Mindfulness as a Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Meditation as a practice undertaken for its health or mental health benefits is considered to fall under the category of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM). Funding to study CAM interventions including mindfulness used as an intervention have increased dramatically as has use of meditation by the US population. This course focuses on the research support for mindfulness as a form of CAM and its changing patterns of usage.
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  • Do you want to have evidence-informed and ethically-sensitive conversations with clients about how mindfulness practices could improve their recovery and treatment outcomes?

  • Do you want to be able to share mindfulness practices with clients through the use of free online resources?

  • Do you want to make appropriate recommendations and referrals for clients who want to integrate mindfulness practices into their treatments?


Gary Buck, PhD

Gary is a graduate of Meridian University’s Doctor of Psychology program and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Princeton University. He is a licensed psychologist and has participated in trainings led by Zindel Segal, PhD in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, by Richard Miller, PhD in Yoga Nidra/Integrative Restoration, and completed an internship with Saki Santorelli in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the U. of Massachusetts Medical School. A Buddhist meditator of nearly 50 years, he currently practices in the Vajrayana tradition where his main interests are Mahamudra and Dzogchen. He is a former Buddhist monk in the Thai Theravadan tradition. Gary is a former Managing Director and Board member of the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts and a former Associate Director of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County. He is currently a psychotherapist in private practice in San Rafael and Petaluma, CA, where he sees child and adult clients.

Instructor is David Lukoff, PhD, is co-author of the DSM diagnostic category Religious or Spiritual Problem which increased awareness of spiritual issues in clinical practice. He has published over 80 articles on spirituality and mental health, many in peer reviewed journals such as Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine,  Journal of Humanistic Psychology Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Psychiatric Annals, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Spirituality in Clinical Practice

He won the Exemplary Paper award from the Templeton Foundation (for an article published in Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease) and was given an award  by the San Francisco Community Mental Health Services that read: “In recognition of the pioneering and persistent efforts…which led to the inclusion of V62.89 Religious or Spiritual Problem in the DSM-IV”

The courses provide you with the knowledge, including the evidence-base, required:

  • To have evidence-informed and ethically-sensitive conversations with clients about their spirituality

  • To make appropriate recommendations and referrals for clients who want to integrate spiritual practices into their treatments

  • To harnass clients’ religious and spiritual strengths

  • To build a stronger therapeutic alliance based on showing respect toward clients’ deeply held beliefs and values


An excellent job of guiding people through the mental health resources.

John Suler, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Rider University Webmaster: Psychology of Cyberspace

The information and guidance in Dr. Lukoff's courses will soon be, if not already, mandatory for all health care professionals who choose to remain current and literate in their fields.

Jeanne Achterberg, Ph.D., Former Professor of Psychology, Saybrook Graduate School

Good presentation, great selection of material and organization. This was a much more valuable use of my time than virtually all of the CEU courses I have to sit through.

This was a GREAT course. It has helped me to be a more informed clinician.

This is one of the most valuable continuing ed courses I have taken. Practical, relevant and imminently usable. Thanks.

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