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Heart of Buddhist psychology to be discussed at April 19 Café Scientifique

April 6, 2007 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A clinical psychologist who integrates meditation and mindfulness will speak on "Inside the Buddhist Mind: Lessons for Western Psychotherapy" during the next Café Scientifique to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Ferraro's Fine Italian Restaurant, 726 N. 7th Ave., in Bozeman.

Dr. Christopher Germer will talk about mindfulness, the heart of Buddhist psychology, and how it is fast becoming the new wave of empirically-based psychotherapy, after behavior therapy and cognitive therapy. The new approach places awareness and acceptance before change. Treatment interventions are not about fixing the individual, but learning to hold unpleasant feelings in a Zen-like accepting, non-reactive way. Feelings are just feelings, not facts.

Germer says this approach has been effective with a broad range of difficult-to-treat conditions, like suicidal behavior, psychosis, substance abuse, eating disorders, chronic depression and a host of stress-related disorders. Café participants are invited to read about the topic ahead of time at http://www.guilford.com/excerpts/germer.pdf

Germer has a private practice in Arlington, Mass. and specializes in the mindfulness-oriented treatment of anxiety and panic. He has integrated meditation and mindfulness principles into psychotherapy since 1978. He is director of continuing education for the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and has been a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School for most of the past 20 years. He is co-editor of "Mindfulness and Psychotherapy."

Café Scientifique is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and the event is popular, so attendees are encouraged to arrive before 6 p.m. They can park in Ferraro's parking lot, along the street, in the A & D Auto Body lot east of Ferraro's or in Mixer's and Pub Hippo lots north across the street from Ferraro's.

Café Scientifique is co-sponsored by MSU's College of Letters and Science and Montana's INBRE program. It provides an opportunity for community members to come together in a friendly locale to hear a short talk on a current scientific topic and discuss the issues.

For more information, contact Laurie Howell at (406) 994-7531 or lhowell@montana.edu

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu