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Upcoming Events and Happenings by IMP Members

If you would like to post an upcoming event, please send an email with details to mail@meditationandpsychotherapy.org.
All events are also posted on our Calendar page.

Special Note: The IMP Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 program.
Wondering if it's for you? Check out what participants have said! (follow the link, then scroll down)

 

IMP Benefit Programs:

Workshops and Retreats:

Ongoing Programs:

New Publications:

 


 


 

IMP Benefit Programs

 


 

Our IMP Benefit for Fall 2017:

Embodied Attachment:
Practical Ways to Transform
Trauma & Attachment Ruptures into Internal Security
Using Yoga and Meditation
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Boston, MA area
MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!

Deirdre Fay, MSW, LICSW will be leading a daylong workshop as a benefit for IMP on her Embodied Attachment work. Here is a preliminary description of the workshop, to encourage you to save the date on your calendar!

One of the main reasons post-traumatic stress disorder doesn’t resolve is due to the underlying, unresolved attachment issues. Our bodies, minds, and hearts are wired to connect. When connection(s) are broken, or betrayed, especially while growing up the internal patterns become disorganized, remaining that way despite how one appears externally.

Research indicates that one in four people has a secure attachment style. Which means that the rest, three out of four, have insecure attachment styles. While that sounds daunting the good news is attachment patterns can be changed. To do this we need to not only have cognitive understanding of attachment patterns but more importantly, know how to deal with the non-narrative imprinting that happens before the brain is fully formed.

Meditation and yogic psychology offer practice, body centered skills to turn theory into life enhancing skills. This experiential workshop will be designed to give you the theory in an easy to understand way. More importantly you’ll learn strategies and practices to use with your clients the day you return to work.

SAVE THE DATE: September 9, 2017

RESERVE YOUR SPOT: The formal ticketing system is not available just yet, but you can reserve your spot by emailing Carrie at carrie@meditationandpsychotherapy.org . Make sure you include the event title in your email!

 


 

A collection of clinicians in a convenient online format:

 

The Power of Therapeutic Presence: Mindfulness and Compassion for Clients and Clinicians - ONLINE
registration information

 

Presence is a gift, to both our clients and ourselves. Yet many clinicians like you are unsure about how to enhance therapeutic presence to deepen client connection, strengthen therapeutic relationships and improve outcomes.

We've brought together leading clinicians from The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and faculty from Harvard Medical School including Christopher Germer, Ron Siegel, Christopher Willard, and Susan Pollak to share with us 10 enlightening sessions on deepening Presence, to enhance both your professional practice and personal wellbeing. The Power of Therapeutic Presence is a unique online course filled with practical meditative and mindfulness exercises and tools that will cultivate presence deeply into your clinical work and life.

11 Continuing Education credits are available.

For more information and to register, click here.

 


 

Workshops and Retreats

 


 

Bill and Susan Morgan will be at BCBS:

The Factors of Awakening: A Retreat for Mental Health Professionals
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
Barre, MA
June 30 - July 1, 2017

Although essential for practice, mindfulness is not the only mental factor to be cultivated. The seven factors of awakening are mental qualities to be developed and used to counteract mental states that cause suffering. These factors regulate and stabilize mindfulness. As they are engaged, practice comes alive in a more wholehearted way. During our time together, didactic modules, group discussions, and mindful communication exercises will be offered. Apart from this, silence is observed, including during meal times to facilitate a deeper contemplative experience. Mornings and evenings will be devoted to guided sitting and walking meditation. Sunday is a full day of mindfulness practice (with instruction) and an opportunity for individual meetings.

Led by William Morgan, PsyD, and Susan Morgan, CNS

12 continuing education credits for psychologists and social workers have been approved for those who attend this program in full. We are not able to offer CEU's for Counselors (NBCC). Please note that we charge a $25 processing fee for CEUs.

Fee: $236-600

For more information on the instructors, continuing education, the center, the fee structure, and to register, please click here.

 


 

Susan Morgan is offering this day of practice:

Mindfulness Meditation Practice Day
July 22, 2017
9am - 4pm
Dorchester (Boston), MA

Well placed days devoted to meditation practice help us refresh, renew, and recover a sense of balance to the bodyheartmind that is hard to find when caught in the whirlwinds of everyday life.

When the body relaxes, it feels more comfortable within itself. When the body relaxes, the mind can settle down into itself. When the body relaxes, the heart can open. As these three aspects—body, heart, and mind relax, they are better able to receive information, process information, and respond more skillfully. How do these conditions come about? By establishing a posture of practice that is itself a holding environment.

