in relationship in our personal and collective lives.

This fall we will explore the challenges of meeting the three poisons of mind: greed, hatred and delusion- in ourselves, each other and our world, and the cultivation of antidotes in traditional and contemporary teachings. Jan Surrey will lead Insight Dialogue practice and Annie Hoffman will offer mindful movement in each session. Each session will be co-led by experienced ID facilitators.

Sept 24  Greed: Jan, Annie, and Natalie
               Eldridge 
Oct 22   Hatred: Jan, Annie,  and Betty 
              Burkes
Nov 19   Delusion:  Jan, Annie,and Catherine 
               Hoffman


No prior experience of Insight Dialogue is necessary, prior meditation instruction suggested. Any questions- email Jan Surrey at jsurrey@aol.com or Annie Hoffman anniehoffmanyoga@yahoo.com or call Jan at 617-966-4898

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Sat, 02 Dec 2017 19:00 EST Sat, 02 Dec 2017 22:00 EST A Ghost Story -

A Ghost Story

Dec 2 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

December 2, 2017
A Ghost Story
Starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara
Directed by David Lowery, 2017
92 minutes
Discussant: Paul Fulton, Ed. D.

After death sunders a struggling young Texas couple (Casey Affleck & Rooney Mara), a spectral figure arrives like a sentinel to quietly stand watch, transfixed, over the life he once lived and the home to which he clung. In this eerie, beguiling film, everything—people, places, cultures—in flux around the mostly unseen, motionless phantom, for whom the boundaries of past and future have dissolved away. A Ghost Story is a haunting meditation on the web of attachments spun from the slender threads of human connection and desire and spanning the limitless frontiers of time and even mortality.

Learning objectives: At the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. compare the film's central perspective with that of mindful contemplation
  2. relate the narrative structure to Buddhist psychological theories of time
  3. contrast Buddhist and Western psychological understandings of attachment.

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:30 EST Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:30 EST Compassion Meditation: How It Changes The Brain and Improves Stress Resilience -

Compassion Meditation: How It Changes The Brain and Improves Stress Resilience

Dec 4 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Compassion meditation: How it changes the brain and improves stress resilience

with Gaelle Desbordes, PhD

 

LOCATION

Smith Campus Center (Bock Room), Harvard University

75 Mt Auburn Street

6th floor

Cambridge, MA 02138

 

What is compassion? Can we become better at it? Emerging scientific research suggests that compassion is a skill which can be trained through contemplative practices such as compassion meditation. This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of compassion research, including recent studies suggesting that compassion training may yield to changes in the brain and to improved stress resilience. Challenges associated with measuring compassion will also be discussed.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

1. understand how compassion is investigated in the laboratory

2. describe compassion meditation training

3. discuss recent scientific findings on compassion meditation

Gaëlle Desbordes, Ph.D., is on the research faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-Harvard-MIT Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. There she investigates different types of meditation practices (e.g. mindful attention, compassion) from a neuroscientific perspective. Her main ongoing study is a clinical trial of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for major depression. As a member of the Mindfulness Research Collaborative, she is also part of a research program to study the impact of mindfulness training on self-regulation and adherence to medical regimen. Her work with David DeSteno and Paul Condon to investigate how meditation training increases compassion was published in the journal Psychological Science and has been featured in the New York Times and on WBUR.

Continuing Education:

Continuing Education (CE) credits available for psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and nurses. Please see details at http://meditationandpsychotherapy.org/lecture-series.

Fees:

Suggested donation for general attendance is $15. CE credits are available for a fee of $30. Please click the Green 'Tickets' button to register.

Directions:

The Smith Campus Center (formerly Holyoke Center) is a large building occupying the block bounded by Massachusetts Avenue, Dunster Street, Holyoke Street, and Mount Auburn Street. The center's street address is 75 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. The lecture will be held in the Bock Room, which is on the 6th floor of the center. 

Please note that The Smith Campus Center is currently under construction. Use the entrance on Dunster Street (across from Mike’s Pastry) to access the building. You will need to sign in with an ID at the security desk. We will alert them to the event. Take the elevator to the 6th floor. The Bock Room is down the hall on the right.

Click here for general directions to Harvard University. If using public transit, take the Red Line to the Harvard stop; or take any number of buses that come to Harvard Square.

Parking:
Parking is limited around Harvard Square. There are metered parking spaces available around the square, though they are usually quite full. Click here for listings of parking garages in Harvard Square.

Online live-streaming

This will be available via the IMP Facebook page.

Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series

This program is part of the Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series, offered through collaboration by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, and the David S Rosenthal Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Harvard University Health Services. In this monthly series, gather with friends and colleagues in an informal setting to explore the intersection of mindfulness, compassion, and clinical practice. The presenters are notable leaders and speakers in the field who bring with them a wide variety of research and clinical experience. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion. Everyone is invited to attend.

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Sat, 06 Jan 2018 19:00 EST Sat, 06 Jan 2018 22:00 EST In Pursuit of Silence -

In Pursuit of Silence

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

January 6, 2018
In Pursuit of Silence
Directed by Patrick Shen, 2015
81 minutes
Discussant: Jan Surrey, Ph. D.

Silence is the resting place of everything essential. So begins this essential journey into the heart of quietude, illuminating its power to clarify the mind and heal the heart. Touching down in some of the world’s quietest locales, including the -9.4 decibel anechoic chamber in Minnesota’s Orfield Labs, the film also delves into the loudest, whose cacophonies cause untold physical and psychological harm. Brimming with vivid images and timeless wisdom, In Pursuit Of Silence fascinates, informs, relaxes, and nourishes—a refreshing cinematic meditation.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. cite significant research findings on the psychological and physical effects of noise
  2. summarize current theories of auditory consciousness
  3. contexualize contemporary understandings within spiritual traditions emphasizing silence.

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Mon, 08 Jan 2018 18:30 EST Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:30 EST Lecture Series - TBD -

Lecture Series - TBD

Jan 8 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

January 8, 2018

Children - The Key to the Mindfulness Multiplier Effect
Rose Pavlov, Founder & CEO Ivy Child International
location: CMC see address above

 

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Sat, 27 Jan 2018 09:00 EST Sun, 28 Jan 2018 16:30 EST Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills for Men ~ IMP Benefit -

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills for Men ~ IMP Benefit

Jan 27 - 9:00am to Jan 28 - 4:30pm

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills for Men

a two-day benefit for the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

presented by Chris Germer and Daniel Ellenberg

Saturday, Jan 27, 9:00am - 5:00pm; and Sunday, Jan 28, 10:00am - 4:30pm

 

REGISTER HERE

For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others, first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion, and that basis is the ability to connect to one’s own feelings and to care for one’s own welfare... Caring for others requires caring for oneself.

- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

 

This workshop, designed specifically for men, is a two-day, condensed version of the empirically-supported, 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training. MSC was developed by Chris Germer, a clinical psychologist, and Kristin Neff, a pioneer in the scientific study of self-compassion. The workshop will be taught by Chris and Daniel Ellenberg, a trained MSC teacher and expert in men’s psychology.

Scientific evidence shows that self-compassion—the ability to treat ourselves with respect and kindness when things go wrong—is a powerful inner resource. It enables us to address challenging conditions in our lives and transform them for the better.

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is associated with a wide range of positive psychological factors including enhanced achievement motivation, a sense of wellbeing, emotional resilience, reduced stress, anxiety and depression, a stronger immune system, healthy life habits such as diet and exercise, and wisdom. Self-compassion also provides a foundation for relating compassionately with others and thereby improves our relationships.

Self-compassion is not a lot of work—it’s about letting go of the stress that we invisibly and inevitably add to our daily lives. Fortunately, self-compassion can be learned by anyone.

 

8 Good Reasons to Attend this Workshop

In this weekend workshop, you’ll learn:

  • What self-compassion is and isn’t
  • How to practice self-compassion in your daily life
  • Ways to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Strategies for living close to your core values
  • Techniques for handling difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to transform challenging relationships
  • How to enjoy ordinary life more fully
  • Self-compassion skills that can be taught to clients

 

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is intended for men of any background who wish to integrate self-compassion into their personal and/or professional lives. Meditation experience is not required to participate in this program.

 

Registration

To register, please click here. Fees: $295 general admission; $200 IMP member or graduate student with ID (Limited student spots available). Any profit from this workshop will be donated to support the good work of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

1. Define the empirical construct of self-compassion, and identify misconceptions
2. Understand the benefits of self-compassion for men and overcome unique obstacles to practicing self-compassion
3. Practice concentration/breath meditation to calm the autonomic nervous system, and explain the scientific rationale for concentration meditation.
4. Compare and contrast the constructs of loving-kindness, compassion and self-compassion.
5. Practice loving-kindness meditation for emotional wellbeing
6. Describe the role of self-criticism in anxiety and depression and practice self-compassionate motivation as an antidote to self-criticism.
7. Define and recognize personal core values, and apply strategies for adhering to core values in daily life
8. Practice self-compassion strategies to sustain emotional connection in challenging therapeutic interactions.
9. Apply self-compassion skills to alleviate caregiving fatigue
10. Teach simple mindfulness and self-compassion practices to clients and patients

 

FACULTY:


 Daniel Ellenberg, PhD is a leadership coach, licensed therapist, seminar leader, and group facilitator. He is a principle in both Rewire Leadership Institute and Relationships That Work. He leads Strength with Heart men’s groups and seminars and is a founding member of the Men’s Counseling Guild. He has been leading weekly men’s groups for over 30 years and wrote his dissertation on psychological aspects of the male sex role. He is a board member of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and co-author of Lovers for Life: Creating Lasting Passion, Trust, and True Partnership. He co-created and delivered a resilience training program for several NASA space centers.

 



Mugshots/Germer%20portrait%20rectang%20high%20res,%20Feb%202017%20copy.jpgChristopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in the Boston area. He is a Lecturer in Psychiatry, Part-Time, at Harvard Medical School and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. With Kristin Neff, PhD, Dr. Germer developed the Mindful Self-Compassion program. He conducts workshops and lectures internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion, is co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.

 

 

 

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Continuing education credit hours are available with no extra charge for all ticket levels. For more CE information, please contact carrie@meditationandpsychotherapy.org.

Psychologists: The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 11.5 hours of credit for the full course. 

 


NBCC approved provider logoLicensed Mental Health Counselors: The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6048. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. This program is approved for 11.5 clock hours. It is also applicable for MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR. 

 

Nurses: This program carries 11.5 contact hours and meets the specifications of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00).

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy at mail@meditationandpsychotherapy.org for the status of social work CE accreditation.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Application for professional continuing education has been submitted to the Massachusetts Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, Inc. Please contact The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy at mail@meditationandpsychotherapy.org for the status of MAMFT CE accreditation.

 

LOCATION: Arlington Center, Arlington, MA. 781-316-0282 ~ www.arlingtoncenter.org. Please contact carrie@meditationandpsychotherapy with any questions.

 

Suggested Reading:

The following books are recommended, but not required:

  • Germer, C. (2009). The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion . New York: Guilford Press.

  • Neff, K. (2011). Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. New York: William Morrow

 

 

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Sat, 03 Feb 2018 19:00 EST Sat, 03 Feb 2018 22:00 EST Heal the Living -

Heal the Living

Feb 3 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

February 3, 2018
Heal The Living
Starring Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval
Directed by Katell Quillévére, 2016
103 minutes
Discussant: Tom Pedula, LICSW

A dreamy young surfer’s catastrophic early morning accident shatters a family, yet somehow bestows the gift of life and hope to others in this keenly felt, much acclaimed film by Katell Quillévéré. Heal The Living goes to the heart of a life: its terrifying fragility matched by the strength of its pulsing connections. At once elegant and raw, this remarkable film powerfully imparts the dharma of memento mori…et vitae.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. identify emotional conflicts and challenges particular to heart disease and organ transplantation
  2. contrast how individuals, their families, and caregivers experience and cope with death
  3. compare their experiences with Buddhist practices, especially death contemplation and urgency.

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Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:30 EST Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:30 EST The Power of Mindfulness in a School Setting -

The Power of Mindfulness in a School Setting

Feb 5 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

February 5, 2018


The Power of Mindfulness in a School Setting
Doug Worthen, co-presenter Chris Willard, PsyD
location: Harvard see address above

8 years ago the Middlesex School began integrating mindfulness into their school community by hiring a part-time mindfulness teacher. After a few years this position grew into a full-time position that is dedicated to sharing mindfulness with students, teachers, parents, staff, and alumni. Learn how this model has impacted the Middlesex community and why other schools may want to hire similar positions.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. learn the different ways mindfulness is coming into independent and public schools
  2. understand the basics of a School Mindfulness Program
  3. describe about the different ways mindfulness is taught to students, athletes, faculty, staff, and parents.

