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Upcoming Events and Happenings by IMP Members

If you would like to post an upcoming event, please send an email with details to mail@meditationandpsychotherapy.org.
All events are also posted on our Calendar page.

Special Note: The IMP Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 program.
Wondering if it's for you? Check out what participants have said! (follow the link, then scroll down)

 

IMP Benefit Programs:

Workshops and Retreats:

Ongoing Programs:

New Publications:

 


 


 

IMP Benefit Programs

 


 

Our IMP Benefit for Fall 2017:

Healing Trauma as a Modern Day Bodhisattva Training:
Meditation skills for trauma & attachment
Saturday, September 9, 2017
with Deirdre Fay, LICSW
Arlington Center, Arlington, MA

The intense suffering of trauma can completely disorganize a human being. Despite that, our bodies, minds, and hearts are natively wired to connect. When connections are broken, or betrayed, especially while young or in an affectively intense manner, the internal patterns become disorganized, remaining that way despite how one appears externally.

These underlying, unresolved body-mind patterns result in one of the main reasons post-traumatic stress disorder doesn’t resolve. The body, mind and heart when affectively encoded with traumatic patterns feels as if this is the only way it can be. As therapists and teachers, it can be easy to collude with the suffering, feeling stuck, caught in cycles of despair and hopelessness. Or we oversimplify the disorganizing effect trauma has on the body-mind-heart.

We need to understand the disorganizing body-mind-heart of trauma, how memory gets dislocated in time and space, and the developmental disruption of attachment patterns that keep a person stuck in trauma reactivity.

Neuroscience combined with the ancient wisdom traditions gives a conceptual understanding of how the brain is encoded – and better yet, how to shift those body-based patterns. There is a new path forward. Combining cognitive understanding of trauma disruption, attachment theory, body therapies, neuroscience, meditation and yoga, we now have access to changing the non-narrative imprinting.

This workshop will look at the informal meditation skills we can apply through foundational practices of mindfulness, concentration, self-compassion and non-dual.

Therapists, meditation and yoga teachers can better support their clients/students with an understanding of how trauma imprints on the body-mind-heart.

More information on this work is available: https://safelyembodied.lpages.co/imp-mts/

 

DATE: Saturday, September 9, 2017
TIME: 10am - 5pm

5 Continuing Education credit hours will be available for psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and nurses. For more information on CE and registration, please visit our event page here.

REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE - CLICK HERE!

 


 

A collection of clinicians in a convenient online format:

 

The Power of Therapeutic Presence: Mindfulness and Compassion for Clients and Clinicians - ONLINE
registration information

 

Presence is a gift, to both our clients and ourselves. Yet many clinicians like you are unsure about how to enhance therapeutic presence to deepen client connection, strengthen therapeutic relationships and improve outcomes.

We've brought together leading clinicians from The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and faculty from Harvard Medical School including Christopher Germer, Ron Siegel, Christopher Willard, and Susan Pollak to share with us 10 enlightening sessions on deepening Presence, to enhance both your professional practice and personal wellbeing. The Power of Therapeutic Presence is a unique online course filled with practical meditative and mindfulness exercises and tools that will cultivate presence deeply into your clinical work and life.

11 Continuing Education credits are available.

For more information and to register, click here.

 


 

Workshops and Retreats

 


 

Susan and Bill Morgan will be at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch in NM for two weeks in August.
Participants are welcome for either or both weeks.

 

Cultivating the Inner Holding Environment:
An Intensive Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals
August 5-12, 2017
Bill Morgan, Susan Morgan, Ron Siegel
Vallecitos, NM

This week we will study and practice setting up the internal environment conducive for making progress in mindfulness meditation. In our experience, practitioners in this cognitively oriented and high stress culture frequently struggle in this area. We will offer many instructions and guided meditations designed to create a personally meaningful and enriching environment in which mindfulness practice may flourish.

Register here

 

Working with Challenging Mind States and their Antidotes:
An Intensive Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals
August 12-19, 2017
Bill Morgan, Susan Morgan, Willa Miller
Vallecitos, NM

Join us for a different kind of retreat, one that brings Theravada (vipassana) and Tibetan perspectives into conversation and into practice as we work with challenging mind states and their antidotes. Joining us is Willa Miller, a Buddhist teacher (lama) who has studied and practiced extensively in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and who is committed to making meditation psychologically relevant and accessible to caregivers in our culture.

