Presenter Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D.Full Day Conference/6-Hour Workshop

Featuring Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 •  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Continuing Education Units: 6 (Keynote Breakfast & Afternoon Content)

Harnessing Mindfulness: Fitting the Practice to the Person

Mindfulness-based psychotherapy is the most popular new treatment approach in the last decade—and for good reason. Mindfulness practices hold great promise not only for our own personal development, but also as remarkably powerful tools to augment virtually every form of psychotherapy. Mindfulness is not, however, a one-size-fits-all remedy. Researchers are now differentiating the effects of focused attention, open monitoring, loving-kindness, compassion, and equanimity practices. Practices need to be tailored to fit the needs of particular individuals—and this workshop will show you how.

We will explore seven important clinical decisions to consider when deciding when and if to introduce different practices into treatment of individuals with different needs. Once you understand the components of mindfulness practices and how they work to alleviate psychological distress, you’ll be able to creatively adapt them to meet the needs of diverse people and conditions, including those with unresolved trauma histories. You’ll learn how to use mindfulness practices to help resolve anxiety, depression, and other disorders, gaining practical knowledge and skills that will take your practice of mindfulness-based psychotherapy to the next level.  

Mindfulness: What Is It Really?

  • The three pillars of mindfulness
  • What mindfulness is and isn’t
  • How to cultivate mindfulness both inside and outside of the therapy hour

How Mindfulness Works

  • Identify the common factors in virtually all psychological disorders
  • Learn how to use mindfulness practices as their antidote
  • Discover how mindfulness can boost the effectiveness of all forms of treatment

Fit the Practice to the Person

  • Learn seven guidelines to tailor techniques to particular patients or clients
  • Discover special practices for trauma survivors, fragile individuals, and others for whom meditation can be difficult or dangerous

Working with Depression: Entering the Dark Places Together

  • Understand what mindfulness reveals about the dynamics of depression
  • Use mindfulness to moving toward experience to wake up and come alive

Befriending Fear: Treating Anxiety Disorders

  • Use mindfulness practices to overcome anxiety by befriending fear
  • Practice CBT on steroids: embracing the wisdom of insecurity


Learning Objectives

The participant will be able to:

  • Describe the three core elements of mindfulness practice
  • Identify common denominators in psychological difficulties
  • Specify seven ways that mindfulness practices can be tailored to the needs of particular types of clients
  • Describe the core attitude toward experience found in depression and how mindfulness practice can help to transform it.
  • Indicate the mechanisms that maintain anxiety disorders and how these can be altered using mindfulness practice. 

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