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Mindfulness is an excellent intervention to help those in the public eye retain the requisite self-awareness to inoculate them against the greater ravages of the fame experience. Michael Jackson suffered from the most dangerous aspect of fame: he stopped listening to many of the people who were honest with him, who cared about him, and replaced them with sycophantic yes-people who enabled his whims, giving rein to Michael's inner demons while silencing any sage advice offered to him. Fame at an early age also prevented Michael from living a normal - and necessary - childhood, leaving him ill equipped for adulthood.
It was not a mistake that Michael befriended other child stars like himself: Brook Shields, Macaulay Culkin, Emannuel Lewis, Liza Manelli, and Elizabeth Taylor. What Michael Jackson gave up at a young and sensitive age was the freedom of anonymity, the ability to be in the world without a swarming herd of fans and paparazzi paralyzing his every movement. Surrounded mostly by hangers-on, the celebrity starts to realize that he or she can't really trust anyone anymore. Michael Jackson sang about gaining mindful insight in "Man in the Mirror" yet, in contrast, seemed obsessed with an insatiable need to keep changing himself.
Perhaps if celebrated and famous people could see the wisdom of living more mindfully, from a place of firmer ground, eschewing addiction to the intoxicating spotlight, they may find a reflection that more authentically mirrors the true richness of life.
Trainees participate in an eight-week mindfulness based cognitive therapy course as part of the curriculum. Whether or not you wish to use such interventions with clients, mindfulness practice may help to enhance self-awareness and reflection skills which could contribute to your own stress management as well as your therapeutic work. The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize clinicians with the theories and research base on mindfulness, mindfulness-based interventions and practice, and to identify ways to gain knowledge and competency in applying these concepts and intervention strategies in their own practices. Basically, mindfulness involves training the mind to work more wisely with thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. The workshop will provide an overview of current evidence-based mindfulness interventions, which includes Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This workshop will include lecture, discussion, and guided practice of mindfulness techniques.
Practice mindfulness-based techniques to help clients de-center from the narrative of negative thoughts and emotion. Burrell is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Burrell Behavioral Health is committed to an ongoing process consisting of formal learning activities that (1) are relevant to psychological practice, education and science, (2) enable psychologists to keep pace with emerging issues and technologies, and (3) allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.
Richard Sears is a licensed psychologist in the state of Ohio, board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).
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The growing popularity of Mindfulness has brought not only an increased awareness of its power to deepen the therapeutic conversation, but also a host of new questions about how best to apply it within the therapeutic context.
That’s why we invited Mindfulness experts Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Ron Siegel, Connirae Andreas, and Christopher Germer to join us for 6 lively conversations on the nuts-and-bolts of integrating Mindfulness-based approaches into your clinical practice. Imagine your practice evolving as you integrate Mindfulness-based practices with your current approaches.
Explore how to extend the power of fully engaged awareness in your life and work with the leading figure in the Mindfulness movement. Discover new ways to address the larger issues of purpose and meaning that often lie at the edge of the therapeutic conversation by incorporating rituals that invoke life’s larger mysteries. The alternative reality that the digital world has created has altered our relationship with our senses, bodies, and the very notion of who we are.
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Register now for instant access to the online portal for this series - watch your email for login details to arrive within 15 minutes. Start interacting with hundreds of other course attendees via chat message boards and community forums. We will be provided with an authorization token (please note: passwords are not shared with us) and will sync your accounts for you. Design: A single-group repeated measures design was utilized to gather data about feasibility, effect sizes, clinically significant changes and patient satisfaction. Intervention: MBFT is an 8-week group intervention co-facilitated by psychology and physiotherapy disciplines. Main outcome measures: Several validated self-report measures were used to assess functional disability, emotional functioning, mindfulness, pain catastrophizing, health-related quality of life at baseline, post-intervention, and 6 months follow-up.
Results: Adherence and satisfaction was high, with 85% of participants highly satisfied with MBFT. Based on current persistent LBP subgrouping it is, however, possible to identify a group characterized by higher disability associated with reduced physical and emotional functioning, increased catastrophizing and fear avoidance behaviors, and associated maladaptive movement behaviors (O'Sullivan, 2005, 2012). Furthermore, mindfulness, which involves non-evaluative, present-focused awareness of physical and psychological experience (Kabat-Zinn, 1990), may also help to modulate the avoidance behaviors associated with persistent LBP that can contribute to the fear-avoidance cycle. With this in mind, the present pilot study developed and tested an integrated Mindfulness-Based Functional Therapy (MBFT) intervention, which combined mindfulness meditation, physiotherapy movement retraining, and psycho-education in an 8-week group program. This pilot study utilized a pre-experimental single group, repeated measures design in order to gather data about effect sizes, clinically significant changes, and patient satisfaction. Participants were recruited from the general population through advertisements in health clinics and hospitals in metropolitan Perth, Australia.