Click here for more information and to register.

 

A discount is available to those who register for both weeks.
Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center offers financial assistance. Please click here for information.

 


Rich and Antra Borofsky bring us:

Intimacy as a Spiritual Path
Couples Weekend Workshop
August 11-13, 2017
Kripalu - Lenox, MA

For all couples.

Love is the ultimate renewable resource. To be sustainable, the quality of love in an intimate partnership must continually evolve, becoming more precise, mindful, compassionate, and wise—eventually blossoming into a spiritual path. Explore six ways to grow your intimate partnership into a spiritual practice:

  • Learn to abide timelessly together in the present
  • Open to receive and give abundant, unconditional, omnipresent love
  • Expand compassion to include all that is vulnerable or unloved in yourself and your partner
  • Rejoice in the grace of sexuality
  • Meet each other in humility, truth, and mutuality to foster a bond that transcends differences
  • See and speak to each other as the Beloved.

Grow your love into a deeper, more spiritual connection in a weekend that includes couple mindfulness practices, dialogue, humor, music, and group sharing.

Click here for more information and to register.

 


Tom Pedulla is currently setting up individual intake sessions:

Fall Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course
23rd in a series since 2007
8 week course
starting Wednesday, October 4th at 5:30pm
Watertown, MA

So if you have any patients, colleagues, friends or family members who could benefit from a program that’s been clinically proven to help people manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other difficult mind-states, please feel free to give them my contact information. To learn more about the program, go to http://www.mbctboston.com

 


Rich and Antra Borofsky offer to us:

Being Together: The Art of Loving
Couples Weekend Workshop
October 21-22, 2017
Cambridge, MA - Center for the Study of Relationship

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

 


And for those more experienced, Rich and Antra Borofsky offer:

Level II Couples Workshop
November 11-12, 2017
Cambridge, MA - Center for the Study of Relationship

Open only to couples who have previously attended a workshop with us.

 

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

 


Ongoing Programs

Janet Surrey continues with her series:

Insight Dialogue Practice Group
with Jan Surrey, Natalie Eldridge, and Annie Hoffman
one Sunday a month
9am-12pm
Art and Soul Yoga Studio, 93 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA

All are welcome to come on Sunday morning, no registration is necessary. Some prior meditation suggested.

Any questions: Jan (Jsurrey@aol.com, 617-966-4898) or Annie Hoffman (anniehoffmanyoga@yahoo.com).

 


Douglas Baker is offering this yoga class:

Douglas is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, and offers one public yoga class per month, at Samara Yoga in Davis Square, Somerville, the 2nd Friday of each month, at 7:30 pm. The class is a blend of non-competitive mindful yoga, breathwork, and meditation - a great way to cultivate self-regulation and inner connection. No yoga or meditation experience is required. Register online at samarayogastudio.com

 


 

Douglas Baker also leads this weekly group:

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress

This practice and educational group guides members through the fundamental skills and practices of meditation and mindfulness, as self-regulating practices for anxiety, stress and other challenges. This relaxed, friendly but focused group is a mixture of didactic learning, experiential practice and mutual support among members. No meditation experience is required to join, and all are welcome. Meets weekly in Cambridge and runs for 10 weeks, 90 minutes per meeting. It runs several times each year- contact leader for specific dates. Fee is $50/week. Insurance not accepted. Contact leader: Douglas Baker, LICSW via doug@cambridgemindbody.com

 


 

Ann Saffi Biasetti brings us this online video course:

An Embodied Life: Restorative Yoga Video Course - online

Restorative yoga is known as the yoga of resting and digesting. It is a passive practice that has a powerful effect upon your nervous system bringing it back into balance and ease. It does this through regulating your breath and gently opening areas of your body, especially your spine, to promote a specific nervous system response. When our nervous system is at ease, our breathing regulates, digestion takes place, and we come back into a balanced mind and body as one.

This hour-long program introduces you to a simple sequence of restorative poses that are purposely designed to work with your nervous system to provide relief from anxiety, restore a stressed mind and body, and heighten healthy body awareness. I verbally guide you through each pose teaching you skills of internal, sensory-based body awareness.

