Mindfulness and compassion

Mindfulness, Compassion, & Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy: What Clinicians Need to Know About Non-Ordinary States
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withRonald D. Siegel
Duration: 11h 41m 56s
Recordings of the course available without time limits
Available in Italian (simultaneous translation), English
🪙 You will receive 12 CPD credits
🪙 You will receive 12 CE credits


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Ever since Freud, psychotherapists have worked with non-ordinary states such as dreams, hypnosis, and free association to explore and heal the heart and mind. In the past decade mindfulness and compassion practices have become mainstream tools, while more recently research on psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy has mushroomed. Psychedelics, often combined with insights from mindfulness and compassion practices, now offer not only possible breakthrough treatments for PTSD, depression, addictions, and end-of-life anxiety, but provide new insights into the nature of psychological distress, mechanisms of healing.

What can clinicians learn from these developments? What can they teach us about the neurobiology of human suffering and flourishing? How can they inform our practice?

In this 2-day interactive workshop, you will learn practical tools and techniques derived from mindfulness and compassion-oriented treatment and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to help clients with a wide-array of disorders. We will explore ways to help clients integrate split-off traumatic memories, open their hearts, embrace vulnerability, surrender to the flow of ever-changing experience, move from isolation to deep connection with people and nature, appreciate the unreliable fluidity of thought, and find meaning in everyday moments.

You will learn how to use mindfulness and self-compassion practices along with other techniques to harness these healing mechanisms, while also gaining the knowledge necessary to help clients who might be experimenting with psychedelics to integrate and grow from their experiences.


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What will you learn?

Participants will learn to:

  • Describe the history of non-ordinary states in psychotherapy Identify the common elements in a wide variety of psychological disorders.
  • Discuss how mindfulness practices work to resolve psychological distress.
  • Describe the role of compassion and self-compassion in psychotherapeutic progress.
  • Analyze evidence for efficacy and mechanisms of action in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.
  • Describe what the neurobiology of meditation and psychedelics teach us about psychological suffering and flourishing.
  • Differentiate the role of transpersonal or “mystical” experience in both mindfulness-informed and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.
  • Utilize practical strategies to introduce the transformative elements of mindfulness and compassion-informed, and psychedelic-assisted sessions into other forms of psychotherapy.
    • Identify contraindications for inducing non-ordinary states in psychotherapy.

About the Speaker

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Ronald D. Siegel
Dr. Ronald D. Siegel, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 35 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel is co-editor of the critically acclaimed text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition; author of a comprehensive guide for general audiences, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; co-editor of Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy; co-author of the professional guide Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy; co-author of the self-treatment guide Back Sense, which integrates Western and Eastern approaches for treating chronic back pain; and professor for The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being produced by The Great Courses. He is also a regular contributor to other professional publications, and is co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy.
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1 review for this item

  1. Brunella Giordanengo (verified owner) -

    I thank ISC for the opportunity to participate in this course.
    As always, the organisation, both in providing timely responses and in the management of the event itself, is excellent.
    The content of the course was not only interesting but really educational in terms of both my profession and my personal growth.
    The generous lecturer, Siegel, led the group through cognitively complex concepts and brought the participants to an actually lived emotional experience.
    Much desire to deepen.
    Thanks again

    • Dr. Alessandro Carmelita -

      Dear Dr Giordanengo, we are happy for your appreciation. Ron Siegel is a professional of vast experience and great humanity. He is able to make everything simple and straightforward. As always, we try to offer you the best lecturers. It is also our intention to be more and more punctual, precise and attentive to all your needs. Yours sincerely, The ISC Staff

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