"What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself."
Abraham Maslow

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  • The Origins of Meditation Research: Herbert Benson

    Instructor(s):
    David Lukoff, Ph.D. | Gary Buck, PhD |
    Course description: Herbert Benson, MD's pioneering research on the relaxation response helped established the efficacy of meditation for healthcare. His first research subjects were practitioners of TM meditation which involves the repetition of a word or phrase (called mantra meditation). His work expanded to include other meditation techniques that also induce the relaxation response. Research and theory on the Relaxation Response is introduced in this online course.

    CE hours: 1.0 | fee: $10.00
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    keywords: meditation | Courses in Mindfulness |

  • Meditation as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine

    Instructor(s):
    David Lukoff, Ph.D. | Gary Buck, PhD |
    Course description: Meditation as a practice undertaken for its health or mental health benefits is considered to fall under the category of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM). Funding to study CAM interventions including meditation have increased dramatically as has use of meditation by the US population. This course focuses on the research support for meditation as a form of CAM and its changing patterns of usage.

    CE hours: 1.0 | fee: $10.00
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    keywords: meditation | spirituality | transpersonal | healing | Courses in Mindfulness |

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

    Instructor(s):
    David Lukoff, Ph.D. |
    Course description: For over 30 years, Jon Kabat-Zinn has pioneered the integration of mindfulness meditation in mainstream medicine and healthcare. Though adapted from Buddhist practices, the contemporary practice of mindfulness used in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is not spiritually based and is therefore open to everyone no matter their religious commitments or life circumstances. This course describes the theory and research behind MBSR.

    CE hours: 1.0 | fee: $10.00
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    keywords: meditation | transpersonal | healing | Courses in Mindfulness |

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

    Instructor(s):
    Gary Buck, PhD | David Lukoff, Ph.D. |
    Course description: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a system of therapy that combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with mindfulness meditation. DBT was originally created by Dr. Marsha Linehan to treat clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and was the first therapy to demonstrate evidenced-based effectiveness with this clientele. The research and theory behind DBT are reviewed in this online course.

    CE hours: 1.0 | fee: $10.00
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    keywords: meditation | ethics | recovery | spirituality | DBT | transpersonal | Courses in Mindfulness |

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

    Instructor(s):
    David Lukoff, Ph.D. | Gary Buck, PhD |
    Course description: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically validated psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways with commitment and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. ACT was originally created by Dr. Steven C. Hayes. The research and theory behind ACT are reviewed in this online course.

    CE hours: 1.0 | fee: $10.00
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    keywords: meditation | psychotherapy | ACT | Courses in Mindfulness |

  • Meditation Related Psychological Problems, Misuses, and Contraindications

    Instructor(s):
    David Lukoff, Ph.D. | Gary Buck, PhD |
    Course description: While meditation practice is generally safe and has beneficial results, it can catalyze challenging psychological problems. It can also be misused by meditators in ways that undercut the goals of psychotherapy. In addition, there are psychological conditions where meditation practice is contraindicated or should only be used with caution. This course explores these considerations in using meditation in clinical practice.

    CE hours: 1.0 | fee: $10.00
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    keywords: meditation | psychotherapy | ethics | spirituality | transpersonal | Courses in Mindfulness |

  • Integrative Restoration - iRest Yoga Nidra

    Instructor(s):
    Gary Buck, PhD | David Lukoff, Ph.D. |
    Course description: Integrative Restoration - iRest, also known as Yoga Nidra, is a multifaceted intervention developed by psychologist Richard Miller by adapting the ancient traditional Yoga Tantric practice of Yoga Nidra, a meditation rather than Hatha Yoga practice that integrates Eastern and Western aspects of psychology and psychotherapy. This adapted form, in its secular application, is called iRest. Since 2005, iRest has been used in a wide variety of clinical applications.

    CE hours: 1.0 | fee: $10.00
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    keywords: meditation | psychotherapy | Courses in Mindfulness |