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Mindfulness and Compassion in Clinical Practice:

Enhancing Treatment Effectiveness and Personal Wellbeing

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

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

February 19-23, 2024

This course is offered
as a hybrid event.

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.

 

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Physicians & Doctoral Level Professionals: $495
Nurse Practitioners & other Allied Health Professionals: $425 Residents/Fellows in Training/
Students: $295 *All fees shown in USD. Add processing fee (non-refundable) of $10.

Registration by credit card (VISA, Mastercard or American Express), fax registration is not accepted. Registration with cash payment is not permitted. Upon receipt of your paid registration, you will receive an email confirmation. Be sure to include an email address that you check frequently. Your email address is used for critical information including registration confirmation, evaluation, and certificate.

ELECTRONIC SYLLABUS
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.

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

SPECIAL REQUESTS
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 Credit
The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

European Accreditation
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.

Physician Assistants
The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states that AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for mrecertification. We would also suggest that learners check with their state licensing board to ensure they accept reciprocity with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for re-licensure.

Psychology Credit
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. MillerSchool of Medicine maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 13.00 CE credits will be awarded to psychologists for attendance at this conference.

Nursing
This Program has been submitted to the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies for a maximum of 13.0 CEU Credits

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

Licensed Marriage Family Therapists
Application to New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy education credit has been submitted. Please contact Kim Miele at kpm99@miami.edu

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

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

ELECTRONIC SYLLABUS
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.

SYLLABUS
The conference syllabus is a printed book with all slide presentations and space to take notes adjacent to each slide. Syllabus Book: $35

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

DISCLOSURE AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST MITIGATION
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.

SPECIAL REQUESTS
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.

REFUND POLICY
Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75, 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.

 

COURSE LOCATION
To reserve your hotel room, click:

https://be.synxis.com/?Hotel=77298&Chain=16961&group=2402DPBS

Group Code: 2402DPBS

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

ACCOMMODATIONS/TRAVEL In keeping with public health recommendations, hotel occupancy in Boston may be restricted. The number of rooms reserved for attendees at the Fairmont Copley Plaza is limited. Please make your hotel reservation early.

Call 617.267.5300 or 800.441.1414 for reservations before November 17, 2023, for the discounted group rate or visit https://book.passkey.com/event/49937263/owner/272/home

Specify that you are with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Meditation Course 2023. Please do not purchase non-refundable airline ticket(s) until you have received an email from our office confirming your paid registration.

 

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00am – 10:15am
  • Welcome; Why are you here meditation? Brief Introductions.
10:15am – 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am – 12:15pm
  • Overview of Mindfulness. Definitions, types of meditation, history in clinical practice. Why does Mindfulness work? Neuroplasticity. Brain Mechanisms. Default Mode Network. Future Direction of Research. History of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice. Q&A.

 

9:00am – 10:15am
  • Using Mindfulness in Treatment. Overview: Where do we start? Not one size fits all. The Big picture. Key Questions. Mechanisms of Action. Focused Attention, Mindfulness, Compassion. Self-Compassion. Equanimity. Benefits. Your own practice. Q&A.
10:15am – 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am – 12:15pm
  • (cont.) Using Mindfulness in Treatment. Overview: Where do we start? Not one size fits all. The Big picture. Key Questions. Mechanisms of Action. Focused Attention, Mindfulness, Compassion. Self-Compassion. Equanimity. Benefits. Your own practice. Q & A.
9:00am – 10:15am
  • A deep dive. Concentration. Practices. Sound, Touch Point, Breath. Open Monitoring. The Body. Walking Meditation. Emotions. Labeling. Finding a Pattern. Q&A.
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

 

  • Loving, Kindness and Compassion. LKM Practice. Overview. For oneself, for others. Self-compassion. Practice. Compassionate Being. Equanimity. Mountain Meditation. Q&A.
10:15am – 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am – 12:15pm

 

  • (cont.) Loving, Kindness and Compassion. LKM Practice. Overview. For oneself, for others. Self-compassion. Practice. Compassionate Being. Equanimity. Mountain Meditation. Q&A.

 

9:00am – 10:15am
  • Putting it all together. Working with specific populations, working with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, etc. Self-compassion for Parents, for Pain, for Covid, etc. Q&A.
10:15am – 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am – 12:15pm
  • (cont.) Putting it all together. Working with specific populations, working with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, etc. Self-compassion for Parents, for Pain, for Covid, etc. Q&A.
12:15pm Adjourn

 

Daily Agenda

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

Upon completion of this course, 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.

 

Faculty

Susan Pollak, M.T.S., Ed.D.

Susan M. Pollak, MTS, Ed.D.

Susan M. Pollak, MTS, Ed.D is co-founder, senior teacher and advisor at the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Pollak was the President of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy from 2010-2020. She is the co-editor of The Cultural Transition; contributing author to Mapping the Moral Domain; Evocative Objects; and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Dr. Pollak is co-author, with Thomas Pedulla and Ronald Siegel, of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy. Her most recent book is Self-Compassion for Parents: Nurture Your Child By Caring for Yourself.