Session 9: Meaningful Aliveness in the Second Half of Life: A Mindful Film Viewing Seminar
“The afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning; only, its meaning and purpose are different.” -C. G. Jung
Jung conceptualized these tasks for meaningful aliveness in the second half of life: Face the certainty of death; review, reflect upon, and sum up your life; let go of roads not taken; let go of the dominance of the ego; encounter and honor the Self of wholeness within and with others; and engage creativity. In 5 feature films, the main characters embody meaningful aliveness in luminous ways. Mindfully watching what they discover trains our eyes, minds, and hearts to encompass the longings of our own psyches to discover what Joseph Campbell has called “the rapture of being alive.” On each of the 5 days, 1 film is shown via Blu-ray video and 6 loudspeakers with an introduction and centering process to begin the session and processing after the film focusing on the participant's own experience of the movie including silent reflection, journaling, dyadic sharing, and group discussion. Four optional, non-CME evening film sessions are offered. Movies take on an exquisite cumulative power when shown in a group setting that is truly remarkable and unforgettable.
Monday “The Straight Story” (1999); Optional evening film “Wild Strawberries” (1957)
Tuesday “Tuesdays with Morrie” (1999); Optional evening film “Ikiru” (1952)
Wednesday “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995); Optional evening film “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2011)
Thursday “Shadowlands” (1993); Option-al evening film “The Whales of August” (1987)
Friday “Limelight” (1952)
This advanced seminar is geared to mental health and health professionals.
(1) View films from a mindfulness perspective in which inspiring characters embody meaningful aliveness to renew these qualities and enhance well-being
(2) Identify meaningful aliveness and strengths of characters enabling participants to identify these strengths in themselves and their patients
(3) Explain the transformation of consciousness in the second half of life that leads to meaningful aliveness
(4) Help patients view films from a mindfulness perspective to renew these qualities in their lives and enhance their well-being
Francis G. Lu, MD, is the Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus, at the University of CA, Davis. As a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psych-iatric Association, Dr. Lu has contributed to the areas of cultural psychiatry, psychiatric education, film and psychiatry, and psychiatry/religion/spirituality. In 2008, the APA awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award. At the 2016 APA Annual Meeting, President Renee Binder presented him with a Special Presidential Commendation “for extraordinary leadership and outstanding contributions to the field of cultural psychiatry.” Since 1987, he has led/co-led 34 film seminars at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA.
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ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 15 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.
APA Credit for Psychololgists:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MCW maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Attendance at all sessions is required, partial credit will not be awarded.
This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.
The Medical College of Wisconsin is registered with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a Continuing Education Sponsor for social workers (license number 159-000664).
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
- 15.00 AAFPAAFP credit.
- 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 15.00 APAAPA credit.
- 15.00 Hours of ParticipationHours of Participation credit.
Registration prior to May 17, 2019 = $565 after May 17, 2019 = $615.00
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Tuition includes course materials and continental breakfast.
Refund Policy: Refunds, minus a $50 administrative fee, may be obtained if requested in writing no later than 15 days prior to the beginning of each session. There will be no refunds thereafter.