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Cognitive Enhancement and Mindfulness Meditation

May 11, 2019 1:00 PM | J. Gregory Turnbull (Administrator)

Buddhist Concepts Using a Neuropsychological Paradigm
Hawaii Island Psychological Association (HIPA) and 
Daifukuji Soto Mission 

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 1:00-5:00 at Daifukuji Soto Mission, 79-7241 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealakekua, Hawaii 96750(

Harold V. Hall, PhD, ABPP-Clin, Forensic; ABN-Neuropsych, Pacific Institute, (808) 315-7341Reverend Jiko Nakade, 12th Resident Minister, Daifukuji Soto Mission, (808) 322-3524

Panel Members from the Mental Health and Buddhist Community

Intended participants: Those interested in the interface between mental health and Buddhism,  and those from other spiritual traditions who address various forms of suffering (dukkha), psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, nurses, mental health counselors, and professionals working with brain-injured clients. Caretaker-client dyads are welcome.  This workshop is appropriate for beginning to advanced practitionersOpen to the general public.

Abstract:In a series of landmark studies, neuroscientists have discovered that some types of mindfulness and meditation (M&M) correspond to activation of “top down” neural pathways—known as the attentional control network—which involve internally mediated intentions, inhibitions, plans, goals choice, and use of salient words and images (e.g., Loving-Kindness Meditation, hypnosis and self-hypnosis, guided meditation, Transcendental Meditation, certain prayers in religious traditions, Tonglen Meditation), versus “bottom up” generic sensory input involving direct and automatic reactions such as from loud noise, pain stimuli, somatic actions and qi-infused chakra points (e.g., Zhineng qigong, various types of yoga, biofeedback, body scanning, Somatic Meditation, Tai Chi). Demonstrated in this workshop, evidence-based studies using imaging and brain scanning suggest structural change takes place from M&M methods utilizing a combination of TD and BU neural activation (e.g., Soto Zen meditation-- zazen, kinhin, shakyo, Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy). Implications for neuroplasticity and therefore cognitive enhancement are profound. Evidence-based M&M, neuropsychological, and psychological methods including a consideration of socio-emotional functioning and compassion, are illustrated through a heuristic cognitive enhancement program. The goal is to increase the likelihood of attaining positive traits/states and learning experiences to help others in their unique life journey, as well as oneself in this reciprocal process. Such a program can be easily adapted to assist cognitively impaired individuals regain intellectual competency (or slow down progression of deterioration). From a Buddhist perspective, the 5 pillars of wisdom are discussed which may lead to the view that the highest wisdom is a compassionate state of being characterized by a recognition that all phenomena are incomplete, impermanent and not self. This heuristic program is conceptualized as but a small step in this process.   

Learning objectives:  Participants should be able to:

  1. Describe 4 or more M&M methods to enhance cognitive skills.
  2. Describe 6 or more like methods from neuroscience and psychology.
  3. Elaborate on the 7-step procedure as it would apply to you or a client.
  4. Explain why wisdom with compassion is necessary to fruitfully interact  with clients, significant others, and persons who are difficult. 

12:30-1:00     Registration/refreshments.  

1:00-1:10        Opening remarks and greeting (Rev. Jiko )

1:10-2:00        Adversity, neuroplasticity, and Buddhist universal laws (Dr. Hall)

2:00-2:15        Silent break (see poster paper displays

2:15-2:45        The 7-step cognitive enhancement program (Dr. Hall)

2:45-3:00        Break 

3:00-4:00        Panel presenters. Q&A 

4:00-4:15        Break 

4:15-4:45        Zazen followed by kinhin (Walking Meditation) (Rev. Jiko)

4:45-5:00        Modified Univ Transference of Merit (Rev. Jiko). Do evaluations. 

Registration is required by the May 5, 2019 deadline by mailing the registration form on the last page of this announcement and a check for $35 to Dr. Roger Weiss, PhD, HIPA, P.O. Box 3178, Kailua, HI 96745. Students, seniors over 65 and those with special needs need only pay $15. The materials relevant to this workshop will be emailed as an attachment to participants who can self-print or have copied off the desired contents at Kona Business Center (329-0006). See registration form for more details. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Daifukuji Soto Mission. 

Important Notice:  In order to receive continuing education credits, attendees must sign in and out of the workshop and complete and submit the evaluation form.  Please note that APA CE rules require that credit is only given to those who attend the entire workshop.  Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the scheduled starting time of the workshop of leaving before the workshop is complete will not receive CE credits.

CE – Continuing Education Credits:

Those participants who choose to receive CE credits for participation must submit an additional non-refundable fee of $10 payable at the time of the workshop. This fee should be submitted directly to a HIPA representative and checks should be made out to HIPA. 

For HIPA members this $10 fee will be waived.

A full refund is available upon request if the request is received more than 10 days prior to the workshop.

A 50% refund is available upon request up until 48 hours of the workshop.

There will be no refund for no-shows or for cancellations within 48 hours of the workshop.

The Hawai‘i Island Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HIPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Participants will be provided with documentation of CE credits. Complaints, or more information regarding HIPA/APA CE Rules and Grievance Procedures, should be directed to Roger Weiss Ph.D,  HIPA President, P.O. Box 115, Kapaau, HI  96755. 


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