321 What Is Clinical Wisdom?

Ronald SiegelRonald Siegel • Friday Afternoon
How do we merge traditional and modern scientific understandings of wisdom with the therapist’s craft? What makes for a “wise” therapist, and how can we go beyond technical ability and conventional psychological insight to develop that added dimension? This workshop will delve into specific ways in which clinicians can use mindfulness practice to develop a greater wisdom and self-awareness. We’ll begin by exploring wisdom as a means of putting experience in context and understanding that the world isn’t actually all about “us.” We’ll then examine how, by setting aside personal concerns, we can develop greater insight and empathy, listen more deeply, and respond more skillfully to our clients’ needs. We’ll discuss strategies for building greater awareness of countertransference and engage in exercises to improve our ability to be reflective, rather than reacting with the impulse of the moment.

Ronald Siegel, Psy.D., an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, is a director and faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. His books include The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems.

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