New Frontiers in Mindfulness & Compassion:
Tailoring the Practice to the Person
Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD
August 23 – 27, 2021 • Monday – Friday
Mindfulness and compassion practices are among the most rapidly expanding and widely researched psychotherapeutic interventions today. They hold great promise not only for clinicians’ own personal development, but also as remarkably powerful tools to augment virtually every form of treatment. Mindfulness and compassion are not, however, one-size-fits-all remedies. While potentially powerfully therapeutic, practices can create adverse effects when not used appropriately. They therefore need to be tailored to fit the needs of particular individuals. And to really reap the benefits of mindfulness and compassion, it’s important for clinicians to personally experience their effects.
This seminar provides an up-to-date review of the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation and compassion practices from their ancient origins to modern brain science and psychotherapy, along with opportunities for participants to cultivate their own personal practice. After reviewing how they work to alleviate psychological distress, we will explore which practices are best suited to individuals of different ages, cultural background, and personality organization, including those suffering from trauma. You’ll learn how to use mindfulness and compassion practices to help resolve anxiety, depression, and stress-related medical disorders, as well as to gain freedom from self-esteem concerns and to develop deeper, more rewarding, personal relationships. Participants with no meditation experience, as well as seasoned practitioners, will find this course helpful both personally and clinically.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Identify the three main components of meditation—concentration, mindfulness, and acceptance—and know when to apply each in clinical settings;
- Discuss the mechanisms of action in meditation that appear to underlie positive therapeutic change, such as metacognitive awareness, emotion regulation, and self-compassion;
- Articulate the empirical support for mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion-based treatments;
- Evaluate new research findings on the neurobiological effects of meditation;
- Identify common mechanisms in psychological disorders and how mindfulness and compassion practices can alter them;
- Customize meditation practices for specific specific patient populations and disorders;
- Identify potential adverse effects and contraindications for mindfulness and compassion practices;
- Adapt mindfulness and compassion practices to work with trauma survivors;
- Tailor practices to individuals from varied cultural backgrounds;
- Choose specific practices to treat anxiety, depression self-esteem concerns, and stress-related medical disorders;
- Use mindfulness techniques to enhance empathic attunement and therapeutic presence;
- Apply the practices and principles of meditation to support personal wellbeing.
Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, is Assistant Professor of Psychology, (part-time), Harvard Medical School. He serves on the Board of Directors and faculty, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and is author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems, co-author of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy and Back Sense; and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy and Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields.