Dr. Urszula Klich, PhD, BCB


Presidential Lecture: Incorporating Mindfulness Compassion and Tools from Positive Psychology into Treatment

Incorporating Eastern Wisdom into Treatment to Harness the Healing Power of Compassion Based Meditation Training

Compassion, has emerged as a major factor in the therapeutic benefit of mindfulness-based techniques, which have been integrated into mainstream healthcare. Combining compassion practices with biofeedback can maximize the advantageous psychological and physical changes that are seen with both. This presentation will provide a framework for augmenting biofeedback treatment with compassion-based techniques and discuss treatment considerations. The construct of compassion will be examined as a viable and potentially essential component in the treatment process for both the patient and clinician. Examples will be presented of its application with clinical and non-clinical populations ranging from children with traumatic backgrounds to college students and psychological difficulties from generalized anxiety to chronic pain and complex medical illness.

Connections will be made with other compassionate-based programs such as Cognitively-Based Compassion Training and Loving-Kindness practice. This program will refer to up to date research related to using these compassion and biofeedback techniques with a variety of clinical and non-clinical populations. We will examine ways in which these treatment modalities can be merged to further facilitate effective coping and stress management training. The program will provide pragmatic skills for applying these methods in clinical practice with a variety of populations in accordance with the Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback model of treatment. Attention will be placed on considering cultural variables of unique populations. Lastly, dialog will be invited among practitioners to facilitate learning.

This presentation will introduce a type of Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, it's relationship to Buddhist meditative practices, and recent research findings regarding its impact on health and well-being. There is a growing body of evidence of the effects of compassion training on physiological, psychological and behavioral levels. Based on centuries old techniques from the Buddhist tradition intended to bring about "thought transformation," the meditative practices employed are designed to expand and strengthen compassion for self and others while supporting critical insight into the ways that mindsets and behaviors can be modified to sustain personal resiliency and to intensify altruistic motivation. Drawing on insights from evolutionary biology, psychology and neuroscience, research findings suggest that compassion training may decrease loneliness and depressive symptoms, improve realistic hopefulness, increase empathic accuracy, moderate the effects of trauma, improve resiliency for those functioning in high stress environments, and even help with quality of sleep.

Suicide Prevention: What We Need To Know

There is a growing awareness of the need to adequately treat suicide risk. Effective treatment requires a thorough understanding of adequate assessment. This presentation will provide a framework for suicide assessment and key points in medical ethical assessment and treatment. Attention will be placed on considering cultural variables of unique populations and special considerations in treating those with comorbid disorders.

About Dr. Klich

Dr. Urszula Klich is a clinical psychologist, speaker, and author who teaches self-regulation to maximize physical and emotional health. She is a certified meditation teacher in Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) through Emory University and has served on various medical teams. She is board certified in biofeedback and is the president of the Southeast Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association. Her specialized program of Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback (MBB) has been published and widely applied from hospitals to classrooms based on the premise that integrating mindfulness and compassion-informed treatment with psychology fosters individuals’ healing power to improve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Living mindfully is advantageous and accessible to anyone who recognizes a need for a shift in their life and sets an intention to move forward. She is a sought-after workshop leader and internationally recognized speaker in health and wellness.

Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Ph.D


Co-Presenter: Incorporating Eastern Wisdom into Treatment to Harness the Healing Power of Compassion Based Meditation Training

About Dr. Negi

Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Ph.D, is the co-founder and Director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership, a multi-dimensional initiative founded to bring together the contributions of the Western scholastic tradition and the Tibetan Buddhist sciences of mind and healing, and a Professor of Practice in Emory University's Department of Religion. He is the founder and spiritual director of Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta, GA. He serves as Co-Director of both the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative and the Emory Collaborative for Contemplative Studies. He developed Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, a compassion meditation program utilized in research studies, including an NIH-funded study examining the efficacy of compassion meditation on depression. Geshe Lobsang, a former monk, was born in Kinnaur, a small Himalayan kingdom adjoining Tibet. He began his monastic training at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics and continued his education at Drepung Loseling Monastery in south India, where he received his Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest academic degree granted in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Dr. Negi completed his Ph.D. at Emory and his interdisciplinary dissertation centered on traditional Buddhist and contemporary Western approaches to emotions and their impact on wellness.

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