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Meditation and Psychotherapy

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Meditation and Psychotherapy: Returning to Love and Compassion

May 4-5, 2023

Online Conference

Faculty Course Directors:
Christopher K. Germer, PhD
Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD
Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD


  • Overview

    The clinical use of meditation practices has focused historically on calming the mind and body, regulating emotions, and gaining insights into the psychological and behavioral patterns that create distress. Increasingly, however, clinicians are also discovering the importance of cultivating love and compassion, learning how to work with the heart in addition to the mind.

  • Course Detail

    Meditation and Psychotherapy: Returning to Love and Compassion

    Accumulating research confirms the importance of safe social connection and self-compassion for psychological and physical well-being. Especially given the increase in social divisiveness and isolation brought about by the pandemic, and an epidemic of self-criticism and feelings of inadequacy fueled by social media, our clients are seeking ways to connect more deeply to others and cultivate compassion for themselves.

    How might compassion practices help, including meditation? What factors need to be considered when cultivating compassion? Which practices are best suited to different individuals?

    This course will deepen clinicians' understanding of the psychological, physiological, developmental, social, and neurological factors that foster compassion. Participants will become better equipped to help their clients cultivate these qualities, as well as learning how to develop them for themselves.

    Who Should Attend
    • Physician Assistants
    • Nurses
    • Nurse Practitioners
    • Primary Care Physicians
    • Psychologists
    • Specialty Physicians
    • Social Workers
    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

    • Describe psychological, physiological, developmental, social and neurological factors that facilitate the cultivation of compassion
    • Apply the principles of compassion-based psychotherapy to enhance the therapeutic relationship
    • Develop compassion-based exercises that clients can practice at home between sessions
    • Apply the resource of compassion in their own lives, and during clinical practice, to reduce stress and enhance emotional connection with clients
    • Apply self-compassion techniques as an antidote to compassion fatigue and burnout
    ABMS/ACGME Competencies

    This course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) / Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educational (ACGME) competencies:

    • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
    • Professionalism
    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
    • Medical Knowledge
    IOM Competencies

    This course is designed to meet the following Institute of Medicine Core Competencies:

    • Employ Evidence-Based Practice
    • Provide Patient-Centered Care
    Course Directors

    Karen J. Kuc, MPH
    Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD
    Christopher K. Germer, PhD
    Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD

  • Agenda

    Thursday, May 4, 2023

    6:00-6:10 PM
    Welcome & Introduction
    Christopher Germer, PhD, Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD

    6:10-7:25 PM
    Keynote: Why Compassion?
    Thupten Jinpa, PhD

    7:25-7:40 PM

    7:40-8:25 PM
    Uncoupling Self from Trauma to Promote Mindfulness-based Compassion
    Fadel Zeidan, PhD

    8:25-9:10 PM
    Weaving Compassion and Wellbeing into the Economy: Lessons from Bhutan and Gross National Happiness
    Julia Kim, MD

    9:10-9:25 PM
    Fadel Zeidan, PhD, Julia Kim, MD

    9:25-9:30 PM
    Close Day 1

    Friday, May 5, 2023

    8:10-8:15 AM
    Welcome Day 2
    Christopher Germer, PhD, Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD

    8:15-9:15 AM
    The Journey from Isolation to Compassion
    Sharon Salzberg

    9:15-10:15 AM
    Compassion as a Focus of Psychotherapy
    Paul Gilbert, PhD, FBPsS, OBE

    10:15-10:45 AM

    10:45-11:45 AM
    Compassion for Global Transformation
    Rick Hanson, PhD

    11:45 AM-12:45 PM
    Shame, Compassion, and Internal Family Systems Therapy
    Martha Sweezy, PhD

    12:45-1:45 PM

    1:45-2:45 PM
    May I Be the Medicine: How Compassion Training Helps Therapists Prevent Burnout and Catalyze Transformation
    Joseph Loizzo, MD, PhD

    2:45-3:45 PM
    Compassion Training for Couples
    Michelle Becker, LMFT

    3:45-4:00 PM

    4:00-5:00 PM
    Wrap-Up Faculty Panel Discussion
    Christopher Germer, PhD, Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD, Susan Pollak, MTS, EdD, Tara Cousineau, PhD
  • Faculty
    Michelle Becker, LMFT

    Developer of the Compassion for Couples™ program
    Co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training Senior teacher of the Compassion Cultivation Training program Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator

