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Mindfulness in Psychoanalysis and Meditation. Edward Ryan, PhD

  • 16 May 2015
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • New Haven Lawn Club


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Mindfulness in Psychoanalysis 

and Meditation


Edward Ryan, PhD

In contemporary  culture we hear reference to “mindfulness”  and the effectiveness of mindfulness as a therapeutic technique. At Yale mindfulness training  is offered as a clinical treatment, and people are  encouraged to practice mindfulness as a part of a wellness approach. A great deal of this embrace of mindfulness refers to Buddhist mindfulness meditation.  Buddhist meditation has moved into our culture over the past 40 years, embraced by what we might call  the American  “therapy culture.” Meditation itself is regarded as a form of therapy. Buddhist teaching and practice have been equated to various therapies, including  psychoanalysis. Dr. Ryan has been a student of  psychoanalysis for almost sixty years,  and a student/practitioner of  Buddhist meditation for thirty.  In this presentation he will discuss what  mindfulness is and is not, mindfulness in psychoanalysis and Buddhist insight meditation, about similarities and differences between the two practices  and how they may complement and enrich each other.

Presenter:  Edward Ryan, Ph.D. is  an Associate Clinical Professor in the Yale Psychiatry Department, a training and supervising psychologist in the Yale Long-Term Care Clinic, and in private practice in New Haven.  He has published and presented papers on a range of topics including  psychosis and recovery, object relations theory,  meditation and psychoanalysis and has received awards for teaching, clinical service, and leadership. Dr. Ryan  has practiced insight meditation for thirty years. He served on the Board of Directors of the Insight Meditation Society, the flagship training center for insight mediation in America. With his wife,  the poet Sylvia Forges-Ryan, he published Take A Deep Breath: The Haiku Way to Inner Peace. The book has been accepted into the American Literature Collection of the Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale.


The New Haven Lawn Club

193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

Conference Schedule

10:00 - 10:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:30 – 12:30 Presentation

Suggested Reading

Ryan, E. (1989)  Psychotherapy:  Empathy, Courage and Compassion.  In Voices, 1989.    


The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.


Following the presentation a small group has lunch with the presenter. If you would like to join us, please email  Ellen Nasper, Ph.D.  by Monday, May 11, 2015.   A limited number of seats are available on a first come first served basis.

Continuing Education

This conference has been approved for for 2 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39)

Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of needs for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.

Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Ellen Nasper, Ph.D., at

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