Mindfulness, Chronic Pain and Quality Outcome Measures with William Jackson, PsyD
Join us in person at The Arlington Center, Arlington, MA as Dr. Jackson shares his experience with meditation as a Buddhist monk and lay practitioner, exploring current research models that help clinicians make informed decisions about best interventions. Meditation is an intensely personal and subjective experience where gains are hard to objectively quantify. Bridging the gap between a compassionate experiential practice and a symptom-reduction focused model of medicine and psychotherapy is a challenge without the loss of "meaning." Having clear practice method, quality outcomes and respect for ancient practices and cultures where meditation was created, as well as contemporary research and crafted interventions is essential.
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
1. Understand cultural influences on contemporary mindfulness interventions.
2. Discuss current research results of mindfulness interventions in the chronic pain population.
3. Understand the steps involved in a systematic review and importance of systematic reviews in clinical decision-making.
William Jackson spent 6 years as a Buddhist monk, has been practicing meditation for 15 years and has been teaching meditation for nearly a decade, including a current class at South Boston Yoga. William completed his doctoral degree in clinical health psychology from William James College. He has worked at Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Cranial Facial Pain Center, and a number of other settings. He is currently collaborating on research projects with the Benson Henry Institute for Mind-body Medicine and recently finished a systematic review on quality outcome measures for chronic pain research. He specializes in opioid risk stratification, multidisciplinary pain treatment and mindfulness based therapies.