A 3-Part Series: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness-Based Meditation: An Integration of Science and Practice

A 3-Part Series: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness-Based Meditation: An Integration of Science and Practice

Part 1: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness-Based Meditation: Mindfulness-Based Improvements of Stress & Health

General Registration: $175

Date: February 27th, 2021

There has been recent, dramatic surge in mindfulness-based interest in the mainstream and scientific literature. In the fog of these findings, it has been difficult to isolate research findings that are deemed rigorous and/or validated. Thus, this innovative-all day workshop will provide an easily digestible description of the latest and most rigorous contemplative science on the health promoting effects of mindfulness. Dr. Fadel Zeidan, cognitive neuroscientist, will delineate a comprehensive, yet-user-friendly delineation of the psychological and neural mechanisms supporting the modulation of stress and promotion of health by mindfulness-based practices. This workshop will also integrate formalized scientific didactics with guided mindfulness meditation based practices by Noriko Harth, one of the Certified MBSR and MSC facilitators, and the Managing Director, at UC San Diego’s Center for Mindfulness. Noriko will guide participants in a spectrum of mindfulness practices that have been found to improve stress and health.

Objectives:

At the completion of this workshop, the participants should be able to:

  • Appreciate the psychological and neural processes supporting stress and maladaptive health
  • Describe how mindfulness-based practices reduce stress and improve health across the lifespan
  • Gain a deep understanding behind the neuroscience of meditation presented in a user friendly fashion
  • Independently practice a range of mindfulness-based practices found to reliably reduce stress and improve health
  • Implement mindfulness in clinical settings
  • Describe the best mindfulness-approach for different patient populations.

Part 2: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness-Based Meditation: The Behavioral and Neural Processes Supporting Mindfulness-Based Pain Relief

General Registration: $175

Date: July 30, 2021

The effects of mindfulness meditation for pain relief are one of the most reliable effects of this ancient practice. Yet, the active mechanisms supporting mindfulness-based pain relief remain poorly characterized. In this workshop, Dr. Zeidan, leading mindfulness-based cognitive neuroscientist with an expertise in pain, will lead a day of scientific exploration and meditative practice. Dr. Zeidan will provide an easily understandable delineation of the neural, physiological and psychological processes supporting mindfulness-based pain relief. He will also delve into research demonstrating how mindfulness changes the brain, is different from placebo and other meditative practices, and involved processes that are unique and distinct from other mind-body approaches. In addition, there will also be a section focused on the role of compassion meditation and pain relief, an emerging field of science. Dr. Jenifer Miller, a licensed psychologist and MBSR teacher, will guide participants in a range of meditative practices found to reliably reduce pain and suffering in the laboratory and clinic. These practices will include traditional mindfulness practices like awareness of breath, walking meditation, loving kindness and compassion practices. We are very excited to offer this exciting workshop with two of the leading experts in their respective fields.

Objectives:

At the completion of this workshop, the participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to practice a wide spectrum of mindfulness meditation techniques and tools to best alleviate pain within oneself and as caregivers
  • Gain a deep understanding of pain-based psychology and physiology
  • Apply mind/body approaches to a range of pain-conditions based on Dr. Zeidan’s research and Dr. Miller’s clinical experience
  • Implement mindfulness in clinical settings
  • Appreciate how mindfulness is distinct from placebo to treat pain
  • Describe psychological and physiological mechanisms involved in mindfulness
  • Appreciate the best mindfulness-approach for different pain patient populations.

Part 3: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness-Based Meditation: The Science of Compassion and Health

General Registration: $175

Date: TBD

The impact of compassion-based contemplative practices is enjoying a surge in the current mainstream and scientific literature. Yet, it remains unclear how to practice compassion towards oneself, family, and strangers. How does compassion practice impact our health and underlying physiology? The purpose of this integrative workshop is to describe the latest scientific findings describing how compassion training improves well-being and health.

Dr. Fadel Zeidan, cognitive neuroscientist and Executive Council member of UCSD’s newly founded T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion, will delineate a comprehensive, yet-user friendly description of the psychological and neural mechanisms supporting the promotion of health by a spectrum of compassion-based mental training practices and programs. Importantly, it is postulated that understanding the effects of compassion on well-being also requires self-awareness and practice. To this extent, this workshop will also integrate first-person experiences by Michelle Becker, LMFT. Michelle will guide participants in metta, loving-kindness, compassion-cultivation, and mindful-self compassion practices. Throughout the day, both instructors will demonstrate how these practices promote the reduction of stress, anxiety, pain and promote health in a user-friendly fashion.

Objectives:

At the completion of this workshop, the participants should be able to:

  • Appreciate the psychological and neural processes supporting stress and maladaptive health
  • Describe how compassion-based practices reduce stress and improve health across the lifespan
  • Gain a deep understanding of the neuroscience of compassion training presented in a user-friendly fashion
  • Implement compassion at home and in the clinic.

Target Audience

These workshops are designed for Athletic Trainers, Bodyworkers, Certified Counselors, Nurses and nurse practitioners, Psychologists, Registered Dietitians, Social Workers, Yoga Instructors, Coaches, Physicians, Counselors, Substance abuse professionals, Dentists, Occupational therapists, Physical therapists, Massage therapists. Educators, Speech pathologists, Pharmacists.
They are also open for members of the general public. All are welcome!

Lead Trainer

Dr. Fadel Zeidan, PhD is the Executive Director at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness and Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at UCSD.  He and his laboratory  have discovered the neural processes supporting mindfulness meditation and mindfulness-based pain relief. Recently, he and his team have demonstrated that mindfulness meditation is mechanistically distinct from and more effective than placebo, distraction, and relaxation. His research is currently funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and has disseminated his findings through traditional media outreach (CNN NPR Time Magazine CBS  and others), Tedx  and recently personally presented his work to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama in Mongolia. In his new role at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, Fadel will focus on expanding his research to focus on working with different patient populations and user-friendly approaches to promote the self-regulation of pain. Fadel is especially excited at examining ways to integrate mindfulness from the lab to the clinic and community.

Dr. Zeidan’s websitehttps://www.zeidanlab.com/

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Education credits for participation in this program are available for a $50 fee.

Psychologists: This program is sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 5.5 CE credit.

California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. CE credit may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE credit is accepted.

Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 6.5 contact hours.

Continuing Medical Education Credit

Continuing Medical Education credits for participation in this program are available for a $50 fee.

The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency Statement

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. Cultural competency is defined as a set of integrated attitudes, knowledge, and skills that enables health care professionals or organizations to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities. Linguistic competency is defined as the ability of a physician or surgeon to provide patients who do not speak English or who have limited ability to speak English, direct communication in the patient’s primary language. Cultural and linguistic competency was incorporated into the planning of this activity. Additional resources can be found on the UC San Diego CME website.

Disclosure

It is the policy of the University of California, San Diego Center for Mindfulness to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners through one of the following mechanisms: 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual’s control over CE content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review.


Tentative Schedule (all times are in Pacific Time)

Morning Session: 9:00 am -12:00 Noon
Lunch: 12:00 Noon - 1:00 pm
Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Cancellation Policy

A refund (minus your $50 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted in writing on or before a date 14 days prior to the start of the program. No refunds will be allowed after this date.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.

 

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