449 Pittsfield Rd
Lenox, MA 01240
Ronald Siegel, Psy.D.,is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 30 years. He is a longtime student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy, worked extensively with inner city children and families, and currently maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel is co-author of the self-treatment guide, Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain; co-editor of the critically acclaimed text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, now in its 2nd edition; author of a book for general audiences, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; co-editor of Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, with a foreword by the Dalai Lama; and co-author of a new volume for clinicians, Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy. Dr. Siegel is known as a down to earth, engaging, and entertaining presenter whose workshops regularly receive rave reviews.
Clinicians are enthusiastically discovering that mindfulness practices can enlighten and enliven their lives, both inside and outside the therapy hour. These techniques hold great promise for personal development and as a powerful method to enhance virtually all forms of psychotherapy.
To incorporate mindfulness into our work and personal lives, we need an intellectual as well as an intuitive, visceral understanding of the practice. In this symposium, participants will develop a solid theoretical understanding of mindfulness from both the Buddhist and Western scientific perspectives. You will also receive instruction in mindfulness meditation and be given the opportunity for personal practice in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.
Through lecture, demonstration, experiential exercise, and small group discussion, we will examine how mindfulness practice can enhance therapeutic presence and transform our understanding of the causes of psychological suffering across the diagnostic spectrum. Participants will learn when and how to introduce various mindfulness techniques to their clients or patients; how to utilize special techniques for treating anxiety, depression, chronic pain, stress-related medical disorders, and interpersonal conflicts; and how to creatively work with obstacles to mindfulness practice.
Optional periods of guided meditation practice will be offered Tuesday through Friday mornings and on Wednesday afternoon at no extra charge. While this course is suitable for seasoned mindfulness practitioners, no prior experience with meditation is required.