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Mindful healing: connecting the cell and the self

14 Category A
Open to: 
NDs, health-care practitioners, third-year students

Course description

This original seven-week webinar series, is now available on-demand. 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 14-hour 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 course is 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

Learning objectives:

  • 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.

Course outline:

  • Session 1 - becoming a mindful practitioner
  • Session 2 - how biography becomes biology
  • Session 3 - guided imagery - listening to symptoms
  • Session 4 - guided imagery - listening to inner wisdom
  • Session 5 - childhood trauma & adult disease
  • Session 6 - healing presence in the therapeutic relationship
  • Session 7 - clinical application & integration

Paul Epstein - 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. 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.

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