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Working with Anger (7/10-7/24)

Mindfulness & Psychotherapy (7/19)

Past Workshops 

MARC offers several workshops throughout the year that designed to be experiential and educational. MARC workshops introduce you to the latest topics related to mindfulness and well-being. Many of these programs are Continuing Education credit eligible.

Past workshops incude Why Mindfulness Matters: A Scientific Perspective with Dr. Sue Smalley, Mind Body Medicine: From Genes to Behavior with Dr. Michael Irwin, An Integrative Journey to the Mind with Dr. Daniel Siegel, The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation with Dr. Philippe Goldin,  Positivity Resonates with Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, and many more.




Working with Anger: Developing Skill in the Midst of Intense Feeling
A Three-Class Series with Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D.

It has been said that anger has a 'honeyed tip and poisoned root'.  From minor irritation to intense rage, anger has important effects on our lives, our families and our society.  If we are to be deeply happy and nourish the happiness of others, we must include anger as part of the mindfulness path.  While we acknowledge the suffering caused by anger, our approach is not moralistic about what arises in our minds nor are we asked to disown any experience.  Anger is not a moral issue but a question of suffering and the release from suffering. Thus, we seek ways of meeting the experience of anger with wisdom and compassion and creating conditions for kindness to grow.

Although anger sometimes contains a seed of wisdom, it invariably contains a seed of confusion.  In other words, anger is never the last word - there's always something more to be seen.  During this series, we'll consider the role anger plays in our lives and the ways in which mindfulness can be helpful. We will learn meditative strategies to untangle the complex experience of anger into its component parts, namely, emotional feeling, mental images and thoughts. Teachings will also aim to remind us of the dimension of ourselves that urgently seeks a life of non-harming.  Lastly, the class will describe how perspectives on 'self-clinging' are relevant for working with anger.  When we vigilantly stand guard at the gates of 'Me', we are certain to encounter challenges that mobilize our anger.  As habits of self-clinging are weakened, the causes for anger to arise are weakened too. 

All are welcome. 

Date Time Venue Instructor *Cost
Thursdays, July 10, 17, and 24. 7-8:30pm Rm 67-415, 740 Westwood Plaza, Semel Institute for Neuroscience, UCLA.  Matthew Brensilver Ph.D.

(No discount)


Registration Closed
Class Full

Class Notes & Policies

*Scholarship and Work-exchange opportunities available



Mindfulness & Psychotherapy: Cultivating the Clinician, Crafting the Intervention
 Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D.

with Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D.

As mindfulness gains an increasingly prominent place in modern psychotherapy, therapists are challenged to find skillful ways to incorporate the modality into clinical work.  Mindfulness functions in two ways. First, it develops skills in the psychotherapist that are relevant to good clinical outcomes: compassion, the capacity for deep listening, and awareness of one's own emotional reactivity.  Second, mindfulness functions as a primary or adjunctive practice prescribed to clients struggling with a range of clinical issues including, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, pain syndromes and emotional dysregulation.   

The ability to effectively incorporate mindfulness in clinical work depends on the familiarity we have developed with our own minds - through our own practice.  We will learn mindfulness practices that emphasize the cultivation of skills relevant to psychotherapy and provide guidance on how mindfulness can be introduced to clients.  Relevant research will be examined. 

About the Instructor:

Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D., holds a master's degree in clinical social work and has done psychotherapy with adolescents, adults and groups. He received a PhD from USC, where his research investigated explanations of psychiatric comorbidity. Matthew is currently a postdoctoral scholar at UCLA's School of Medicine, where he works with a group doing addiction research.  Over a period of years, he was trained to teach mindfulness and has shared the practice with thousands of people in groups at USC, UCLA and within the community.

Date Time Venue Instructor *Cost
Saturday July 19 10am-1pm

UCLA, Marisa Leif
Room#3200, Level 6
300 Medical Plaza

Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D.




Online registration closed.
Walk-ins welcome


Class Notes & Policies

*Scholarship and Work-exchange opportunities available





Past Workshops

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  • Intuition and the Power of Letting Go with Judith Orloff, M.D. Saturday June 14,m 2014

  • Mindfulness and World Music with Diana Winston, Michael Perricone, Jahna Perrricone, A.J. Racy, Thursday, June 5, 2014. Fowler Museum UCLA.

