Dis-ease tells a story, not just about our cells and a diagnosis, but of ourselves and our lives. We’ll explore how biography becomes biology, and how listening to our life stories connects us to our authentic being. The focus of this 7-week course will be to integrate the study, practice and clinical application of mindfulness and mind-body therapies. The principles and practices of mind-body medicine will be explored through lecture, discussion, guided experiential exercises, case studies, assigned readings, and practical homework.
This will be a personal and professional journey that leads us to become better physicians and our best selves.
- Explore how one’s biography becomes their biology
- Engage in your own self-healing journey
- Acknowledge and discover the wounded healer in each of us
- Cultivate compassionate awareness and a healing presence
- Enhance the effectiveness of the therapeutic relationship
- Learn to treat people with stress related disorders
“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, it is by making the darkness conscious.” Carl Jung
• To apply mindfulness, relaxation, guided imagery, and counseling as therapeutic tools.
• Cultivate a therapeutic relationship based on compassionate awareness.
• Dialogue with symptoms in order to discover their meaning and message.
• Integrate mind-body healing with other therapeutic modalities.
• Understand somatic psychotherapy models including internal family systems therapy.
Session 1 (Jan 15, 2013) Becoming a Mindful Practitioner (Living Question #1)
Session 2 (Jan 22, 2013) How Biography Becomes Biology
Session 3 (Jan 29, 2013) Guided Imagery - Listening to Symptoms (Living Question #2)
Session 4 (Feb 5, 2013) Guided Imagery - Listening to Inner Wisdom
Session 5 (Feb 12, 2013) Childhood Trauma & Adult Disease (Living Question #3)
Session 6 (Feb 19, 2013) Healing Presence in the Therapeutic Relationship
Session 7 (Feb 26, 2013) Clinical Application & Integration
Paul Epstein, ND
About the Instructor:
Dr. Paul Epstein is a naturopathic physician, mind body therapist, mindfulness meditation teacher, speaker, workshop leader and author. His whole person relationship centered care approach integrates naturopathic principles and therapies with mind-body medicine. He uses mindful awareness and contemplative psychotherapy to guide patients on their self-healing journey. He graduated from NCNM, the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1984, where he did a residency in holistic medicine, stress and lifestyle counseling and directed the clinical lifestyle change program "Healthstyles".
He has successfully advocated the clinical application and integration of mind-body-spirit therapies in health care for 30 years exploring the mind-body connection, how biography becomes biology, narrative medicine and the role of stress in health and disease. Paul was co-founder of the Israel Center for Mind-Body Medicine. He graduated from the Academy for Guided Imagery, completed the three-year training program for Community Dharma Meditation Leaders at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and has trained in the “internal family system model” of psychotherapy.
"Working with Dr Epstein has helped me learn to be with my pain and look at healing in a new way. Before I met him, I hadn't thought of the concept of 'being with' my pain but only wanted it to go away and was preoccupied with adopting behaviors and relationships that enabled me to avoid it. However, having worked with Dr. Epstein, I have learned to be with the most painful parts of myself - holding them with love and compassion. I have learned that the path towards true healing is not about taking shortcuts around my suffering, but about journeying inwards with the courage and compassion needed to hold, with love, the most vulnerable parts of self. Not only has this helped me personally, but helps me to be a better doctor to my patients as I walk with them along their own healing journey. I recognize that my job is not to take away anyone's pain, but create a space where they feel safe to journey into it."
(Naturopathic Student turned Physician)
“Dr. Epstein has the unique ability to enable his patients to see their
situation’s with “new eyes”. His skillful investigation along with his
tremendous openness of heart allowed me to finally open my own heart to
include even the very illness which I had been fighting so hard to “get
rid of”. Ironically, it was through this deep acceptance that real
healing finally began – spiritually, emotionally & physically.
Dr. Epstein is an expert guide to awakening the healer that lies within
each of us; many people talk about this, Dr. Epstein lives it."
Arline (Patient of Dr. Paul Epstein0
I first met Dr. Paul Epstein just prior to beginning my fourth and final year of naturopathic medical school. My journey through medical school had been one of many ups and downs with multiple challenges and tests thrown my way. The year prior to meeting Dr. Epstein was a particularly trying one as I ended a long-term relationship and lost a very important soul in my life to illness. When I met Dr. Epstein I was in a place of sorrow and running from life as if I was being chased. It was common for me to fall into my typical self-destructive patterns of overachievement, self-criticism and self-doubt, of which I was deeply in the midst of at the time. Meeting Dr. Epstein was a breath of fresh air for me from the very beginning. He offered me a type of educational experience that my school’s curriculum was sorely lacking. He also offered me a safe place and space to share and begin to feel comfortable in my own skin. I learned quite early on that being “me” was not something that I had to analyze, change, or fix which was something that no one else had ever helped me to understand. Over time my patterns began to change as I gave myself the space to heal. I also began to notice wonderful things with my patients once I learned to be more centered in myself. My patients began to respond to me in a different way, to trust me more, and to confide in me about details of their lives that ended up being an integral part of their healing journeys. The lessons I learned from Dr. Epstein were invaluable in my training as a naturopathic doctor. At my graduation ceremony this year I received a wonderful gift when I was given the award for “Clinical Excellence”. I truly believe that without Dr. Epstein’s guidance I could not have achieved this accomplishment and I feel blessed to have met him when I did.
Kristin (Naturopathic Student turned Physician)
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - Wednesdyas 1-3pm (EST)