Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy: New Integrations in Mindfulness, Compassion Training, and Somatics (The 28th Annual Santa Fe Symposia 2022)
"Open Mind awareness helps us to access our core creativity, an endless resource for true innovations and profound transformation.”
Speaker: Ronald A Alexander, Ph.D with Urszula Klich, PhD, BCB
Learning to observe experiences from a place of stillness enables one to relate to life without fear and clinging. One begins to accept all aspects of life with increasing equanimity, self-compassion and balance. Life is seen as a constantly changing process.
For 2500 years, Buddhist meditation practices have developed what is referred to as “skillful methods” for the study and transformation of the mind/body, including developing awareness, concentration, stillness, mindfulness and other attention skills. The integration of Buddhist Psychology with modern day Ericksonian Mind/Body Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Creative Thinking and other neuroscientific insights reveal that people can learn to change their thinking and behavior in ways that revitalize the brain, enhance happiness, cultivate learned optimism, promote self-compassion, emotional regulation, and well-being.
This course will introduce participants to the theory and clinical methods of mindfulness-based psycho-therapeutic systems, mindfulness meditation, and creative thinking. Integrating this Buddhist Psychology and the Non-Dual school of mindfulness practices with the contemporary theories of Somatic Experiencing, Ericksonian mind-body, Interpersonal Neurobiology and Health psychologies, participants will have the opportunity to directly experience, practice, and learn clinical skills for promoting insight, self-compassion and self-regulation. This seminar will be theoretical and highly experiential, as participants will practice clinical skills and engage in self-exercises by utilizing meditation and breathing methods during the symposium.
This program will cover:
- The introduction of Mindfulness Buddhist Psychology and the neuroscience research behind it.
- An overview of the different types of Buddhist Schools of Mindfulness
- An introduction and demonstration of the different types of Awareness Training – local, global, and non-dual.
- An overview of OpenMind Training including breath exercises and meditations.
- Demonstration and practice of various mindful meditations and visualizations.
- Management of afflictive mind states and their transformation to positive antidote remedies
- Strategies for calming the mind and deepening one's insight
- Non-Dual mindfulness practices to explore one's inner resources for activating creativity, vitality, and a core sense of well-being in the mind-body process.
- Medication and psychedelics including awakening through Prozac, micro dosing and the clinical use of MDMA and Psylocibin for treating depression, trauma healing and PTSD resolution.
- The new integrations in Integrative Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy including the clinical applications of contemporary relational, neurobiology, Buddhist psychology, somatic and Ericksonian Mind Body therapies in the treatment room.
- The application of mindfulness to achieving peak performance
- The psychology of cultivating compassion for ourselves and others.
- How to determine the effectiveness of your practice and guidance on incorporating changes.
Our COVID-19 Safety Precautions are as follows: We will be following local, state and Federal event and meeting protocols to ensure the health and safety of all attendees, staff, and the local community and will update all attendees on these protocols as we get closer to the meeting date. At this time, we are requesting that individuals be vaccinated before attending the meeting or have a negative COVID-19 test. If you feel ill on the day, we respectfully ask that you do not attend the meeting (a refund will be issued).
This program is designed for intermediate psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, allied mental health professionals, educators, and other medical professionals.
After attending this overall conference, attendees will be better able to:
- Work effectively with interprofessional team members to enhance care.
- Recognize the abilities and contributions of interprofessional team members.
- Implement innovative treatment strategies and techniques to manage patients.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- List the four foundations of a mindfulness meditative practice.
- Explain the phenomenology method of inquiry of mindfulness in the therapeutic process.
- Identify and explain the different mindfulness, compassion-building, and somatic experiencing practices from the evidence-based contexts of various theoretical approaches.
- Demonstrate awareness of self and of others as multicultural beings.
- Differentiate between useful practices to use in a psychotherapeutic context with clients and the approaches that are not appropriate.
- Demonstrate skills to work with mindfulness and somatic breath practices within an integrative healthcare/clinical and/or educational setting.
- Describe how compassion-based mindfulness can assist both the therapist and the client in his or her self-discovery and self-reflection process of learning
Sessions run Friday through Sunday from 8:00am – 1:30pm with two 15 minute break so each day is 5 hours of instruction. Breakfast and break is included.
7:30am Registration and Breakfast
8:00am Educational Session
10:00am Refreshment Break I
10:15am Educational Session Resumes
12:00pm Refreshment Break II
12:15pm Education Session Resumes
1:30pm Session Ends
Educational Session Descriptions
Each class will consist of a theoretical presentation, power points and/or discussion of readings drawn from book and chapter assignments. The second portion of each class will be a training workshop in the psychotherapeutic experience of teaching and applying clinical skills. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with the instructor and with time providing then experiment in triads learning clinical skills and applications.