  • The Science of Mindfulness Series - Mindfulness and Cancer:  Effects of Mindfulness Training for Cancer Patients and Survivors
    with Julienne Bower, Ph.D. April 30, 2014

  • The Awake in the Wild Experience with Mark Coleman, Saturday March 15, 2014

  • Mindfulness & Psychotherapy: Cultivating the Clinician, Crafting the Intervention with Matthew Brensilver, PhD, Saturday March 1, 2014

  • Mindfulness Based Leadership: How to Become a Valued Presence in your Organization and Community, with Dawa Tarchin Phillips, Saturday, Feb 8, 2014

  • The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain: Developing the Adolescent Mind, with Dan Siegel, M.D, January 11, 2014 


  • Bridging the Science of Mindfulness and Psychoneuroimmunology, with David S. Black M.D., M.P.H., December 4, 2013

  • Conversations with Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman, with Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg. November 7, 2013

  • Mindfulness for the Earth: Deepening Personal and Ecological Awareness, with Deborah Eden Tull. November 2, 2013.

  • Mindfulness Meditation and Tibetan Singing Bowls, with Michael Perricone and Diana Winston. Fowler Museum. October 17, 2013

  • Breaking Bad Habits, with Dr. Elisa Goldstein, September 21, 2013

  • Why Mindfulness Matters: A Scientific Perspective with Susan Smalley, PhD July 10, 2013

  • Mind Body Medicine: From Genes to Behavior with Dr. Michael Irwin, MD, July 17, 2013

  • Mindfulness and Psychotherapy with Matthew Brensilver, PhD, July 24, 2013

  • Positivity Resonates: Creating Health and Happiness in Micro-Moments of Connection with Barbara Fredrickson PhD, June 25, 2013

  • Mind Whispering: A New Map to Freedom From Self-Defeating Emotional Habits with Dr. Daniel Goleman and Tara Goleman, June 1, 2013

  • Untangle and Be Free: Thoughts and Emotions as a Path to Freedom with Shinzen Young, May 29, 2013

  • The Science and Practice of Self-Compassion with Diana Winston and Rory Reid, Ph.D. May 8, 2013
  • Mindful Awareness & Stress Management with Diana Winston, Robert Bilder Ph.D., George Slavich Ph.D. April 23, 2013
  • Intuitive Healing and Mindfulness with Judith Orloff, M.D. March 16, 2013


  • Intuitive Healing and Mindfulness with Judith Orloff, M.D. March 16, 2013

  • Classical Mindfulness: Intensive Training for Treatment of Anxiety Disorders, with Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D, December 7 & 8, 2012  

  • Breaking Bad Habits: The Neuroscience and Psychology of Transforming our Lives with Dr. Elisha Goldstein, November 3, 2012

  • Brain Plasticity and Meditation, with Drs. Eileen Luders & Marvin G. Belzer, July 11, 2012

  • The Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation and Its Effects On Anxiety And Emotion Regulation, with Philippe Goldin, Ph.D., May 2012

  • An Integrative Journey to the Mind with Daniel Siegel, M.D., May 2012 
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Imagination: Creating Resiliency in Children with Charlotte Reznick Ph.D., April 2012
  • Becoming Focused, Aware and Self-Directed: The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD with Dr. Lidia Zylowska, March 2012



  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Drs. Dan Siegel and Tina Bryson, October 14, 2011
  • Intuition, Emotional Healing, and Mindfulness, with Dr. Judith Orloff, October 1, 2011
  • Introduction to Classical Mindfulness based CBT for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorder with focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Lobsang Rapgay, Ph.D, August 2011
  • Mindfulness and the Healing Professions: Deepening the Skill of Compassion with Dr. Matthew Brensilver, July 2011
  • Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Creativity: An Interactive Exploration, June 2011
  • The Worry Solution: An Exclectic Approach to Anxiety and Stress, March 2011



  • HypnoMeditation: Transforming Fear into Safety with Dr. Marc Scheon, December 2010
  • Mindfulness and Psychotherapy: Deepening our Capacity to Notice and Manage Counter-Transference with Dr. Matthew Brensilver, November 2010
  • The Healing Power of Children's Imagination: Nine Therapeutic Tools with Dr. Charlotte Reznick, October 2010
  • Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: The Healing Power of Mindfulness with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, October 2010
  • Intuition and Mindfulness: Awaken the Power of Intuition for Health and Healing with Dr. Judith Orloff, October 2010
  • The Mindful Therapist with Dr. Dan Siegel, July 2010
  • HypnoMeditation and Retraining your Mind and Body's Response to Negative Thinkingwith Dr. Marc Schoen, May 2010
  • Hypnomeditation & Sleep Enhancement with Dr. Marc Schoen, April 2010
  • Introduction to Hypnomeditation with Dr. Marc Schoen, March 2010




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