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Lecture Series: Mindfulness, Compassion and Community with Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD

  • 26 Central Street Somerville, MA, 02143 United States (map)

Mindfulness, Compassion and Community
with Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD

As mindfulness becomes mainstream, many people seek out meditation to help solve personal problems, to enhance cognitive performance, or to optimize themselves through self-improvement, making it essential to remember that wise practice is decicated not just to ourselves but for the well-being of all. Modern innovations in group learning through mindfulness-based programs can accelerate participants' recognition of common humanity, by illuminating patterns of mental conditioning that are a widespread cause of human suffering.

In this increasingly networked world with remote wired relationships, our hearts still yearn for the deep warmth of present moment connection and the healing that can come from compassionate contact from ourselves and those close to us. Dr. Schuman-Olivier will share data about the emergence of mindfulness centers and the potential they have for catalyzing community and this kind of warm connection through mindfulness and compassion. He will describe a model for integrating mindfulness and compassion into a healthcare system as a means of cultivating diverse, inclusive, and warm community.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:
1.    describe the benefits of integrating mindfulness and compassion within their practice and teaching. 
2.    describe the emergence of mindfulness centers and how they can catalyze community connection. 
3.    demonstrate innovative, conceptual and experiential methods for being warm and fully present with their experience of the world.
Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD is the Executive Director and Research Director of the CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Medical Director for Addiction Services at CHA, Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Faculty Member and Investigator at the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health at Dartmouth, and an addictions psychiatrist at CHA. As a board-certified addiction psychiatrist, he has been involved with research and clinical care of patients with addiction and mental illness. Prior to his psychiatric residency, he helped coordinate and implement the first federally-funded, randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness-oriented intervention for addictive disorders. Dr. Schuman-Olivier has presented locally, regionally and nationally on mindfulness for addictions treatment, and has trained residents and peers on the topic. He is currently the principal investigator for the MINDFUL-PC project, which aims to integrate mindfulness into the patient-centered medical home.

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education (CE) credits available for psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and nurses. Please see details at

Suggested donation for general attendance is $15. CE credits are available for a fee of $30. Click here for more details and to register

The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion is located at 26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143 on the second floor of the CHA Central Street Care Center.
Click here for details on directions and transportation.

Free Visitor Parking is available in the lot directly across from the clinic which is shared with the Greek Orthodox Church. Please note: parking on the streets in the surrounding area is limited to Somerville residents with parking permits.

Online live-streaming: This will be available via the IMP Facebook page.


Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series
This program is part of the Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series, offered through collaboration by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, and the David S Rosenthal Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Harvard University Health Services. In this monthly series, gather with friends and colleagues in an informal setting to explore the intersection of mindfulness, compassion, and clinical practice. The presenters are notable leaders and speakers in the field who bring with them a wide variety of research and clinical experience. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion. Everyone is invited to attend. Click here for more details and to register