The Mindful Brain and Neuroscience of Meditation Research:
Specific Meditations: Stages 1-3 of the Elephant Path Model for concentration practice (Tibetan- Mahamudra )
Mindfulness Based Buddhist Psychology:
Level ll MSC Mindful Self- Compassion Meditation
Zen Monk Mind meets Clinical Mind:
Level lll Mindful Self Compassion Meditation MSC
The Psychology of Cultivating Compassion for Ourselves and Others
Applications of Mindfulness to Peak Performance
Setting up a Daily Mindfulness and Somatic practice for clinician’s self-care and patient self-care. A daily Sadhana ritual (yogatating as a daily self-healing state of mind).
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Ronald A. Alexander, PhD, SEP, is a licensed psychotherapist and Somatic Experiencing (R)Practitioner), clinical and mindfulness trainer. The Executive Director of the Open Mind Training Institute he draws upon his extensive background as an early pioneer in Mindfulness, Behavioral Medicine, Somatics and cross cultural systems of meditation and yoga as well as the integration of Eastern Wisdom Traditions, Transformational Leadership and Integrative Mind Body Psychotherapies. He is a lifetime member of American Psychological Association, author of Wise Mind Open Mind ( and Core Creativity: The Mindful Way to Unlock Your Creative Self June 2022) and adjunct instructor at Pacifica Graduate Institute and UCLA extension.
Learn more about Dr. Alexander at www.ronaldalexander.com
Speaker has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Speaker does not plan on discussing unlabeled/investigational uses of a commercial product
Urszula Klich, PhD, BCB
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Board Certified in Biofeedback
President, Southeast Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association
Dr. Urszula Klich is a clinical psychologist, speaker, and author who teaches self-regulation to maximize physical and emotional health. She is a certified meditation teacher in Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) through Emory University and has served on various medical teams. She is board certified in biofeedback and is the president of the Southeast Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association. Her specialized program of Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback (MBB) has been published and widely applied from hospitals to classrooms based on the premise that integrating mindfulness and compassion-informed treatment with psychology fosters individuals’ healing power to improve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Living mindfully is advantageous and accessible to anyone who recognizes a need for a shift in their life and sets an intention to move forward.
Speaker has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Speaker does not plan on discussing unlabeled/investigational uses of a commercial product
Stephen Brady, PhD | CME Course Director
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Boston University School of Medicine
Janice Furlong, MSW | Social Work Advisor
Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University School of Social Work
Robert C. Guerette, MD | Planning Committee
President, New England Educational Institute
Carmela A. Townsend, DNP, MS/MBA, RN | Accredited Provider Activity Director
Continuing Medical Education Office, Boston University School of Medicine
Debra M. Winters, APRN-BC, AACRN | CNE Nurse Advisor
Community Research Initiative (CRI)
CME Program Manager: Claire P. Grimble, CMP
This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association. Massachusetts Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Boston University School of Medicine Barry Manuel Continuing Medical Education Office is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0181
Note: NYS psychologists must attend all sessions for credit. Partial credit is not allowed.
The Department’s approval of a provider of continuing education does not constitute the Department’s endorsement of the content, positions or practices that may be addressed in any specific continuing education course offered by the approved provider.
Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Boston University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This conference (courses # 4324-4325) is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Boston University School of Medicine Barry M. Manual Continuing Medical Education Office as individual conference sessions. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE approval period: 08/19/2022-08/19/2024. Social workers completing this conference receive 15 clinical continuing education credits.
Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy: New Integrations in Mindfulness, Compassion Training, and Somatics (The 28th Annual Santa Fe Symposia 2022), Course #4325, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Boston University School of Medicine Barry M. Manual Continuing Medical Education Office as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 08/19/2022 - 08/19/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 15 Clinical continuing education credits.
Full attendance and completion of session and conference evaluation are required to earn ACE credit.
• ACE individual course approval meets the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners requirements for individual course approval pursuant to NJ Code 13:44G-6.4.16.
• Participation in the ASWB ACE Course Approval Program requires that the provider abide by all of the criteria set forth by New Jersey Administrative Code Title 13 Chapter 44 G Subchapter 6.
Social Workers – New York State
Boston University School of Medicine, Barry M. Manual Continuing Medical Education Office is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0589.
Note: Social Workers must attend all sessions for credit. Partial credit is not allowed.
Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Licensed Mental Health Counselors
Boston University School of Medicine CME Office has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7205. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Boston University School of Medicine CME Office is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
15 NBCC hours
It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.
- 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine designates this Live activity for a maximum of 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 15.25 ANCCBoston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
- 15.00 NBCC
- 15.00 ParticipationBoston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
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