Mindfulness, Psychotherapy and Science with Matthew Brensilver PhD.

March 3, 2018, 10 – 5

As mindfulness gains an increasingly prominent place in modern psychotherapy, mental health professionals are challenged to find skillful ways to incorporate the modality into clinical work. Mindfulness serves in two ways. First, it develops skills in the psychotherapist that are relevant to good clinical outcomes: compassion, the capacity for deep listening, and awareness of one’s own emotional reactivity. Second, mindfulness functions as a primary or adjunctive practice prescribed to clients struggling with a range of clinical issues including, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and pain syndromes.

The ability to effectively incorporate mindfulness in clinical work depends on the familiarity we have developed with our own minds – through our own practice. This workshop will weave together meditation practice with lectures and discussion to support a fuller understanding of role of mindfulness in well-being. We will examine scientific research regarding the efficacy of mindfulness and the mechanisms through which mindfulness confers its benefits. Practical examples will be included and guidance will be provided on how mindfulness can be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  • Characterize the core differences between mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and traditional cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression
  • Describe the parallels between mindfulness practice and exposure therapy
  • Describe three ways in which clinician mindfulness helps manage countertransference
  • Explain how scientific reporting biases may contribute to inflated estimates of mindfulness-based intervention effects
  • Name five of the brain regions hypothesized to be impacted by meditation practice
  • Explain the role of the brain’s default mode network and self-referential thought in emotional regulation

6 CE’s offered:
One Day: $60.00
Two Days: $100.00

For psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs and nurses. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing Board to see if credits for programs from APA or BRN approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by School for Compassionate Action and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.

Held at the Ashtanga Yoga Berkeley Studio , Berkeley, Ca.