Meditation for Everyday Living and Peak Performance for Mental Health, Medical, and Surgical Practices

December 7-8, 2018 • Friday-Saturday
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA

Course Directors

Daniel Brown, PhD, ABPH and Lawrence E. Lifson, MD

This evidence-based course is an integration of the best of Western scientific research from peak performance and positive psychology with the great contemplative traditions of the East. The course addresses a gap in the Western psychotherapy traditions which emphasize the eradication of negative emotional states by instead focusing on the implications of various positive emotional states for psychological and physical health. This course provides an up-to-date review of the theory and practice of meditation from its ancient origins to modern brain science to how it works to alleviate psychological and physical distress as well as providing opportunities for attendees to cultivate their own personal meditation practices. This course holds great promise not only for clinicians’ own personal development, but also is a remarkably powerful tool to augment virtually every form of psychotherapeutic and medical treatment. Through lecture, demonstration, Q&A and experiential exercises, you'll learn how to use mindfulness practices to help resolve anxiety, depression, stress related medical disorders, and interpersonal conflicts in both adults and children. Participants with no meditation experience, as well as seasoned practitioners, will find this course helpful both personally and clinically.

Who Should Attend

  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Utilize meditative, concentration, and visualization practices to help enhance peak performance;
  • Review how meditation and visualization practices are evidence-based treatments;
  • Evaluate new research findings on mind/brain training through mindfulness and compassion meditation;
  • Integrate Eastern meditation traditions with visualization practices and Western psychotherapy to benefit patients and yourself;
  • Choose specific practices to treat anxiety, depression, and psychophysiological disorders;
  • Develop meditation practices in order to bring optimal energy states to everyday living;
  • Use concentration meditation to stabilize the mind so that it stays focused on whatever you intend it to stay on without distraction;
  • Apply insight meditation training to cultivate continuous and complete presence to whatever you are doing at the moment;
  • Incorporate visualization practices to develop sensitivity to and compassion for others;
  • Identify common mechanisms in psychological disorders and how mindfulness practices can alter them;
  • Apply the practices and principles of meditation to support personal wellbeing.


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits,™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found at:

Psychologists: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical School, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 14.50 continuing education hours.

Counselors: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. This program meets the criteria for 14.50 clock hours.

Nurses: This activity has been submitted to ANA Massachusetts for approval to award contact hours. ANA Massachusetts is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. For more information regarding contact hours, please call 617-754-1265 or email

Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credit has been submitted. Please contact Jean-Marie Flynn at 617-754-1265 or email

New York Social Workers: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0473.

ABMS/ACGME Competencies

This course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)/Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educational (ACGME) competencies:

  • Patient Care and Procedural Skills
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills

IOM Competencies

This course is designed to meet the following Institute of Medicine Competencies:

  • Employ Evidence-Based Practice


Friday, December 7, 2018
7:30 am - 8:00 am Registration
8:00 am - 10:45 am Introduction: Ordinary Mind and everyday unhappiness; realtionship between peak performance; optimal states, flow states, and everyday self-contentment and happniess; conditions which hinder or potentiate optimals states.
10:45 am - 11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Integrative approach to the development of optimal states, visualization practices to develop and draw upon optimal states. Q&A.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm - 3:15 pm Cultivating attitudes that potentiate optimal states; zone of optimal functioning; practices to develop the right level of energy. Q&A.
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30 pm - 5:15 pm Basic Concentration Training: goals of concentration training; directing and intensifying attention; dealing with problems of concentration, e.g. distracting thought, imbalanced energy states.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
8:30 am - 10:45 am Advanced Concentration Training: the 9 states of concentration training; awareness (mindfulness) training to awaken the senses. Q&A.
10:45 am - 11:00 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pm The Applications of Mindfulness to Everyday Living: full presence and happiness; transforming negative states through pure, non-reactive awareness. cultivating well-being through insight meditations; developing sensitivity and compassion for others.
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm The Applications of Mindfulness to Everyday Living (continued): Cultivating well-being through insight meditations.
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30 pm - 5:15 pm The Applications of Mindfulness to Everyday Living (continued): Developing sensitivity and compassion for others. Q&A.
5:15 pm Adjourn
Program changes/substitutions may be made without notice.


Daniel Brown, PhD, ABPH is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. He has taught Meditation and Peak Performance workshops for over 44 years both nationally and internationally. He is the author of over a dozen books including a textbook on hypnotherapy, Hypnotherapy and Hypnoanalysis, a health psychology book, Hypnosis and Behavioral Medicine, 4 books on meditation including Transformations of Consciousness and Pointing Out The Great Way, and two books in collaboration with H.H. The Dalai Lama. Dr. Brown’s background in both Western and Eastern meditation traditions offers a unique integration of the contemporary Western research on peak performance and positive psychology and the classical Buddhist meditation lineage traditions.


  Registration Fee*
Physicians & Doctoral Level Professionals $495
Nurse Practitioners and other Allied Health Professionals $425
Residents/Fellows in Training/Students $295

All course participants receive a flash drive that contains all of the course materials. You can purchase a printed copy of these materials at the time of online registration for $30. Please note that we will not have hard copies of the syllabus available for purchase at the course.

Registration by credit card (VISA, MasterCard or American Express) or check can be made through Harvard Medical School’s secure online registration system at Registration by check (draft on a United States bank), please make payable to Harvard Medical School. Learners who choose to pay by check will be prompted to download an online form to send in with a payment. Telephone or fax registration is not accepted. Registration with cash payment is not permitted. Upon receipt of your paid registration, you will receive an email confirmation. Be sure to include an email address that you check frequently. Your email address is used for critical information including registration confirmation, evaluation and certificate. *All fees shown in USD. Processing (non-refundable service fee) $5.


By phone 617-384-8600, Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm (EST) or by email at:


Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Policies. It is HMS’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers, and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have be instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.


CME activities sponsored by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgment before making clinical decisions of any kind.


Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75, will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be received by postal mail, email, or fax. No refund will be issued should cancellation occur less than two weeks prior. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee and no refunds will be issued once the conference has started


All sessions for this course will be held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, 138 St. James Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts (Telephone: 800-441-1414).


A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Fairmont Copley Hotel (Telephone: 617-267-5300) until November 13, 2018. Please specify that you are enrolled in the HMS Meditation 2018 to receive a reduced room rate. Hotel arrangements can also be made online at: Please do not purchase non-refundable airline ticket(s) until you have received an email from our office confirming your paid registration.


Friday: Registration 7:30 am–8:00 am, 8:00 am–5:15 pm, Saturday: 8:30 am–5:15 pm

Please note coffee and tea will be available during registration and a continental breakfast will be served at 10:45 during coffee break.

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