July 11, 2014 to July 13, 2014
Professional Trainings
Robert Roeser, Ph.D. and Margaret Cullen, LMFT
Science and Practice of Compassion
July 11 from 4PM - 6PM, July 12 from 10AM - 4PM, July 13 from 10AM - 3PM  »  CCFW

Registration is required (closes 7/10/14). Please register here.

Student rates available. Please e-mail for discount code. 

The purpose of this 2.5 day, science and practice retreat is to introduce participants to the science and practice of compassion.  Compassion, defined simply as the capacity to feel, and wish to relieve, the suffering of others, is increasingly important in our society where high levels of personal and interpersonal stress exist, and also across the globe as we become a more interconnected and interdependent species coping with large scale problems like climate change, global inequality, and population growth.

Robert W. Roeser is a Professor of Psychology and Human Development in the Department of Psychology at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He received his Ph.D. from the Combined Program in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan (1996) and holds master's degrees in religion and psychology, developmental psychology and clinical social work. In 2005 he was a United States Fulbright Scholar in India, from 1999-2004 he was a William T. Grant Faculty Scholar, and from 2006 to 2010 served as the Senior Program Coordinator for the Mind and Life Institute (Boulder, CO).

Dr. Roeser's research focuses on the developmental effects of schooling on student identity development, motivation, wellbeing and learning across childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood. He is also interested in the professional development of teachers, especially with regard to their developmental knowledge of students and professional dispositions such as mindfulness and compassion for self and others.

Currently, Dr. Roeser's Culture and Contemplation in Education Lab (CaCiEL) at Portland State University (Portland, OR) is devoted to the study of the putative effects of mindfulness and compassion training for teachers, parents and students with regard to health and wellbeing, teaching and learning, and ethical development. Can such trainings be viable and effective means of cultivating the skills and dispositions teachers and students need to thrive and flourish in the 21st Century – a healthy body, a calm and clear mind, and a kind and good heart?

Margaret Cullen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher.  She has also trained with Zindel Segal in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and in MB Eat with Jean Kristeller. For fifteen years she has been teaching and pioneering mindfulness programs in a variety of settings including cancer support, HIV support, physician groups, executive groups, obesity and Kaiser patients.  For six years she has been involved in teaching and writing curricula for several research programs at UCSF including "Cultivating Emotional Balance" designed for teachers and "Craving and Lifestyle Management with Meditation" for overweight women.  In 2008 she launched a mindfulness-based emotional balance program for teachers and school administrators in Denver, Boulder, Ann Arbor and Vancouver, B.C. She has also been a facilitator of support groups for cancer patients and their loved ones for twenty years at The Cancer Support Community and is currently a senior teacher at the Center for Compassion at Stanford.  A meditation practitioner for nearly thirty years, she is a frequent contributor to "Inquiring Mind".

July 25, 2014 to July 26, 2014
Professional Trainings
The Siegel-Gottman Summit
Neuroscience Meets Family Science
8:30am - 5:00pm  »  UW Meany Theater

Register at Receive UW's exclusive rate when you use the promo code SUMMITUW ($425 until July 1st).

Learn the science behind how the brain develops and is shaped through relationships. Understand what principles guide a happy, lasting relationship. In this rare training event, you will deepen your therapeutic skills by learning scientifically proven ways of assessing couples and implementing interventions by combining the principles of Interpersonal Neurobiology and Mindsight with Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Participants will be able to:

• Summarize the three domains of the Gottman Method Sound Relationship House
• Apply principles of Interpersonal Neurobiology to clinical assessment
• Describe ways in which the Gottman Method can be integrated with the principles of Interpersonal Neurobiology
• Define the self-organizing aspect of the mind and mental health
• Identify Gottman Method interventions that promote self-integration
• List as least seven aspects of integrative prefrontal functions
• Discuss the ways in which attachment patterns and couple relationship dynamics intersect

September 7, 2014 to November 4, 2014
Professional Trainings
Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH
Fall 2014 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-Week Course
Sundays or Tuesdays from 6-8:30pm with a retreat on Saturday October 25 from 8:30-2:30pm  »  CCFW

Registration is required (closes 9/5/14). Please register here for the Sunday section or here for the Tuesday section. Registration includes a 2-hour introductory class and both class sections will be combined for the Saturday retreat.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is flourishing worldwide and participants have remarked, “Mindfulness has changed how I live and see the world, how I interact with others”. This course can contribute to:

  • Reduced stress and chronic pain
  • Improved mood
  • Overcoming sleep problems
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Increased immunity
  • Enhanced resilience, joy, and compassion

Scientific research demonstrates that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can lead to the above benefits as well as healthy aging. In this 8-week experiential course based on ”Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2013, participants will learn exercises to:

  • Increase awareness of body sensations (body scan)
  • Mindful movement and stretching (yoga)
  • Awareness of pleasant and unpleasant experiences
  • Awareness of thoughts and emotions
  • Increase compassion for ourselves and others
  • Latest research on mind-body response to stress and change
  • Practices to cultivate mindfulness throughout the day, living each moment to its fullest

The course will be taught by Elizabeth H. B. Lin, MD, MPH. Dr. Lin is a family medicine physician, clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and an affiliate scientific investigator at the Group Health Research Institute. As a physician researcher, Dr. Lin is well-known for research on improving mental and behavioral health for patients in general medical settings. Elizabeth has trained with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Center for Mindfulness at U of Massachusetts, as well as other leading professors and teachers in this field. She has had a daily medi! tation practice for more than 20 years.

October 9, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Professional Trainings
Richard Berger, MD
Introduction to Beginner's Mind
Every other Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm  »  CCFW

Registration is required (closes 10/8/14). Please register here.

Many people find beginning the practice of mindfulness to be somewhat daunting. This course is meant for both students new to mindfulness and those who want to enhance their daily practices. We will use the short time/many times approach to mindfulness meditation, which does not require large time commitments or a change of lifestyle. We will go over the problems of competing commitments and understanding our personal roadblocks to accessing the insights and creativity available through mindfulness practice. Each student will be allowed to progress at their own pace. At the end of the 4 classes, students should be able to:

1.  Incorporate mindfulness exercises into their existing schedule.
2.  Be introduced to incorporating short sessions of sitting, walking, and body awareness, and visualization meditation into their daily lives.
3.  Have tools to handle stress and re-frame experience.
4.  Be ready to complete a more time consuming and rigorous mindfulness meditation program such as MBSR if they desire.

This course will be taught by Richard (Rick) E. Berger, MD, Professor Emeritus in the Medical School at the University of Washington, and primary teacher of Mindfulness NW. He received his undergraduate education and medical degree from The University of Chicago. He received mindfulness teaching training at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness (certification in MBSR under final review) and received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the University of California in Los Angeles.

Rick has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) classes at the University of Washington Hospital, the University of Washington Intramural Activities Center and the Center for Child & Family Well-being. He also holds certificates to teach children and adolescents from Inner Kids and Mindful Schools and teaches mindfulness to children in the Seattle Public Schools. His ongoing practice includes daily meditation, yoga, silent retreats and continuing education in mindfulness and related areas.