The MBFT group intervention was developed specifically for this study, as outlined in the Mindfulness-Based Functional Therapy Facilitator Manual (unpublished document available on request). The following measures were chosen to align with current IMMPACT (Dworkin et al., 2008) recommendations for the clinical importance of treatment outcomes in chronic pain clinical trials. The short form of the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS-21; Lovibond and Lovibond, 1995) is a 21-item measure of emotional functioning, with 3 subscales. The Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS; Brown and Ryan, 2003) is a 15-item measure of present-moment awareness of actions, interpersonal communication, thoughts, emotions, and physical states.


The Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire (CPAQ) is a 20-item instrument that measures acceptance of pain. The Rand 36-Item Health Survey (SF-36; Ware and Sherbourne, 1992) is a 36-item measure of health status and health-related quality of life.
A total of 23 people were referred and screened for the study, 7 of which did not meet the inclusion criteria.
Descriptive statistics for outcome measures at pre-test, post-test, and follow-up are presented in Table 1.
Prior to testing for group changes in outcome variables over time, data were screened for suitability of performing paired samples t-tests.
Table 2 summarizes the changes in outcome measures between pre- and post-intervention, and between pre-intervention and 6 month follow-up.
Between pre- and post-intervention, large effect sizes were obtained for pain catastrophizing, role limitations due to physical condition and energy, as shown in Table 3. Table 4 summarizes the results of reliable change and clinically significant change analyses for pre-post intervention and pre-intervention to follow-up changes.
Of the 16 participants who entered the study 2 dropped out, one for logistic reasons and one due to a lack of self-perceived benefit. The on-going Michael Jackson wrongful death civil trial focuses on assessing who is responsible for the pop singer's demise. This inevitably led to Michael's submission to drugs and other addictions, like plastic surgery and reckless spending.
They each understood what a stunted childhood felt like, cheated by fame of ever being able to slip out of the glare of the spotlight once the beam was cast. Once fame strikes, especially in childhood, the famous person becomes used to all the adulation, perks, and rarified air and privilege that come with being a celebrity. Self-loathing brought on by: a reportedly strict father, fame as early-life experience, arriving at iconic status while retreating to crippling isolation, being enveloped by a mushrooming mistrust hammered home again and again by headlines like, "Wacko Jacko,"suffering the pain and humiliation of third degree burns to his scalp during the filming of a commercial, his pajama-ed perp walk into Santa Barbara County Superior Court, and his SUV-roof dance for screaming fans as he left - all cumulated in a coroner's report. Rockwell's doctoral research study, is published in the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology. It is strongly recommended that health professionals undergo a mindfulness course for themselves before delivering this intervention to others.
Much attention has been given in recent literature to the concept of mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions. For the therapist, this means being more fully present and aware of what is going on in the therapy session. We will also discuss how mindfulness techniques can be used with individual clients to help deal with stress, anxiety, depression, cravings, and chronic pain. Hotel reservations are separate from conference registration and must be booked and paid for separately. Think about the benefits to your clients—relief from stress, anxiety, depression, and pain. You'll have unlimited access for one year, plus you can download the video or audio files for learning on the go! In this bonus, Ron Siegel offers a range of Mindfulness tools and what work best with whom, and why.
In this bonus, you’ll learn how to help your clients connect to their own vitality by engaging them in experiential practices designed to integrate mind and body. Find out in this bonus session with Michael Yapko as he reveals valuable structural similarities between Mindfulness and clinical hypnosis, and how to help clients focus on and develop inner resources. In this bonus session, Dick Schwartz explores the therapist’s role in different self-healing methods and concrete strategies to build on meditation to help your clients. This means that you will not need to remember your user name and password in the future and you will be able to login with the account you choose to sync, with the click of a button. This page doesn't support Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8.Please upgrade your browser or activate Google Chrome Frame to improve your experience. MBFT aimed to improve physical and psychological functioning in patients with persistent LBP. Content includes: mindfulness meditation training, cognitive-functional physiotherapeutic movement retraining, pain education, and group support. Clinical significance analysis and effect size estimates showed improvements in a number of variables, including pain catastrophizing, physical functioning, role limitations due to physical condition, and depression, although these may have occurred due to non-intervention effects.
