Course Descriptions & Objectives


Mindful Movement for Self-Regulation with Dr. Larry Cammarata


This educational program integrates the application of mindfulness, mindful movement, and body awareness in the treatment of medical and psychological disorders. The skill of enhanced body awareness can support the presence of both client and clinician. Mindful movement can add dynamism and energy to the treatment process, literally “moving” our clients towards the experience of wholeness while facilitating embodied insight.  We will examine mindfulness, mindful movement, and body-oriented strategies designed to facilitate self-regulation, mood stabilization, and enhanced concentration. The application of mindful movement and body-oriented interventions in the treatment of various psychological disorders will also be covered.

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:  

• Describe the essential elements that define mindfulness.

• List the key components of mindful movement.

• Summarize the status of current research in the field of mindful movement.

• Assess how the practice of mindful movement can be applied in the treatment of psychological disorders.

• Define self-regulation and mindful movement, explaining their relationship to one another.

• Explain how acceptance-based interventions such as self-compassion meditation complement mindfulness-based interventions.

• List the benefits of mindful movement and body-awareness practrices in the context of mindfulness-based therapy.

• Explain why mindfulness is not always sufficient to reduce suffering and distress.

                                                                          

The Nature of Mindfulness with Dr. Ronald Siegel 


This educational program includes an examination of the theory and application of mindfulness as related to: anxiety, depression, and stress related medical disorders. The program will provide an understanding of clinical choices that therapists should consider when tailoring mindfulness practices to the needs of individuals. Participants will learn skills of: mindfulness meditation for stress reduction, mindful movement and body-oriented awareness practices to facilitate the mind-body connection, mindful communication skills to strengthen relationships, mindfulness to enhance problem solving abilities, and mindfulness as a practice to improve physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Participants will apply knowledge of current mindfulness research findings to clinical practice. Applying the insights of mindfulness-orientated psychology to clinical practice and adapting mindfulness practices to meet the needs of special clinical populations (e.g., children, trauma survivors) will also be included in the training.

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

• Describe the three core elements of mindfulness practice.

• Identify common denominators in psychological difficulties such as anxiety, depression, and stress-related medical disorders and how mindfulness practices can be used to address these.

• Specify seven clinical choices therapists should consider in tailoring mindfulness practices to the needs of particular individuals.

• Describe core insights from Buddhist psychology and how they can inform, enrich, and enliven the practice of    psychotherapy.

• Indicate ways to adapt mindfulness practices to meet the needs of special populations, such as children and trauma survivors. 


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