Use this day to clear out, explore, and enjoy, and practice remembering to remember to be mindful. Prepare the soil for cultivation, for investigation and understanding; create the conditions for letting go of the bindings that impede clear seeing and a receptive heart. Clearing away these obstacles opens the resonant field. Each of us needs to discover what is needed now to support the natural opening or releasing into a state of alert relaxed attention. This is an invitation to do just that.

Maximum capacity is an intimate 8.

Led by Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS. For more information about Susan, please click here.

STRUCTURE: Each day includes meditation instruction, short periods of silent meditation and movement through the four basic postures-sitting, standing, lying down, and walking.

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring your lunch, 2 large bath towels or 1 thick blanket and wear comfortable clothes that you can move comfortably around in both on the floor and in standing postures.

FEE: The cost for this retreat is $95, with a $50 deposit due at the time of registration.
This fee is not intended to be exclusionary. If you are unable to afford this but wish to commit to attend please contact Susan directly. Click here to email her.
If you feel so moved, you may offer additional dana. Dana means Generosity. It is a practice of the heart and one that we are less familiar with in this culture.
Payment directions are offered at the end of the registration form; please follow the link below.
Please offer what you are capable of AND feel moved to give.

REGISTRATION: Please register in advance by following this link.

 


 

Travel and Training with Chris Willard:

Certificate in Mindfulness Based Interventions for Children and Teens
July 23-30, 2017
Alaska Cruise for Clinicians

Join us as we explore the rugged beauty of the Alaskan coast, while discovering new and exciting mindfulness practices for ourselves and the children we work with. Earn continuing education credits along the way!

Examine and deepen your mindfulness practice while gaining new clinical skills in a fun and relaxed environment. This certificate course on Mindfulness-based interventions for children and teens will explore all elements of mindfulness.

First we will start with mindfulness for you, the professional, in order to maintain presence, manage the stress of your challenging job, and stave off “compassion fatigue.” We will then explore ways to adapt mindfulness for young people. Maximize engagement and minimize resistance through games, play, writing, movement, sports, arts and more.

Join Dr. Christopher Willard, Psy.D. and author, in this fun and engaging week! This certificate course inspires, but more importantly empowers you with the tools to share mindfulness in practical yet engaging ways.

Click here for all the information and to register.

 


 

Susan Pollak is leading this seminar within the 28th Annual Cape Cod Summer Seminars:

Mindfulness and Compassion: Enhancing Practice and Personal Wellbeing
July 24-28, 2017
North Falmouth (Cape Cod), MA

What is mindfulness, really? What is compassion? How do we integrate mindfulness and compassion training into psychotherapy, especially in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and destructive emotions? Can it help with pain? How can we apply it to daily life? What scientific evidence supports its use and what are the contraindications? This seminar is an up-to-date review of the theory and practice of mindfulness, compassion, and self -compassion from its ancient origins to modern brain science and psychotherapy.

Participants with no meditation experience, as well as seasoned practitioners, will find this course helpful in their clinical work and in their daily lives. More and more psychotherapists and their patients are interested in bringing the power of mindfulness, compassion, and self-compassion into their clinical work. But how does one actually do that? This seminar shows the way. This seminar will introduce a variety of mindfulness practices that clinicians and their clients can use to develop the core skills of concentration, open monitoring, and compassionate acceptance. Emphasis will be on working with common issues such as anxiety, depression, pain, trauma, and working with destructive thoughts and emotions.

More information and register here.

 


 

Susan and Bill Morgan will be at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch in NM for two weeks in August.
Participants are welcome for either or both weeks.

 

Cultivating the Inner Holding Environment:
An Intensive Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals
August 5-12, 2017
Bill Morgan, Susan Morgan, Ron Siegel
Vallecitos, NM

This week we will study and practice setting up the internal environment conducive for making progress in mindfulness meditation. In our experience, practitioners in this cognitively oriented and high stress culture frequently struggle in this area. We will offer many instructions and guided meditations designed to create a personally meaningful and enriching environment in which mindfulness practice may flourish.

