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  • Psychology
  • Social Work
Hours: 6 Contact Hours
  • Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD
  • J. Greg Serpa, PhD
Workbook Author(s): Laura Gibson, MSW, PhD, LCSW
Item#: B4233
Contents: 1 Textbook (232 pages), 1 Workbook (24 pages)

A Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness: The Comprehensive Session-by-Session Program for Mental Health Professionals and Health Care Providers

Price $59.95
Item # B4233
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: September 7, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

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. Accreditations
  • Psychologists will receive 6 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

Course Objectives


  • 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.


J. Greg Serpa, PhD, is a clinical psychologist for the US Department of Veterans Affairs at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He is honored to teach mindfulness to America's veterans and is the first full-time mindfulness teacher and trainer in the federal system. Serpa is an associate clinical professor in the psychology department at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an associate visiting clinical scientist at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He teaches intensive mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), mindful self-compassion (MSC), and introductory level mindfulness classes at four area hospitals, and serves as a trainer, supervisor, and consultant to clinicians at the VA and UCLA. He is currently the director of interprofessional mental health education at the West Los Angeles VA, where he trains psychology postdoctoral fellows, psychiatry residents, social work interns, and nurses in mindfulness and integrative modalities of health and well-being. Serpa is a national mindfulness content expert for the VA's Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, where he and Christiane Wolf are preparing mindfulness toolkits for national dissemination. He is also an active researcher with a number of projects expanding on the evidence basis of mindfulness interventions. This includes a National Institutes of Health-funded biomarker study examining the impact of meditation on brain structure in combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who have traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic headache.

Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD, is a physician turned mindfulness teacher, teacher's trainer, writer, and speaker. Her mindfulness practice started in the late 1980s. Before becoming a full-time mindfulness teacher, she was a board certified OB/GYN at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. She also holds a PhD in psychosomatic medicine from Humboldt University. Dr. Wolf is a certified senior mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher and supervisor for the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is the director of MBSR programs at InsightLA, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, and the director of the VA CALM program at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, training staff and clinicians in mindfulness and how to teach it. 

Jack Kornfield, PhD, is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. 

Trudy Goodman, PhD, is a senior Vipassana teacher in Los Angeles, cofounder of the Growing Spirit program, and contributing author to several books.

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.
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  • 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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