Boulder Buddhism, Psychology & the Art of Counseling- July 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

8:30-12 noon (includes 30 minute break)

Mindsight & Neural Integration: A Scientific Exploration of Personal Transformation

This seminar will explore the way our lives can be seen through the lens of Interpersonal Neurobiology.

In the process of change, we can harness the power of neuroplasticity, the focus of attention, and the immediacy of empathic relationships to transform our lives to a more integrated, harmonious state of being.

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
UCLA School of Medicine
Author, Mindsight, (Bantam, 2009)

12-1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Mindfulness and Transition: Being with the In-Between

This session will bring mindfulness to the experience of transitions, large and small, opening space for acceptance of present moment reality. It can be a time in which we can open more deeply to paradox, playfulness, and insight.

MacAndrew Jack, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Naropa University, Contemplative Counseling Psychology Department
Co-editor, Brilliant Sanity: Buddhist Approaches to Psychotherapy

3:15-4:45 p.m.

Mindfulness and Transition (cont’d)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

7:15-8 a.m.

Mindfulness Group Meditation (optional)

8:30-10 a.m.

The Domains of Integration: Consciousness, Bilateral, Vertical, and Memory

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

10:30-12 noon

The Domains of Integration (cont’d): Narrative, State, Interpersonal, Temporal & Transpirational

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

12-1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:30-3 p.m.

Recognizing Brilliant Sanity

Buddhist Psychology is based on the view of “Brilliant Sanity”. We will explore the implication of this view for counselors.

Lauren Casalino, M.A., L.P.C.

Associate Professor, Naropa University
Contributing author, Brilliant Sanity
Chair, Master’s in Contemplative Psychology, Naropa University

Susan Nimmanheminda, Ph.D.

Instructor, Naropa University
Co-Editor, Brilliant Sanity

3:15-4:45 p.m.

Brilliant Sanity (Cont’d)

Friday, July 30, 2010

7:15-8 a.m.

Mindfulness Group Meditation (optional)

8:30-10 a.m.

Beyond Mindfulness: Cultivating the Heart

In this presentation, we will draw upon traditional Buddhist teachings and guided contemplations to explore the cultivation of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity, four Foundational practices for awakening our own and our clients’ hearts.

Karen Kissel Wegela, Ph.D.

Professor, Naropa University
Author, The Courage to be Present
Author, How to Be a Help Instead of a Nuisance


Going Deeper: Radical Empathy

As we awaken our hearts and continue to practice mindfulness, we discover that we are interconnected with all beings, including our therapy clients. “Radical Empathy” or “exchange,” our direct experience of our connection with others, is often overlooked or misunderstood, but it can be a rich resource in the therapeutic encounter, too.

Karen Kissel Wegela, Ph.D.

12-1:30 Lunch (on your own)

1:30-3 p.m.

Tailoring Mindfulness: Fitting the Practice to the Problem – Part I

Mindfulness practices are being harnessed to treat everything from anxiety and depression to substance abuse and family conflict. But they’re not a one-size-fits-all remedy.

We will explore how mindfulness practices can be useful in treating a wide range of disorders, and how to find the right fit between particular practices and clients.

Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Author, The Mindfulness Solution (Guildford Press)

3:15-4:45 p.m.

Tailoring Mindfulness: Fitting the Practice to the Problem - Part II

We will learn mindfulness techniques suited to treating specific problems, such as anxiety, depression, and stress-related medical disorders. We will examine how and when to vary these practices based on our clients’ level of distress and capacity to be with their experience.

Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D.

Saturday, July 31, 2010 – A Day with Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.

Author, The Wise Heart
Founder, Director, Spirit Rock Meditation Center

8-8:30 a.m. At door registrations

8:30-10 a.m.

Transformative Principles of Buddhist Psychology

This is a psychology of compassion & inner transformation. We will work with the fundamental principles for the alleviation of suffering, the range of mindfulness trainings, the recognition of multiple levels of consciousness, positive mental health, shift of identity, human potential and tools for emotional healing & awakening.

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Practices & Applications of Mindfulness in Psychotherapy

In this session we will use case studies, storytelling and direct exercises to illustrate the power of mindfulness & presence in psychotherapy practice.

11:45-12:45 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

12:45-2:15 p.m.

Awakening the Good Heart: Cultivating Loving Kindness, Forgiveness & Self Compassion

In this session through cases, practical examples and our own direct practice we will explore ways to cultivate the art of forgiveness, and awaken to the qualities of the benevolent heart.

2:30-4 p.m.

Widening the Circles of Compassion – Meditation & the Healing of Our Earth

Breathing in, we quiet the mind & open the heart. Breathing out, we bring our gifts to the world.

In this session, we learn how to empower ourselves, our clients and patients to embody the power of mindfulness, so that our circle of connectedness and love widens to embrace the healing of the earth and benefit all that lives.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

9:00 -12

Post Conference Workshop at Naropa University

Radical Empathy: A Contemplative Approach to Clinical Supervision

This workshop will give participants the opportunity to experience Contemplative Psychotherapy’s unique mindfulness-based group clinical supervision practice called “Body-Speech-Mind”. Body-Speech-Mind utilizes the group members’ experience in the here-and-now to explore the therapist-client relationship being presented and highlights the phenomenon of “radical empathy” or “exchange.”

Karen Kissel Wegela, Ph.D.
Lauren Casalino, M.A., L.P.C.

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