Sun, Apr 28, 2019
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Crimson Gate Meditation Community

3824 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
Megan Rundel, Ph.D.
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$105 General Public
$75 Full Members
$66 CMH Members
$60 Associate Members
$45 Student Members
$45 Scholarship (prior approval required to register at this fee)

Tuition listed above is for early registration ($40 discount off full fee, $15 discount for NCSPP Student Members). For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Tuition does not include the cost of readers.

Early Registration Deadline: 
April 14, 2019
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Meditation and Trauma

Course Overview: 

While meditation is often recommended for people with stress and trauma, unintended psychological impacts are common. In this class, we will learn how a history of trauma can impact the experience of meditation, and how to skillfully identify and work with this trauma residue. We will review the neurobiology of trauma and how it affects brain functions. We will examine the most common impacts of trauma on meditation, including agitation, fearfulness, dissociation, and spiritual bypassing. Methods of intervention and inquiry will be discussed, including participants own clinical material.

Course Objectives: 

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe the most common causes of psychological trauma and its impact on the brain and cognitive function.
  • Discuss how a history of trauma can impact the experience of meditation, and how a skillful therapist or leader can notice and inquire about these experiences.
  • ​Apply modifications to traditional meditation instructions that can be made for people struggling with hyperarousal or hypoarousal linked to a trauma history.    
Empirical Reference: 
  • Hilton, L., Maher, A. R., Colaiaco, B., Apaydin, E., Sorbero, M. E., Booth, M., . . . Hempel, S. (2017). Meditation for posttraumatic stress: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 9(4), 453-460.
  • Akers, D., Lee, M., Zaharlick, A. (2018). Meditation and Treatment of Female Trauma Survivors of Interpersonal Abuses: Utilizing Clients’ Strengths.
  • Compson, J. (2014). Meditation, Trauma and Suffering in Silence: Raising Questions about How Meditation is Taught and Practiced in Western Contexts in the Light of a Contemporary Trauma Resiliency Model. 274-297. 

Megan Rundel, Ph.D., is a graduate of PINC. She has taught widely in the Bay Area psychoanalytic community. She is also a Zen teacher at the Crimson Gate Meditation Community. Dr. Rundel has special interests in sexuality, spirituality, and the body in psychoanalysis. She has a private practice in Oakland.

Co-Sponsor Information: 

Crimson Gate Meditation Community is a Zen practice and study group by and for mental heath professionals. We offer a weekly meditation group, classes, workshops and retreats in Oakland's Grand Lake neighborhood.

Target Audience & Level: 

This course is intended for pre- and post-­‐licensure mental  health  professionals.  It is an  intermediate  course  that  requires  participants  to have a foundation in the basic principles and terminology of psychoanalytic theory and technique, as well as significant clinical experience.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

Enrollees who cancel at least SEVEN DAYS prior to the event date will receive a refund minus a $35 administrative charge. No refunds will be allowed after this time. Transfer of registrations are not allowed.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Molly Russo at

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.

Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for the development of a variety of courses and workshops given throughout the year in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Asya Grigorieva, Ph.D., Chair
Clara Brandt, MA
Julia Conant, Psy.D.
Morgan Lloyd, LCSW
Cameron Murphey, MFTi
Anna Zozulinsky, Ph.D.