Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, and Self-Transcendence: How Mindfulness-based Practices Transform the Brain

with David R. Vago, Ph.D.
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 A 4-Hour Live Webinar – Provides 4 CE  Credits

Program Description:

Mindfulness is rapidly being integrated into current psychological treatment protocols as a method of systematic training to stabilize attention, improve self-awareness, and reduce perseverative forms of emotional reactivity; however, clinical protocols remain diverse in their implementation and neurobiological mechanisms by which mindfulness functions in select populations are currently unclear.

This presentation will contextualize mindfulness across clinical and scientific contexts. The psychological and cognitive processes as well as the underlying neurobiology supporting existing mindfulness-based meditation practices will be examined in detail for both novice and expert practitioners. A systems-based model of mindfulness will be presented describing a core set of skill-based meditative practices that function to improve self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-transcendence. Findings from the extant literature will be integrated into this model so that participants will better understand how self-processing and the brain networks supporting aspects of the Self are transformed through mindfulness-based practices.  Connections between Dr. Vago’s research and the Unified Mindfulness System of meditation will be discussed. Finally, suggestions will be made for incorporating mindfulness-based practices into a model of clinical care for both caregivers and patients across clinical contexts. This intermediate program provides mental health providers with an understanding of the underlying neurobiological mechanisms involved in mindfulness practice, providing a conceptual framework for utilizing different mindfulness- based practices in select populations.

Course Outline:

  • What is mindfulness? How is it studied?
  • Research evidence for mindfulness – it’s promises and limitations.
  • The psychological, cognitive and neurobiological processes related to mindfulness.
  • The S-ART model of mindfulness.
  • Incorporating S-ART across clinical contexts.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define mindfulness and describe its use across clinical contexts.
  2. Describe mindfulness as a method for improving self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-transcendence (S-ART).
  3. Summarize  the psychological and cognitive processes as well as the underlying neurobiological mechanisms that support models of core mindfulness-based meditation practices.
  4. Explain how to apply mindfulness to the care of patients and to providers.
  5. Describe the relationship between S-ART and the development of concentration, sensory clarity, and equanimity.

Date:  Saturday, July 14, 2018

Time:  2 PM – 6 PM EDT (11 AM – 3 PM PDT)

Location:  Online via live video conferencing

Fee (With CE Credits):

Early Registration (until July 7):  $177

Regular Registration (July 8 – 14):  $197

Fee (Without CE Credits):

Early Registration (until July 7):  $137

Regular Registration (July 8 – 14):  $157

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Registration is 100% refundable up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled start of this program.

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Dr. Vago has no conflict of interest concerning Unified Mindfulness (UM-HUB LLC) and receives no commercial support for this program beyond the presenter’s compensation.

Unified Mindfulness (UM-HUB LLC) makes all of our programs accessible to individuals with disabilities, according to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  For information on accommodations please contact us here: 

About the Instructor: David Vago is the research director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and director of the Contemplative Neuroscience and Integrative Medicine (CNIM) Laboratory at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is an associate professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and department of Psychiatry. He is also a research associate in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (FNL), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School.

He has completed post-doctoral fellowships in neuroimaging and mind-body medicine, as well as the Stuart T. Hauser Research Training Program in Biological & Social Psychiatry. David has previously held the position of Senior Research Coordinator for the Mind & Life Institute and is currently a Mind and Life Fellow, supporting the Mind and Life mission by advising on strategy and programs.

Learn more about Dr. David Vago here.

About Unified Mindfulness

Unified Mindfulness (UM-HUB LLC) is an educational organization created to offer professional support for the practice and delivery of mindfulness training. Partnering with professionals in mental health, education, human services, and business, Unified Mindfulness offers programs and courses that teach and train those who ameliorate human suffering and adversity, by increasing their knowledge and skills to improve individual functioning, enhance relational skills, and increase psychological and physical well-being in the populations we serve.

APA Approved Sponsor
Unified Mindfulness (UM-HUB LLC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Unified Mindfulness (UM-HUB LLC) maintains responsibility for this program and its content.