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Being Present with Pain
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As long as we're alive, we experience pain. Unfortunately, many of our hard-wired responses to both physical and emotional pain multiply our miseries, trapping us in viscous cycles of suffering. This class will focus on ways to be present with pain that interrupt these cycles, freeing us from unnecessary suffering. Therapeutic presence arises from a clinician and clients’ increased willingness to relate to pain with flexibility versus control and avoidance.

Objectives

  1. Evaluate the neurobiological effects of mindfulness practice on experimentally induced pain
  2. Present cognitive, affective, and behavioral components of chronic pain cycles
  3. Specify how mindfulness practice can help to interrupt chronic pain cycles

Outline

  • Neurobiological effects of mindfulness practice on experimentally induced pain
  • Cognitive, affective, and behavioral components
  • Presence arising from teaching oneself and clients to flexibly relate to pain
  • Interrupt chronic pain cycles

 

Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, has spent over 35 years as a part-time assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. A long-time student of mindfulness meditation, he serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He also teaches internationally about mind-body medicine and the application of mindfulness and compassion practices in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and other fields.

Dr. Siegel has edited and written several books, including the critically acclaimed professional text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition, a comprehensive guide for general audiences. He also authored several professional guides: The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems, Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy. His step-by-step self-treatment guide, Back Sense, integrates mindfulness practice, aggressive rehabilitation, and mind-body approaches to treat chronic back and neck pain.

 

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Ronald Siegel maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Harvard Medical School and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He receives royalties as a published author. Ronald Siegel receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Ronald Siegel is a member of the American Psychological Association. He is an author for Psychotherapy Networker.


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