Boston University School of Medicine is delighted to present the 2019 Santa Fe symposia, continuing the series offered for many years by Dr. Rob Guerette.

These lectures will provide psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric social workers, psychiatric nurses, and allied mental health professionals with an outstanding opportunity to combine a stimulating symposium with a visit to unique Santa Fe. These symposia have been designed to offer professionals an update in recent advances in several widely varied areas of mental health. In addition to the didactic lectures, there will be ample time for interchange between the participants and presenters.

Attendees will have a choice of two different programs:

New Developments In The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Of Challenging Patients
onald Meichenbaum, Ph.D

This three day advanced workshop that describes how Cognitive Behavior Therapy has evolved, a critique of its current effectiveness, and a detailed practical demonstration of how Constructive therapies  strategies and interventions can be employed with four specific  "challenging" clinical populations including:


  1. Patients who have addictive disorders, including opioid abusers, with a specific focus on treatment guidelines on how to conduct an integrative treatment approach in order to achieve “lasting " changes.
  2. Victimized and traumatized patients who have Complex PTSD and a variety of co-occurring disorders including prolong and complicate grief and Borderline Personality Disorder, with a specific focus on ways to incorporate evidence-based Cognitive therapy interventions to address the emotional aftermath of anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, anger and moral injuries.
  3. Patients who experience anger, manifest aggression, and accompanying violence toward self and others with a specific focus on treating victims of interpersonal domestic violence.
  4. Patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries focusing on ways to conduct comprehensive cognitive rehabilitation interventions.


A case conceptualization Model that informs both assessment and treatment decision-making will be presented, as well as an enumeration of the core tasks of psychotherapy that contribute to lasting changes.

All attendees will receive a free copy of Dr. Meichenbaum’s recent book “Recovery Voices: Treatment Of Individuals With Addictive Disorders



Mindfulness and Heartfulness: Practices for Enhancing Well-Being
Amy Saltzman, MD

Mindfulness is paying attention here and now, with kindness and curiosity,so that we can choose our behavior. “Paying attention here and now” means doing our best to not dwell on the past, or worry or fantasize about the future; simply paying attention to what’s actually happening in this moment. And we pay attention “with kindness and curiosity.” Otherwise we are often incredibly hard on ourselves. We tend to see only where we’ve “made a mistake” or “screwed up.” Rather than judging and critiquing ourselves, with mindfulness we practice bringing an attitude of kindness and curiosity to ourselves and our experience. Finally, when we bring our kind and curious attention to our thoughts and feelings, to the sensations in our bodies, and to the people and circumstances in our lives, then we have all the information we need to “choose our behavior”—that is, respond in the moment to events in daily life.

This workshop is for anyone who wants to apply these skills in their lives, and to support their patients/ clients doing the same. Together we will engage in variety of practices that will support us, and those we serve, in freeing ourselves from the inner critic, befriending difficult emotions, responding (rather than reacting) to challenging circumstances, engaging in true self-care, and offering ourselves and others kindness and compassion. Research demonstrates that for clinicians these practices decrease compassion fatigue and burnout, and increase empathy and clinical efficacy. For patients/ clients the practices decrease stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, physical pain, resolve ineffective/ destructive habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, and increase physical, mental and emotional health, sense of purpose and meaning, and the ability to live with joy.

This workshop will benefit both those with no prior experience with mindfulness and heartfulness, and those with long term practices in the field.




Donald Meichenbaum, PhD

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Amy Saltzman, MD

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This CE activity for APA credit is being jointly provided by Global Education Group and Boston University School of Medicine.

Global Education Group (Global) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Global maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This activity has been approved for a maximum of 13.5 CE credits for psychologists. The instructional level of this activity is intermediate.


For more information about the APA accreditation of this program, please contact Global at 303-395-1782 or cme@globaleducationgroup.com

Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Workers
This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886791045-6139) for 13.5 continuing education contact hours.

NYS is still pending. 

Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors


Instructions on how to claim credit will be provided onsite.


By staying at the conference venue, you help the host organizations meet their contractual obligations. Please take this into consideration when making your accommodation decision.

Reservations can be made by clicking here or you may call Hilton Reservations at 1-800-774-1500  or  505-988-2811 asking for the BUSM Santa Fe Symposia rate or refer to code BOS.

Rates are $202 single/double + tax per night.  Rates three days pre or post are available subject to availablity.

Deadline to make room reservations is September 16, 2019.