Continuing Education Event Details
Best Practices in Improving Client Self-Regulation Skills in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services with Mindfulness Techniques
Credit Hours: 0
Our current society focuses on external ways of self-soothing stress, anxiety and depression such as eating, gambling, watching television, shopping, activities to achieve a goal, etc. with the concept that we must do something in order to be better, to feel better. And when these activities fail to help, many people are prescribed medication without being taught specific techniques to learn how to self-regulate their emotions in a healthy manner, especially in situations which cause their anxiety and/or stress to escalate. Content is based on the work of international mindfulness experts Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD. Mindfulness uses techniques to affect the neurobiology of the brain to reduce hyperarousal of the sympathetic nervous system enabling people to become calmer and self-regulate their emotions and responses in a healthier manner. Mindfulness work also creates cognitive restructuring and includes meditation, breathwork and basic yoga. It is a powerful technique which can be used in any mental health and addiction treatment setting, and is a critical element in a growing number of empirically supported treatments, such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). The training will provide a one hour overview of the physiological and psychological mechanisms underlying the efficacy of mindfulness-based techniques which includes meditation, breathwork and simple yoga techniques. The rest of the day will focus on the current scope and application of mindfulness-based practices (meditation, relaxation and yoga) which can be used with various mental health and substance use diagnoses in children, adolescents, and adults, including with those who have eating disorders. It is applicable to outpatient, inpatient, agency, medical and private clinical practice settings. Instruction and practice time will be provided in using these techniques with clients. Participants will receive a packet of instructions which will enable them to use these techniques in their practice. Content reflects evidence levels A and B according to the levels from the Association for Healthcare Research and Quality. Learning Objectives: • Recognize the research behind the use of mindfulness-based techniques for self-regulation; • Provide clients with 3-4 ways to create cognitive-restructuring to improve functioning; • Use 6 methods with clients to increase their ability to self-regulate stress, anxiety and depression.
Description: Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist, Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology at the University at Buffalo; Certified and Registered Yoga Instructor; private clinical practice in Amherst, New York treating adults, adolescents, and children, specializing in the assessment and treatment of: anxiety-based disorders (e.g., PTSD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder), eating disorders (including other disorders of self-care), and development of emotional regulation skills, constructivist therapies that facilitate neurological, emotional, and dialectic integration including narrative, bibliotherapeutic, and creative approaches.
Date(s) and Time(s)
|7/23/2012||:||8:45:00 AM||–||4:30:00 PM|
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