Getting the Most Out of Mindfulness and Compassion - Houston

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May 31 2019 - 8:30am - Jun 1 2019 - 4:30pm
World Region: 
North America
United States
Ronald Siegel, PsyD

It’s now well known that mindfulness and compassion practices can enhance virtually any form of psychotherapy and have been proven effective in treating anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and other disorders. These practices also have an even greater potential—they can challenge our conventional view of ourselves and the world, waking us up from limiting beliefs about who we are and how we can find happiness. But mindfulness and compassion practices are not one-size-fits-all remedies. Researchers are now differentiating the effects of focused attention, open monitoring, loving-kindness, compassion, and equanimity techniques. To be safe and effective, practices need to be tailored to fit the needs of individual clients—and this workshop will show you how. Whatever your treatment orientation—from ACT, CBT, or DBT to psychodynamic, interpersonal, or humanistic approaches—these evidence-based mindfulness and compassion tools can enhance your work with clients, making all aspects of your practice more effective. Using Buddhist psychology and the latest brain and evolutionary science, Dr. Ron Siegel will cover the universal elements that underlie most psychological disorders, and how mindfulness and compassion can transform the lives of every client you treat.

Day One
On day one, you’ll learn mindfulness and compassion practices theoretically and experientially. Through lecture, therapeutic demonstrations, participatory exercises and small group discussion, we will see how these techniques can enrich and enliven our lives both inside and outside of the therapy hour. We will explore how mindfulness and compassion techniques can help us deal with the personal and professional challenges of living in an ever-changing, uncertain world, enabling us and our clients transform hard-wired concerns with self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy into experiences of meaning and connection. You will learn a suite of mindfulness and compassion techniques along with guidelines as to how and when (as well as when not) to use them.

Day Two
On day two, you will focus on the integration of mindfulness and compassion practices into psychotherapy. You’ll learn how these techniques can enhance therapeutic presence and transform your understanding of the causes of psychological suffering. You’ll learn special techniques for treating depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem addiction, and the legacies of problematic attachment histories. Throughout the workshop, you’ll examine creative ways to deal with the obstacles and challenges that arise when working with various disorders and personalities. Upon completion, you will have a foundation for integrating these transformative practices into both your personal life and your therapeutic work.

Earn 12 CE Credit Hours