Doug Worthen is the Director of Mindfulness Programs at the Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts. Since 2010 he has been supporting and educating the Middlesex School community (students, faculty, staff, parents, and alums) in mindfulness. Doug began practicing mindfulness meditation in 1999 as a member of the UVA national championship lacrosse team and has been a dedicated practitioner ever since. Living through two bouts of lymphoma, including a bone marrow transplant in 2007, Doug has experienced firsthand the healing power of mindfulness. Doug has attended several 1-3 month-long mindfulness retreats, is a faculty member of the iBme Teacher Training, and is dedicated to supporting other schools in creating full-time mindfulness faculty positions.

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Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:30 EST Mon, 05 Mar 2018 20:30 EST Kindness and the Atheist Case for Karma -

Kindness and the Atheist Case for Karma

Mar 5 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

March 5, 2018
Kindness and the Atheist Case for Karma
Christopher Willard, PsyD
location: CMC see address above

There's an old joke that karma does not mean that cutting someone off in traffic means you won't find a good parking spot. But what if it does? In this talk, expanded from Chris's recent TEDx talk, we will explore more deeply the neuroscience, social science and even genetic science behind mindful and compassionate action. If “Karma” is a spiritual concept about of cause and effect, we will examine the ways that compassionate actions can "go viral" and ripple outwards through social contagion effects. We will also consider how compassion action can change us inwardly through neuroplasticity and influence future generations via epigenetics. Finally, we will discuss new social psychology research on "downstream and upstream reciprocity," which may have implications for how we perceive and feel about the world around us, and how our actions can ripple back to us, in what is essentially a statistical model of “what goes around comes around.” Looking more closely at how our behavior impacts ourselves, and the world, and how the world impacts us, we may well discover how you drive actually does affect whether you get that coveted parking spot.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. understand the social psychology of behavioral contagion and upstream reciprocity
  2. learn about current research in the science of compassion and generosity
  3. understand how epigenetics may play a role in behavior and mental health

 

Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and educational consultant. He has been practicing meditation for nearly 20 years, and leading workshops internationally on the topic of mindfulness, education, and psychotherapy. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010), Growing Up Mindful (2016), Raising Resilience (2017), and various other books. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.

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Sat, 10 Mar 2018 19:00 EST Sat, 10 Mar 2018 22:00 EST Paths of the Soul -

Paths of the Soul

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

March 10, 2018
Paths of the Soul
With Yang Pei, Nyima Zadui, Tsewang Dolkar, Tsring Chodron, Seba Jiangcuo, Renqing Wangyal, Dawa Tashi, Jiangcuo Wangdui, Rigzin Jigme, Mu Qu, Gyatso, Dingzi Dengda, Suolang Nima
Directed by Zhang Yang, 2015
115 minutes
Discussant: Meghan Searl, Psy. D.

Journeying in all kinds of weather for 750 miles across the Tibetan plateau for seven months on a pilgrimage to Lhasa is a good definition of demanding. Doing full prostrations—literally diving onto the ground while sliding forward on thick wooden blocks that protect the hands and full aprons of animal skin that protect the torso—well, that accentuates the definition. Each prostration entails three preliminary claps of the hands—signs of taking refuge in the “Three Jewels” of the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha while one simultaneously and silently speaks words of refuge to oneself. The entire journey, therefore, is made largely without talking during the actual periods of travel. And yet, this film depicts a journey that is unparalleled in its ordinariness. These are ordinary Tibetans doing what their forebears have ordinarily done for generations. And for what? The explicit goal of such pilgrimages in the Tibetan Buddhist canon is to pray for the well-being and happiness of others. There is a destination (or destinations) for the journey, but the real destination is the inner sanctum in which one gives oneself over to the practice of journeying itself. This film is a glimpse into a different way of doing and being than those with which we are familiar. It is definitely worth a look.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. explain the phrase “Journey without Goal”
  2. explain the difference between the paramita (transcendant virtue) of exertion and ordinary effort
  3. define the sense of journey (or lack thereof) in their own lives.

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018 18:30 EDT Mon, 02 Apr 2018 20:30 EDT Trauma Sensitive Yoga -

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Apr 2 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

April 2, 2018


Trauma Sensitive Yoga
David Schouela, co-presenter Chris Willard, PsyD
location: Harvard see address above

Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) is an adjunctive treatment for complex trauma that focuses on giving clients an opportunity to practice noticing body sensation (interoception) in the context of a safe relationship based on an invitational approach to yoga forms with no physical assists. TSY was recently listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. This workshop will be delivered in a lecture format with some optional chair based yoga.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. describe the theoretical underpinnings of Trauma Sensitive Yoga
  2. explain how TSY differs from other forms of yoga
  3. describe how TSY has been successfully applied in various treatment settings.

David Schouela, RYT-500, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher whose current primary focus is teaching yoga to teens and adults with PTSD. David is on the teaching faculty for the trauma sensitive yoga certificate program offered through the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA. He is also a co-founder and board member of True North Insight Meditation Center in Quebec, Canada. David provides training on yoga and meditation as scientifically supported healing modalities for stress-related conditions and as means of liberating body, mind and heart.

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:00 EDT Sat, 14 Apr 2018 22:00 EDT The Salesman -

The Salesman

Apr 14 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

April 14, 2018
The Salesman
Starring Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoost
Directed by Asgar Farhadi, 2016
125 minutes
Discussant: Susan Pollak. Ed. D.

Winner of an Oscar for best foreign film in 2017, Asgar Farhadi’s The Salesman is part thriller and part psychological drama. Returning to the theme of the complexities of marriage, this film has echoes of both Alfred Hitchcock and Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman." The protagonists Emad and Rana are amateur actors playing Willy and Linda Loman in a production of Miller’s signature play. In this play within a film, Farhadi examines how anger and damaged self-esteem can threaten to destroy what we most want to protect. Set in Tehran, this movie is a compassionate exposition of the common ground of shared human experience, transcending cultural and geographic boundaries.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. identify the atavistic themes of the film and how these are reflected in society
  2. identify what Farhadi trying to say about the demands of masculinity
  3. identify the theme of the vulnerability of both sexes.

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Sat, 05 May 2018 19:00 EDT Sat, 05 May 2018 22:00 EDT Paterson -

Paterson

May 5 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

May 5, 2018
Paterson
Starring Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani
Directed by Jim Jarmusch, 2016
115 minutes
Discussant: Chris Willard, Psy. D.

