Siegel will explore the ways in which Eastern mindfulness practices are being integrated into Western psychotherapy, and how this “marriage” is affecting both traditions. Yapko will explain why he thinks mindfulness practices need to be demystified and how understanding the role of suggestion can make mindfulness an even more potent clinical tool. You’ll come away with a greater understanding of the similarities and differences of what both wisdom traditions, what they have to offer each other, and whether we’re on the verge of creating a new form of clinical wisdom by combining the two.
Ron Siegel, Psy.D., an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, is the author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems, the coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and, most recently, coeditor of the forthcoming book Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice.
Michael Yapko, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist, is internationally recognized for his work in clinical hypnosis, brief psychotherapy, and the strategic treatment of depression. He's the author of 13 books, his latest being Mindfulness and Hypnosis: The Power of Suggestion to Transform Experience. Others include Breaking the Patterns of Depression; Depression Is Contagious; and Trancework: An Introduction to the Practice of Clinical Hypnosis (3rd edition).