Mindfulness: Inside and Outside the Clinical Hour

Ronald Siegel, PsyD

August 21 – 25, 2017 • Monday – Friday

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Mindfulness meditation is one of the most rapidly expanding and widely researched psychotherapeutic interventions today. It holds great promise not only for clinicians’ own personal development, but also as a remarkably powerful tool to augment virtually every form of treatment. Mindfulness is not, however, a onesize- fits-all remedy. Practices need to be tailored to fit the needs of particular individuals. And to really reap the benefits of mindfulness, it’s important for clinicians to personally experience its effects.


This seminar provides an up-to-date review of the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation from its ancient origins to modern brain science and psychotherapy, along with opportunities for participants to cultivate their own personal practice. After reviewing how they work to alleviate psychological distress, we will explore which practices are best suited to different patient populations. Through lecture, demonstration, Q&A, and experiential exercises, you’ll learn how to use mindfulness practices to help resolve anxiety, depression, stress-related medical disorders, and interpersonal conflicts in both adults and children. Participants with no meditation experience, as well as seasoned practitioners, will find this course helpful both personally and clinically (you’ll also find that Martha’s Vineyard is a wonderful natural and culinary environment in which to develop and enjoy mindful awareness).


Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:


  • Identify the three main components of meditation—concentration, mindfulness, and acceptance—and know when to apply each in clinical settings;
  • Discuss the mechanisms of action in meditation that appear to underlie positive therapeutic change, such as metacognitive awareness, emotion regulation, and self-compassion;
  • Articulate the empirical support for mindfulness and acceptance-based treatments;
  • Evaluate new research findings on the neurobiological effects of meditation;
  • Identify common mechanisms in psychological disorders and how mindfulness practices can alter them;
  • Customize meditation practices for specific populations including high and low functioning adults, children, and adolescents;
  • Identify potential adverse effects and contraindications for mindfulness practices;
  • Adapt mindfulness practices to work with trauma survivors;
  • Tailor practices to individuals from varied cultural backgrounds;
  • Choose specific practices to treat anxiety, depression, and psychophysiological disorders;
  • Use mindfulness techniques to enhance empathic attunement and therapeutic presence;
  • Apply the practices and principles of meditation to support personal wellbeing.




Monday, August 21, 2017 Core Skills Training

  • Mindfulness: Definitions, introduction to practice, formal and informal mindfulness techniques
  • Three skills: focused attention, open monitoring, and acceptance training
  • Choosing optimal objects of attention

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Tailoring the Practice to the Patient

  • Meditation as training for the clinician; enhancing the therapy relationship
  • Indications and contraindications of different practices for different patents
  • Mindfulness as a response to the narcissism epidemic

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Deepening Personal Practice

  • Gaining proficiency in sitting, walking, and eating practices
  • Working with challenging mind states and mental contents
  • Insights from intensive practice

Thursday, August 24, 2017   Specific Clinical Applications I

  • Mindfulness for parents and their children
  • Treating depression: Entering the dark places together

Friday, August 25, 2016 Specific Clinical Applications II

  • Befriending anxiety: Treating anxiety disorders
  • Beyond symptom management: Treating stress-related disorders