This meticulously composed movie tracks the daily life of Paterson (Adam Driver), a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Like a Zen Master, he has a simple routine. He drives the same route every day, observing the city, people, and nature as life drifts by his windshield. After work he walks his dog, stops in a bar and has exactly one beer, and goes home to his wife. Finding glimpses of beauty in the mundane he writes poetry, drawing from snippets of conversation, observation of objects, and the world around him. A meditation on the disappointments and victories of daily life, this film, which helps us look more closely at the world around us, is filled with poetry, and is itself a work of art.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. explain how daily life can become a practice of mindfulness
  2. identify what we can learn from Paterson’s attitude toward loss
  3. explain what William Carlos Williams’ meant when he said that poetry is “equipment for living, a necessary guide amid the bewilderments of life.”

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Mon, 07 May 2018 18:30 EDT Mon, 07 May 2018 20:30 EDT Making Mindfulness Accessible -

Making Mindfulness Accessible

May 7 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

May 7, 2018


Making Mindfulness Accessible
Tara Marie Healey, MEd
location: CMC see address above

Mindfulness is everywhere these days. Because of this there is a risk of watering down and losing the essence, meaning and value of this ancient and profound practice. What exactly is mindfulness and where does meditation fit in? How does one introduce practices in corporate or other non-traditional settings? And finally, what are the best practices, what should be avoided when introducing mindfulness in different environments and what resources support ongoing development and practice?

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. describe and define mindfulness and meditation
  2. identify 3 values regarding your professional self-care and prevention of occupational hazards
  3. describe at least 2 mindset shifts that can help facilitate integration of self-care into your professional and personal life
  4. identify 3 self-care practices that could be seamlessly integrated into your workday.

In addition to holding an M.Ed. in Health Education and having over 20 years of experience in organizational development, Tara is a longtime practitioner of mindfulness and an advocate for the health benefits associated with practice. The comprehensive suite of mindfulness courses developed by Tara have been conducted at over 150 organizations, reaching over 10,000 individuals. Additionally Tara has spoken at numerous events domestic and abroad and has contributed to articles to Mindful Magazine and the Harvard Business Review blog.

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Mon, 04 Jun 2018 18:30 EDT Mon, 04 Jun 2018 20:30 EDT Radical Authenticity: Loving Your Borderline and Challenging Clients -

Radical Authenticity: Loving Your Borderline and Challenging Clients

Jun 4 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

June 4, 2018


Radical Authenticity: Loving Your Borderline and Challenging Clients
Barbara Van Zoeren, MSW, LICSW
location: Harvard see address above

In this presentation we will discuss ways in which we can work more effectively with our clients' challenging behaviors. We will discuss ways to incorporate our own mindful awareness in ways that enable a better understanding and response to our clients’ intentions and actions in the clinical relationship. We will examine key stylistic strategies and assumptions from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) that make more effective and compassionate interventions. By applying specific strategies and effective framing of collaborative treatment goals, we can empower clients to see themselves with less judgment and understand their impact on others in the world, often a major cause of their suffering.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. describe some basic attitudes and practices that might increase the probability of successful treatment
  2. identify some acceptance-based assumptions about clients that have been found helpful for both the therapist and the client
  3. explain the concept of "radical genuineness" and other validation strategies that help when treating emotionally vulnerable clients

Barbara Van Zoeren LICSW is a Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice in Arlington MA. Her particular areas of interest are in borderline personality disorder, developmental trauma and mindfulness. She is a trained and experienced Dialectical Behavior Therapy clinician and supervises and consults to clinicians and families regarding clients and/or loved ones with BPD. Barbara completed the IMP's Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Certificate program in 2009 and has practiced Vipassana meditation and incorporated mindfulness into her work since then. She also currently teaches a mindfulness course at Simmons Graduate School of Social Work, and enjoys sharing the benefits of mindfulness practice both explicitly and implicitly, with all her clients and students.

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Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:00 EDT Sun, 22 Oct 2017 13:30 EDT Being Together: The Art of Loving -

Being Together: The Art of Loving

Oct 21 - 5:00pm to Oct 22 - 1:30pm

Join Rich and Antra Borofsky for a couple's weekend workshop at The Center for the Study of Relationship, in Cambridge, MA

 

Click here to read about the Borofskys work with couples and their workshops.

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Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:00 EDT Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:00 EDT Insight Dialogue Practice Group - Hatred -

Insight Dialogue Practice Group - Hatred

Oct 22 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Insight Dialogue Practice Group
 
Time: Sunday mornings, 9 -12AM
Place : Art and Soul Yoga Studio
Address: 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge
Parking:  Onstreet parking available Sundays

Insight Dialogue is a fully engaged relational co-meditation practice resting on the deep foundation of silent practice in the Theravadan Buddhist  tradition. Please join us for all or any of these Sunday morning meetings in Cambridge.  This is an opportunity to learn and practice the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and to explore the manifestation of this way of being in relationship in our personal and collective lives.

This fall we will explore the challenges of meeting the three poisons of mind: greed, hatred and delusion- in ourselves, each other and our world, and the cultivation of antidotes in traditional and contemporary teachings. Jan Surrey will lead Insight Dialogue practice and Annie Hoffman will offer mindful movement in each session. Each session will be co-led by experienced ID facilitators.

Sept 24  Greed: Jan, Annie, and Natalie
               Eldridge 
Oct 22   Hatred: Jan, Annie,  and Betty 
              Burkes
Nov 19   Delusion:  Jan, Annie,and Catherine 
               Hoffman


No prior experience of Insight Dialogue is necessary, prior meditation instruction suggested. Any questions- email Jan Surrey at jsurrey@aol.com or Annie Hoffman anniehoffmanyoga@yahoo.com or call Jan at 617-966-4898

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Sat, 04 Nov 2017 19:00 EDT Sat, 04 Nov 2017 22:00 EDT Beatriz at Dinner -

Beatriz at Dinner

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

November 4, 2017
Beatriz at Dinner
Starring Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton
Directed by Miguel Arteta, 2017
83 minutes
Discussant: Charles Styron, Psy. D.

This provocative film has been dubbed both a Trump-era comedy and a drama, and it certainly has elements of each. Beatriz (Salma Hayek) is an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico and has a career as a compassionate, multifaceted, new age health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a self-satisfied real estate developer and a billionaire. When these two end up at a dinner party together through a coincidence, sparks are kindled slowly and eventually fly. A genuine collision of their two worlds ensues while the remaining five dinner guests observe without a clue how to intervene constructively. It is a though a large crevasse opens up beneath their feet, and they are loathe to acknowledge it while simultaneously fearing they may fall into it. The crevasse is the divide between world views, vastly different languages, and divergent ethical perspectives.