IMP members receive a 25% discount with the code IMP until June 30th.

Click here for more information and to register.

 


 

New Publications

 


 

New from Bill Morgan:

The Meditator's Dilemma: An Innovative Approach to Overcoming Obstacles and Revitalizing Your Practice

When practiced regularly, meditation naturally deepens self-awareness and leads to spiritual insight. In our hyper, instant-gratification culture, however, most people miss out on those powerful outcomes, because it’s hard to commit to a long-term practice. Despite the increasing popularity of mindfulness and its documented mental health benefits, the silent majority of meditators struggle to maintain a regular practice. In fact, research indicates that more than fifty percent of meditators give up on the practice. Through time-tested teachings and exercises, The Meditator’s Dilemma shows you how to deepen your meditation practice while cultivating ease and delight—for both beginners and longtime practitioners.
The Meditator’s Dilemma, written by a psychologist with forty years’ experience practicing and teaching meditation, confronts this problem and its causes and provides specific, accessible techniques and exercises that greatly enhance everyday meditation practice. Bill Morgan’s teachings and guided meditation exercises are designed to generate the all-too-often missing delight and enjoyment in meditation.

 


 

New from Christopher Willard:

Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience

The American Psychological Association's 2014 survey on stress made an alarming discovery: America's teens are now the most stressed-out age group in the country. Growing Up Mindful shows parents and professionals alike how to model and teach the skills of mindfulness that will empower our youth for the rest of their lives with greater self-awareness, resiliency, and confidence.

While many adults now understand how mindfulness practice helps us alleviate the stress and anxiety of our busy modern lives, getting a typical teenager on board is another story. Dr. Christopher Willard draws on his work with hundreds of young children, tweens, and teens-along with countless hours training parents, teachers, and other counselors-to make the principles and practices of mindfulness accessible, entertaining, and cool for people of all ages and interests. Features dozens of exercises to incorporate mindfulness into daily life (in class, extracurricular activities, among peers), specific meditations and movement practices, compassion training, and more.

Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a Boston-based clinical psychologist and educational consultant specializing in mindfulness and contemplative practices. The author ofChild's Mind (Parallax, 2010) and other books on the topic, Dr. Willard teaches at Harvard Medical School and leads popular workshops around the world. For more information, visit drchristopherwillard.com.

 


 

The newest card deck from Christopher Willard & Mitch Abblett:

Mindful Reminders Card Deck: 52 Powerful Practices for Teens & Adults

Live your life more fully, reduce stress and remove distractions with the Mindful Reminders Card Deck. These 50 simple, yet powerful practices will help you build skills of awareness, compassion and presence for what matters in your daily life. Whether you are new to mindfulness practice, or whether you've been meditating for years, this deck offers fun, accessible reminders for bringing more mindfulness into your life.

* Manage Stress and Anxiety * Improve Focus * Sleep Better *

 


 

New from Doug Baker:

Five-Minute Mindfulness: Walking: Essays and Exercises for Mindfully Moving Through the World

More people are hearing about the many health benefits of meditation, but many find it difficult to sit still long enough to give it a real chance. But if you tend to be fidgety, uncomfortable or distracted when you've tried meditation, or can't fit it into your schedule, it doesn't mean you can't meditate.
Douglas Baker’s new book, Five-Minute Mindfulness: Walking is a user-friendly guide to cultivating mindfulness in movement as an alternative and complement to sitting meditation.
This concise, readable book explores mindfulness as a state of mind, and how to develop it through walking. Intended for active people living engaged lives, it offers an introduction to mindfulness and meditation-in-motion, in concise essays meant to be read in about five minutes. The book is paperback and pocket-sized, to make it easy to carry. Readers learn both the ideas and simple practices of mindful walking, and how it helps us better manage moods, stress, anxiety, craving, attention deficits, and other challenges. Through mindful attention, practitioners find they are happier and more accepting, focused, and balanced, while less reactive to stressful events.

The book is available for purchase via the publisher's link to online retailers: https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781592337460/5-Minute-Mindfulness-Walking.html?direct=1. It will also be available at some Barnes & Noble stores and at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA (Harvard.com), among other retailers.

 


New from Mitch Abblett:

Helping Your Angry Teen: How to Reduce Anger and Build Connection Using Mindfulness and Positive Psychology