Register here

 

Working with Challenging Mind States and their Antidotes:
An Intensive Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals
August 12-19, 2017
Bill Morgan, Susan Morgan, Willa Miller
Vallecitos, NM

Join us for a different kind of retreat, one that brings Theravada (vipassana) and Tibetan perspectives into conversation and into practice as we work with challenging mind states and their antidotes. Joining us is Willa Miller, a Buddhist teacher (lama) who has studied and practiced extensively in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and who is committed to making meditation psychologically relevant and accessible to caregivers in our culture.

Click here for more information and to register.

 

A discount is available to those who register for both weeks.
Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center offers financial assistance. Please click here for information.

 


Rich and Antra Borofsky bring us:

Intimacy as a Spiritual Path
Couples Weekend Workshop
August 11-13, 2017
Kripalu - Lenox, MA

For all couples.

Love is the ultimate renewable resource. To be sustainable, the quality of love in an intimate partnership must continually evolve, becoming more precise, mindful, compassionate, and wise—eventually blossoming into a spiritual path. Explore six ways to grow your intimate partnership into a spiritual practice:

  • Learn to abide timelessly together in the present
  • Open to receive and give abundant, unconditional, omnipresent love
  • Expand compassion to include all that is vulnerable or unloved in yourself and your partner
  • Rejoice in the grace of sexuality
  • Meet each other in humility, truth, and mutuality to foster a bond that transcends differences
  • See and speak to each other as the Beloved.

Grow your love into a deeper, more spiritual connection in a weekend that includes couple mindfulness practices, dialogue, humor, music, and group sharing.

Click here for more information and to register.

 


Tom Pedulla is currently setting up individual intake sessions:

Fall Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course
23rd in a series since 2007
8 week course
starting Wednesday, October 4th at 5:30pm
Watertown, MA

So if you have any patients, colleagues, friends or family members who could benefit from a program that’s been clinically proven to help people manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other difficult mind-states, please feel free to give them my contact information. To learn more about the program, go to http://www.mbctboston.com

 


Rich and Antra Borofsky offer to us:

Being Together: The Art of Loving
Couples Weekend Workshop
October 21-22, 2017
Cambridge, MA - Center for the Study of Relationship

Click here to read about the Borofskys work with couples and their workshops.

 


And for those more experienced, Rich and Antra Borofsky offer:

Level II Couples Workshop
November 11-12, 2017
Cambridge, MA - Center for the Study of Relationship

Open only to couples who have previously attended a workshop with us.

 

Click here to read about the Borofskys work with couples and their workshops.

 


Ongoing Programs

Janet Surrey continues with her series:

Insight Dialogue Practice Group
with Jan Surrey, Natalie Eldridge, and Annie Hoffman
one Sunday a month
9am-12pm
Art and Soul Yoga Studio, 93 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA

All are welcome to come on Sunday morning, no registration is necessary. Some prior meditation suggested.

Any questions: Jan (Jsurrey@aol.com, 617-966-4898) or Annie Hoffman (anniehoffmanyoga@yahoo.com).

 


Douglas Baker is offering this yoga class:

Douglas is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, and offers one public yoga class per month, at Samara Yoga in Davis Square, Somerville, the 2nd Friday of each month, at 7:30 pm. The class is a blend of non-competitive mindful yoga, breathwork, and meditation - a great way to cultivate self-regulation and inner connection. No yoga or meditation experience is required. Register online at samarayogastudio.com

 


 

Douglas Baker also leads this weekly group:

Buddha Mind Group for Anxiety & Stress

This practice and educational group guides members through the fundamental skills and practices of meditation and mindfulness, as self-regulating practices for anxiety, stress and other challenges. This relaxed, friendly but focused group is a mixture of didactic learning, experiential practice and mutual support among members. No meditation experience is required to join, and all are welcome. Meets weekly in Cambridge and runs for 10 weeks, 90 minutes per meeting. It runs several times each year- contact leader for specific dates. Fee is $50/week. Insurance not accepted. Contact leader: Douglas Baker, LICSW via doug@cambridgemindbody.com

 


 

Ann Saffi Biasetti brings us this online video course:

An Embodied Life: Restorative Yoga Video Course - online

Restorative yoga is known as the yoga of resting and digesting. It is a passive practice that has a powerful effect upon your nervous system bringing it back into balance and ease. It does this through regulating your breath and gently opening areas of your body, especially your spine, to promote a specific nervous system response. When our nervous system is at ease, our breathing regulates, digestion takes place, and we come back into a balanced mind and body as one.