Learning objectives: At the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. explain the central theme of strident conflict in teh film from the point of view of "The Middle Way"
  2. explain the concept of "Self-Secret" as it pertains to the conceptual divide in the film
  3. evaluate the consistency of the message and the medium of this film.

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Mon, 06 Nov 2017 18:30 EST Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:30 EST Equanimity: An Essential Practice for Turbulent Times -

Equanimity: An Essential Practice for Turbulent Times

Nov 6 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

November 6, 2017
Equanimity: An Essential Practice for Turbulent Times     REGISTER HERE
Susan M Pollak MTS, Ed.D.
Location: CMC see address above

Equanimity is a skill that is taught in meditation centers and is a key component in Eastern psychology and philosophy. However, it is virtually absent from the literature in western psychology. As mindfulness and compassion enter the mainstream, this is changing. Equanimity allows us to keep our balance and sanity in difficult times and enables us to be with whatever is happening. This talk will feature experiential practice as well as theory and recent research. Ways to integrate it in clinical work will also be addressed.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. explain the key components of equanimity
  2. discuss why it has been a key practice in Eastern philosophy
  3. understand how to bring it into our lives and practice

Susan M Pollak is the president of IMP. She is also a co-founder of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School, where she has taught for over 20 years. She is the author of numerous books, most recently Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, with Thomas Pedulla and Ronald Siegel. She teaches nationally and internationally on the integration of mindfulness and compassion in psychotherapy. Dr. Pollak has a private practice in Cambridge.

Register here for Equanimity: An Essential Practice for Turbulent Times

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017 13:00 EST Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:00 EST Level II Couples Workshop -

Level II Couples Workshop

Nov 11 - 1:00pm to Nov 12 - 1:00pm

Join Rich and Antra Borofsky for their Level II Couples Workshop, only open to couples who have previously attended a workshop with them, at the Center for the Study of Relationship in Cambridge, MA.

Click here to read about the Borofskys work with couples and their workshops.

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Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:00 EST Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:00 EST Insight Dialogue Practice Group - Delusion -

Insight Dialogue Practice Group - Delusion

Nov 19 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Insight Dialogue Practice Group
 
Time: Sunday mornings, 9 -12AM
Place : Art and Soul Yoga Studio
Address: 91 Hampshire St, Cambridge
Parking:  Onstreet parking available Sundays

Insight Dialogue is a fully engaged relational co-meditation practice resting on the deep foundation of silent practice in the Theravadan Buddhist  tradition. Please join us for all or any of these Sunday morning meetings in Cambridge.  This is an opportunity to learn and practice the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and to explore the manifestation of this way of being in relationship in our personal and collective lives.

This fall we will explore the challenges of meeting the three poisons of mind: greed, hatred and delusion- in ourselves, each other and our world, and the cultivation of antidotes in traditional and contemporary teachings. Jan Surrey will lead Insight Dialogue practice and Annie Hoffman will offer mindful movement in each session. Each session will be co-led by experienced ID facilitators.

Sept 24  Greed: Jan, Annie, and Natalie
               Eldridge 
Oct 22   Hatred: Jan, Annie,  and Betty 
              Burkes
Nov 19   Delusion:  Jan, Annie,and Catherine 
               Hoffman


No prior experience of Insight Dialogue is necessary, prior meditation instruction suggested. Any questions- email Jan Surrey at jsurrey@aol.com or Annie Hoffman anniehoffmanyoga@yahoo.com or call Jan at 617-966-4898

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Sat, 02 Dec 2017 19:00 EST Sat, 02 Dec 2017 22:00 EST A Ghost Story -

A Ghost Story

Dec 2 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

December 2, 2017
A Ghost Story
Starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara
Directed by David Lowery, 2017
92 minutes
Discussant: Paul Fulton, Ed. D.

After death sunders a struggling young Texas couple (Casey Affleck & Rooney Mara), a spectral figure arrives like a sentinel to quietly stand watch, transfixed, over the life he once lived and the home to which he clung. In this eerie, beguiling film, everything—people, places, cultures—in flux around the mostly unseen, motionless phantom, for whom the boundaries of past and future have dissolved away. A Ghost Story is a haunting meditation on the web of attachments spun from the slender threads of human connection and desire and spanning the limitless frontiers of time and even mortality.

Learning objectives: At the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. compare the film's central perspective with that of mindful contemplation
  2. relate the narrative structure to Buddhist psychological theories of time
  3. contrast Buddhist and Western psychological understandings of attachment.

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Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:30 EST Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:30 EST Compassion Meditation: How It Changes The Brain and Improves Stress Resilience -

Compassion Meditation: How It Changes The Brain and Improves Stress Resilience

Dec 4 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Compassion meditation: How it changes the brain and improves stress resilience

with Gaelle Desbordes, PhD

 

LOCATION

Smith Campus Center (Bock Room), Harvard University

75 Mt Auburn Street

6th floor

Cambridge, MA 02138

 

What is compassion? Can we become better at it? Emerging scientific research suggests that compassion is a skill which can be trained through contemplative practices such as compassion meditation. This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of compassion research, including recent studies suggesting that compassion training may yield to changes in the brain and to improved stress resilience. Challenges associated with measuring compassion will also be discussed.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

1. understand how compassion is investigated in the laboratory

2. describe compassion meditation training

3. discuss recent scientific findings on compassion meditation

Gaëlle Desbordes, Ph.D., is on the research faculty at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-Harvard-MIT Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. There she investigates different types of meditation practices (e.g. mindful attention, compassion) from a neuroscientific perspective. Her main ongoing study is a clinical trial of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for major depression. As a member of the Mindfulness Research Collaborative, she is also part of a research program to study the impact of mindfulness training on self-regulation and adherence to medical regimen. Her work with David DeSteno and Paul Condon to investigate how meditation training increases compassion was published in the journal Psychological Science and has been featured in the New York Times and on WBUR.

Continuing Education:

Continuing Education (CE) credits available for psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and nurses. Please see details at http://meditationandpsychotherapy.org/lecture-series.

Fees:

Suggested donation for general attendance is $15. CE credits are available for a fee of $30. Please click the Green 'Tickets' button to register.

Directions:

The Smith Campus Center (formerly Holyoke Center) is a large building occupying the block bounded by Massachusetts Avenue, Dunster Street, Holyoke Street, and Mount Auburn Street. The center's street address is 75 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. The lecture will be held in the Bock Room, which is on the 6th floor of the center. 

