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2 Day Training in the Cutting Edge Tools of Neuroscience and Buddhist Psychology

$295.00 until September 13, $315.00 thereafter
Group discount: 10% discount for 5 or more

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In this 2 Day training join these two renowned teachers, Dan Siegel M.D., pioneer in the field of interpersonal neurobiology and Jack Kornfield Ph.D., one of the world's leading Buddhist teachers in a dynamic presentation of the skills, science and and art of well-being, mindfulness and love.

Professionals and contemplative practitioners will find enormous value in the tools and wisdom offered in this training. Our work together will enhance personal well-being, develop more compassionate and integrated relationships, and strengthen evidence-based clinical, educational and professional skills. Weaving cutting edge science, powerful meditation tools, traditional teachings, clinical cases and creative dialogue, we will explore and train in skills to transform neural patterns and foster healing and awakening. We will learn how to establish and support ourselves and others in neural integration, deepen in joyful well-being, and expand our capacity for empathy and love.

On Saturday, Julian Walker, author of Radical Transformation: A Map to Mind-Body Ecstasy, will lead A Somatic Movement and Mindfulness Body break.  Trudy Goodman, founder of InsightLA will guide An Experience of Mindfulness on Sunday.

This Program is appropriate for licensed mental health professionals who are familiar with the basic aspects of the interpersonal neuroscience that underlies the utilization of mindfulness techniques for therapeutic applications: MDs, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Therapists, Counselors and RNs.  Interested interns, students and mindfulness practitioners may also gain valuable insight from this program.



Jack Kornfield, PhD, was trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India, and has taught worldwide since 1974. He is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and of Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, Califorina. He lives in northern California with his wife and daughter. In addition to The Wise Heart, his books include A Path With a Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; Seeking the Heart of Wisdom (with Joseph Goldstein); Teachings of the Buddha; Soul Food; A Still Forest Pool; and The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace.  Learn more about Dr. Kornfield at jackkornfield.org.

Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he is a co-investigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is also the director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization that focuses on how the development of insight and empathy within individuals, families, and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes. Siegel is author of The Developing Mind: Toward a Neurobiology of Interpersonal Experience;coauthor of Parenting From the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive (with Mary Hartzell); and author of The Mindful Brain:  Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-BeingMindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, and The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician’s Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration.  Siegel is also the Founding Editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.  Learn more about Dr. Siegel at drdansiegel.com.


Marion Solomon, PhD received her MSW from USC and her PhD. from UCLA. Currently she is Director of Training, Lifespan Learning Institute; Lecturer at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at UCLA, and Senior Extension faculty at the Department of Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences at UCLA. She also has a private practice in West Los Angeles, specializing in treating relationship issues.   

Dr. Solomon has published several books and articles focused on clinical training. She is author of “Lean On Me: The Power of Positive Dependency In Intimate Relationships.” She is also Co-Author of Short Term Therapy for Long Term Change,” “Love and War in Intimate Relationships.” Co-Editor of “Countertransference in Couples’ Therapy”; “The Borderline Patient”; “Healing Trauma” and more.

Bonnie Goldstein, PhD holds dual licenses in the state of California in psychology and social work, completed her B.A. MSW, and Ph.D. at UCLA and her Ed.M. at Harvard University. She teaches at USC’s School of Social Work and is the Los Angeles coordinator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Trauma, Developmental, and Certification trainings. Her professional affiliations have included serving as a consultant to the Early Childhood program at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center’s Thalians Clinic, serving as a supervisor at the Beverly Hills Maple Center and the Southern California Counseling Center, and receiving a postdoctoral fellowship at the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, and Group Psychotherapy Association. 

Galvanized by traumatic experiences throughout Los Angeles over the past two decades, including earthquakes, fires, mudslides, and riots, Dr. Goldstein has assembled and disseminated information, developed outreach programs for UCLA extension, and produced creative presentations of trauma-related information, including a book for children and their families, I'll Know What to Do: A Kid's Guide to Natural Disasters, published by the American Psychological Association in 1997 and distributed as a guide for children and families in the aftermath of traumatic experiences. Dr. Bonnie Mark-Goldstein’s professional publications include The Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment Vol. I & II and Understanding, Diagnosing, and Treating Attention-Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents: an Integrative Approach.

The Lifespan Learning Institute has implemented a process where everyone who is in a position to control the content of any educational activity must disclose any relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest.

The speakers, presenters and planning committee members for this educational activity disclose that they have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.

