Mindfulness and Compassion in Clinical Practice

A Master Class

This course is offered in-person only.

BONUS SESSION: Egyptian Yoga with Rhoda Moise, Ph.D, CYT

Two 1-hour Egyptian Yoga Sessions: Wednesday, February 21 from  8 am- 9am and Thursday, Febriuary 22 from  8am- 9am

Egyptian Yoga is a practice based on the culture of ancient Egypt (traditionally known as Kemet). This system cultivates the highest aspect of consciousness through making brilliant, uncommon connections, such as using yoga to bridge our physical and spiritual realities. By merging both soulful and scientific knowledge, this posture and breathwork-focused practice helps you to increase awareness of the mind and body connection; decrease depression, stress, and anxiety; cleanse and condition the internal systems; and improve strength and stamina. 

Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Sponsored by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Mindfulness meditation is currently one of the most widely researched treatment methods in mental and behavioral health. Clinical research has demonstrated its effectiveness for managing a wide range of conditions associated with emotional distress, including anxiety, depression, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pain, and substance abuse, as well as enhancing physical and psychological wellbeing. Research has also shown that mindfulness meditation can positively change the structure and function of the brain, reduce stress hormones, and enhance the immune system. Mindfulness (awareness of present experience with acceptance) has been intensively researched over the past 20 years and is currently considered the new generation of empirically-supported behavior therapy. Compassion, and now Self-Compassion is a cutting-edge of mindfulness research and training. 

Although scientific research on meditation can be traced to the early 1970’s, the relatively recent surge of research on mindfulness has left many medical and mental health professionals curious, and perhaps unclear, about what exactly is meant by mindfulness in the present context, how to practice and teach it their patients, and the evidence base to support it. 

The purpose of this course is to offer participants an up-to-date review of the theory, research, and practice of mindfulness in health care (including its application to the practice of psychotherapy), to increase the effectiveness of behavioral treatment, enhance the wellbeing of clinicians, and cultivate positive attitudes associated with patient care. 

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain how mindfulness and acceptance-based treatment is grounded in empirically-supported psychotherapy;
  • Discuss the mechanisms of action in meditation that appear to underlie positive, therapeutic change, such as attention regulation, emotion regulation, and self-compassion;
  • Describe new research findings on mind/brain training through mindfulness meditation;
  • Identify the four main forms of meditation— concentration, mindfulness, compassionate acceptance and equanimity—and know when to apply them in clinical settings;
  • Discuss the ways mindfulness can be distorted when it enters the mainstream;
  • Identify common mechanisms in psychological disorders and how mindfulness practices can alter them;
  • Customize meditation practices for individual patients, i.e., those with anxiety, depression, and trauma, and stress-related medical disorders;
  • Determine whether Mindful Self Compassion can help those with chronic pain;
  • Explain how mindfulness and compassion can help with the stress of parenting;
  • Apply the practices and principles of meditation to enhance the therapeutic relationship and personal wellbeing.

Meets Monday-Friday: 9:00 am- 12:15 pm.
Please note coffee is available during registration and a continental breakfast will be served at 10:15 am daily.

If special arrangements are required for an individual with a disability to attend this conference, contact Kim Miele at kpm99@miami.edu at least 15 days prior to the conference.

Physician, Nurse Practitioner, and Other Health Professional fees:
Early-bird pricing is $995.
After 12/18/23 registration fee is $1,095.
Residents, Fellows in Training, and Full-time Student fees are $695.
The fee for taking a second week is $750—and the processing fee (non-refundable) is $10. Registration by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express) or check can be made through the University of Miami secure registration system.

Refunds, less an administrative fee of $100, will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be received by email. No refund will be issued should cancellation occur less than two weeks prior. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee, and no refunds will be issued once the conference has started.

To register or view activity information online, visit: https://qrco.de/bdfPad

We provide all attendees with completely free access to all slide presentations in digital PDF format prior to the conference. This is an environmentally friendly alternative and helps keep costs lower for all attendees. The e-syllabus will be available for 30 days after the conference.
You can purchase a printed copy at the time of online registration for $35 for Dr. Pollak’s course and $55 for all other winter courses.

