Residential workshop for MBI-teachers
with Willoughby Britton, Ph.D. and Jared Lindahl, Ph.D.
from May 17th to 19th, 2019
First Do No Harm:
Foundational Competencies for Working Skillfully with Meditation-Related Challenges
3-Day Training for MB programs teachers
The Institut Pleine Conscience is happy to welcome for the first time in Belgium Willoughby Britton, Ph.D. and Jared Lindahl, Ph.D. from Brown University for a 3-day workshop on meditation safety.
Willoughby Britton PhD is a an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University Medical School, and the Director of Brown’s Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory.
Her clinical neuroscience research investigates the effects of contemplative practices on the brain and body in the treatment of mood disorders, trauma and other emotional disturbances. She is especially interested in practice-specific effects, and moderators of treatment outcome, or in other words “Which practices are best or worst suited for which types of people or conditions and why”. She recently completed “The Varieties of Contemplative Experience” study which investigates the full range of experiences that can arise in the context of contemplative practices, including experiences that could be considered difficult, challenging or adverse.
As a clinician, she has been trained as an instructor in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and has taught mindfulness to both clinical and non-clinical populations. She now specializes in helping meditators who are experiencing meditation-related difficulties, and providing meditation safety trainings to providers and organizations.
Jared Lindahl PhD is Visiting Assistant Professor in Brown University’s Department of Religious Studies and director of the humanities research track in the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Lab. Since 2014, Dr. Lindahl has been directing the data collection, qualitative analysis, and writing of papers for the Varieties of Contemplative Experience research project. Jared holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His ongoing research examines contemplative practices in a range of contexts—from classical Greece, India, and Tibet to Buddhist modernism and the mindfulness movement in the United States—and attempts to integrate historical and textual studies of contemplative traditions with phenomenological and neurobiological approaches in order to investigate the relationship between contemplative practices, resultant experiences, and culturally situated appraisals of meaning and value.
This 3 day training will address the question of safety in teaching meditation, with a research overview on this issue, followed by the question of foundational knowledge and skills and how to manage difficulties when they arise.
Day 1: Meditation-Related Difficulties: Research Overview
Day 1 reviews the findings from the Varieties of Contemplative Experience project, as well as related adverse effects data from mindfulness-based interventions. The training includes detailed descriptions of meditation-related challenges, including subject quotes, how often they occur, how long they last, potential risk factors, and the many ways they can be interpreted or appraised.
Day 2: Foundational Knowledge and Skills
Day 2 focuses more on concrete steps to ensure safety for your program, and includes four modules: informed consent, screening, monitoring, and management, which are described below. This module is accompanied by access to the Meditation Safety Toolbox, which includes official curricula and implementation guidelines, informed consent, screening instruments from the UMASS, Oxford and Bangor mindfulness centers, as well as a folder of research and other resources. The Toolbox is updated monthly to stay current on new developments.
- Informed Consent: This module review s the informed consent process, and is legal implications. Here we review advertising brochures, and other statement of benefits vs limitations and risks. Examples of informed consent documents, and advertisements from mindfulness programs are provided.
- Screening: The screening module provides training in how to screen participants who are interested in taking an MBI program, and includes review of inclusion/exclusion criteria and decision trees for participation, and screening instruments.
- Monitoring: The monitoring module teaches facilitators how to adequately monitor or track potential adverse reactions in their mindfulness clients. Expecting the students to spontaneously report difficulties to the facilitator, a process known as “passive monitoring” is not adequate. Proper monitoring, must be active, ask specific questions, and be anonymous and non-penalizing. This module focuses on the meditation-related difficulties that are most likely to occur with MBI interventions, such as anxiety/panic, traumatic re-experiencing and dissociation.
- Mechanism: The mechanism module explores the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms of how meditation practices cause different types of experiences in different people. Examples of mechanisms include hyperarousal/sensitization and hypoarousal/dissocation.
Day 3: Management
The management module teaches facilitators how to manage difficulties once they arise, as well as modify their instructions to minimize the likelihood of adverse reactions. This module draws heavily from trauma-informed therapies, especially the 2018 book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness. Specific exercises and practices are provided, as well as other resources for further training.
Who is this training for?
This seminar is aimed at MBSR and MBCT teachers, other mindfulness-based programs teachers, and is also open to meditation teachers in various contexts.
This program is validated by the Center For Mindfulness, UMass Medical School as part of the electives for MBSR teachers training pathway.
- to fill in the registration form here (form in French. Google-translate can be a useful support).
- to make the bank wire following the guidelines that you will find at the end of the registration form:
- Training fee: 425 € incl. taxes (351,24 € excl. taxes + VAT 21%)
- Full board (seminar only available in full board): 155,00 € TTC +20€ if you have not subscribed yet to the Fondation by May 17th, 2019 – everyone staying at the venue that hosts us needs to be a member and thus, take a one-year membership). Accommodation is paid by wire transfer directly to the Fondation Isabelle D’Hose.
Once your form and paiement received, you will receive an email confirming your registration. Be aware that places are limited and registrations are taken into consideration in order of reception of form and paiement. If the training is full, you will be placed on a waiting list.
- Dates : Friday, May 17th 2:30 pm (reception starting at 1:30 pm) to Sunday, May 19th 2019 5:00 pm.
- Setting : residential, shared rooms (there are a few individual rooms that will be assigned upon justified request)
- Venue : Maison du Chemin des Roches – 9, chemin des Roches – 1370 Dongelberg – Belgium
- Language : the workshop will be taught in English and will be translated in French consecutively.
- Fee :
- Training fee: 425 € incl. taxes (351,24 € excl. taxes + VAT 21%)
- Full board (seminar only available in full board): 155,00 € TTC +20€ if you have not subscribed yet to the Fondation by May 17th, 2019 – everyone staying at the venue that hosts us needs to be a member and thus, take a one-year membership).
- Cancelation terms:
- Until March 14th, 2019: 70% refund of training fee.
- From March 15th to April 14th, 2019: 50% refund of training fee.
- From April 15th to April 30th, 2019: 35% refund of training fee.
- From May 1st, 2019: no refund (for any reason).
Please note that in case you cancel your registration, training fees may not be transferred to another program.
- Scientific articles et documentation
- Meditation-related Difficulties: Research Overview Keynote speech by Dr. Willoughby Britton at the Center for Mindfulness Research and Practice Conference, Chester UK July 8th 2017