 Participants will be able to:

  • List 3 aspects of neuroscience research that support inner training and the capacity for human transformation.
  • Illustrate 3 effects of neuroplasticity
  • Utilize 3 tools of interpersonal neurobiology
  • Clarify 3 dimensions of neural integration and well-being
  • Illustrate the principles of secure attachment, mindfulness and the skillful healing of trauma.
  • Develop the positive skills of meditative well-being, forgiveness and inner balance.
  • Apply the principles of secure attachment, mindfulness and the skillful healing of trauma.
  • Employ mindfulness to activate the resonance circuit
  • Utilize two ways to enhance inner and interpersonal attunement.
  • Develop three skills that will deepen the capacity for empathy and compassion.
  • Facilitate the release of suffering through enhanced cognitive, attentional and intentional skills.
  • Expand positive ways to foster resilience and enhance emotional wisdom.


 this page is still under construction, please check back soon for the full list of objectives


This program is eligible for up to 13 Hours of CE Credit (2 sessions of 6.5 Hours). To receive Continuing education Credit, you must sign in and out of each session.  Partial credit can not be offered for a session.

The following continuing education credit options are available for this program:

Certified Counselors: The Lifespan Learning Institute is an approved provider for the National Board of Certified Counselors. This program meets the qualifications for 13 hours of continuing education credits.

Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Licensed Educational Psychologists & Licensed Clinical Social Workers: Lifespan Learning Institute (PCE21) is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide continuing education for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and LCSWs. This Course meets the qualifications for 13 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

MDs: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA). The Lifespan Learning Institute is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Lifespan Learning Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

Psychologists: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. The Ethical Principles of Psychologists will be upheld.

Registered Nurses: The Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider # 03424. This program is approved for 13 contact hours.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Board of Behavioral Sciences, Board of Registered Nurses and IMQ/CMA are California accrediting organizations.  It is the responsibility of participants licensed in other states to verify whether their Licensing Board will accept the CE Credit we provide.

this is the outline of the two days, detailed schedule coming soon 

Saturday, October 5, 2013 (6.5 CE Hours)

8:00: Check-in


10:15: Break


Noon: Lunch
     1/2 body break lead by Julian Walker, author of Radical Transformation: A Map to Mind-Body Ecstasy


2:15 Break


5:00 Conclusion

Sunday, October 6, 2013 (6.5 CE Hours)


10:15: Break


Noon: Lunch
      An Experience of Mindfulness led by Trudy Goodman, founder of InsightLA


2:15 Break

2:30: 3:45: 

5:00 Conclusion


Location: UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom, 308 Westwood Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90025  
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Lunch: Morning and afternoon refreshments are served; however, lunch is NOT included. You may purchase food at Ackerman Union and other campus eateries. However, it is recommended that participants bring bag lunches to avoid delays at concession stands.

Parking: Single-entry permits are sold on a space-available basis at UCLA parking/information kiosks. Most parking areas are accessible by payment of per entry fee (medical areas are higher).  Hourly parking is available at Parking Pay Stations in some lots and structures; for information
visit transportation.ucla.edu.

Travel: Participants needing assistance with travel arrangements may contact Susan Lamishaw of New Act Travel at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (310) 201-0808 or (310) 284-5160.  

Lodging: We recommend Hotel Palomar. You can make reservations at the preferred group rate of 179.00 a night until September 20th. You should book your room as soon as possible to guarantee availability. Call 1-800-546-7866 or book online.  Be sure to reference the "UCLA Lifespan Learning Institute Conference – Neuroscience of Well-being, Mindfulness and Love " to obtain the discounted rates.  Or you may download a list of: lodging near the UCLA Campus

Students with Disablities: In accordance with the American with Disability Act (ADA), please contact our office (310.922.3868) at least 2 weeks before the program if you need special accommodations


Cancellations and Refunds: Individual programs have specific terms of service to which you agree when registering on line.

If Lifespan Learning Institute cancels or postpones a program, a full refund will be issued.

If you need to cancel:

  1. Cancellation must be made in writing (by mail or by email) and received in our offices at least 10 days prior to the first date of the program.
  2. All cancellations are subject to a 20% cancellation fee or .00, which ever is greater.
  3. The cancellation fee is applicable even if you selected "pay later" and have not yet paid.
  4. No refund will be made for cancellations made within 10 days of the start of the program.

Grievance Policy: 

Lifespan Learning Institute is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the Ethical Principles of the APA, BBS, BRN, CSCSW, and NBCC. Lifespan Learning Institute will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Education Chair in consultation with the members of the continuing education committee and the program Chairperson.
While Lifespan Learning Institute goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which come to the attention of the program staff which require intervention and/or action on the part of the program staff or an officer of Lifespan Learning Institute. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances.
When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken.
1. If the grievance concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The CE Chair will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual.
2. If the grievance concerns a program offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the program was offered, the program chair will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the program chair will:
a. provide a fee credit toward a future program or
b. provide a partial or full refund of the program fee.
Actions 2a and 2b will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes. The note need not be signed by the grieved individual.
3. If the grievance concerns the Lifespan Learning Institute CE program, in a specific regard, the CE Chair will attempt to arbitrate.