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33rd Annual Cape Cod Symposia

Integrating Therapeutic Mindfulness and Compassionate Presence into Clinical Practice

- Bill Morgan, Psy.D.
July 25 - 29, 2016, Cape Cod, MA

Program & Presenter

Bill Morgan, Psy.D., is a founding board member and faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He is a teacher at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. A leader in the clinical application of mindfulness to psychotherapy, Dr. Morgan has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation for more than 35 years. He has participated in many long meditation retreats, and is particularly effective in leading creative guided meditations which he has designed for clinicians and their clients. Dr. Morgan has taught conferences and lead retreats for mental health professionals for the past 20 years. He is a contributing author to the widely acclaimed book, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy as well as author of the soon to be released, The Meditator’s Dilemma: An Innovative Approach to Overcoming Obstacles and Revitalizing Practice.

Symposium Description

Mindfulness—awareness of present experience with acceptance—has been used for 2,600 years to alleviate suffering. The application of mindfulness oriented interventions in our field continues to grow rapidly, and recently the importance of mindfulness in developing therapeutic presence for the clinician is being explored. Each element of mindfulness—affective engagement, stability and unconditional acceptance—can enhance a clinician’s effectiveness and enjoyment of clinical work.

Participants will learn attention and affective training exercises designed to stabilize therapeutic presence and empathy. They will learn to identify the therapeutic intent and relevant clinical applications for each of the meditative techniques, and also how to effectively introduce these exercises to clients. As well as understanding the benefits of mindfulness practice for the therapist, participants will learn the model of psychological suffering and proposed path of cure from a mindfulness perspective.

This symposium will be highly experiential as well as theoretical, as the actual practice of meditative techniques will alternate with didactic presentations and discussion.

Symposium Schedule

Monday

  • Overview of Buddhist psychology of mindfulness meditation/ Why meditation is difficult in the West/ Three core mindfulness trainings

Tuesday

  • Mindfulness for regulation of affect/ Relaxation, compassion and self-compassion training

Wednesday

  • Mindful exercises for calming the mind/ Stability, focus, tranquility training

Thursday

  • Open awareness/ Acceptance/ Mindfulness, investigation, and insight training

Friday

  • Teaching meditation in the office/ Which techniques to offer/ Tailoring meditation for the individual client
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