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Where Mind-Body Medicine Meets Mental Health: An Update on the New Science of Wellbeing

Presented by Joan Z. Borysenko, PhD 2CE Hours

Workshop Description:

Discover how the therapeutic and quintessentially human journey to “best self,” is informed by new developments in the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience. Identifying and encouraging a client’s innate character strengths, as well as helping them develop new strengths—fostering self-compassion and positive empathy as well as understanding spirituality as a constellation of eight positive emotions—creates resilience and authentic happiness. You will learn both the rationale for the use of these evidence-based interventions, as well as practical methods to use with your clients.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Distinguish compassion from positive and negative empathy.
  2. Use the VIA character strengths survey.
  3. Help clients clarify values with a brief, informal survey.
  4. Discuss the development of meta-awareness for emotional flexibility.
  5. Practice three types of meditation: mindfulness, loving-kindness, and wellbeing imagery.
  6. Define spirituality (as distinct from religion) as a constellation of eight positive emotions.