The Neuroscience of Mindfulness-Based Meditation workshop is an all day workshop conducted by Dr. Fadel Zeidan and Dr. Steve Hickman. They will provide an easily understandable delineation of the neural, physiological and psychological processes supporting mindfulness-based pain relief and health promotion. They will delve into research demonstrating how mindfulness changes the brain, is different from placebo and other meditative practices, and involved processes that are unique and distinct from other mind-body approaches. There will also be a section focused on the role of compassion meditation and the corresponding health benefits. We will also teach participants how to practice a spectrum of mindfulness techniques, including breath awareness, vipassana, eating and walking mindfulness, and mindfulness-based compassion. Importantly, these techniques are the same as the ones validated in Dr. Zeidan’s research. Further, participants will learn how to share mindfulness with their patients, clients, and loved ones.
At the completion of this workshop, the participants should be able to:
- Demonstrate how to practice a wide spectrum of mindfulness meditation techniques and tools
- Gain a deep understanding behind the neuroscience of meditation presented in a user friendly fashion
- Apply mind/body approaches to a range of disorders and a condition based on Fadel and other’s own research.
- Implement mindfulness in clinical settings
- Identify the psychological and physiological mechanisms involved in mindfulness
- Describe the best mindfulness-approach for different patient populations
This intensive training is designed for Athletic Trainers, Bodyworkers, Certified Counselors, Nurses and nurse practitioners, Psychologists, Registered Dietitians, Social Workers, Yoga Instructors, Coaches, Physicians, Counselors, Substance abuse professionals, Dentists, Occupational therapists, Physical therapists, Massage therapists. Educators, Speech pathologists, Pharmacists.
This program is also open for members of the general public. All are welcome!
Dr. Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Anesthesiology at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and Associate Director of Research at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. Dr. Zeidan is an internationally recognized neuroscientist for his work on identifying the brain processes supporting the modulation of pain and promotion of health by mindfulness meditation. He has presented his work at numerous avenues such Tedx, the National Institutes of Health and has personally presented his research to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Mongolia.
Dr. Zeidan’s website: https://www.zeidanlab.com/
Dr. Steve Hickman Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Founding Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Since founding the Center in 2002, he has taught over 40 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, as well as adapting the program for nurses, medical students and other professional and clinical populations. The Center for Mindfulness has also become a global leader in providing professional training in the burgeoning field of mindfulness-based interventions for professionals of all sorts. Dr. Hickman is also a member of the Executive Committee of the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine. He is married and has three teenage children, affording him ample opportunities to practice what he preaches.
Continuing Education Credit
Continuing education credits for participation in this program are available for a $20 fee.
Psychologists: This program is sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 5.5 contact hours of credit.
California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. Contact hours may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if APA accreditation meets their requirements.
Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 6.5 contact hours.
Cultural and Linguistic Competency Statement
This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. Cultural competency is defined as a set of integrated attitudes, knowledge, and skills that enables health care professionals or organizations to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities. Linguistic competency is defined as the ability of a physician or surgeon to provide patients who do not speak English or who have limited ability to speak English, direct communication in the patient’s primary language. Cultural and linguistic competency was incorporated into the planning of this activity. Additional resources can be found on the UC San Diego CME website.
It is the policy of the University of California, San Diego Center for Mindfulness to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners through one of the following mechanisms: 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual’s control over CE content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review.
Tentative Schedule and Reading
Registration: 8:30 am
Morning Session: 9:00 am -12:00 Noon
Lunch (on your own)
Afternoon Session: 1:30 pm – 5 pm
Frequently Asked Questions
I am flying in for the program What are my options and what do you recommend?
For the training in San Diego, here is a list of a few hotels near UCSD. You can also search on this link (select “Lodging Near UC San Diego Thornton Hospital”) or search a hotel elsewhere in San Diego as well. (Please note we do not have any special hotel discount arrangement with any of the hotels listed below or on the link above.)
Sheraton La Jolla Hotel
3299 Holiday Ct, La Jolla, CA 92037
Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego La Jolla
8901 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
San Diego Marriott La Jolla
4240 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
Hilton La Jolla
10950 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
Best Western Golden Triangle Inn
5550 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117
California Suites Hotel
5415 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117
Residence Inn San Diego Central
5400 Kearny Mesa Rd, San Diego, CA 92111
A refund (minus your $50 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted in writing on or before a date 14 days prior to the start of the program. No refunds will be allowed after this date.
In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.