Preliminary findings suggest that a randomized controlled trial is warranted to investigate its efficacy in improving physical and emotional functioning in people with disabling persistent LBP. For this group we proposed an integrated body-mind intervention based on current evidence-based persistent LBP guidelines (Airaksinen et al., 2006) and which would be suitable for implementation in a primary care setting. Since the trial was designed to test the MBFT protocol and the feasibility of undertaking a larger, more comprehensive trial, a control group was not used.
A cut-off score of 85 on the Orebro Musculoskeletal Pain Questionnaire (OMPQ) was used to exclude those with lower functional impairment and disability (Hill et al., 2010). A convenience sample of physiotherapists, psychologists, and pain specialists in the Perth metropolitan area were also contacted and invited to provide referrals for the study cohort.
Participants registered their interest in the study by contacting the Curtin University Psychology Clinic.
The intention of this approach was thereby to integrate the psychology and physiotherapy components of this intervention, rather than present each as separate components, by separate disciplines as appears common in many multidisciplinary pain rehabilitation programs (Eccleston et al., 2009). It includes items covering physical functioning, emotional functioning, and pain intensity. This latter formula defines clinically significant change as movement to within two standard deviations of the mean of the normal population on a particular variable. Mean values (standard deviations) for outcome measures at baseline, post- intervention and at follow-up.
The majority of variables met assumptions of normality, despite the Shapiro-Wilk test of normality being violated in five of the variables.
Statistically significant improvements in 9 of the 13 variables (functional disability, catastrophizing, stress, pain acceptance, physical functioning, role limitations due to physical condition, energy, social functioning, and general health) were evident comparing pre- and post-intervention with alpha 0.05. Paired t-tests for changes in outcome measures comparing baseline and 2 post-intervention time points. Between pre-intervention and 6-month follow-up, large effect sizes were evident for pain catastrophizing, mindfulness, pain acceptance, depression, stress, role limitations due to physical condition, and social functioning. Immediately after the intervention, a majority of participants failed to show reliable change on measures of functional disability, mindfulness, acceptance, anxiety, physical functioning, energy, social functioning and general health. But, in the end, the jury's findings notwithstanding, the truth is that fame killed Michael Jackson. Mega media mogul, Simon Cowell who has made a fortune on celebrity wannabees agrees, telling Conan O'Brien on his show that we have a "fame epidemic" in America.
His love for being a father was evident in his apparent adoration of his children; and, consequently, while bringing them up he was able to relish in living out the childhood he never had.
Ultimately, outside of his much-loved children, who seemed to provide him with solace, along with a passport to Neverland and everlasting childhood, Michael Jackson was left with no one, except for a faded view of that boy in the mirror. It has been shown that this allows trainees to experience some of the psychological processes and effects that they may be eventually helping to cultivate in clients using mindfulness interventions (Rimes & Wingrove, 2011). For the client, this means being more consciously aware of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors within the session and throughout the day.


He’s professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he founded its world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic and its Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society.
She’s best known for her work developing Core Transformation, a method of gentle transformation through uncovering states of oneness, peace, and presence.
We’re that confident that you'll find this learning experience to be all that's promised and more than you expected. However, the management of patients with persistent non-specific LBP is unsatisfactory, with evidence indicating that most interventions deliver, at best, only modest benefit (Foster, 2011). It is unclear which components of these programs account for improvement and which components may best target specific clinical pain phenotypes. Participants were then telephone-screened via Clinical Psychology (RS) prior to recruitment.
All MBFT sessions were co-facilitated by the same clinical psychology and physiotherapy team (RS and HS). The in-session mindfulness exercises were adapted specifically for a persistent LBP population, with tailored instructions on working with pain and the associated cognitions and affects. A visual inspection of histograms indicated four of these were either normally distributed or were not identified as having a significant amount (greater than 0.01) of skewness or kurtosis.
However, half the sample had clinically significant change and were therefore classified as recovered on catastrophizing, depression, and role limitations due to physical condition. Twenty-four hour, wall-to-wall coverage of his final moments dwarfed other breaking news, including President Barack Obama's historic trip to Russia. Film director John Waters claimed in an NPR interview with Terry Gross some years ago that, "Most everybody secretly imagines themselves in show business and every day on their way to work, they're a little bit depressed because they're not. Ironically, fame can be life altering in ways that forever rob the celebrity of the essential ingredients of satisfaction and a meaning-filled life.
