Special Events

An Afternoon with John Briere and Beth Sternlieb

We are no longer taking registrations for this class/event.
Jun 24 (Sat)
4pm - 6pm
Santa Monica
Psychotherapists and graduate students of therapy are invited to this special talk with John Briere and Beth Sternlieb.

In this special afternoon talk we will discuss challenging cases and interesting clinical and philosophical issues in the context of Buddhist psychology.

Modeled on John's "office hours" as Remote Program Faculty for the IMP (Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy), and Beth's and his previous class at InsightLA on mindfulness and psychotherapy, attendees will consider the interface between Buddhist constructs like dukka, emptiness, compassion, and dependent arising as they relate to the therapist's work as a self-aware helper of others.

This is not a discussion on how to teach mindfulness to clients; it is a chance to sit with other like-minded clinicians and discuss the fascinating interplay between clinical notions of disorder and therapy and the implications of the dharma for the compassionate care of others.

*CEUs - Please inquire with the InsightLA office for continuing education units.

*Please note: There is a fee for continuing education credits. Payment can be made by adding CEUs on the registration page.

About the Instructors:

John Briere, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at USC, and recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology from the APA. A longtime student of Buddhist psychology, he has written extensively on mindfulness, compassion, and psychotherapy, including Mindfulness-oriented interventions for trauma: Integrating contemplative practices (2015, with co-editors), Mindfulness, insight, and trauma therapy (in Mindfulness and psychotherapy, 2nd edition), and Principles of trauma therapy: A guide to symptoms, evaluation, and treatment, 2nd edition, DSM-5 update (2014, with C. Scott). He is currently writing The Pain Paradox: Embracing and transcending unwanted experience on the way to well-being. John teaches internationally on trauma, mindfulness, and clinical practice.

Beth Sternlieb is co-guiding teacher of InsightLA. She teaches The Buddha's Path, Mindful Self Compassion and MBSR. Beth is a member of the Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training program with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein and Trudy Goodman. Beth is co-director of UCLA Pediatric Pain Program yoga clinical and research programs.

InsightLA reserves the right to cancel a class or special event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If InsightLA cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund. Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of an event, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at the new, future date.

Location Details:
InsightLA Olympic
1430 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Please note: Parking is metered every day from 9AM - 6PM, except on Sunday.
*This site is equipped with a chair lift for persons with limited mobility.
Contact teacher:
Contact by email (expect responses Monday - Friday, only)

Sliding scale from $20 to $50 per person.

Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This helps us make sure those who pay less can attend.

Whatever you pay above the lowest end of the sliding scale is a tax-deductible donation to InsightLA.

Please note: There are many ways to attend InsightLA classes and events. If you are unable to pay the suggested registration price, please contact us by emailing programs@insightla.org.

Enrollment Limit:
65 | There are still openings for this program.
Items to Bring:
Contact Information:
programs@insightla.org or 310-450-1821
We are no longer taking registrations for this class/event.