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Release Date: September 7, 2016
Mindfulness has enjoyed increased popularity in the past decade - not only in hospitals and clinics, but also in business and corporate organizations. Research shows that mindfulness practices can lead to improvements in the symptoms of many mental and physical health conditions, various biomarkers, and neuroplasticity. Mental health treatments and mindfulness practices overlap and complement one another in many domains. For this reason, human service and mental health professionals are often called upon to offer mindfulness skills to their clients, either in group settings or individual sessions.
This intermediate-level course explains the concepts of mindfulness and compassion and presents the historical support and current research for mindfulness-based stress reduction. The course provides useful instruction on the qualities and practices that maximize a mindfulness facilitator’s effectiveness, such as use of language, meditation posture, voice tone, and teaching aids. The course offers practical information on establishing a mindfulness program and a 6-week curriculum, complete with teaching tips and scripts for meditation sessions. For each mindfulness session, the authors provide outlines and objectives, discuss key concepts, introduce teaching techniques such as metaphors and anecdotes, and answer frequently asked questions. Course participants will learn how to deepen and support their own mindfulness practice, set up and facilitate a 6-week mindfulness group, and incorporate techniques and meditations into their clinical practice.
Social Workers will receive 6 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course.
6 NBCC hours will be awarded upon completion of this course.
- Explain the concepts of mindfulness and compassion.
- Describe the historical and empirical support for mindfulness-based stress reduction.
- Recognize the importance of modeling in effectively teaching mindfulness.
- Identify the skills and competencies required for teaching mindfulness.
- Explain how to teach mindfulness techniques in clinical and nonclinical practice.
Laura Gibson, MSW, PhD, LCSW, has been practicing clinical social work for more than 18 years. She earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Bridgewater State College (now Bridgewater State University), a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern Indiana, and a doctor of philosophy degree in social work from the University of Louisville. Dr. Gibson is a licensed clinical social worker in both Indiana and Kentucky. She is an item writer for the
Association of Social Work Boards’ (ASWB) master’s-level licensing examination for social workers and is a former member of the ASWB Examination Committee. She is a book review editor for the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics. Dr. Gibson is an assistant professor and the MSW program director for Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.