This could be why he never successfully partnered with another adult - he was too busy being a kid himself, perhaps emotionally incapable of such grown up feelings. Without healthy bonds, with family members, friends, and significant others, celebrities may lose their sense of grounding, their sense of self. Program in Clinical Psychology at Union Institute & University, and is the Director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness and Meditation.
They include The Art of Forgiveness and Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are.
For pragmatic reasons, there were two intervention groups, with 10 participants in the first group and 6 in the second. The OMPQ was used in screening and questions 9-10, which are 10-point numerical rating scales (NRS) of pain, were averaged to form a measure of pain intensity. The pain subscale was not used as a measure of pain intensity in this study because it takes into account both intensity and interference. This approach to clinical significance testing is more stringent than several other methods of measuring minimal clinically important differences (Dworkin et al., 2008). A further two participants' data were excluded due to a large number of missing values. Given that the t-statistic is relatively robust against these minor violations, the data were deemed appropriate for analysis (Tabachnick and Fidell, 2007).
Between pre-intervention and follow-up there were significant changes in 10 of the 13 variables (catastrophizing, mindfulness, pain acceptance, depression, stress, physical functioning, role limitations due to physical condition, energy, social functioning and general health) with alpha 0.05.
At follow-up, the majority of participants failed to demonstrate reliable change on functional disability, catastrophizing, mindfulness, depression, anxiety, social functioning and general health. Scores on the Client Satisfaction Questionnaire (CSQ) ranged from 24 to 32, where 32 was also the maximum possible score. As a child star and international phenomenon by the time he could reach the bathroom sink, the boy in the mirror didn't have a chance.
Far from being the answer to every prayer, a panacea, and a final affirmation of self-worth, celebrity instead often has greater potential to turn life into a tortuous existence. In these instances, famous people adapt in the only way they know how - they split themselves in two: the celebrity self and the real self. After being assessed and accepted for inclusion into the study, participants completed a pre-intervention questionnaire battery (outlined below) on day 1 of the intervention, and this battery of measures was completed again immediately at post-intervention (on the last day of the intervention) and at 6 months post-intervention. While taking part in the intervention, participants were instructed to continue their usual activities and their usual medical care, including medications. Since emotional functioning was measured by the DASS, the emotional well-being subscale was not included in analysis. However, the vast majority of participants were recovered on physical functioning and role limitations due to physical condition, while half were recovered on stress and energy. Fame's trajectory can be brutal, and for Michael Jackson, the visage of celebrity swept him up in his formative years and never put him down. People are sad they're not famous in America." Reaching a crescendo, celebrity-lust burst fully into the mainstream with the advent of reality television, which now saturates the viewing schedule, and American culture has not been the same since. For many talented artists, fame, as the gateway to substance abuse, can prove fatal, as in the cases of: Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, John Belushi, Chris Farley, Kurt Cobain, Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse, and others in a heartbreaking growing list, perhaps including most recently, actress Lisa Robin Kelly.
Oftentimes, the real self spends all its time promoting, managing, and selling the image of the celebrity, creating an emotional chasm in what was once an integrated, whole person. He is lead author of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice and Consultation Skills for Mental Health Professionals.
Two participants did not return follow-up questionnaires, leaving 10 participants' data in the follow-up analyses. A further 70% of participants had reliable change on pain intensity and were therefore classified as improved. All of the participants rated the intervention as satisfactory or higher, with the vast majority (85%) rating the intervention as highly satisfactory.
Ethereal voices rose up in an hours-long, televised funeral service, with stars from Usher and John Mayer to Jennifer Hudson and Mariah Carey offering Michael a final goodbye. Fame can be like quicksand, appearing as an oasis in the desert, yet dragging the famous person down until he or she can't breathe. In addition to his business, consultation, and clinical experience, he is a fifth degree black belt in Ninjutsu, and once served as a personal protection agent for the Dalai Lama of Tibet with his teacher, Stephen Hayes.
An emphasis was placed on relaxed breathing and gentle, appropriately graduated movements avoiding excessive abdominal bracing, breath-holding, or inappropriate strategies such as hand support to get from sitting to standing.
Graduated mindful virtual and real rehearsal of previously avoided, or pain provocative movements and postures, was encouraged. Unlike modern day fame, celebrity status used to be reached almost exclusively as a result of talent. The aim of practizing these functional movements as virtual movements was to further reinforce non-provocative sensorimotor integration (Flor and Diers, 2009).
A graduated cardiovascular program which emphasized time-contingent (McCracken and Samuel, 2007) rather than pain-contingent (Abbott et al., 2010) pacing was also implemented.



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