Getting Over Yourself: the Best of Buddhism and Psychotherapy

  • Menla Retreat & Spa Menla Retreat & Spa
  • 375 Panterkill Road PO Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464 United States
  • Aug 14 - 16, 2020 (3 days)

About This Event

What does it mean to heal? Buddhist and Western psychotherapists have different visions of healing. In Buddhism, the emphasis is often on taming the mind in order to bring out underlying qualities of wisdom and compassion. In psychotherapy, there is a much greater concern with excavating childhood difficulties and working through emotional blockages so as to free a person from the vestiges of the past. Can these two approaches be reconciled? What can Buddhism learn from therapy, and what can therapists learn from Buddhism? 

Those of us who have grown up in the West, struggling personally with issues like anxiety or addiction, often benefit from aspects of each tradition. This weekend’s workshop, through lectures, discussion, meditation and questions and answers, will explore what an integrated approach to healing actually looks like. Join Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein and Professor Robert Thurman as they explore what it means to heal your mind.

14 Continuing Education Credits are available for attending this program:

CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association..

SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.

For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Michael Burbank at (contact info blocked). For questions about CE, visit (contact info blocked) or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@(contact info blocked)

The filing fee for CEs for this program is $65, payable to Menla either at registration or by the time you check in.

Learning Objectives: At the end of the program, participants will be better able to…

Describe one Buddhist technique to help depressed clients relate differently to their inner voice

Describe one Buddhist technique to help anxious clients relate differently to their inner voice

Describe one Buddhist technique to help addicted clients relate differently to their inner voice

Apply mindfulness for the therapist in a clinical setting

Apply critical inquiry (vipassana) in clinical outpatient psychotherapy

Apply the Eightfold Prescription to clinically help depressed clients

Apply the Eightfold Prescription to clinically help anxious clients

Apply the Eightfold Prescription to clinically help addicted clients

Apply "'no absolute self versus relative self" to clinically help relationship conflict

Apply mindfulness for clients in a clinical setting

*We are happy to be able to offer this event both onsite and online. If you are interested in joining us in person please use this link to register!


Friday, August 14th

7:15pm EST Welcome Program 

Saturday, August 15th

9:30 - 12pm EST Morning Program 

12 - 4pm Break

4 - 6pm EST Program Afternoon Program

6 - 7pm Break

7:30pm EST Program Evening Program

Sunday, August 16th

9:30 - 12pm EST Closing Program

* Please note that schedule is subject to change at anytime.

*In order to respect the privacy of our guests, we send the Zoom link as a BCC email list. Doing so may result with the email being sent to the Spam folder. Please check for the emailed link a day before the event. If unable to find the link, please email (contact info blocked).

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