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First, Do No Harm: Working Skillfully with Meditation-Related Challenges

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - February 24 @ 4:00 pm


A UCLA, UCSD & InsightLA Co-Sponsored TrainingMeditation can lead to medical and psychological benefits, but it can also produce a variety of unexpected outcomes — not all of them positive. Sometimes meditation-related experiences can be challenging, distressing, destabilizing, functionally impairing, or make us not want to continue meditating.

This weekend workshop will focus on the competencies one needs to work skillfully with meditation-related challenges. The training will include: detailed descriptions of different types of meditation-related challenges; the circumstances that contribute to their impact and duration; the different ways they are interpreted and appraised; and best practices for working with challenges as a meditation practitioner or a meditation teacher. Weaving contemporary research with experiential practices, this workshop will also address the importance of screening, monitoring, informed consent, and management strategies.

Our aim is to equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to practice and teach meditation in a safe, supportive way.

Who this is for: Mindfulness facilitators andclinicians who use mindfulness in their work, and interested others.


Friday February 22nd /7pm – 9pm

Saturday February 23rd / 9am – 5pm

Sunday February 24th / 9am – 4:30pm

There will be an 75-minutelunch on Saturday and Sunday from 12:45pm to 2:00pm. Lunch will not be provided.


UCLA De Neve Plaza, 330 De Neve Dr, L-16, Los Angeles, CA, 90095

14.0 Continuing Education Credits are available for this training. The cost is $50. This fee is in addition to the cost of registration.

In order to receive CE’s, pleasefill out the CE credit request form and complete payment online:https://www.regpacks.com/CE_FirstDoNoHarm

Psychologists: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 14.0 hours of credit.

California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content.14.0 contact hours may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if APA accreditation meets their requirement.


Identify the range of possible experiences that can arise from meditation practice

Describe the psychological and/or neurobiological mechanisms by which meditation practices or instructions can produce different types of experiences

Identify different type of influencing factors or factors that can influence the presence, duration and impact of as well as responses to specific meditation experiences

Demonstrate how to properly screen participants and monitor for meditation-related difficulties instead of relying only on passive or spontaneous reporting

Manage different types of meditation-related difficulties when they arise and/or minimize their occurrence or impact


Willoughby Britton

Willoughby Britton, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University Medical School, and the Director of theClinical and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory. Her clinical neuroscience research investigates the effects of contemplative practices on the brain and body in the treatment of mood disorders, trauma and other emotional disturbances. She is especially interested in practice-specific effects and moderators of treatment outcome, or in other words, which practices are best or worst suited for which types of people or conditions and why. She recently completed theVarieties of Contemplative Experiencestudy, which investigates the broader range of experiences that can arise in the context of contemplative practices, including experiences that could be considered difficult, challenging or adverse. As a clinician, she has been trained as an instructor in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and has taught mindfulness to both clinical and non-clinical populations. She now specializes in helping meditators who are experiencing meditation-related difficulties, and providing meditation safety trainings to providers and organizations.

Jared Lindahl

Jared Lindahl, PhD, is Visiting Assistant Professor in Brown Universitys Department of Religious Studies and director of the humanities research track in the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Lab. Since 2014, Dr. Lindahl has been directing the data collection, qualitative analysis, and writing of papers for theVarieties of Contemplative Experience research project. Jared holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His ongoing research examines contemplative practices in a range of contextsfrom classical Greece, India, and Tibet to Buddhist modernism and the mindfulness movement in the United Statesand attempts to integrate historical and textual studies of contemplative traditions with phenomenological and neurobiological approaches in order to investigate the relationship between contemplative practices, resultant experiences, and culturally situated appraisals of meaning and value.

David Treleaven

David Treleaven, PhD, is a writer, educator, and trauma professional whose work focuses on the intersection of trauma, mindfulness, and social justice. He is author of the bookTrauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing(W. W. Norton, 2018) which recently debuted as a #1 New Release on Amazon. Praised by Tara Brach as “essential and fascinating reading for meditation teachers, mental health practitioners, and all those who have suffered from trauma and want to engage on a meditative path in a wise and healing way,” David supports those teaching mindfulness and meditation to offer instruction in safe and transformative ways. Trained in counseling psychology at the University of British Columbia, he received his doctorate in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. You can learn more about him atdavidtreleaven.com.

Space is limited, please be sure to sign up soon if you plan on joining us.

At InsightLA, were dedicated to creating a safe and welcome, open and equitable community that stands firmly against all racial, gender, economic, or religious bias.

InsightLA works to protect the safety of all students. We reserve the right to remove any student from any class, sitting group, retreat, or any event if the student is disruptive to the safe learning environment we maintain for all.

Financial assistance or work exchange opportunities may be available for this program. For more information, please contact programs@insightla.org.

InsightLA reserves the right to cancel a class or special event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If InsightLA cancels an event youve registered for, you will be offered a full refund. If an event has to be postponed for any reason, you will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer your registration to the same event at the new, future date.



February 22 @ 7:00 pm
February 24 @ 4:00 pm
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