A three-day conference by UCLA Extension and Lifespan Learning Institute.
Day 1: Buddha Day
Psychotherapy has been in a period of great flowering, marked by the emergence of
new paradigms within the field. We have moved from a focus on treatment of
pathology to understanding attachment needs, the effect of loving connections on
the developing mind and brain, reflective science and different paths to emotional
healing. The overall goal of our “Cutting Edge Series” is to investigate how mind,
brain, and body work together in ways that enhance growth and healing, as well as
to effect change by adding a larger philosophical and ethical context.
This conference is relevant for psychotherapists and other health care professionals,
researchers, educators, and others interested in the behavioral sciences who are seeking
to be more effective in their personal and professional lives. One important new
wave of psychotherapeutic practice is nourished by wisdom from the great philosophical
traditions of the East, building upon and extending the clinical experience
of previous eras—psychoanalytic, cognitive/behavioral, and humanistic/existential
psychology. This conference seeks to advance the mindfulness-psychotherapy dialogue
by focusing on how mindful awareness can be used in the clinical encounter.
A key element in this new frame of reference is mindfulness, the practice of being
fully present within moment-to-moment experience with acceptance. Mindfulness
enhances awareness of the sensory, somatic, intuitive, and emotional elements of
experience in the present moment, thus enriching psychotherapy for both therapist
and patient. For the therapist, cultivation of mindfulness facilitates the free-flow of
clinical creativity and engages the wisdom of the heart. It fosters the ability to listen
deeply with “beginner’s mind” which enables the clinician to relate to clinical models
in a new way. In turn, the client’s experience of mindfulness within the therapeutic
encounter opens up the possibility of moving beyond the limiting frame of self and
other. Mindful psychotherapy equips us to expand our awareness of the nuances of
the relational field in which therapist and client are always influencing each other.
We anticipate a deeply stimulating, potentially life-changing and practice-enhancing
Mindfulness Learning Objectives
After participation in this three-day conference, attendees will:
1. Understand and experience "mindfulness" and how being aware of experiences in
the present moment, as they are happening, without grasping onto judgments, is associated
with enhanced physiological, psychological, and interpersonal processes.
2. Be able to engage in mindful awareness practices that enhance the capacity for integrating
mindfulness within clinical psychotherapy and health care practice, as well as
being able to extend into daily life in both professional and personal activities.
3. Have an overview of the possible neurobiological roots of mindfulness and role of
the mirror neuron system in catalyzing how the moment-to-moment awareness of the
senses and "self-attunement" can alter physiological and neural functioning to possibly
promote neural integration and interpersonal empathy associated with well-being.
Cost: 1, 2, or 3 day package: $175-$440
Sponsor(s): UCLA Extension, Lifespan Learning Institute; The Center for Mindfulness and Psychotherapy; InsightLA
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