Date and Time: April 3, 2020 - 9 am to 4:45 pm (please note 4/3 is correct date for this event)
Credits: 6 CEs
Location: Waltham MA
Integrating breath work, mindfulness, meditation and yoga in psychotherapy and other helping relationships requires thoughtfulness and skill. Simple practices will be taught to participants including specific methods to introduce them in sessions. We will present a model for integration of new skills in participants work, increasing the chances of successful assimilation. See how the breath is used to reduce suffering. Learn to be more skilled at helping clients use practices in the office and at home. Introduce resources in empowering ways so people can effectively help themselves with mood and relational problems, anxiety and trauma reactivity.
Participants will learn about and practice yogic breathing techniques (pranayama), short meditations and mindfulness tools for self-regulation, mood enhancement, anxiety reduction and self-examination. We will experience the benefits of staying grounded in the present moment, attuning to our bodies and the gifts these can bring to challenges that arise as we attempt to help.
Particular attention will be paid to sharing what Liz and Laura have learned from Amy Weintraub’s School of LifeForce Yoga® and principles from Dick Schwartz’s Internal Family Systems Model. The LifeForce Yoga skills we will teach are simple to implement evidence-based practices that can be done sitting in a counseling session. We will share ideas from yoga philosophy that are useful to the healing process. Principles from the evidence based practice of IFS therapy will be reviewed, informing the way we organically introduce practices in collaboration with the client’s own system and beliefs.
Case application and experiential learning will allow participants to observe and practice treatment implementation with children, adults, couples and families. You will be actively engaged in learning, rejuvenating and deciding how to integrate new practices in your work. An intentional side effect will be experiencing small ways to rejuvenate yourself.
Outline for the Workshop
9:15 to 9:45 Critical concepts for health and healing from yoga nondual yoga philosophy and IFS philosophy (parts sculpture)
9:45 am to 10:15 am Lead group in mindful start exercise, discuss clinical implementation
10:15 am to 11 am Key concepts and research findings supporting the use of mindfulness and relaxation practices in psychotherapy
11 am to 11:15 am Break
11:15 am to 11:45 am Experience three breathing practices for anxiety, discuss integration in clinical work with examples
11:45 am to 12:15 pm Experience body sensing and mind/body -yoga nidra-relaxation practices for trauma reactivity
Lunch (on your own) 12:15 to 1:15 pm
1:15 pm to 1:45 pm Experience three breathing practices for depression, discuss clinical integration with examples
1:45 pm to 2:30 pm Basic strategies for introducing mindfulness and breathing practices with clients, guidelines and case examples
Break 2:30 to 2:45 pm
2:45 to 3:15 pm Discussion about integrating new practices with clients with particular focus on integrating ideas from the IFS model
3:15 to 4 pm Mindfulness as Self Care Exercise.
4:00 to 4:30 pm Wrap Up: Then focus on how people will take what they learned back to their clients, small group share and report back to the larger group
Course evaluation 4:30 to 4:45
- Participants will experience and be able to teach minimum of three breathing and other mindfulness/yoga practices to address symptoms of depression, anxiety and trauma reactivity.
- Participants will experience and be able to use a minimum of two strategies to help themselves and their clients notice their intentions, their bodies and tolerate emotion in preferred ways.
- Participants will learn at least three ideas from yoga philosophy and the Internal Family Systems Model that help to integrate practices successfully in clinical work.
Places to stay for out of towners:
The Walker Center in Auburndale is a quirky, homey place to stay in a set of historic buildings. The staff is very friendly. We hold some of our events there. It's a 10 - 15 minute Lyft/Uber ride to the venue and is accessible from the airport on the Green line (1/4 mile walk from Riverside Station). Details here
There are two commuter rail stops in Waltham. One is called Waltham (1/3 mile walk to First Parish Waltham)
Here are Waltham AirBnBs. You may find places near enough to walk to the workshop which is close to the downtown area with LOTS of restaurants and shops.
Here is a link to local hotels/motels
Group Registration: $130 per person for groups of two or more, $125 per person early registration for groups of two or more, received by 2/14/20. Groups must register and pay together to receive the discount.
Members of Clinicians United, Black Therapists Rock, NEAFAST and people working in Caring Together programs may access a discounted rate of $120. Please contact us for discount codes. No application is required.
OR You may register by snail mail by downloading the registration form and sending it with your check.
Group registrants must register together online and/or mail multiple checks in the same envelope to get the discount.
Your space is not secured for an event until we receive payment.