Please note that The Smith Campus Center is currently under construction. Use the entrance on Dunster Street (across from Mike’s Pastry) to access the building. You will need to sign in with an ID at the security desk. We will alert them to the event. Take the elevator to the 6th floor. The Bock Room is down the hall on the right.

Click here for general directions to Harvard University. If using public transit, take the Red Line to the Harvard stop; or take any number of buses that come to Harvard Square.

Parking:
Parking is limited around Harvard Square. There are metered parking spaces available around the square, though they are usually quite full. Click here for listings of parking garages in Harvard Square.

Online live-streaming

This will be available via the IMP Facebook page.

Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series

This program is part of the Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series, offered through collaboration by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, and the David S Rosenthal Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Harvard University Health Services. In this monthly series, gather with friends and colleagues in an informal setting to explore the intersection of mindfulness, compassion, and clinical practice. The presenters are notable leaders and speakers in the field who bring with them a wide variety of research and clinical experience. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion. Everyone is invited to attend.

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Sat, 06 Jan 2018 19:00 EST Sat, 06 Jan 2018 22:00 EST In Pursuit of Silence -

In Pursuit of Silence

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

January 6, 2018
In Pursuit of Silence
Directed by Patrick Shen, 2015
81 minutes
Discussant: Jan Surrey, Ph. D.

Silence is the resting place of everything essential. So begins this essential journey into the heart of quietude, illuminating its power to clarify the mind and heal the heart. Touching down in some of the world’s quietest locales, including the -9.4 decibel anechoic chamber in Minnesota’s Orfield Labs, the film also delves into the loudest, whose cacophonies cause untold physical and psychological harm. Brimming with vivid images and timeless wisdom, In Pursuit Of Silence fascinates, informs, relaxes, and nourishes—a refreshing cinematic meditation.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. cite significant research findings on the psychological and physical effects of noise
  2. summarize current theories of auditory consciousness
  3. contexualize contemporary understandings within spiritual traditions emphasizing silence.

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Mon, 08 Jan 2018 18:30 EST Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:30 EST Lecture Series - TBD -

Lecture Series - TBD

Jan 8 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

January 8, 2018

Children - The Key to the Mindfulness Multiplier Effect
Rose Pavlov, Founder & CEO Ivy Child International
location: CMC see address above

 

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Sat, 27 Jan 2018 09:00 EST Sun, 28 Jan 2018 16:30 EST Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills for Men ~ IMP Benefit -

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills for Men ~ IMP Benefit

Jan 27 - 9:00am to Jan 28 - 4:30pm

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills for Men

a two-day benefit for the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

presented by Chris Germer and Daniel Ellenberg

Saturday, Jan 27, 9:00am - 5:00pm; and Sunday, Jan 28, 10:00am - 4:30pm

 

REGISTER HERE

For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others, first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion, and that basis is the ability to connect to one’s own feelings and to care for one’s own welfare... Caring for others requires caring for oneself.

- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

 

This workshop, designed specifically for men, is a two-day, condensed version of the empirically-supported, 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training. MSC was developed by Chris Germer, a clinical psychologist, and Kristin Neff, a pioneer in the scientific study of self-compassion. The workshop will be taught by Chris and Daniel Ellenberg, a trained MSC teacher and expert in men’s psychology.

Scientific evidence shows that self-compassion—the ability to treat ourselves with respect and kindness when things go wrong—is a powerful inner resource. It enables us to address challenging conditions in our lives and transform them for the better.

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is associated with a wide range of positive psychological factors including enhanced achievement motivation, a sense of wellbeing, emotional resilience, reduced stress, anxiety and depression, a stronger immune system, healthy life habits such as diet and exercise, and wisdom. Self-compassion also provides a foundation for relating compassionately with others and thereby improves our relationships.

Self-compassion is not a lot of work—it’s about letting go of the stress that we invisibly and inevitably add to our daily lives. Fortunately, self-compassion can be learned by anyone.

 

8 Good Reasons to Attend this Workshop

In this weekend workshop, you’ll learn:

  • What self-compassion is and isn’t
  • How to practice self-compassion in your daily life
  • Ways to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Strategies for living close to your core values
  • Techniques for handling difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to transform challenging relationships
  • How to enjoy ordinary life more fully
  • Self-compassion skills that can be taught to clients

 

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is intended for men of any background who wish to integrate self-compassion into their personal and/or professional lives. Meditation experience is not required to participate in this program.

 

Registration

To register, please click here. Fees: $295 general admission; $200 IMP member or graduate student with ID (Limited student spots available). Any profit from this workshop will be donated to support the good work of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

1. Define the empirical construct of self-compassion, and identify misconceptions
2. Understand the benefits of self-compassion for men and overcome unique obstacles to practicing self-compassion
3. Practice concentration/breath meditation to calm the autonomic nervous system, and explain the scientific rationale for concentration meditation.
4. Compare and contrast the constructs of loving-kindness, compassion and self-compassion.
5. Practice loving-kindness meditation for emotional wellbeing
6. Describe the role of self-criticism in anxiety and depression and practice self-compassionate motivation as an antidote to self-criticism.
7. Define and recognize personal core values, and apply strategies for adhering to core values in daily life
8. Practice self-compassion strategies to sustain emotional connection in challenging therapeutic interactions.
9. Apply self-compassion skills to alleviate caregiving fatigue
10. Teach simple mindfulness and self-compassion practices to clients and patients

 

FACULTY:


 Daniel Ellenberg, PhD is a leadership coach, licensed therapist, seminar leader, and group facilitator. He is a principle in both Rewire Leadership Institute and Relationships That Work. He leads Strength with Heart men’s groups and seminars and is a founding member of the Men’s Counseling Guild. He has been leading weekly men’s groups for over 30 years and wrote his dissertation on psychological aspects of the male sex role. He is a board member of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and co-author of Lovers for Life: Creating Lasting Passion, Trust, and True Partnership. He co-created and delivered a resilience training program for several NASA space centers.

 



Mugshots/Germer%20portrait%20rectang%20high%20res,%20Feb%202017%20copy.jpgChristopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in the Boston area. He is a Lecturer in Psychiatry, Part-Time, at Harvard Medical School and a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. With Kristin Neff, PhD, Dr. Germer developed the Mindful Self-Compassion program. He conducts workshops and lectures internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion, is co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.

 

 

 

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Continuing education credit hours are available with no extra charge for all ticket levels. For more CE information, please contact carrie@meditationandpsychotherapy.org.

