January 2023

News & Upcoming Events

  • IMP Online Retreat: “Thriving in a Changing World" **NEW**

  • IMP Certificate Program **UPDATED**

  • IMP Certificate Program Alumni and Faculty Retreat **NEW**

  • IMP Dharma Practice and Clinical Discussion Group

  • IMP Certificate Program Graduate Drop-In Group

  • IMP "Noble Mind" Podcast: Episode 73 **UPDATED**

  • Mindfulness In Clinical Practice: A Conversation Series

  • IMP Online Course: The Power of Therapeutic Presence

  • IMP Members' Ongoing Offerings

  • IMP Community Happenings **UPDATED**

IMP Online Retreat

Thriving in a Changing World:

An Intensive Online Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

March 10-14, 2023

with Bill Morgan, PsyD, Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS,

and Ron Siegel, PsyD

All proceeds after administrative costs will be used to support equitable access for underserved communities to program at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Center for Mindfulness & Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance.

The Thai Buddhist meditation master Achan Cha was once asked by a western student if he could sum up his extensive teachings. “Yes,” he replied: “not always so.” The COVID pandemic, climate change, political upheaval, our own aging and personal challenges—do we need more evidence that everything changes?

While we welcome some changes, we often resist others, and suffer as a consequence. Mindfulness, especially when practiced more intensively, can help reveal the fluid nature of both consciousness and the outer world, allowing us to live in greater harmony with reality. Along with compassion practices, it can also help us to settle and soothe ourselves, connect more deeply to nature and one another, and find refuge in the present moment.

This intensive online retreat will offer a deep dive into both exploring uncertainty and impermanence and caring for ourselves, developing the resources we, and our clients need to lovingly embrace this changing world on fire.

While an online retreat may sound like a strange idea, it can be a surprisingly powerful format, allowing not only for deep practice, but also cultivating gratitude and appreciation for the simple gifts of home.

You’ll learn tools to restore balance to your heart and mind using varied meditative postures, breathing practices, exploratory exercises, and both stillness and movement techniques designed to investigate challenging realities and integrate difficult emotions.

We’ll discuss how to use these practices ourselves to be more present and responsive in our personal lives and clinical work, as well as how to share them with our clients to help them work creatively with the difficulties that constant change presents for them.

Let’s gather together and support one another as a community of spiritual friends. In addition to receiving mindfulness teachings, instruction, and guided meditations, this retreat will offer ample opportunities to participate in small group discussions and explore personal practice questions.

Please join us!

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IMP Certificate Program

** Now accepting applications for 2023-2024 **

Limited scholarship funding is now available to support minority/POC applicants.

Immerse yourself in an intensive program of personal and intellectual study

  • 9 months, 120+ hours with distinguished faculty interaction
  • Weekly live group interactions for conversation with faculty, clinical consultation & ongoing meditation support
  • Two retreats (totaling 9 days) for scholarly and meditation instruction, and community building
  • Continuing Education credits for most professionals


  • Enjoy intimate engagement with distinguished faculty each week
  • Enhance your personal meditation practice through 1:1 and small group instruction
  • Discover a community of mutual support, investigation and connection with like-minded professionals


  • Change your life through a deep experiential understanding of meditation practice and Buddhist psychology.
  • Establish the foundation to teach or apply mindfulness personally and professionally.


The oldest and most comprehensive training in mindfulness and psychotherapy, this course consists of weekly 'live' online events including:

  • Interactive live discussions with faculty
  • Small group moderated live discussions, case consultation, and presentations by students
  • Web-based lectures and readings by international experts, viewed at your convenience, from any time zone
  • Active online discussion forum on course material
  • Active online meditation discussion forum
  • Ongoing meditation instruction and support from seasoned meditation teachers
  • Two retreats for didactic instruction, community building, and meditation instruction/practice


Admission is by application. Psychologists, psychiatrists, palliative care professionals, social workers, nurses, licensed mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and other professional caregivers are invited to apply. Other professionals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students should have some experience with mindfulness or other forms of Buddhist meditation practice.

Admission is limited to approximately 45 students. Because of the intimate and interactive nature of this program, admission will be granted to professionals motivated to actively engage with the curriculum and with fellow students, on and off the cushion.

IMP Certificate Program Alumni and Faculty Retreat

“Dharma and Play"

May 25-29

at the Copper Beech Institute

Hartford, CT

"What we are doing here is so important, we better not take it too seriously."

- Suzuki Roshi

For more information, please contact certificate@meditationandpsychotherapy.org

IMP Dharma Practice and Clinical Discussion Group

First Tuesday of each month

8:00am to 9:30am EST

with Douglas Baker, LICSW

The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy offers a group for clinicians interested in nourishing their meditation practice and applying mindfulness in therapy. In a supportive and compassionate environment, the group will practice together to begin each meeting, and then explore mindfulness-based approaches to members’ clinical work.


We’ll explore secular Buddhist psychology frameworks and how they can apply to both clinician self-care and self-regulation, as well as mindfulness-based therapy, cognitive therapy, and other frameworks. Obstacles to consistent meditation practice, difficulties leading mindfulness experiences as a therapist, and other clinical challenges will be explored.

Meeting Logistics

The group will meet monthly, the first Tuesday of each month, 8:00am to 9:30am EST.

The group is virtual for the time being and is likely to remain so, as our current group is scattered across the US. The group will be limited to about 15 members initially with the possibility of eventually adding more.

