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.
When we survey the landscape of our lives and reflect on the best and most difficult times, we are usually thinking about emotion. The story of our past is bound together by chapters of emotion. When we hope for something in the future, we’re typically hoping to feel a particular way. Even if we don’t consider ourselves particularly ‘emotional,’ the drama of joy and sorrow, love and anger, security and fear – is poignant for all of us.
During our time together, we’ll consider mindfulness practices and scientific approaches to understanding emotion, welcoming emotion, and transforming it. Since our emotions ripple out and affect the people in our lives, our practice is dedicated to both ourselves and to others.
The classes will include guided meditations, practice suggestions, and time for dialogue and discussion. All are welcome.
About the Instructor:
Matthew Brensilver, PhD, served as a Buddhist chaplain at USC for four years and teaches about the intersection of mindfulness and psychotherapy at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. Matthew was trained by Noah Levine, with whom he teaches at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and is currently in the Spirit Rock/IMS teacher training program. He conducts research on addiction treatment at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine.
Difficult patients tend to have deep seated personality issues that cause them to use very reactive ways of dealing with internal and external conflicts. They use complex and threatening means that may leave the therapist overwhelmed, frustrated and eventually reacting in turn by either pacifying, correcting or even rejecting the patient.
Wilfred Bion has established a theoretical and practical paradigm of the container and contained – a key concept and practice in classical mindfulness - to help therapists manage such patients. Classical Mindfulness, as a practice of containment provides a step by step meditative and interactive practice to actualize the container/contained by learning to broaden the field of awareness to take in the patient's unwanted, unprocessed material and without memory and desire let them configure into an imagery that can then be narrated back to the patient.
During this 4 hour workshop we will introduce the concept of container/contained and explain how the state is cultivated in classical mindfulness. We will learn the technique of broadening the mind by learning to first sustain attention on the breath and then gradually broaden the field of awareness to sensations in the body. The skill will then be translated into an internal spacious container free of memory and desire to take in the patient's projections, and make them digestible for the patient to reclaim and lay the groundwork for developing specific, concrete cognitive and behavioral changes.
The workshop will consists of an introductory presentation of the concept and practice, followed with training in broadening the field of awareness, and finally discussion on how primitive defenses are best understood and processed by first creating an internal container to contain them as they are. Without containment, applying corrective measures be it interpretations, restructuring, exposure and so on will fail to reach the core of the patient in distress.
About the Instructor:
Lobsang Rapgay. PhD, is a research psychologist and Director of the Study on Attention and Memory in Anxiety Disorders. He directs the California Center for Integrative Psychotherapy, a training clinic in Brentwood, Los Angeles that provides integrative mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety disorders. Integrative mindfulness incorporate both early and later including Tibetan Buddhist forms of mindfulness. He was a Tibetan Buddhist monk for 18 years and well versed in Buddhist theory and practice. He maintains a regular practice of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind with Dan Siegel M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson Ph.D., December 6, 2014
Mindfulness Based Leadership: How to Be a Valued Presence in your Organization and Community with Dawa Tarchin Phillips, October 25, 2014
Working with Anger: Developing Skill in the Midst of Intense Feeling, A Three-Class Series with Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D. July 10, 17, 24, 2014
Mindfulness & Psychotherapy: Cultivating the Clinician, Crafting the Intervention with Matthew Brensilver, Ph.D. Saturday July 19, 2014
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
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
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