Sunday Brunch: Meditation and Mindfulness in Treating Depression

  • 29 Mar 2009
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Contact Jay Moses, Ph.D. at 267-254-0791 for location.

Presenter—Linda Spero, MSS, LCWW

Linda Spero, MSS, LCSW is a psychoanalyst and a graduate of Penn Council for Relationships. A current area of interest for Linda is the relationship between mindfulness, meditation and psychotherapy. She is certified in both Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and as a Yoga Teacher. Linda is on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, and is in private practice in Merion Station, Pa., working with individuals, couples and families.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to articulate the clinical objectives and challenges in working with depressed patients.
  • Participants will be able to explain how Mindfulness/Meditation can be integrated into clinical practice and benefit the clinical dyad (therapist and patient).
Individuals struggling with depression frequently live with a conviction that they are fundamentally defective in some way. This insidious belief colors the interior world of the individual and can be at the root cause of relapse. Current research on depression has identified the prac-
tice of mindfulness and meditation (M/M) as being a critical component to treatment and maintaining recovery. One explanation for M/M’s success is its focus on observation and non-identification with negative thoughts. This differs from cognitive behavioral therapy, where the focus is on the identification of negative thought patterns so that they can be changed.
Join us as we explore, through dialogue and experience (a guided meditation will be part of the program), how M/M enhances the therapist’s ability to convey an “attitude of allowing” in the therapeutic dyad. Like all theoretical constructs that we use, our belief in their efficacy
is the first step towards integration into our clinical practice.

Target Audience: Mental health professionals and graduate students

Instructional Level: Intermediate

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.—Brunch
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Presentation
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.—Discussion

Courtesy of Shobhana Kanal, MSS
Contact Jay Moses, Ph.D. at 267-254-0791 for location.

These programs are open to PSPP members and other interested mental health professionals who may not be members. Nonmembers may attend the brunch for free, but must pay $40 if they wish to receive CE credits. Please register in advance to allow for planning of refreshments and seating arrangements. Walk-in registration is also accepted. Please return registration forms to:

Jay Moses, Ph.D.
303 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 2B
Wayne, PA 19087

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