Please note we will not have hard copies of the syllabus available for purchase at the conference.

Week-long Seminars
Meets Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
Please note coffee is available during registration, and a continental breakfast will be served at 10:15 a.m. daily.

Physician Credit
The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine designates these live winter activities for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found at: www.eaccme.eu.

The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 15.00 CE credits will be awarded to psychologists for attendance at these seminars.

Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses
Oakstone Publishing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The following seminars are approved for 15.00 Contact Hours.

  • Psychopharmacology: A Master Class, Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Aging and the Brain, Elizabeth Crocco, M.D., Rosie Curiel, M.D., and
    David Loewenstein, Ph.D.
  • Essential Psychopharmacology, 2024: Practice and Update

Barbara Coffey, M.D., M.S., Philip Harvey, Ph.D., Luca Pani, M.D., and Dhruti Patel, M.D.

This program meets the specifications of the Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR)

Application has been made to the National Board of Certified Counselors. Please contact Kim Miele at kpm99@miami.edu .Please contact Kim Miele at kpm99@miami.edu.with any questions.

Social Workers
Application for social work continuing education credit has been submitted. Please contact Kim Miele at kpm99@miami.eduwith any questions.

By phone at 941-932-2671, Monday-Friday, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. (EST), or by email at kpm99@miami.edu

The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine has assessed conflict of interest with its faculty, authors, editors, and any individuals who were in a position to control the content of this CME activity. Any identified relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated.

The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine planners, content reviewers, and editorial staff disclose no relationships with ineligible entities. All the relevant financial relationships for these individuals have been mitigated.


All seminars are designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)/ Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educational (ACGME) competencies:

    • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
    • Medical Knowledge
    • Practice-based Learning and Improvement
    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills


Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

Matthew P. Nemeroff Professor and Chair Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences; Director, Institute of Early Life Adversity Research, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin; past Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; President, Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA); past President of the American College of Psychiatrists, International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology; member of the National Academy of Medicine; author of over 1200 scientific articles and book chapters, Co-editor, Textbook of Psychopharmacology; Co-editor, now in its 6th Edition Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


Miami Grand Beach Hotel, 4835 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140

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Or call 1-305-538-8666 and mention you are with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Winter Symposiums. You can also email Oscar Romero at oromero@grandbeachhotel.com

Please email Kim Miele at kpm99@miami.edu or call 941.932.2671, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. (EST) Monday-Friday.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00am – 10:15am
  • Basic Neuroscience: From Molecules to Symptoms: An updated and clinically relevant review of neurobiology as it applies to the etiology and pathophysiology of psychiatric illness, and psychotropic drug treatment effects.
10:15am – 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am – 12:15pm
  • Paradise Lost: The Neurobiology of Child Abuse and Neglect. A discussion of the long term effects of child abuse and neglect on the brain and the body and their implications for disease vulnerability and treatment response
9:00am – 10:15am
  • Prediction of Disease Vulnerability and Treatment Response in Mood Disorders and PTSD: Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry: Personalized medicine in psychiatry.
10:15am – 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am – 12:15pm
  • The Status of Laboratory Testing to Predict Antidepressant Response: Problems and Promises Promises. A discussion of the status of pharmacogenomic and other biomarkers for predicting antidepressant treatment response.
9:00am – 10:15am The Management of Treatment Resistant Depression: The Art and the Science: Management of treatment resistant depression with a focus on psychopharmacological treatments; review of STAR*D study and other evidence based clinical trials; ECT and TMS.
10:15am – 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am – 12:15pm Ketamine and Esketamine: The Amazing, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly A discussion of the data on the safety and efficacy of ketamine and esketamine in the management of treatment resistant depression


9:00am – 10:15am


  • Worry, Worry, Worry: Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
10:15am – 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am – 12:15pm


  • The Future of Psychedelics: Problems and Promise


9:00am – 10:15am
  • Neurobiology and Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – Biology, epidemiology, and treatment of PTSD.
10:15am – 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am – 12:15pm
  • The Interface of Medical and Psychiatric Disorders: Focus on Cancer and Heart Disease The high rates of comorbidity of depression and certain medical disorders and their treatment.
12:15pm Adjourn