「Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education Seminar: Meditation in Psychotherapy」

2006年 8月19日 第7回八ヶ岳シンポジウム

This two day seminar in Boston was attended by over 700 people. The attendees were a mix of primary care physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, and nurses. The attraction to the seminar was in part due to the featured speakers that included such notable people as: Herbert Benson, who popularized the concept of the Relaxation Response; Mark Epstein, author of “Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective”; Jon Kabat-Zinn, Author of numerous books including “Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness”; and Zindel Segal, Author of “Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression”.

The types of talks could be broadly broken down into three categories. The first group dealt with the history of meditation and the description of specific methods or techniques. The second group was describing the connection and similarities between meditation and psychotherapy practices. The third type of talk was focused on specific applications of mindfulness and meditation as treatments, along with research related to meditation.

An overview of the presenters and their talks will be discussed. In addition, the presentation by Sara Lazar, which suggested that a meditation practice can induce neuroplasticity in regions that are activated during meditation, will be discussed in more detail.