Psychologists: The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 11.5 hours of credit for the full course. 

 


NBCC approved provider logoLicensed Mental Health Counselors: The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6048. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. This program is approved for 11.5 clock hours. It is also applicable for MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR. 

 

Nurses: This program carries 11.5 contact hours and meets the specifications of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00).

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy at mail@meditationandpsychotherapy.org for the status of social work CE accreditation.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Application for professional continuing education has been submitted to the Massachusetts Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, Inc. Please contact The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy at mail@meditationandpsychotherapy.org for the status of MAMFT CE accreditation.

 

LOCATION: Arlington Center, Arlington, MA. 781-316-0282 ~ www.arlingtoncenter.org. Please contact carrie@meditationandpsychotherapy with any questions.

 

Suggested Reading:

The following books are recommended, but not required:

  • Germer, C. (2009). The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion . New York: Guilford Press.

  • Neff, K. (2011). Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. New York: William Morrow

 

 

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Sat, 03 Feb 2018 19:00 EST Sat, 03 Feb 2018 22:00 EST Heal the Living -

Heal the Living

Feb 3 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

February 3, 2018
Heal The Living
Starring Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval
Directed by Katell Quillévére, 2016
103 minutes
Discussant: Tom Pedula, LICSW

A dreamy young surfer’s catastrophic early morning accident shatters a family, yet somehow bestows the gift of life and hope to others in this keenly felt, much acclaimed film by Katell Quillévéré. Heal The Living goes to the heart of a life: its terrifying fragility matched by the strength of its pulsing connections. At once elegant and raw, this remarkable film powerfully imparts the dharma of memento mori…et vitae.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. identify emotional conflicts and challenges particular to heart disease and organ transplantation
  2. contrast how individuals, their families, and caregivers experience and cope with death
  3. compare their experiences with Buddhist practices, especially death contemplation and urgency.

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Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:30 EST Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:30 EST The Power of Mindfulness in a School Setting -

The Power of Mindfulness in a School Setting

Feb 5 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

February 5, 2018


The Power of Mindfulness in a School Setting
Doug Worthen, co-presenter Chris Willard, PsyD
location: Harvard see address above

8 years ago the Middlesex School began integrating mindfulness into their school community by hiring a part-time mindfulness teacher. After a few years this position grew into a full-time position that is dedicated to sharing mindfulness with students, teachers, parents, staff, and alumni. Learn how this model has impacted the Middlesex community and why other schools may want to hire similar positions.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. learn the different ways mindfulness is coming into independent and public schools
  2. understand the basics of a School Mindfulness Program
  3. describe about the different ways mindfulness is taught to students, athletes, faculty, staff, and parents.

Doug Worthen is the Director of Mindfulness Programs at the Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts. Since 2010 he has been supporting and educating the Middlesex School community (students, faculty, staff, parents, and alums) in mindfulness. Doug began practicing mindfulness meditation in 1999 as a member of the UVA national championship lacrosse team and has been a dedicated practitioner ever since. Living through two bouts of lymphoma, including a bone marrow transplant in 2007, Doug has experienced firsthand the healing power of mindfulness. Doug has attended several 1-3 month-long mindfulness retreats, is a faculty member of the iBme Teacher Training, and is dedicated to supporting other schools in creating full-time mindfulness faculty positions.

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Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:30 EST Mon, 05 Mar 2018 20:30 EST Kindness and the Atheist Case for Karma -

Kindness and the Atheist Case for Karma

Mar 5 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

March 5, 2018
Kindness and the Atheist Case for Karma
Christopher Willard, PsyD
location: CMC see address above

There's an old joke that karma does not mean that cutting someone off in traffic means you won't find a good parking spot. But what if it does? In this talk, expanded from Chris's recent TEDx talk, we will explore more deeply the neuroscience, social science and even genetic science behind mindful and compassionate action. If “Karma” is a spiritual concept about of cause and effect, we will examine the ways that compassionate actions can "go viral" and ripple outwards through social contagion effects. We will also consider how compassion action can change us inwardly through neuroplasticity and influence future generations via epigenetics. Finally, we will discuss new social psychology research on "downstream and upstream reciprocity," which may have implications for how we perceive and feel about the world around us, and how our actions can ripple back to us, in what is essentially a statistical model of “what goes around comes around.” Looking more closely at how our behavior impacts ourselves, and the world, and how the world impacts us, we may well discover how you drive actually does affect whether you get that coveted parking spot.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. understand the social psychology of behavioral contagion and upstream reciprocity
  2. learn about current research in the science of compassion and generosity
  3. understand how epigenetics may play a role in behavior and mental health

 

Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and educational consultant. He has been practicing meditation for nearly 20 years, and leading workshops internationally on the topic of mindfulness, education, and psychotherapy. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010), Growing Up Mindful (2016), Raising Resilience (2017), and various other books. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.

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Sat, 10 Mar 2018 19:00 EST Sat, 10 Mar 2018 22:00 EST Paths of the Soul -

Paths of the Soul

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

March 10, 2018
Paths of the Soul
With Yang Pei, Nyima Zadui, Tsewang Dolkar, Tsring Chodron, Seba Jiangcuo, Renqing Wangyal, Dawa Tashi, Jiangcuo Wangdui, Rigzin Jigme, Mu Qu, Gyatso, Dingzi Dengda, Suolang Nima
Directed by Zhang Yang, 2015
115 minutes
Discussant: Meghan Searl, Psy. D.

Journeying in all kinds of weather for 750 miles across the Tibetan plateau for seven months on a pilgrimage to Lhasa is a good definition of demanding. Doing full prostrations—literally diving onto the ground while sliding forward on thick wooden blocks that protect the hands and full aprons of animal skin that protect the torso—well, that accentuates the definition. Each prostration entails three preliminary claps of the hands—signs of taking refuge in the “Three Jewels” of the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha while one simultaneously and silently speaks words of refuge to oneself. The entire journey, therefore, is made largely without talking during the actual periods of travel. And yet, this film depicts a journey that is unparalleled in its ordinariness. These are ordinary Tibetans doing what their forebears have ordinarily done for generations. And for what? The explicit goal of such pilgrimages in the Tibetan Buddhist canon is to pray for the well-being and happiness of others. There is a destination (or destinations) for the journey, but the real destination is the inner sanctum in which one gives oneself over to the practice of journeying itself. This film is a glimpse into a different way of doing and being than those with which we are familiar. It is definitely worth a look.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. explain the phrase “Journey without Goal”
  2. explain the difference between the paramita (transcendant virtue) of exertion and ordinary effort
  3. define the sense of journey (or lack thereof) in their own lives.