    Paul Gilbert, PhD, FBPsS, OBE

    Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Centre for Compassion Research and Training, University of Derby, United Kingdom

    Rick Hanson, PhD

    Senior Fellow, UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center
    Founder, the Global Compassion Coalition and the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom

    Thupten Jinpa, PhD

    Founder and Chairman of Compassion Institute
    Principal English translator for H.H. the Dalai Lama
    Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Montreal
    Founder and President, Institute of Tibetan Classics
    Chairman of the Board, Mind and Life Institute

    Julia Kim, MD

    Program Director, Gross National Happiness Centre, Bhutan

    Joseph Loizzo, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in Integrative Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia Center for Buddhist Studies

    Susan Pollak, MTS, EdD

    Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
    Co-founder and senior faculty member, Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance
    President, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy Psychologist in private practice

    Sharon Salzberg

    Co-founder, Insight Meditation Society
    Co-founder, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
    Meditation pioneer, teacher, and author

    Martha Sweezy, PhD

    Assistant professor in psychiatry, part time, Harvard Medical School Program consultant and supervisor, Cambridge Health Alliance, and psychotherapist in private practice.

    Fadel Zeidan, PhD

    Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of California San Diego

    Course Directors

    Christopher K. Germer, PhD

    Faculty and Co-Founder, Center for Mindfulness and Compassion and Supervisor
    Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Lecturer on Psychiatry, part-time, Harvard Medical School
    Faculty, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy
    Co-Developer, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training Program Private Practice and Supervision, Arlington, MA

    Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD

    Faculty, Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Assistant Professor of Psychology (part-time), Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
    Faculty, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

    Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
    Center Director, Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Director, Mindful Mental Health Service, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Director of Addiction Research, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Faculty Affiliate, Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, Dartmouth

    Karen Kuc, MPH

    Director, Continuing Education in Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance​​​
    Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

  • Accreditation


    In support of improving patient care, Harvard Medical School is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 10.00 continuing education credits.

    Social Workers

    This program has been approved for 10.0 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approving Program, Authorization Number D91685. NY Social Workers: The Division of Continuing Education in Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an Approved Provider #0038 of continuing education for licensed social workers. This course has been approved for 10.00 contact hours.


    The Cambridge Health Alliance, Psychiatry Continuing Education Division, has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5444. This program meets the requirements for 10.0 continuing education hours. CHA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This offering is also applicable for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Counseling/Allied Mental Health accreditation for 10.00 credits.

    Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses

    For the purpose of recertification, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board and American Nurses Credentialing Center accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education). We would also suggest that learners check with their state licensing board to ensure they accept reciprocity with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for re-licensure.

    Canadian Accreditation

    The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

    European Accreditation

    The American Medical Association (AMA) has an agreement of mutual recognition of continuing medical education (CME) credit with the European Union of Medical Specialties (UEMS). Additional information regarding this agreement may be found here.

    Disclosure Policy

    In accord with the disclosure policy of the Medical School as well as standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), course planners, speakers, and content reviewers have been asked to disclose any relationships they have to companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. In addition, faculty have been asked to list any off-label uses of pharmaceuticals and/or devices for investigational or non-FDA approved purposes that they plan to discuss.


    CME activities accredited by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgement before making clinical decisions of any kind.

    Note: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is calculated based on submission of a preliminary agenda and may be subject to change.

  • Fees

    Tuition for Meditation and Psychotherapy: Learning from Non-Ordinary States is listed below. You may register through our secure online environment and will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your payment. Prices include CME credit, electronic syllabus and access to recordings for 30 days after the course.

    At the end of the registration process, a $10 non-refundable processing fee will be added to your registration. Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75, will be issued for all cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be made in our secure online system or by email. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee.

    Course Tuition

    Meditation and Psychotherapy: Returning to Love and Compassion

    Physician (MD/DO)

    $385.00 / ($355 if registered by April 5, 2023)

    Nurse (RN/APRN)

    $300.00 / ($275 if registered by April 5, 2023)


    $300.00 / ($275 if registered by April 5, 2023)

    Allied Health Professional / Other

    $300.00 / ($275 if registered by April 5, 2023)

Courses from the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion

CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion

If you are interested in continuing education opportunities in Mindfulness as well as Internal Family Systems (IFS), please explore the offerings from CHA's Center for Mindfulness and Compassion:

Contact Us

Continuing Medical Education

617-384-8600 (9am-4pm ET, Monday-Friday)

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Karen Kuc, MPH

Nancy Felsheim, MS

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