Full Course Description
Module 1: Mindfulness and Neuroscience of Stress, Attachment and Mental Health
Mindfulness and Neuroscience of Stress, Attachment and Mental Health
What is Mindfulness? How does it relate to stress, attachment, and mental health? In Module 1 we will explore:
- Mindfulness and neuroscience of healthy attachment and brain development
- How to use the breath as a “remote control” for our minds, bodies and emotions
- The simple science of how mindfulness keeps depression, PTSD, anxiety, aggression and addiction at bay
- Mind-body interventions for stress and attachment issues
- Explain mindfulness in a way that improves client engagement in mindfulness based treatment.
- List specific ways that stress exacerbates mental health issues in our clients and describe its clinical implications.
- Relate specific ways mindfulness affects stress and fight/flight responses to improve clinical outcomes.
Module 2: A Holistic Model of Mindfulness and Mind-Body Interventions
A Holistic Model of Mindfulness and Mind-Body Interventions
Module 2 explores the bio-psycho-social model of mental health and mental illness.
- Introducing mindfulness of body through eating and movement in simple and straightforward ways
- Exploring mindfulness of thought with playful, cognitive interventions
- Understanding the social construction of mental health, and looking at interpersonal mindfulness and positive psychology interventions
- Correlate the impact of biological, social and psychological factors with mental health functions in clients.
- Relate ways to integrate mindfulness into bio-psycho-social models of treatment.
Module 3: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness
The Neuroscience of Mindfulness
Module 3 explores the neuroscience of mindfulness, interventions supported by neuroscience research, and how to incorporate mindfulness into treatment modalities.
- A simple practice to rewire resilience that shows what mindfulness does to the brain
- Translate neuroscience and epigenetic research to mindfulness for your clients
- Understand interpersonal neurobiology and your role in the therapeutic encounter
- Know the state of the research on mindfulness based interventions
- Effectively integrate mindfulness into many modalities of therapy including DBT, ACT, CBT and more
- Consider how different clinical treatment modalities that incorporate mindfulness improve patient outcomes.
- Teach the neuroscience of mindfulness for purposes of client psychoeducation as it relates to treatment outcomes.
Module 4: Creating a Mindful Space: Focus on Mindfulness and Compassion for the Clinician
Creating a Mindful Space: Focus on Mindfulness and Compassion for the Clinician
Module 4 explores the client benefits of mindfulness for the therapist - maintaining presence and focus, managing the stress of your challenging job, and staving off “compassion fatigue”.
- Why and how mindfulness will make you a better and happier therapist and positively impact your clients
- Presence, countertransference, and decision-making techniques to sharpen your clinical intuition and improve patient outcomes
- Self-compassion, appreciation, and relaxation exercises to avoid burnout
- Focusing practices to keep your mind alert, awake and alive
- Contemplative techniques to keep calm, connected and creative in your sessions
- Discover ways that mindfulness improves clinical judgment in relation to assessment and treatment planning.
- Identify definitions of self-compassion for client psychoeducation and their relationship to treatment outcomes.
Module 5: Mindful Bodies, Eating and Movement inside and outside the Therapeutic Encounter
Mindful Bodies, Eating and Movement inside and outside the Therapeutic Encounter
With our bodies as the seat of emotional wisdom, attachment, and more, we turn toward simple therapeutic mindful movement anyone can teach, and playful ways to explore mindful eating to gain insight into a range of presenting problems.
- Multiple ways to explore mindful walking and movement in and out of session
- Mindful eating and its uses with anxiety, depression, impulse control and more
- Mindful eating prompts and practices for the real world
- Demonstrate mindful walking practices clients can use in session and out for symptom management.
- Provide a range of ways to integrate mindfulness into eating for clients as it relates to treatment outcomes.
Module 6: From Fight and Flight to Attend and Befriend: Treating Anxiety and Anger Through Mindfulness
From Fight and Flight to Attend and Befriend: Treating Anxiety and Anger Through Mindfulness
Module 6 Explores shutting down fight/flight and turning on attend and befriend to rewire the brain to respond without excess anger or anxiety.
- The neuroscience of anxiety and mindfulness
- Simple mind-body interventions for anxiety
- The neuroscience of anger and mindfulness
- Simple and fun practices that manage aggression and anger
- Breakdown the neuroscience of anger and anxiety for symptom management and psycho-education.
- Utilize mindfulness practices to alleviate client symptoms of anger and anxiety.
Module 7: From Freeze and Faint to Attend and Befriend: Managing Trauma and Depression through Mindfulness
From Freeze and Faint to Attend and Befriend: Managing Trauma and Depression through Mindfulness
Module 7 Explores shutting down freeze and faint depressive and traumatic responses to activate the brains attend and befriend response for recovery.
- The neuroscience of depression and trauma
- A biopsychosocial model for treating depression and trauma through mindfulness
- Do no harm – how to adapt and when to avoid mindfulness in the treatment of trauma and depression
- The science and practice of simple self-compassion in the treatment of trauma and depression
- Breakdown the neuroscience of depression and trauma for symptom management and psycho-education.
- Apply mindfulness practices for regulating trauma responses and depression to alleviate symptoms and improve treatment outcomes.
Module 8: Managing Impulses Mindfully, from Addiction to Attention Deficits
Managing Impulses Mindfully, from Addiction to Attention Deficits
Module 8 Explores mindfully managing impulses in the addictions and attention deficits through mindfulness and related practices.
- The neuroscience of addiction and recovery
- Urge surfing, the SOBER breath, and mind-body practices that rewire the reward circuit
- The neuroscience of attention and impulse control disorders
- Anchoring the mind, sensory and movement practices that engage even the attentionally-challenged
- Discover the clinical implications of brain anatomy in attention and impulse control.
- Apply mindfulness practices for managing impulses and relapse prevention.
Module 9: Growing Up Mindful: Working with Kids and Teens
Growing Up Mindful: Working with Kids and Teens
Module 9 offers mindfulness adaptations for kids, teens and families.
- Playing attention- making mindfulness fun for kids
- Integrating mindfulness into child therapy
- Creating a holistic model to reinforce mindfulness in families, systems, schools and communities
- How to help kids and families slow down, sit still and single-task
- Practical and effective ideas that will generate buy-in from kids
- Consider developmental adaptations of mindfulness for children and teens as they relate to clinical treatment.
- Utilize mindfulness adaptations for symptom management in different age groups.
Module 10: Mindfulness and Compassion in Action
Mindfulness and Compassion in Action
In this final module, learn additional compassion based-practices, plus ways to cultivate mindful and compassionate workplaces, schools and communities. This module provides:
- Dealing with doubt: whether it’s your own, your colleagues, or the kids’ doubt
- Creating and adapting our own scripts
- Make the virtual virtuous with mindful uses of technology
- A roadmap for breaking through resistance
- Cultivating compassion in ourselves
- Finding time in busy lives for mindfulness practice and self-compassion
- Inspiring and time-tested ideas for creating a mindful and compassionate workplace, school, or family
- Create and adapt tailored scripts for clients in therapy to improve client engagement and treatment outcomes.
- Incorporate mindfulness into systems of care to improve quality of care and patient outcomes.