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Mindfulness—awareness of the present moment, with acceptance—is the central ingredient in a number of new, empirically supported treatments and is proving to be a remarkably powerful technique to augment virtually every form of psychotherapy. This intermediate-level course provides a comprehensive introduction to mindfulness and its contemporary clinical applications. Participants will learn about the historical and philosophic context for the practice of mindfulness by exploring its roots in Buddhist psychology. The course describes the leading protocols for mindfulness-based treatment and presents a range of practical procedures for teaching mindfulness meditation techniques to patients experiencing depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and other psychophysiological disorders. The course also explores how mindfulness practice can be integrated into the treatment of children.
Participants will learn how mindfulness supports the development of engaged attention, can be beneficial for clients suffering from trauma, and can help individuals cope with addictions. The authors investigate parallels between mindfulness traditions and new developments in positive psychology and explore the potential of mindfulness to move beyond addressing psychopathology to enhancing happiness. The course explores how mindfulness can increase empathy and connection in the therapeutic relationship and discusses the challenges associated with measuring neurobiological changes evoked by mindfulness meditation. The target audience for this course includes social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and advanced practice and psychiatric nurses.
Participants will receive 14 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course.
- Discuss the fundamentals of mindfulness and their application to practice.
- Describe how mindfulness differs from Western psychotherapy.
- Identify ways that mindfulness practices enhance therapeutic relationships and support effective relational psychotherapy.
- Cite examples of basic mindfulness exercises to teach patients with various disorders.
- Explain the efficacy of mindfulness as a treatment intervention.
- Discuss the historical roots and philosophic context for mindfulness practice.
- Relate mindfulness traditions to developments in positive psychology.
Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, has been a psychologist on the clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School, Boston, for more than 20 years. He serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is a long-term student of mindfulness meditation. Dr. Siegel’s personal recovery from disabling back pain led him to develop a step-by-step mind/body approach to treating this condition, which integrates Western psychological and medical interventions with mindfulness practice. He teaches nationally about mindfulness and psychotherapy and mind/body treatment, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Dr. Siegel is coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and coauthor of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain.
- 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.