2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 11:00 am-12:30 pm
3000 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 327, Washington, DC 20008

This study group will focus upon the convergence of selected components of theory and practice that serve to enhance and intensify the therapeutic encounter. The central role of the integration of contemporary psychodynamic approaches, affective and social neural science and mind/body principles will be explored. A didactic and experiential format will be employed to facilitate the application of this model to clinical practice.

Members who attend this study group will be able to:

  1. Define wisdom and compassion in the clinical encounter.
  2. Discuss how mindfulness is a foundation for compassion.
  3. Describe the role of compassion in Buddhist Psychology.
  4. Discuss the science of compassion and its impact on treatment and research.
  5. Describe how therapists can cultivate compassion in psychotherapy.
  6. Discuss the neurological and biological aspects of compassion.
  7. Discuss the neurological and biological aspects of wisdom.
  8. Describe the role of wisdom in Buddhist psychology.
  9. Discuss the research in mindfulness in relationship to clinical effectiveness and psycho-biological transformation.
  10. Describe the role of compassion and wisdom in the treatment of a) anxiety disorders, b) depression and c) suicide.
  11. Discuss the use of mind-body strategies in the treatment of trauma.
  12. Describe how mind-body strategies can be employed in couples therapy.
  13. Discuss the core components of mindfulness, meditation and hypnosis in the treatment process.
  14. Discuss the relationship of compassion, wisdom and mindfulness to the establishment of ethical practice and principles in treatment.
  15. Describe how mind-body approaches enhance neural integration, limbic resonance and limbic revision.
  16. Discuss how compassionate mindfulness creates a new corrective healing narrative.
  17. Learn how to employ compassionate mindfulness, meditation and guided imagery in treatment.