Contemplative Psychotherapy and Mindfulness – Year One
1. Foundations of Buddhism
Faculty and Visiting Lecturers: J. Loizzo, S. Salzberg, R. Thurman, M. Neale
Retreat Foundation topics include: Four Noble Truths / Dependent Origination / Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Classes topics include: Buddhism: Historical and Philosophical Developments / Lam Rim Outlines: A Distinctive Tibetan Approach
2. Buddhist Psychology: An Ancient Science of Mind
Faculty and Visiting Lecturers: J. Loizzo, E. Nichtern, R. Thurman, A. Engle
Class topics include: Classical Abhidharma and Buddhist Psychology / Mind and Mental Factors / Karma / Life Systems: Body, Sensations, Perception, Emotion and Consciousness / Self and Selflessness / Defining Mental Illness and Optimal Health
3. Clinical Applications of Mindfulness: Mechanisms of Change and Effects
Faculty and Visiting Lecturers: D. Rozelle, E. Olivio, J. Kaplan, I. Kemperman, J. Loizzo, M. Fayne, S. Nanavati, Koshi Paley Ellison
Class topics include: Treatment of Mood Disorders and MBCT / Treatment of Anxiety Disorders and MBSR / Treatment of Personality Disorders and DBT / Treatment of Addictions and Relapse Prevention MBRP / Treatment of ADHD and Working with Kids / Working with Illness, Death and Dying / Treatment of Eating Disorders / Working with Trauma
4. Neuroscience of Meditation: Brain Effects and Review of the Research
Faculty and Visiting Lecturers: R. Hansen, Z. Josipovic, D. Seigel
Class topics include: Neuroscience of Awakening / Meditation and the Brain / Interpersonal Neurobiology
5. Buddhism and Psychotherapy: Similarities, Differences, and Attempts at Integration
Faculty and Visiting Lecturers: J. Rubin, M. Neale, P. Jennings
Class topics include: Dissonance Between Meditation and Psychotherapy / Relationships in Buddhism and Psychotherapy / Meditative Therapy / Working with Transference and Countertransference / Spiritual Bypassing / Teaching Meditation in Clinical Context / Healing the Selfless Self
6. Meditation Practicum: Instruction & Supervision with Sharon Salzberg
This is taught periodically throughout the year and is reinforced at the beginning of each class meeting.
*For those enrolled in the Diploma Program Additional Topics are included.
Contemplative Psychotherapy, Mindfulness and Social Transformation – Year II
Opening Weekend Training. Foundations of Mahayana: Entering the Universal Vehicle of Wisdom and Compassion
Faculty: Joe Loizzo, Robert Thurman, Miles Neale and Emily Wolf
Foundational Topics include: Interdependence / Emptiness / Great Compassion (Bodhicitta)
Module 1. Transforming the Mind for Social Engagement
Primary Faculty expert: Miles Neale
Additional Fall Faculty: Joe Loizzo, Robert Thurman, Richie Davidson, and Mark Epstein.
Class topics include: Analysis of the Seven-Point Mind-Clearing Text / Mind-Training Practice (Lojong) / Giving-and-Taking Practice (Tonglen) / The Social Science of Destructive and Pro-Social Emotions / Relevance to Interpersonal Neurobiology / Neuroscience and Research of Compassion and Altruism.
Entering the Process Vehicle of Creative Visualization and Subtle Body Work
Joe Loizzo, Robert Thurman, Miles Neale and Emily Wolf
Overview of Creation and Perfection Stages of Tantra / Mentor Role-Modeling / Subtle Body Science
Module 2. Role-Modeling Imagery for Self-Transformation
Primary Faculty expert: Pilar Jennings
Additional Winter Faculty: Joe Loizzo, Robert Thurman, Miles Neale.
Class topics include: Analysis of the Mentor-Bonding text / Role-Modeling and Mentor-Bonding Visualizations (Guru-Yoga) / Relevance to Self-Psychology / Jungian Analysis /Narrative therapy / Neuroscience and Research of Visualization.
Module 3. Embodied Openness for Deep Integration
Primary Faculty expert: Joe Loizzo
Additional Winter Faculty: Pilar Jennings, Robert Thurman, Diana Fosha, Evan Thompson, Mary Reilly-Nichols.
Class topics include: Analysis of a Great Seal text/ Great Seal Practice of Radical Open-Mindedness and Blissful Neurochemistry (Mahamudra) / Subtle Body Science: Channels, Winds and Drops / Relevance to Philosophy of Mind / Embodied Cognition / Polyvagal Theory / Deep Affect Therapy.
Meditation Practicum. Instruction and Supervision with Robert Thurman
This is taught throughout the year and meditations are reinforced at the beginning of each class meeting.
*For those enrolled in the Diploma Program additional topics, theories, assignments and clinical supervision, practice sessions and case studies are included.
Student may enrol in either Year I/Year II.
Weekend I In-Class Training with Dr. Miles Neale: April of each year, 10-6pm
Weekend II In-Class Training with Dr. Miles Neale: July of each year, 10-6pm
Weekend III In-Class Training with Dr. Miles Neale: November of each year, 10-6pm
Friday Cohort Meetings, Lecture Series, Group Supervision, Clinical Supervision with Marco Mascarin, Miles Neale & Guest Presenters & Supervisors (5 Fridays in total, 6-9pm - online meetings) *Additional 5 In-Class Monthly Sessions for Diploma Program required).
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