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Mon, 02 Apr 2018 18:30 EDT Mon, 02 Apr 2018 20:30 EDT Trauma Sensitive Yoga -

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Apr 2 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

April 2, 2018


Trauma Sensitive Yoga
David Schouela, co-presenter Chris Willard, PsyD
location: Harvard see address above

Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) is an adjunctive treatment for complex trauma that focuses on giving clients an opportunity to practice noticing body sensation (interoception) in the context of a safe relationship based on an invitational approach to yoga forms with no physical assists. TSY was recently listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. This workshop will be delivered in a lecture format with some optional chair based yoga.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. describe the theoretical underpinnings of Trauma Sensitive Yoga
  2. explain how TSY differs from other forms of yoga
  3. describe how TSY has been successfully applied in various treatment settings.

David Schouela, RYT-500, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher whose current primary focus is teaching yoga to teens and adults with PTSD. David is on the teaching faculty for the trauma sensitive yoga certificate program offered through the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA. He is also a co-founder and board member of True North Insight Meditation Center in Quebec, Canada. David provides training on yoga and meditation as scientifically supported healing modalities for stress-related conditions and as means of liberating body, mind and heart.

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:00 EDT Sat, 14 Apr 2018 22:00 EDT The Salesman -

The Salesman

Apr 14 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

April 14, 2018
The Salesman
Starring Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoost
Directed by Asgar Farhadi, 2016
125 minutes
Discussant: Susan Pollak. Ed. D.

Winner of an Oscar for best foreign film in 2017, Asgar Farhadi’s The Salesman is part thriller and part psychological drama. Returning to the theme of the complexities of marriage, this film has echoes of both Alfred Hitchcock and Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman." The protagonists Emad and Rana are amateur actors playing Willy and Linda Loman in a production of Miller’s signature play. In this play within a film, Farhadi examines how anger and damaged self-esteem can threaten to destroy what we most want to protect. Set in Tehran, this movie is a compassionate exposition of the common ground of shared human experience, transcending cultural and geographic boundaries.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. identify the atavistic themes of the film and how these are reflected in society
  2. identify what Farhadi trying to say about the demands of masculinity
  3. identify the theme of the vulnerability of both sexes.

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Sat, 05 May 2018 19:00 EDT Sat, 05 May 2018 22:00 EDT Paterson -

Paterson

May 5 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

May 5, 2018
Paterson
Starring Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani
Directed by Jim Jarmusch, 2016
115 minutes
Discussant: Chris Willard, Psy. D.

This meticulously composed movie tracks the daily life of Paterson (Adam Driver), a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Like a Zen Master, he has a simple routine. He drives the same route every day, observing the city, people, and nature as life drifts by his windshield. After work he walks his dog, stops in a bar and has exactly one beer, and goes home to his wife. Finding glimpses of beauty in the mundane he writes poetry, drawing from snippets of conversation, observation of objects, and the world around him. A meditation on the disappointments and victories of daily life, this film, which helps us look more closely at the world around us, is filled with poetry, and is itself a work of art.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. explain how daily life can become a practice of mindfulness
  2. identify what we can learn from Paterson’s attitude toward loss
  3. explain what William Carlos Williams’ meant when he said that poetry is “equipment for living, a necessary guide amid the bewilderments of life.”

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Mon, 07 May 2018 18:30 EDT Mon, 07 May 2018 20:30 EDT Making Mindfulness Accessible -

Making Mindfulness Accessible

May 7 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

May 7, 2018


Making Mindfulness Accessible
Tara Marie Healey, MEd
location: CMC see address above

Mindfulness is everywhere these days. Because of this there is a risk of watering down and losing the essence, meaning and value of this ancient and profound practice. What exactly is mindfulness and where does meditation fit in? How does one introduce practices in corporate or other non-traditional settings? And finally, what are the best practices, what should be avoided when introducing mindfulness in different environments and what resources support ongoing development and practice?

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. describe and define mindfulness and meditation
  2. identify 3 values regarding your professional self-care and prevention of occupational hazards
  3. describe at least 2 mindset shifts that can help facilitate integration of self-care into your professional and personal life
  4. identify 3 self-care practices that could be seamlessly integrated into your workday.

In addition to holding an M.Ed. in Health Education and having over 20 years of experience in organizational development, Tara is a longtime practitioner of mindfulness and an advocate for the health benefits associated with practice. The comprehensive suite of mindfulness courses developed by Tara have been conducted at over 150 organizations, reaching over 10,000 individuals. Additionally Tara has spoken at numerous events domestic and abroad and has contributed to articles to Mindful Magazine and the Harvard Business Review blog.

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Mon, 04 Jun 2018 18:30 EDT Mon, 04 Jun 2018 20:30 EDT Radical Authenticity: Loving Your Borderline and Challenging Clients -

Radical Authenticity: Loving Your Borderline and Challenging Clients

Jun 4 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

June 4, 2018


Radical Authenticity: Loving Your Borderline and Challenging Clients
Barbara Van Zoeren, MSW, LICSW
location: Harvard see address above

In this presentation we will discuss ways in which we can work more effectively with our clients' challenging behaviors. We will discuss ways to incorporate our own mindful awareness in ways that enable a better understanding and response to our clients’ intentions and actions in the clinical relationship. We will examine key stylistic strategies and assumptions from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) that make more effective and compassionate interventions. By applying specific strategies and effective framing of collaborative treatment goals, we can empower clients to see themselves with less judgment and understand their impact on others in the world, often a major cause of their suffering.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. describe some basic attitudes and practices that might increase the probability of successful treatment
  2. identify some acceptance-based assumptions about clients that have been found helpful for both the therapist and the client
  3. explain the concept of "radical genuineness" and other validation strategies that help when treating emotionally vulnerable clients

Barbara Van Zoeren LICSW is a Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice in Arlington MA. Her particular areas of interest are in borderline personality disorder, developmental trauma and mindfulness. She is a trained and experienced Dialectical Behavior Therapy clinician and supervises and consults to clinicians and families regarding clients and/or loved ones with BPD. Barbara completed the IMP's Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Certificate program in 2009 and has practiced Vipassana meditation and incorporated mindfulness into her work since then. She also currently teaches a mindfulness course at Simmons Graduate School of Social Work, and enjoys sharing the benefits of mindfulness practice both explicitly and implicitly, with all her clients and students.

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