Using Mind Body Techniques in Clinical Practice: Applications of BHI's RR Meditation Techniques (February 2023)
Registration Deadline: February 20, 2023
This interactive course is led by health experts from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.
The course enhances how you use mind-body medicine and relaxation response techniques in your clinical practice. This includes evidence-based skills in meditation, yoga, and tai chi.
Throughout the course, faculty review and guide you on how to use these core meditation methods to elicit the relaxation response and help patients decrease stress and enhance well-being. They provide an overview of mind-body techniques and strategies that support a successful meditation practice. Course content also covers evidence-based approaches for mindfulness, imagery, contemplation, empathy and more.
Clinicians across all practice settings can use mind-body medicine techniques to help patients reduce stress and lower the long-term prevalence of diseases. This includes obesity, diabetes, hypertension, mood disorders and more. These skills also enhance your own resiliency and protect against burnout. That makes this course ideal for your practice in mental health, primary care, nursing, social work, psychology and more.
The course includes an array of resources, videos and other materials to guide you through your learning experience. All content and assignments can be completed whenever your schedule allows. Weekly call-in times allow faculty to hear and respond to your questions directly, and an interactive discussion board lets you post your own questions and interact with peers from across the United States and around the world. Plus, the course is accessible via desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet.
Course materials are available beginning on February 6, 2023, and all online course work must be completed by March 20, 2023.
Registration Deadline: February 20, 2023
Physicians and Doctoral-level Professionals: $445.00
Other Professionals: $345.00
Refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made during the first week of the course, but an administrative fee of $25.00 will be deducted from your refund. Cancellation requests made during the second week will receive a credit toward a future offering of the same course. No refunds or credits will be granted after February 20, 2023.
Q&A with Faculty
Week Start Date
Date of Q&A
Time of Q&A
Week 1: 2/06/2023
|2/08/2023||4:30PM EDT||John W. Denninger, MD, PhD|
Week 2: 2/13/2023
|2/15/2023||4:00PM EDT||John W. Denninger, MD, PhD|
Week 3: 2/20/2023
|2/23/2023||3:30PM EDT||John W. Denninger, MD, PhD|
Week 4: 2/27/2023
|3/02/2023||4:30PM EDT||John W. Denninger, MD, PhD|
Week 5: 3/6/2023
|3/10/2023||9:00AM EDT||Darshan H. Mehta, MD, MPH|
This program is intended for:
- General and Family Practice Physicians
- Physician Assistants
- Social Workers
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
- Define the two essential criteria for elicitation of the relaxation response.
- Define the unique features and benefits of five core meditation techniques that elicit the relaxation response.
- Describe the process, common challenges, and strategies that support a successful meditation practice.
- Review evidenced-based applications of contemplation and empathy for clinical use.
- Illustrate the functional expression of empathy as a means to enhance resiliency, protect provider burnout and increase patient compliance.
- Develop skill in both yoga and Tai Chi.
- Develop skill in three applications of imagery: safe place imagery, idealized self, and insight.
- Develop skill in mindfulness and value the ease by which it can be integrated into daily life.
- Translate knowledge and skill of a variety of meditation techniques into clinical practice for more effective treatment of symptomatology exacerbated by allostasis and allostatic load.
Participants must complete each week sequentially and while completing all components of each week to receive credit, including:
- Activity Overview
- Video Lecture
- Reading and Resources (required and optional)
- Q&A with Faculty
- Discussion Board
- Case Assessment
Overview of Mind Body Techniques - Gregory L. Fricchione, MD and Peg Baim, MS, NP
Imagery - Peg Baim, MS, NP
Mindfulness - Peg Baim, MS, NP
Yoga and Tai Chi - Stanwood Chang and Laura Malloy, LICSW
Contemplation and Empathy - Peg Baim, MS, NP
- 13.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
McLean Hospital designates this Live activity for a maximum of 13.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 13.00 Nursing Contact Hours
Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.
This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 13.00 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.
- 13.00 Social Workers
The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers
This program has been approved for 13.00 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number
- 13.00 Participation
This course allows other providers to claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.
Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.
- 13.00 Psychologists CE Credit
The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This offering meets the criteria for 13.00 Continuing Education (CE) credits per presentation for psychologists.
Release Date: February 1, 2016
Expiration Date: February 2, 2023
Review Date: February 2, 2020 by Robert Althoff, MD, PhD
Gregory Fricchione, MD
Peg Baim, MS, NP, course director
David H. Rubin, MD, reviewer
Jane Pimental, MPH
Susan E. Sprich, PhD
In accord with the disclosure policy of McLean Hospital as well as guidelines set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education, all people in control of educational content, including speakers, course directors, planners, and reviewers, have been asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests of both themselves and their spouses/partners over the past 12 months, as defined below:
The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. For more information, visit www.accme.org.
Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.
Relevant financial relationships
ACCME focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME defines “’relevant’ financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.
Conflict of Interest
Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.
The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported financial relationships with an entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services (relevant to the content of this activity) consumed by, or used on, patients:
Gregory L. Fricchione, MD
Royalties (book and editor authorship): Johns Hopkins University Press, Belvoir Press, University of Chicago Press/Ivy Press
Honoraria (lecturer): Institute for Living, Sheppard Pratt, Harvard CME, Boston University Medical Center
Susan Sprich, PhD
Royalties (Co-Author): Oxford University Press
Royalties (Co-Edited Book): Springer
Honoraria (Associate Editors): Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
All other individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.
In accord with the disclosure policy of McLean Hospital as well as guidelines set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education, all people in control of educational content, including speakers, course directors, planners, and reviewers, have been asked to disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies for the past 24 months, as defined below:
The ACCME defines an “Ineligible company” as “those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.” For more information, visit
Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.
Mitigation of Financial Relationships
All financial relationships are reviewed to determine which ones are relevant, and then measures are taken to mitigate all relevant financial relationships and ensure that they do not insert commercial bias into the content of the education.
The following planners, speakers, content reviewers, and others in control of educational content have reported financial relationships with ineligible companies over the past 24 months. Measures have been taken to mitigate the impact of these financial relationships on the educational content and ensure that they do not insert commercial bias into the content of this education.
John Denninger, MD, PhD
Recipient of Research Supplies: Basis/Intel
Research Funding (Recipient): Onyx/Amgen
All other individuals in a position to control the content of this educational activity have reported no financial relationships with ineligible companies.
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