449 Pittsfield Rd
Lenox, MA 01240
Bill Morgan, Psy.D.,is a founding board member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and co-author of the critically acclaimed book for professionals, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. He has been teaching mindfulness meditation since 1981, and has led residential retreats for clinicians for the past 20 years. Bill has participated in more than 7 years of intensive retreats in Zen, Tibetan and Theravadan Schools of Buddhism, and spent 6 months in a Trappist monastery. His depth and range of meditation experience are evident in his teaching. A warm and engaging presenter, Bill excels in leading creative guided meditations. He is in private practice and he has authored the recently released The Meditator’s Dilemma: An Innovative Approach to Overcoming Obstacles and Revitalizing Your Practice.
Therapeutic presence is a core attribute of our profession, and one which mindfulness practice can deepen. However, not all mindfulness instruction and practice will cultivate the kind of holding environment we are looking for. Mindfulness is practiced primarily as a cognitive exercise lacking affective engagement. This form of practice will have limited benefit for ourselves and our clients. It is the primary reason why so few people meditate on a regular basis.
After establishing a theoretical understanding of the cause of suffering and its treatment in Buddhist psychology, participants will learn a wide range of mindfulness techniques which will be useful both in deepening therapeutic presence and teaching clients. These techniques will include body awareness, self-compassion, concentration, open awareness and inquiry practices. Limitations of these various forms of practice and ineffective ways of practicing will be explored. We will examine ways to personally enliven mindfulness practice, so that both we and our patients are more likely to practice in a rich and meaningful fashion.
Our time will be equally divided between lecture and guided meditation. It is through cumulative practice sessions during this symposium that mindfulness and therapeutic presence will deepen.
While this course is suitable for seasoned mindfulness practitioners, no prior experience with meditation is required.
Why meditation is challenging for Westerners/ Mindfulness and therapeutic presence/ Cultivating the inner holding environment
Basic Buddhist psychology: The cause of suffering and its treatment/ Importance of relaxation/Body awareness and self-compassion practices
Making meditation practice personal/ The importance of arousing affect/ Concentration: The backbone of mindfulness/ Meditation: Stability, focus, tranquility practices
Open awareness/Inclusiveness/Investigation and insight training
Teaching mindfulness techniques to clients/ Which techniques to offer/T ailoring meditation for the individual client/ Practice in daily life