It’s now well known that mindfulness and compassion practices can enhance virtually any form of psychotherapy and have been proven effective in treating anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and other disorders. These practices also have an even greater potential—they can challenge our conventional view of ourselves and the world, waking us up from limiting beliefs about who we are and how we can find happiness.
But mindfulness and compassion practices are not one-size-fits-all remedies. Researchers are now differentiating the effects of focused attention, open monitoring, loving-kindness, compassion, and equanimity techniques. To be both safe and effective, practices need to be tailored to fit the needs of clients of different ages, backgrounds, and personality structure—and this workshop will show you how.
Whatever your treatment orientation—from ACT, CBT, or DBT to psychodynamic, interpersonal, or humanistic approaches—these evidence-based mindfulness, compassion and self-compassion tools can enhance your work with clients, making all aspects of your practice more effective.
Using Buddhist psychology and the latest neuroscience and evolutionary psychology, Drs. Siegel and Willard will cover the universal elements that underlie most psychological disorders, and how mindfulness and compassion can transform the lives of every client you treat.
We will also explore the importance of our own practice, starting or deepening our own mindful self-care as caregivers. Mindfulness is more than just learning to attend to the breath, and so is this workshop. Participants should be prepared for practice through awareness, movement, and more, as we consider adaptations for a range of presenting concerns, for attention spans ranging from 30 seconds to 30 minutes and beyond.
Throughout the workshop, you’ll examine creative ways to deal with the obstacles and challenges that arise when working with various problems and personalities. Upon completion, you will have a foundation for integrating these transformative practices into both your personal life and your therapeutic work.
Hotel Villa Zuccari
With Optional Excursions
YOUR FACILITATOR GUIDES
Tuition of $1450.00 USD includes all seminar materials and the welcome reception
Upon arrival you will be welcomed in true Italian hospitality by the Villa staff and Pronto team. After you have refreshed in your suite, you are invited to attend an evening Welcome Reception, gathering for orientation and introductions with Italian wine and culinary treats
BOOK ON YOUR OWN
International airfare (to/from Italy)
Accommodations are booked separately and includes breakfast and lunch, starting at 80 euros per person per night for double occupancy
Extras include optional excursions, CE certificate fees, and transportation costs
We can support you with transportation to/from the Villa
24 CE CREDITS
This program offers an experiential learning environment, with a focus on developing the capacity for self-awareness in stressful and demanding situations. Designed for medical practitioners and healthcare professionals (Physicians, NPs, PAs, Nurses, Psychologists, Therapists, Counselors) involved in practice and education. No prior experience is required; however, experience with meditation or other contemplative practices is welcomed. Session themes include communication with patients/families, responding to suffering, difficult decisions, errors, professionalism, medical education, compassion, self-care, resilience, and burnout. Several components make up the core experience of exploring Mindful Practices:
Mindfulness Meditation: Cultivation of an open, receptive, and non-judgmental orientation to one’s present experience
Self-Compassion: Cultivation of goodwill practices for oneself and others
Narrative Medicine: Creation and sharing of reflective stories that explore the profound and meaningful experiences one has as a clinician
Appreciative Inquiry: A strength-based approach to individual and organizational change altering habitual patterns of thinking and behavior
Mindfulness Knowledge and Skills
Establish a direct, first hand, experience of mindfulness
Cultivate mindfulness through silence, conversation and dialogue
Establish an experiential understanding of their capacity to deliberately “train” the mind
Focus and sustain attention on a single object
Focus and sustain attention on changing objects
Apply and enhance the capacity to pause or stop
Demonstrate an increased ability to recognize mind wandering and to redirect the mind
Explore new approaches to meeting challenging situations as a provider
Improve ability to step back, listen and be present to self and others
Demonstrate the ability to be aware of multiple aspects of present moment experience
Compassion and Resiliency
Observe and investigate the dynamic interplay of fear/constriction and vulnerability/openness within ourselves and our patients
Recognize the therapeutic power of the heart through kindness, self-compassion practices
Report how Mindfulness-based practices and self-compassion practices can help patients better care for themselves and be able to support these competencies with evidence-based research
Utilize mindfulness practices and self-compassion practices as a method for developing resilience
Describe the signs and consequences of burnout
Discuss warning signs of accumulating stress and apply mindfulness practices to manage them more effectively