Contact group leader Doug Baker with questions at doug@cambridgemindbody.com

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IMP Certificate Program Graduate Drop-In Group
Please join us for a drop-in monthly sit and gathering open to all Certificate Program graduates. The structure will include 30 minutes of meditation, followed by an opportunity to share, reflect, and water seeds of joy. Please come for part of the meeting or stay for the entire hour. We look forward to practicing together and having a chance to connect with one another. We go as a river. There is nothing to prepare. Come exactly as you are.

Meetings will take place on the last Wednesday of each month, except during the months of November and December when the meetings will take place the 17th and 22nd, respectively.

We are offering these events on a dana basis. All donations will help fund our BIPOC scholarship fund. Donate here.

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83867113460 (Meeting ID: 838 6711 3460)

Group Leaders: Jorge Armesto & Susan Fairchild

IMP “Noble Mind” Podcast

Episode 73

  • Episode 73: Lesley Huff on the Paradox of Mindfulness and Potential Pitfalls of Self-Improvement

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Mindfulness In Clinical Practice
Meditation cushions
Enjoy the opportunity to sit in on conversations between IMP board members as they discuss various topics related to mindfulness and clinical practice:

  • Beyond Cultivating Moments Of Calm 
  • Integrating Mindfulness Into The Hospital
  • Integrating Biofeedback And Mindfulness
  • Using Mindfulness-Based Therapy For Pain
  • The Four Exertions
  • Cultivating Joy
  • Yogic Techniques To Settle The Attention In Meditation
  • Bringing Mindfulness Concepts to Clinical Settings
  • Psychotherapy During The Pandemic

IMP Online Course
The Power of Therapeutic Presence
Presence is a gift, to both our clients and ourselves.

Yet many clinicians like you are unsure about how to enhance therapeutic presence to improve outcomes.

We've brought together leading clinicians from The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and faculty from Harvard Medical School including Christopher Germer, Ron Siegel, Christopher Willard, and Susan Pollak to share with us 10 enlightening sessions on deepening Presence, to enhance both your professional practice and personal wellbeing.

The Power of Therapeutic Presence is a unique online course filled with practical meditative and mindfulness exercises and tools that will cultivate presence deeply into your clinical work and life.

Through ten comprehensive sessions, this online course will inform and enhance your practice in all four key areas of therapeutic presence:

  • Being grounded in a healthy sense of self
  • Being immersed in what is poignant in the moment
  • Expanding awareness
  • Being with and for clients in the service of healing

You'll first learn about the neuroscience behind therapeutic presence, and how it impacts clinical work, before diving deep into clinical applications for difficult client issues such as challenging emotions and pain.

Each and every session provides practical tools and key strategies that establish greater therapeutic presence in your work and your life.

IMP Members’ Ongoing Offerings

If you are an IMP member and would like to share an ongoing offering with the community, please let us knowmail@meditationandpsychotherapy.org

CHA/CMC Free Live Online Programs


Please check the “Live Online” schedule for timing of specific programs

with CHA/CMC “Live Online” Teachers

The Daily Sit

Monday - Friday

10:30am - 11:15am ET

with Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS, and Bill Morgan, PsyD

Mindful Grief Circles

Every 2nd Sunday

11:00am - 12:30pm ET

with Yasemin Isler, MA

Befriending Your Body

with Ann Saffi Biasetti, PhD, LCSWR, CEDS, C-IAYT

Building Resilience in Challenging Times

with Christopher Willard, PsyD

Growing Up Mindful 12-week Training

with Christopher Willard, PsyD

Growing Up Mindful Level One Certification

with Christopher Willard, PsyD

Lion's Roar Insight and Mindfulness Course

with Trudy Goodman, PhD, and Jack Kornfield, PhD


with Christopher Willard, PsyD

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IMP Community Happenings

If you are an IMP member and would like to share an upcoming event with the community, please let us know: mail@meditationandpsychotherapy.org

January 23 - March 27

The Growing Up Mindful Program 10-week Training

with Christopher Willard, PsyD

January 24 - March 13

CHA/CMC Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 8-week Course

with Lisa Kim, MA, and Susie Fairchild, MA

January 24 - March 28

Bringing Up Boddhisattvas: The Science and Spirit of Buddhist Parenting

with Christopher Willard, PsyD

January 27-29, March 3-5, March 31-April 2, and April 28-30

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 1 Training

with Richard Schwartz, PhD, Nancy Sowell, LICSW, and Martha Sweezy, PhD

February 1 - March 29

CHA/CMC Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 9-week course

with Jody Daniels, MBA

February 9 - March 30

CHA/CMC Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Resilience (MBCT-R) 8-week course

with Michael Spertus, MD, and Jessika Scogland Bailey, MA, PsyD

February 15 - April 5

CHA/CMC Mindfulness Training for Living Well (MTLW) 8-week course

with Neeti Jha and Barbara Hamm, PsyD

March 12-17

Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive

with Christopher Germer, PhD, and Kristin Neff, PhD

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The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and training of mental health professionals in the integration of mindfulness meditation and psychotherapy. 

The vision of IMP is practice-based, and all teaching faculty have extensive personal and professional experience in the practice of mindfulness meditation or other mindfulness practices. Most educational programs offer CE credit for psychologists, social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marital and family therapists, and nurses. Secondary activities of IMP include psychological consultation to meditation centers, clinical supervision, psychotherapy referrals, and networking for interested clinicians.

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