Mudrashram Institute of Spiritual Studies
Meditation for Therapists Workshop
This six-hour educational and experiential workshop is for practicing counselors and psychotherapists who seek to learn more about meditation as a therapeutic modality. Psychiatrists, social workers, hypnotherapists, and holistic healers who incorporate therapy into their practices are also welcome to take this course, as are graduate students in Psychology and Social Work.
This workshop features six styles of meditation drawn from several spiritual traditions that can be usefully adapted to work with clients in the therapeutic setting. Participants will have an opportunity to practice the techniques and to guide others in them. A workbook is included with the course.
The course begins with an overview of the many styles of meditation. We will discuss and practice in this workshop those meditation techniques that have special efficacy in promoting insight, aiding in stress reduction and relaxation, and assisting your clients to contact their inner resources of intuition and volition. Among the methods we will explore are Vipassana, Inner Absorption (Laya) methods, breathing meditation, and techniques of Reflective and Receptive meditation.
Professionals who work on a daily basis with individuals seeking to better understand themselves, improve their lives, and relate to others in a healthier way will find this an invaluable course, both for their clients and for themselves. Incorporating the powerful focusing methods of meditation in therapy can lead to faster resolution of clients issues and improved therapeutic outcomes.
The course and workbook cover:
Introduction to Meditation
What is Meditation?
The Great Continuum of Consciousness
Models of Consciousness in Psychology
Vehicles, Forms, or Energetic StatesThe Focal Point of Meditation
Comparisons of Psychotherapy, Hypnosis and Meditation
Who is Using Meditation in Therapy?
Techniques of Meditation with Relevance to Psychotherapy
Using Meditation in Your Therapy Sessions
Vipassana upon Sensations
Vipassana upon Feelings
Vipassana upon Thoughts
Vipassana upon I AM Statements
Vipassana upon the Voidness of Consciousness
Watching the breath
Breathing an affirmation
Breathing a mantra
Energizing the body by visualizationa demonstration
The Rainbow Method
The Little Sun Method
The Mandala Method
The Stepping Stone Method
Ego, Self, and Soul
GroundingComing Back from Altered States of Consciousness
Articles on Meditation and Psychotherapy
Conscious Mind Meditation
Methods for Meditation on the Vehicles and to Activate the Potentials of Consciousness
Meditation on the Vehicles
Levels of Autosuggestion
Imagery Techniques in Psychotherapy
A Comparison of Spiritual and Psychological Work
Therapy with Members of Religious Cults
Some of George A. Boyd's Other Reflections on Meditation
The Human Growth Continuum
What is Transformation?
Temples of Human Life
A New Model of Human Functioning
A Heuristic for Determining the Outcome of Therapy
A Comparison Between Psychological and Spiritual Transformation
Madness and Mysticism: the Role of Reality Testing
The Journey to Inner Awakening
The workbook also contains suggestions for continuing study and an extensive glossary of new terms.
Your agency can host this workshop if you wish. [It is not approved for professional continuing educational credit at this time].