NeuroMeditation: Science and Practice for the 21st Century
With recent advances in the neuroscience of meditation, we now understand how different styles of meditation can do different things in the brain. Meditation is not a one-size-fits-all process. Some styles of meditation activate the brain, while others seem to quiet it down. Some styles are better for managing stress and anxiety, while others are good for increasing concentration or developing empathy. We can use this knowledge by combining ancient meditation practices and modern technology to design effective and efficient meditation programs tailored to each individual.
In this workshop, we will explore four specific styles of meditation that are based on the role of attention, intention, brainwave states and the brain regions involved; these styles include Focus, Mindfulness, Open Heart, and Quiet Mind. Each individual's goals and concerns determine which practices might be the best fit. For example:
Focus practices effect the brain networks in ways that specifically encourage improved concentration and reduced distractibility.
Mindfulness practices have the greatest impact on stress and anxiety.
Open Heart targets mood concerns and empathy building.
Quiet Mind strategies are beneficial for addictions, affect regulation, and identity concerns.
In this workshop, attendees will learn how to select a meditation style based on specific concerns and provide a host of practical strategies to apply each of the meditative styles. As part of this workshop, you will:
*learn the neuroscience behind each meditation style
*connect each style to specific concerns and goals
*learn how to identify which styles might be best for you or your clients or students.
*experience each of the 4 NeuroMeditation styles
*Practice a trauma-informed approach to teaching meditation
*experiment with technologies to facilitate these specific states of consciousness including audio visual entrainment, vibroacoustics, biofeedback, and virtual reality.
*develop skills to teach these practices to your clients and students.
The approaches to NeuroMeditation taught in this workshop can be used immediately to achieve deeper states of meditation or as a treatment intervention for mental health conditions such as ADHD, anxiety and chronic stress, depression, personality disorders, or PTSD.
When: September 27-29 8:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Temple Dara
4920 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA (map)
Cost: $675 ($600 earlybird, before 9/1)
Earn 21 CEU's for an additional $40 charge.
Register separately through R. Cassidy Seminars. Click here to register for CEUs. (You will still need to register for the workshop by clicking the button below).
Jeff Tarrant, Ph.D., BCN
Dr. Jeff Tarrant is a psychologist, and board certified in neurofeedback. He is the founder and CEO of the NeuroMeditation Institute (NMI), LLC and provides certification training for NMI therapist and instructors. Dr. Tarrant is the author of Meditation Strategies to Rewire the Brain. Other recent works include a series of virtual reality meditations published by StoryUp VR and the book chapter, "Neuromeditation: An Overview and Introduction" in The Handbook of Clinical Qeeg and Neurotherapy. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and has a practice in Eugene, OR, USA where he specializes in the use of EEG NeuroMeditation.
Erika Patterson, Ph.D.
Dr. Patterson is a Licensed Psychologist, Certified EMDR Therapist, Certified NeuroMeditation Instructor, and Certified Yoga Instructor. She taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at a large midwestern university and has practiced yoga and meditation for 20 years.
Dr. Patterson has worked as a therapist since 1996 in a variety of settings, including a family violence shelter, a residential substance abuse treatment center, a rural school system, as a consultant to the division of family services, and in university mental health centers and in private practice. She has taught university level courses, provided professional outreach and training, conducted psychological evaluations and intelligence testing, and developed and facilitated psychoeducational and psychotherapy groups. Dr. Patterson consistently contributes to her community, including serving as a board member for not-for-profit organizations and Co-Founding the Transgender Health Network (www.transgenderhealthnetwork.org). She is currently in full-time private practice in Eugene, Oregon, specializing in complex trauma and gender identity. Dr. Patterson is Co-Owner of the NeuroMeditation Institute, offering classes and workshops for professionals and community members.