Bill Gayner, MSW, RSW & Steve Selchen, MD
Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute - Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Psychiatry
Dates: April 20, 21 & June 8, 9, 2012
Explore how to enrich your clinical practice through meditiation - and how to enrich your meditation practice by grounding it in contemporary psychology and your heartfelt understanding of what you offer to your clients.
Cultivate authenticity, positive regard and empathy to current experience in your meditation and to your clients' current experience in your clinical practice.
Discover how grounding meditation in contemporary psychology and our own clinical understanding enhances the specificity of how we use meditation clinically - strengthening our own and our clients' capacity to develop secure attachment, navigate difficult emotions and defense, and release into and be supported and refreshed by the multiple processes - cognitive, emotional, biological, environmental, interpersonal, social - that co-construct us and continually transcend us.
The objective of the workshop is to enrich participants' engagement in meditation and clinical practice rather than provide training in a specific meditation-based modality. However, to orient the workshop process as well as to provide a point of departure for your own exploration, participants will be introduced to an emotion-focused approach to meditation that illuminates how to navigate difficult emotions in meditation. This is an open, inclusive approach that encourages differentiated emotional response as well as creative engagement in meditation. Emotion-focused meditation uses emotion-focused therapy (Elliott, Watson, Goldman, Greenberg, 2004; Greenberg, 2011) as a meta-theoretical frame to integrate evidence-based emotional and attentional regulation techniques such as focusing (Leijssen, 1998; Gendlin, 1996), mindfulness (Kabat-Zinn, 1990; Siegel et al, 2001), and self compassion (Elliott et al., 2004; Greenberg & Watson, 2006; Gilbert, 2005), as well as an innovative, emotionally-friendly, psychologically-oriented, intrinsically gentle approach to meditation called recollecive awareness meditation (Siff, 2010). This allows us to tailor meditation practices based on process assessments of our own or our clients' specific emotional needs, patterns and capacities.
This workshop will be of interest to people from a wide variety of psychotherapeutic orientations and wide range of meditation experience, including those new to meditation.
Learn and Explore:
How meditation can be a secure attachment practice
How to coach clients to navigate difficult emotional states based on process assessments such as whether clients are emotionally under- or over-regulated
How to help clients encountering high levels of internalized stigma, self-criticism and difficulties generating self-warmth to develop self compassion
How to coach clients in exploring and deepening calm, pleasant states
How meditation and psychotherapy processes are related and can support each other
Bill Gayner, MSW, RSW is a mental health clinician in the Clinic for HIV-Related Concerns, Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital. He co-led a randomized-controlled trial of MBSR for gay men living with HIV.
Steven Selchen, MD, FRCPC, is a staff psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital where he runs a Mindfulness-Based Interventions Clinic. He trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy at Oxford University, where he is completing his Master's degree. He also leads mindfulness-based educational programming within the University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry.
Fee & Information
The cost for this workshop is $745. Lunch is included on both Fridays.
Attendance is expected for all 4 dates. The Fridays are full days and the Saturdays are half-day mornings only.
For more information or to be added to the waiting list, please contact:
Administrative Coordinator, MSPI
Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Psychiatry
925-600 University Ave.
Toronto ON M5G 1X5
416 586-4800 x2473