Date and Time: new date October 23, 2020 - 9 am to 4:45 pm
Credits: 6 CEs
Location: Waltham MA or live on video conference, depending on COVID-19 restrictions
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.
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 this can bring to challenges that arise as we attempt to help. You will see how the breath can be used to reduce suffering. Learn to be more skilled at helping clients use practices in the office and at home. Be able to introduce resources in empowering ways so people can effectively help themselves with mood and relational problems, anxiety and trauma reactivity.
Particular attention will be paid to sharing learnings from Amy Weintraub’s School of LifeForce Yoga® and principles from Richard Schwartz’s Internal Family Systems Model. The LifeForce Yoga skills we teach are simple to implement evidence-based practices that can be done sitting in a counseling session. We will share ideas from non-dual 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 introduce practices in collaboration with the client’s own system and beliefs.
Case application and experiential learning will allow participants to observe and practice implementation with children, adults, couples and families. You will be actively engaged in learning and more skilled at deciding how to integrate new practices in your work. An intentional side effect will be experiencing simple ways to rejuvenate yourself.
Outline for the Workshop
9:15 to 9:40 Critical concepts for emotional health and healing from yoga nondual yoga philosophy
9:40 am to 10:05 am Parts Sculpture activity-demonstrating how the IFS model sees people and how to heal
10:05 am to 10:35 Summary of the Internal Family Systems Model and the therapeutic stance of the IFS practitioner.
10:35 am to 10:50 am Break
10:50 am to 11:25 am Experience three breathing practices for depression, discuss clinical integration with examples, then participants practice teaching each other in dyads
11:25 am to 12:15 pm Experience body sensing and mind/body-yoga nidra-relaxation practice for trauma reactivity. Discuss applications to clinical practice.
Lunch 12:15 to 1:15 pm
1:15 pm to 1:45 pm Demonstration and experience three breathing practices for anxiety, then participants will practice teaching each other in dyads.
1:45 pm to 2:30 pm Demonstration of integration of IFS parts work with introducing practices for home use. Review strategies for introducing mindfulness and breathing practices with clients, guidelines from principles of IFS therapy-working with what parts experience and need from.
Break 2:30 to 2:45 pm
2:45 to 3:15 pm Coherent Breathing: practice and clinical application
3:15 to 4 pm Strategies for Accessing Self Leadership as a Clinician: working with parts that get in the way. Mindfulness as Self Care Exercise.
4:00 to 4:30 pm Wrap Up: Q & A then focus on how people will take what they learned back to their clients, small group share and report back to the larger group
4:30 to 4:45 Complete course evaluation
Laura Orth, LICSW, is a clinical social worker with 31 years of experience, integrates yoga strategies and mindfulness in her practice. A Kripalu Yoga instructor also trained in family therapy, LifeForce Yoga, and Internal Family Systems, Laura is a compassionate and enthusiastic teacher who enjoys the challenges and interplay of ancient and modern traditions. Laura works at Southborough Medical Group providing behavioral health integration with primary care medicine. She is especially drawn to children and adults recovering from trauma or with high levels of anxiety, but enjoys working with a wide range of issues in individual, couples, and family therapy. She says the most important part of her practice is to “value each patient’s individual journey". Her private practice is in Framingham.
Liz Brenner, LICSW, is the course director and primary instructor for the Intensive Certificate Program in Family Systems Therapy. Her clinical work and teaching integrate family systems, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, mindfulness, trauma and recovery orientations. Her work in child psychiatric inpatient, home based, residential and outpatient settings inform her passion for working competently and compassionately with couples and families. She is a Level 2 LifeForce Yoga and EMDR practitioner and a Level 3 IFS practitioner. In her office in Watertown, Liz sees adolescents and adults in individual, couple and family therapy. Liz also provides individual and group supervision, agency consultation and training. She has provided training for DCF and DMH staff in a variety of settings.
- 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.
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.
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