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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mindfulness & Psychotherapy


A new book is out: The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating Mindfulness into Psychology and the Helping Professions by Shauna L. Shapiro and Linda E. Carlson.
With a Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Here is what amazon.com has to say about it: Imagine the rigor of science, the beauty of art, the wisdom of reflection, and the effectiveness of years of practical clinical application rolled into one easily accessible, joy-to-read book. This is what you have at your fingertips when Shapiro and Carlson's Art and Science of Mindfulness rests in your hands. Written with clinicians in mind, this treasure is far more than a useful healers' guide. The wealth of the ideas and practices presented in this illuminating work will be of benefit to educators and professionals in a range of fields as well as to the general reader who welcomes a new way of living that has the power to transform our individual and collective lives.
Psychotherapies are a century young, meditative disciplines millennia old. As therapists we have much to learn from these venerable disciplines, and this book offers a fine introduction to both recent applications and research.
Intention is fundamental to any project, endeavor, or journey. Related to intention is the concept of mindfulness - the awareness that arises through intentionally attending to oneself and others in an open, caring, and nonjudgmental way. Drawing from Buddhist teachings and psychological theory, authors Shapiro and Carlson explore why mindful awareness is integral to the therapeutic healing process and show clinicians how to connect with this deeper awareness. This book integrates the art and science of mindfulness to engender greater well-being in both clinicians and their patients. Seen through the lens of mindfulness as a universal human capacity, this intention helps bridge the gap between therapist and patient, reminding us that we are all human beings wanting health, happiness, and freedom from suffering. This book is suitable for clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, counselors, and social workers. It is intended for health care practitioners such as nurses, physicians, and physical therapists. It is also suitable for graduate students in all of the above areas.

Shauna L. Shapiro, Ph.D. is a professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, and previously served as adjunct faculty for Andrew Weil's Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Shapiro's research focuses on mindfulness meditation and its applications to psychotherapy and health care. She began her study of psychology and meditation at Duke University, graduating summa cum laude, and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona. Dr. Shapiro pursued her study of meditation in Thailand and Nepal, as well as in the West, training in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). Dr. Shapiro has conducted extensive clinical research investigating the effects of mindfulness-based therapies across a wide range of populations, and published over 50 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. She is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to graduate education in the area of mindfulness and psychotherapy. Dr. Shapiro lectures and leads mindfulness training programs nationally and internationally for health professionals on the growing applications of mindfulness in psychology and health care.
Linda E. Carlson, Ph.D., R.Psych. holds the Enbridge Endowed Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology, an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Health Scholar award, is an Associate Professor in Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. She is Director of Research and works as a Clinical Psychologist at the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, where her program has offered Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to cancer patients and their families since 1997. Dr. Carlson trained as a Clinical Health Psychologist at McGill University in Montreal, researching the area of psychoneuroendocrinology. She received the Kawano New Investigator Award from the International Psycho-Oncology Society in 2006, and the William E. Rawls Prize in cancer control from the National Cancer Institute of Canada/Canadian Cancer Society in 2007. She has practiced meditation with the Insight Meditation Society in Burma and Canada, and trained in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. She presented her work at Mind and Life XVI, Investigating the Mind-Body Connection: The Science and Clinical Applications of Meditation at the Mayo clinic with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2008. Dr. Carlson has published over 90 book chapters and research papers in peer-reviewed journals, holds more than six million dollars in grant funding and regularly presents her work at national and international conferences.

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