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Mindfulness is  in itself, something very simple and familiar. It is  a universal and basic human capacity, which consists of the possibility of being aware of the contents of the mind moment by moment. It is the practice of self-awareness.

~ Vicente Simon

IN WESTERN PSYCHOLOGY  a maturation of cognitive therapies is taking place, within what are called third generation therapies. Cognitive therapies constitute a fertile ground in which techniques related to mindfulness can be implanted and bear fruit.

     Mindfulness  it is characterized by the cultivation of attention and concentration. It is natural that, when mindfulness became known in Western psychological circles, cognitive psychologists guessed the enormous therapeutic possibilities that it possesses.

     At present there are already various therapeutic techniques that have emerged in Western psychology, in which mindfulness plays a prominent role. The best known are: Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR: Kabat-Zinn, 2003); mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT: Segal, Williams, Teasdale, 2002); acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT: Hayes, Strosahl & Houts, 2005) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT: Linehan, 1993; García Palacios, 2006), used in the treatment of borderline personality disorder.

     Following Thich Naht Hanh, mindfulness is keeping awareness alive in the reality of the present. On the one hand, there is the basic component, the fundamental characteristic of mindfulness, which consists of keeping the attention focused on the immediate experience of the present.

     It is, so to speak, the core instruction to be followed; be aware of what is happening in the immediate present. And the second component of the definition is the attitude with which the exercise of the first component is approached, that is, how those experiences of the present moment are lived.

     One of the fundamental attitudes in the practice of mindfulness is what Kabat-Zinn calls a beginner's mind, no doubt after the title of a well-known Suzuki book: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. When practicing mindfulness imbued by this attitude, one tends to free oneself from all previous knowledge, from any acquired expectations and opens up to perceive reality as if it were the first time that it was seen. In turn, this liberation opens the possibility of change. 

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Saturday 12  of May  of 2018 of  7:30 am to 7:30 pm


As part of the registration, a certificate of participation will be awarded. The participant can obtain a certificate of continuing education at a cost of $ 25. The symposium has been submitted for credit approval by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Puerto Rico Health Examining Boards (PSIC 49, CR09, CP18, ESC27, ES26, TO62, TO / A63, THL58, PHL59, AUD57, TF60, TF / A61) and the Florida Boards of Health Examiners (PSIC, TS Clinic, MFT and MHC).

Conferences  | Topics and schedules

About the day

Speakers, topics and / or times may vary

7:30 am  - 8:00  A.M
8:00  A.M  - 8:10 am
Introduction to the conference
Mauricio Conejo, Ph.D.
8:10 am - 8:30 am
Meditation session  | Counting the breath
Mauricio Conejo, Ph.D.
8:30 am - 9:20 am
Mindfulness in Action: From Meditation to  social work
Claudio Araya, Ph.D.

Much research suggests that both social workers and health workers can use the practice  contemplative  of meditation as a tool  to generate changes. These changes  they are not only at the individual level  but also at the social level, reflecting well-being and security in the communities where the contemplative practice takes place. A cooperative development dynamic can be achieved by attending  the needs of families and even entire communities from mindfulness.  This lecture looks at the active mindfulness movement, beyond the meditation cushion, and involves a gradual evolution from silence and stillness to speech and action emerging from a clear mind and compassion-centered heart. The conference also proposes that professionals in social work and mental health be trained with mindfulness to help in the development of society from equality and the cultivation of values.

9:30 am - 10:00 am
Coffee break
10:00 am - 10:20 am
Meditation session | Open consciousness
Lic. Mariló Gascón
10:30 am - 11:20 am  A.M
The Neuroscience of the Evolutionary Mind and Compassion-Centered Therapy
Lic. Mariló Gascón

Paul Gilbert definitively launched the most recent revolution in psychology with his Compassion-Centered Therapy, becoming the benchmark  of an important moment in the evolution of psychotherapy. CBT has provided, along with Mindfulness and third-generation therapies, a different view of psychological disorders and possible treatments based on compassion as a starting point in all human relationships. The conference aims to present the most important points of CBT and its theoretical bases.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm  A.M
Mindfulness practice in everyday life
(Lecture in English)
Paul Fulton, Ed.D.

