Mindfulness -- awareness of the present moment with acceptance -- is a deceptively simple way of relating to experience that has been practiced for over 2,500 years to alleviate human suffering. Recently, mental health professionals are enthusiastically discovering that mindfulness holds great promise both for their own personal development and as a way to enhance therapeutic relationships. It is also the central ingredient in a number of new empirically validated treatments, and is proving to be a remarkably powerful technique to augment virtually every form of psychotherapy.
Day One: Mindfulness and Personal Fulfillment
The first workshop day is designed to help you to understand mindfulness practice theoretically and experientially. Through lecture, demonstrations, participatory exercises, and small group discussion, we will see how mindfulness can enrich and enliven our lives both inside and outside of the therapy hour.
We will explore how mindfulness practice can help us to deal with the personal challenges of living in an ever-changing, uncertain world filled with complicated interpersonal relationships. We will investigate the role of mindfulness in working with thorny existential issues such as loneliness, alienation, illness and loss. You`ll learn a variety of formal and informal mindfulness techniques, and gain insights from both scientific and Buddhist Psychology into paths and obstacles to greater well-being.
Day Two: Mindfulness-Based Clinical Interventions
Today we will focus on the integration of mindfulness practice into psychotherapy. First we`ll examine how mindfulness practice can enhance therapeutic presence and transform understanding of the causes of psychological suffering. We will then discuss when and how to introduce various mindfulness techniques to our clients or patients. Special techniques for treating depression, anxiety, chronic pain, stress-related medical disorders and childhood distress will be introduced.
Throughout the workshop, we will examine contraindications for using mindfulness techniques, as well as creative ways to deal with the obstacles and challenges that arise when working with particular disorders and personalities. Upon completion, you will have a foundation for integrating this exciting, potentially transformative practice into both your personal life and your therapeutic work.
After attending this workshop participants will be better able to:
- Describe the three core components of mindfulness practice
- Demonstrate an experiential understanding of mindfulness through participation in actual practice sessions
- Specify how a therapist can best choose which mindfulness exercises are most appropriate for which individuals
- Describe the core attitude toward experience found in depression and how mindfulness practice can help to transform it.
- Indicate the mechanisms that maintain anxiety disorders and how these can be altered using mindfulness practice.
- Specify the core dynamics of chronic back pain and other psychological disorders and how mindfulness practice can help to interrupt them .
- Discuss ways to assist clients to integrate mindfulness practice in their own lives
- Describe research that provides empirical support for the use of mindfulness in therapy
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Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors - NAADAC:
IAHB is approved by the National Association Of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Approved Provider Program (NAADAC Approved Provider #92713) for 12 CEHs.
Counselor/MFT - IL:
IAHB is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (Provider #168-000119)
Counselor/MFT - TX:
IAHB has been approved by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide CE offerings for MFTs. Provider Number 154.
Counselor - NY:
Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior, Inc. (IAHB) is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0063. This course is approved for 12 contact hours.
Educators - CEAPS:
This course has been approved by the Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EAPA/EACC) in Domain III. Approval # .
Educators - WESPSB:
The Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior has been approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (WESPSB), a member of NASDTEC, as a Clock Hour Provider for Educators. Learners may claim 12 hours for this activity. Please contact your individual state boards for information regarding reciprocity and any additional requirements.
Nursing - ANCC:
The Institute for Better Health accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Nursing - CA:
Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP #2672) for 12 contact hours.
Psychologists - APA:
IAHB is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. IAHB maintains responsibility for the program and its content
Physicians - ACCME:
The Institute for Better Health (IBH) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Institute for Better Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Social Work - TX:
As an approved continuing education provider for the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, IAHB offers continuing education for Texas licensed social workers in compliance with the rules of the board. License No. 3876; MC 1982, PO Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714, (512) 719‐3521.
Social Work - NY:
IAHB SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0091. This course is approved for 12 contact hours.
Social Work - ASWB:
Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior, #1426, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 3/16/2017 – 3/16/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 12 clinical continuing education clock hours.
Many state boards accept offerings accredited by national or other state organizations. If your state is not listed, please check with your professional licensing board to determine whether the accreditations listed are accepted.
Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 25 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches nationally about mindfulness, psychotherapy and mind/body treatment and has worked for many years in community mental health with economically disadvantaged children and families. Dr. Siegel maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Dr. Siegel`s personal recovery from disabling back pain led him to develop the Back Sense program, a step-by-step mind/body approach to treating chronic back pain which integrates Western psychological and medical interventions with mindfulness practice. He is coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and coauthor of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain.
He is a regular contributor to other professional publications, and is co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy. Dr. Siegel is known as an engaging, and entertaining presenter whose workshops regularly receive rave reviews.
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