This hour-long program introduces you to a simple sequence of restorative poses that are purposely designed to work with your nervous system to provide relief from anxiety, restore a stressed mind and body, and heighten healthy body awareness. I verbally guide you through each pose teaching you skills of internal, sensory-based body awareness.

IMP members receive a 25% discount with the code IMP until June 30th.

Click here for more information and to register.

 


 

New Publications

 


 

New from Bill Morgan:

The Meditator's Dilemma: An Innovative Approach to Overcoming Obstacles and Revitalizing Your Practice

When practiced regularly, meditation naturally deepens self-awareness and leads to spiritual insight. In our hyper, instant-gratification culture, however, most people miss out on those powerful outcomes, because it’s hard to commit to a long-term practice. Despite the increasing popularity of mindfulness and its documented mental health benefits, the silent majority of meditators struggle to maintain a regular practice. In fact, research indicates that more than fifty percent of meditators give up on the practice. Through time-tested teachings and exercises, The Meditator’s Dilemma shows you how to deepen your meditation practice while cultivating ease and delight—for both beginners and longtime practitioners.
The Meditator’s Dilemma, written by a psychologist with forty years’ experience practicing and teaching meditation, confronts this problem and its causes and provides specific, accessible techniques and exercises that greatly enhance everyday meditation practice. Bill Morgan’s teachings and guided meditation exercises are designed to generate the all-too-often missing delight and enjoyment in meditation.

 


 

New from Christopher Willard:

Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience

The American Psychological Association's 2014 survey on stress made an alarming discovery: America's teens are now the most stressed-out age group in the country. Growing Up Mindful shows parents and professionals alike how to model and teach the skills of mindfulness that will empower our youth for the rest of their lives with greater self-awareness, resiliency, and confidence.

While many adults now understand how mindfulness practice helps us alleviate the stress and anxiety of our busy modern lives, getting a typical teenager on board is another story. Dr. Christopher Willard draws on his work with hundreds of young children, tweens, and teens-along with countless hours training parents, teachers, and other counselors-to make the principles and practices of mindfulness accessible, entertaining, and cool for people of all ages and interests. Features dozens of exercises to incorporate mindfulness into daily life (in class, extracurricular activities, among peers), specific meditations and movement practices, compassion training, and more.

Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a Boston-based clinical psychologist and educational consultant specializing in mindfulness and contemplative practices. The author ofChild's Mind (Parallax, 2010) and other books on the topic, Dr. Willard teaches at Harvard Medical School and leads popular workshops around the world. For more information, visit drchristopherwillard.com.

 


 

The newest card deck from Christopher Willard & Mitch Abblett:

Mindful Reminders Card Deck: 52 Powerful Practices for Teens & Adults

Live your life more fully, reduce stress and remove distractions with the Mindful Reminders Card Deck. These 50 simple, yet powerful practices will help you build skills of awareness, compassion and presence for what matters in your daily life. Whether you are new to mindfulness practice, or whether you've been meditating for years, this deck offers fun, accessible reminders for bringing more mindfulness into your life.

* Manage Stress and Anxiety * Improve Focus * Sleep Better *

 


 

New from Doug Baker:

Five-Minute Mindfulness: Walking: Essays and Exercises for Mindfully Moving Through the World

More people are hearing about the many health benefits of meditation, but many find it difficult to sit still long enough to give it a real chance. But if you tend to be fidgety, uncomfortable or distracted when you've tried meditation, or can't fit it into your schedule, it doesn't mean you can't meditate.
Douglas Baker’s new book, Five-Minute Mindfulness: Walking is a user-friendly guide to cultivating mindfulness in movement as an alternative and complement to sitting meditation.
This concise, readable book explores mindfulness as a state of mind, and how to develop it through walking. Intended for active people living engaged lives, it offers an introduction to mindfulness and meditation-in-motion, in concise essays meant to be read in about five minutes. The book is paperback and pocket-sized, to make it easy to carry. Readers learn both the ideas and simple practices of mindful walking, and how it helps us better manage moods, stress, anxiety, craving, attention deficits, and other challenges. Through mindful attention, practitioners find they are happier and more accepting, focused, and balanced, while less reactive to stressful events.

The book is available for purchase via the publisher's link to online retailers: https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781592337460/5-Minute-Mindfulness-Walking.html?direct=1. It will also be available at some Barnes & Noble stores and at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA (Harvard.com), among other retailers.

 


New from Mitch Abblett:

Helping Your Angry Teen: How to Reduce Anger and Build Connection Using Mindfulness and Positive Psychology