Contemplative Psychotherapy with Dr. Miles Neale

Buddhist Psychology for Clinicians April 29-30, 2017

Buddhism is a world religion, but beyond its cosmology, cultural beliefs and rituals lays perhaps one of humankind’s oldest and most coherent science of mind and set of techniques intended to liberate individuals from unconscious cycles of stress reactivity and traumatic repetition. This workshop reviews the foundational theories and meditative practices of classical Buddhist psychology, made accessible and relevant to clinicians, health-care providers and educators working on the cutting edge of their fields. We will cover:

• The Four Noble Truths, the Buddha’s Medical Model of Stress and Liberation
• Eightfold Path, the Buddha’s Comprehensive Approach to Liberation
• Twelve Links of Dependent Origination, the Buddha’ Science of Causality
• The Four Foundations of Mindfulness Meditation
• The role and relationship between ethics, wisdom and meditation

Neuroscience and Clinical Applications of Mindfulness July 29-30, 2017

Over the last several decades there has been an explosion of research and development of mindfulness-based interventions across a vast spectrum of mental health conditions. This workshop surveys the history of mindfulness-based therapies applied in clinical settings, reviews the neuroscience of trauma and meditation through the pioneering work of leaders in the field and presents the psychological mechanisms underlying effective meditative interventions. Participants will begin to consider how, why, when and with whom meditation might be useful in clinical context. We will cover:

• The history, development and research of mindfulness-based interventions
• Basics survey of the neuroscience of trauma
• The relationship between attachment theory, psychotherapy and mindfulness meditation
• A summery of Dr. Daniel Siegel’s Interpersonal Neurobiology
• A summery of Dr. Rick Hanson H.E.A.L model
• The six psychological mechanism underlying the effectiveness of clinically applied mindfulness mediation
• A coherent rational for when meditation might be an appropriate intervention

Towards Contemplative Psychotherapy Nov 18-19, 2017

Now that the ancient contemplative arts and science of Buddhism and our current neuroscience and psychotherapies have converged, the prospect of a new, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary hybrid approach called Buddhist or Contemplative psychotherapy has emerged. What are the limitations of each system practiced independently, what does each tradition offer the other in mutual benefit, and what does Contemplative psychotherapy look like in clinical context? We will cover:
• The limitations of Buddhism and psychotherapy practiced independently
• What each tradition offers the other in mutual benefit
• Spiritual bypassing and scientific impassing
• An integration of theories, maps and interventions from each tradition integrated into contemplative psychotherapy
• Practical applications, case studies and vignettes of contemplative psychotherapy in clinical context

Dr. Miles Neale

Dr. Miles Neale is a Buddhist psychotherapist in private practice, Assistant Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College and contributing expert on mindfulness meditation for the BBC World Service. Dr. Neale’s approach to personal healing and transformation is informed by contemplative neuroscience, an eclectic hybrid of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist psychology and meditative arts, depth psychotherapy and the current neuroscience of trauma resilience. Miles co-directs Nalanda Institute’s Program in Contemplative Psychotherapy for health-care professionals, offered in New York City, Toronto and Barcelona. Additionally, Dr. Neale is Instructor of Psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College where he conducts meditation research and trains a new generation of medical students in integrative methods of self-healing. Miles is currently writing his first book on working with karma and trauma in Buddhist psychotherapy and is honored to share the hero’s journey of becoming fully human.