Inner Awareness & Self-Compassion Training: A Training for Clinicians
This training will help clinicians, graduate students, and other mental health and substance abuse treatment providers develop inner awareness and self-compassion practices to enhance their own meditation practice and clinical work. Beginners and those with previous meditation experience are welcome to attend.
By learning how to to anchor ourselves in our breath and attending to sensations in the body, we expand our self-regulation skills and capacity to be with difficult experiences. Self-compassion practices have been shown to increase well-being and promote resilience during times of distress. We will provide instruction in mindfulness practices designed to cultivate present-moment awareness of breath and body, along with how to tailor your practice based on the recognition of what’s needed. We will emphasize how to adapt mindfulness practices for clinical work and with clients experiencing substance use issues.
Case examples will be provided and there will be an opportunity for participants to share clinical material. This workshop is appropriate for mental health and substance abuse and mental health professionals and graduate students who wish to expand their knowledge about integrating mindfulness and compassion-based practices in their clinical work along with a special focus on providing treatment for substance use disorders. Participants will be able to ask questions and engage in a discussion with the speakers during the presentation.
Information about CE Credits:
The New School for Social Research's Department of Psychology SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0199. This training provides 6 hours of continuing education.
About the Presenters:
Dr. Jenifer Talley is an Assistant Professor at The New School for Social Research and Assistant Director of The Center for Optimal Living. Visit jenifertalley.com.
Jill Satterfield is the founder of Vajra Yoga + Meditation and The School for Compassionate Action, a synthesis of yoga and Buddhism that combines meditation, yoga, and contemplative practices. To learn more about her work, visit: vajrayoga.com and schoolforcompassionateaction.com.
Jill will also be leading a 4-day training at Kripalu on October 10-14, 2016, titled, An Embodied Mind Immerson: Integrating Mindfulness and Asana for Practice and Teaching.
10:05-10:15 Welcome and introductions
10:15-10:45 Brief practice of breath and body awareness
10:45-11:30 Overview of mindfulness and factors that support the practice, the importance of kindness and self acceptance, brief description of empirical efficacy. How mindfulness and compassion practices support the development of self-regulation
11:30- 12:00 Guided practice: Body scan
12:00-12:30 Questions and discussion
1:30-2:15 Discussion of mindfulness practices for working with cravings (mountain meditation, SOBER breathing space) and efficacy of mindfulness for treating substance use issues
2:15-3:15 Guided practices: Inner awareness in dialogue; Mindful movement (in chairs); Loving kindness and compassion
3:30-4:00 Summary of main points, Q & A, how participants will utilize practices reviewed for themselves and their clients, suggestions for on-going practice