Meditation & Psychotherapy
Online Course Materials: Audios Articles
Developed by David Van Nuys, Ph.D.
This course is also offered as part of Certificate Program in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) 29 CE Credit Hours
Course includes the works of Dr. Elisha Golstein, Dr. Sylvia Boorstein & Madan Kataria
General Course Description
Even though the word “psyche” means spirit, the field of psychotherapy has traditionally ignored the spiritual realm as it relates to people’s struggles, successes, and general relationship to living. Millions of people go through intense tragedy and stay stuck in sorrow, anger, or resentment. And billions more miss the beauty of everyday life, bogged down with patterns that do not serve them. In response to all of this and more, we present this course on Meditation & Psychotherapy. The course’s contributors discuss meditation, mindfulness, happiness, forgiveness, death, and laughter. Similar to the field of Jungian Psychotherapy, all of these varied topics fit together in a beautiful and whole package.
This introductory level course is accessible for practitioners of all orientations and all levels of experience. It contains eleven audio interviews by Dr. David Van Nuys; all come with transcripts. The first section, Meditation, contains three interviews: two with Dr. Elisha Goldstein on mindfulness and stress reduction, and one with Patrick Thornton on mindfulness and psychotherapy. The second section, Spirituality, contains three interviews: one with Dr. William Baum on behaviorism and spirituality, another with Dr. Dwight Webb on creating Heaven on Earth, and finally Michael Stone on spiritual activism.
The third section, Living and Dying, is comprised of two interviews on death, tragedy, and what it means to live in right relationship to each of these unavoidable aspects of living. Its components are conscious living and dying with Annamaria Hemingway, and secrets of the bulletproof spirit with Azim Khamisa. The fourth section, Happiness, contains two interviews: the Buddhist approach to happiness with Sylvia Boorstein, and laughter as medicine with physician Madan Kataria. The fifth section, Atonement, contains an interview with Phil Cousineau on the deep process of atonement and forgiveness that can take the place of more hollow and stuck patterns of empty apology and lasting pain. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.
“You feel good, you do good. That is the highest form of spirituality.”
– Madan Kataria, MD
Disclaimer: This course is purely educational and does not intend to serve as a license (or permission) to mental health professionals to prescribe or practice any of the approaches discussed in this course unless they fall within the scope of practice of your profession. Check with your licensing board about the scope of practice of your profession to make sure you practice within that scope.It also does not serve as a permission to title yourself in any specific way.
- This course will teach the participant to
- Integrate mindfulness into psychotherapy.
- Describe how spirituality and behaviorism relate to one another.
- Discuss an Eastern understanding of death and tragedy.
- Question the assumption that meditation is the only path to mindfulness.
- Recommend laughter for clients’ physical and emotional well-being.
- Integrate the concept of spiritual resilience into psychotherapy.
- Recommend atonement for clients struggling with guilt and regret.
- Recommend forgiveness for clients struggling with victimhood, anger, and resentment.
- The present moment
- Use in psychotherapy
- And behaviorism
- Compared with religion
- Place in psychotherapy
- Origins in meditation
- Eastern health practices
- Occupy Movement
- New connections among people
- Connection taking the place of apathy
- Creating a space for dialogue
- Recognition of deep suffering
- Death and Grief
- Near-death experiences
- Spiritual experiences
- The “Sunset clause”
- Spiritual currency
- Health benefits
- Ways to laugh
- Internal vs. external sources