Film Series

Offered by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy
and The Arlington Center

Saturday Evenings, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Arlington Center
369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 316-0282 •

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Program Description

This CE program is intended for psychotherapists who are interested in Buddhist psychology, meditation, or mindfulness. Mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy is increasingly appreciated by the therapeutic community as an effective way to reduce emotional distress. Each evening, a film addressing key elements of Buddhist psychology will be shown, followed by a presentation and a discussion moderated by a faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and Chip Hartranft, Director of the Arlington Center.

Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices originated 2500 years ago to alleviate suffering, particularly related to difficulties in everyday life. These challenges are vividly portrayed through the medium of film and provide rich material for discussion. In this eight-session course, carefully selected films elucidate basic concepts of the Buddhist approach to self-transformation and healing. Participants will explore notions in Buddhist psychology such as non-attachment, emptiness, the nature of the “self”, the link between suffering and compassion, letting-go, emotional separation as a cause of suffering, and the constructed nature of experience. The film format is designed to provide both an intellectual and a visceral learning experience.


This course will be taught at a level appropriate for post-graduate training of doctoral-level psychologists. The course will be limited to 50 clinicians. You can register in advance by contacting the Arlington Center, or at the door.

Fee: The fee is $35 per evening session, or $200 for the full program for Continuing Education credits. Sorry, fees for missed sessions will not be refunded. Fee for non-CE participants is $10 per evening session, or $60 for the full program.

Location: The films will be shown on an 8-foot screen at the Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02474. The Arlington Center is conveniently located a short 5 minute walk east from Arlington Center, on the Mass Ave bus line.

Please refrain from using scented products during the program.

Special Needs: Please inform us before the program if you have special needs, so we can make the necessary accommodations.

Continuing Education

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 the program and its content. This course offers 2 hours of credit per session.

Licensed 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 quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This program is approved for 2 clock hours. It is also applicable for MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 161 CMR.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 2 Social Work Continuing Education hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authroization Number 072168.

Nurses: This program carries 2 contact hours and meets the specifications of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00).

This program varies in length from 2-3 hours. In order to offer consistent CE credit hours across the series, we offer 2 CE per event.

2020 Film Series Season


Chip Hartranft is the founding director of The Arlington Center and author of The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: A New Translation with Commentary (Shambhala). His work bridges the traditions of yoga and Buddhist psychology.

Charles Styron, PsyD, Film Series Program Co-Director, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Watertown, Massachusetts, as well as a consulting psychologist for Caritas Norwood Hospital in Norwood and a Staff Member at Boston Health Care in Walpole. He splits his pracitce between individual psychotherapy for adults and neuropsychological assessments for adults and elderly patients. Dr. Styron has been a practitioner and teacher in the Shambala and Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist traditions for 37 years and is a contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition. He is also a former architect.

Susan M. Pollak, MTS, EdD, Film Series Program Co-Director, is a clinical psychologist. Dr. Pollak received a degree in Comparative Religion from Harvard Divinity School, her doctorate in Psychology from Harvard University, and her clinical training through Harvard Medical School. She has been a clinician, supervisor, and Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, specializing in the integration of meditation and psychotherapy. She is a founding member of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Pollak has had a meditation and yoga practice since childhood. She is the co-editor, with Merry White, of The Cultural Transition (Routledge & Kegan Paul), contributing author to Mapping the Moral Domain, ed. Carol Gilligan (Harvard Press), a contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition (Guilford Press), and co-editor, with Tom Pedulla and Ron Siegel, of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy (Guilford Press).

Paul Fulton, EdD is a clinical psychologist and founding member of IMP. He received his doctoral degree from Harvard University and his clinical training through Harvard Medical School at Cambridge Hospital. He was the clinical director of a large state psychiatric facility, and later the program director for a private psychiatric hospital, and director of mental health for a large managed care organization. Dr. Fulton has been teaching about psychology and meditation for many years and is author of a number of book chapters, and is a co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition. Dr. Fulton is also on the board of directors of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and maintains a private practice in Newton, Massachusetts.

Susan T. Morgan, MS, RN, CS is a psychotherapist who teaches mindfulness meditation to individuals and groups, and consults with psychotherapists interested in deepening their meditation practice and therapeutic presence. Susan has practiced Buddhist meditation for 25 years, primarily in the Theravada tradition, and recently completed a 4-year retreat with her partner Bill. She has co-led mindfulness retreats and workshops for psychotherapists with Bill for the past 15 years. Lovingkindness and mindfulness of the body are integral to her teaching. Susan is a contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition.

Bill Morgan, PsyD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge and Quincy MA. He is a founding board member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and has participated in 8 years of intensive retreats in the Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan schools of Buddhism during his forty years of meditation practice. He has led mindfulness retreats, workshops and courses for mental health professionals for the past 20 years. Bill is a contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition.

Tom Pedulla, LICSW is a clinical social worker in private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts. In addition to working with individual adults, he also leads Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy groups for people struggling with depression and anxiety. A practitioner of meditation in the Vipassana tradition since 1987, Tom is a contributing author of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition, and a co-author, with Ron Siegel and Susan Pollak, of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy.

Meghan Searl, PsyD is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and in private practice in Brookline, MA. She co-authored The Dysexecutive Syndromes with Kirk Daffner, MD in the 2008 Handbook Of Clinical Neurology. She is also a student of Tibetan Buddhism, practicing in the traditions of Dzogchen and Mahamudra.

Janet Surrey, PhD is a clinical psychologist and Founding Scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Stone Center, Wellesley College. She completed the Community Dharma Leader Training at Spiritual Rock Meditation Center in 2008 and is currently teaching Insight Dialogue retreats through the Metta Programs Foundation with Gregory Kramer. Dr. Surrey has been consulting and teaching Relational-Cultural Theory nationally and internationally for over 20 years, and has been working to synthesize Buddhist and relational psychology. She has co-authored or co-edited a number of books, including Women’s Growth in Connection (Guilford Press), Women’s Growth in Diversity, Mothering Against the Odds: Diverse Voices of Contemporary Mothers (Guilford Press), We Have to Talk: Healing Dialogues Between Women and Men (Basic Books), a contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition, and Bill W. and Dr. Bob: The Story of the Founding of Alcoholics Anonymous (Samuel French). Her latest book The Buddha’s Wife: The Path of Awakening Together, coauthored with Samuel Shem, was published in June 2015.

Laura M Warren, MD is a board certified psychiatrist and Part-Time Instructor at Harvard Medical School. She works as an outpatient psychiatrist and is involved in teaching mindfulness at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), and is on the leadership team of CHA’s Center for Mindfulness and Compassion (CMC). She completed IMP’s Meditation and Psychotherapy Certificate program in 2009, and has pursued training in MBCT, MBSR, and MTPC (Mindfulness Training for Primary Care). She worked for five years as a psychiatric consultant in the primary care setting at CHA, and has been involved in teaching mindfulness to primary care patients, as well as teaching doctors-in-training about mindfulness. Her other professional interests include acupuncture, the mind-body relationship, and holistic approaches to mental health care.

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