Mindfulness is a lifestyle as defined by its most fervent practitioners since it contains a whole philosophy to live in a simpler, simpler and serene way. Practicing mindfulness means going into the depth of Being, surrendering to life as it happens in front of us without the narrative discourse of the mind. It is observing attentively how thoughts emerge and hence our reactions to both the imagined and the circumstances of life. Mindfulness proposes that each act of each moment be done in a conscious way to act in a way that is congruent with reality. Mindfulness is therefore an attitude of openness to ourselves and to life. This conference proposes exercises to strengthen the practice and access the natural observer state of the mind and thus extract from the circumstances of life the wisdom to live fully.

12:30 md - 2:00 pm
Lunch break
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm
Meditation session | Open consciousness
Paul Fulton, Ed.D.
2: 3 0 pm - 3 : 2 0 pm
Mindfulness and compassion in psychotherapy
(Lecture in English)
Tim Desmond, LMFT

Within third generation therapies, mindfulness is occupying a leading place and compassion inevitably emerges from its practice, which today is also the object of study for neuroscience. Hence compassion within psychotherapy  it begins to occupy an also relevant place. From the early investigations of Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff to the most recent findings of Richard Davidson, everything indicates that compassion as active empathy is  a willingness to bear the pain of others as your own. The ideal of compassion is to act selflessly to alleviate suffering wherever it appears. Psychotherapy, like medicine,  He not only pursues that same ideal but also proposes specific techniques to alleviate it. This lecture aims to explain the intrinsic relationship between psychotherapy and compassion.

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Coffee break
4:00 pm - 5: 0 0  p.m
Mindfulness: The Future
Mauricio Conejo, Ph.D.

Although there has been an increase in the number of scientific publications on mindfulness, the reality is that the scientific community is increasingly critical of the findings. As a result, the level of rigor in scientific publications on the practice of mindfulness has increased.  and the clinical implications of the results. On the other hand, there is an increasingly urgent need for a consensus on a clear and objective operational definition of the construct that allows standardization  research and extrapolation  of the findings. This is an opportunity to reflect on the social phenomenon of mindfulness that emerges from the most relevant milestones in the literature on mindfulness and the economic and social situation in which it finds itself and from the  that its future can be inferred.

5:10 pm - 5:30  p.m
Meditation session | Counting the breath
Tim Desmond, LMFT


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Closing cocktail and social activity
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He studied a master's degree (MA)  in Design of the  University  from Northumbria in  England. Your interest in  neuroscience led him to complete a master of science (MSc)  in Neuroscience of  Pablo de Olavide University in  Sevilla Spain. He worked in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Schikorski of the Central University of the Caribbean (UCC) and completed his doctorate (Ph.D.) in Cognitive Neuroscience  from the Maimonides University in  Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a professor at  the School of Plastic Arts and Design of Puerto Rico.

She is a psychologist graduated from the University of Seville.  Expert in Psychotherapy and Mindfulness by  the Spanish Association of Mindfulness and Compassion.  Therapy Expert  centered  on  the  emotions  by  the  University  Camilo  Joseph  Cela.  Teacher Trained of the MSC (Mindfulness self-compassion) program by the Center Mindfulness Self Compassion of San Diego, Califormia. Paul Gilbert's Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) Specialist. From Health Psychology, he has developed interventions  incorporating Mindfulness and Compassion.

He obtained the Doctorate  on  Harvard University and a Master's degree from the University of Chicago. He continued his clinical training at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where he continues to be a part-time Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry. He is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, lecturer and institutional consultant. He is the author of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd edition that he wrote with Dr. Ronald Siegel and Dr. Christopher Germer. He currently has his private practice in Newton, Massachusetts.

He is a psychologist graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile where he obtained his doctorate in Psychotherapy Research.
He also has a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the Adolfo Ibáñez University where he works as a teacher at the School of Psychology. Develop  workshops and research on the subject of Mindfulness for coping with stress and cultivating well-being. Provides private clinical care in consultation with adults. He is the author of the book: The greatest advance is to stop, mindfulness in everyday life (Mago Editores).

He is a mindfulness teacher in addition to being a therapist with  private practice and co-founder of the Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in Alstead, NH. He is the author of Self Compassion in the  Psychotherapy and offers training and consultation to therapists of  everywhere  around the world, helping them integrate positive psychology and mindfulness practices into their work. Her essays on mindfulness and positive psychology have appeared in the Psychotherapy Networker and the Mindfulness Bell magazine. He has studied in the Zen tradition  by Thich Nhat Hanh.


Speakers, topics and / or times may vary

A certificate of participation will be delivered as part of the registration.  However, if the professional requires a  continuing education certificate (CEC) for 10  hours accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Boards of Examiners  Health of PR and Florida must  pay $ 25, sign your attendance and take the pre and post tests online.

To register, choose between ATH Móvil or credit card

Students or over 65s: $ 125   |   Professionals: $ 175

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The Congress will take place at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico in Santurce.  There is parking in the main building of the Conservatory  and in the surrounding areas for an inexpensive rate.

From Carolina

Take Ave. Baldorioty towards San Juan, get off at Ave. Roberto H. Todd exit, turn left until the intersection with Ave. Ponce de León and there turn right, continue until Calle Hoare, turn to right to Marginal de Ave. Baldorioty and you will immediately find the parking lot entrance on your right. In front,  the Pueblo supermarket shopping center also offers parking (next to Fine Arts).

From Caguas / Hato Rey

Take Expreso Las Américas in the direction of Old San Juan. Take the Calle Hoare exit and continue straight until you cross Ave. Fernández Juncos and Ponce de León until you come out onto the Marginal of Avenida Baldorioty and a few steps away you will find the parking entrance on your right. In front,  the Pueblo supermarket shopping center also offers parking (next to Fine Arts).

From Bayamón / Cataño

Take Ave. Kennedy until you reach Ave. Ponce de León, there turn left, continue to Calle Hoare, turn right until Marginal de Ave. Baldorioty and you will immediately find the parking entrance on your right. In front,  the Pueblo supermarket shopping center also offers parking (next to Fine Arts).

Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico

The Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico is a public university  offering undergraduate and graduate programs and studies geared towards the community at large. It is dedicated to the comprehensive training of musicians and teacher training.  


The  historic building was  the last one that the Spanish Provincial Council ordered to be built in Puerto Rico before  1898. Designed by the architect Tulio Larrínaga and built in 1882 for the Order of the Mother Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary. In 1985 it was designated a historic site on the United States National Register of Historic Places.  In 1999 the Government transferred ownership of the building to the Conservatory of Music, going through a restoration process that began  in 2001 and concluded in 2008.


It has complete and modern facilities that include computer rooms, Internet access, libraries  and auditorium.  Nearby are a variety of  places to eat with a wide range of options. Being integrated  in the metropolitan area, it is located  close to places of historical, cultural and artistic interest.

Parking lot

The Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico has ample parking for a modest fee. However, there is the possibility that the parking lot will fill up for this activity. In the Miramar area, just two blocks from the Conservatory,  There is the parking of the Supermercado Pueblo, near Fine Arts that also offers parking at a reasonable cost.

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Vicente Simon | Interview in  TVE2

VICENTE SIMÓN  He is a doctor, psychiatrist and professor of psychobiology.

After a long teaching and research experience,  has dedicated himself to the practice of mindfulness and the teaching of meditation and compassion, through groups of  meditation, online courses, conferences, face-to-face courses and direction of retreats.


He has published the following books:  Learn to practice mindfulness, Initiation to mindfulness  and Live mindfully.

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