Responding to the growing interest of psychotherapists of all theoretical orientations, this nine-month program will comprehensively explore the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy. We will examine the application of mindfulness to a wide range of clinical populations and conditions, will compare and contrast Western and Buddhist perspectives on health and healing, and will practice meditation together. The clinical and academic material will be studied in a manner that embodies the qualities of mindfulness, suffusing the inquiry with awareness, insight, and compassion for self and others, engaging both mind and heart.
This program rests on four pillars: an understanding of mindfulness in its original context of a path of liberation; students’ own personal practice of mindfulness; exposure to pertinent current research, and; clinical integration of mindfulness into various practice settings, with different populations. This final element will comprise most of the class time.
In all, students will receive over 120 hours of faculty contact, eight days of retreat-based meditation practice instruction, small group case consultation and individualized meditation consultation. Those completing the course will receive continuing education credit and a certificate from the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.
Where and when?
For 2017-18, the opening retreat will be held from September 9 through 14, 2017. The closing retreat will be held May 21 through 24. Both are near Hartford, Connecticut, about 25 minutes from Bradley International Airport.
Most 'live' on-line events are held Wednesday evenings, from 8:00-9:30 PM Eastern Time. For those in remote time zones, to enable full participation, some events are held at a morning time.
The course will emphasize three dimensions of the learning process: study, practice (clinical and meditation), and a learning community.
Class topics from last year include:
- Historical overview of mindfulness in psychotherapy
- Essentials of Buddhist psychology
- Models of illness, models of cure
- The neuroscience of meditation and mindfulness
- Clinical research on mindfulness: Methods and outcomes
- Mindfulness as training for the psychotherapist
- The art and science of mindful self-compassion
- Transforming Trauma with Compassion & Wisdom: A Path toward Post-traumatic Growth, Resilience & Flourishing
- Depression: Finding a way in, finding a way out
- Psychophysiological disorders: Beyond symptom management
- Mindfulness and the psychotic ordeal
- Overcoming disordered eating through mindful awareness
- Integrating mindfulness into medical practice
- Child’s Mind: Integrating mindfulness into work with children, teens, and developing minds
- Mindfulness and Couples Treatment
- Psychotherapy as relational mindfulness practice
- Good behavior: Implications for psychotherapy
- Meditation and transference in mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy
- “Self” and “ego” in Buddhist and Western psychology
- Integrating positive psychology into mindfulness-based practice
- Living with chronic illness
- Death and dying
Selected readings on mindfulness and psychotherapy will be provided. Group case consultation will be provided to program participants.
Participants will be expected to commit themselves to daily meditation practice for the duration of the course. This is essential to understand how mindfulness works and to apply it creatively in psychotherapy. To support this commitment, ongoing instruction and practice in meditation will be offered in each class, and periodic consultation with experienced meditation teachers will be available. Most course instructors have had decades of both meditation and clinical experience, and all possess significant expertise in their area of application.
This program’s fees* are tiered, allowing you to pay according to your means. Fees include the cost of the retreats (includes room and board).
Program fee: $4,250
Benefactor fee: $4,400
Scholarship fee: $3,900
- Those registering at the benefactor rate will be able to count the cost above the basic program fee as a tax deduction.
- Those requesting the scholarship rate must complete the brief additional item on the program application.
- A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due upon notification of acceptance.
- The remaining balance is due no later than July 15, 2017.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
The deposit is non-refundable. Refunds of the balance of tuition cannot be granted once the program begins.