Mindfulness is a mental technique for focusing your awareness on the present moment. Participants will learn to use a variety of techniques to “shift” away from thought patterns that contribute to anxiety and depression. Mindfulness techniques have been used to treat a variety of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and substance abuse.
The Class: Each class will consist of a time of learning about why a technique works, how to use it, and a time to practice the technique. There will be group discussion, but do note that this will be more of a class than a group therapy session.
The Book: We will be using a book entitled Mindfulness: An eight-week plan for finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. Purchase of the book will also enable you to download an audio version of the exercises so that you can practice at home. More information about the book and authors at http://franticworld.com/. Purchase of the book is strongly encouraged, but not required. Books can be ordered through Gottwals Books for $14.97 or via your preferred bookseller.
Cost and registration: Payment for the class is due prior to class to ensure registration. You can pay through Eventbrite or contact Jason directly. Payment is also accepted via Paypal or check, but you must FIRST coordinate with Jason to verify registration. If you register through Eventbrite, you will be charged their fee. There are a limited number of early registration tickets, so registering earlier is better.
Location: Class will be held in a room at All Saint's Episcopal Church. There should be ample parking at the front. From the front parking lot, you will follow signs for the church office. The room we will be using is in a quiet location at the end of the hallway.
Who can register: The class is expected to primarily be adults, but late teens may also benefit from the material presented.
Continuing Education: The class is in process for approval for continuing education units for social workers and other allied professionals through the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. If you wish to use the class for CEUs, know that we will have two additional session of 30 minutes each at the end of class on February 16 and March 15 to discuss using the material in a clinical setting. You will receive nine (9) hours of CEUs for the class if you are in attendance for all sessions. There is an extra charge for using the class for CEUs.
Jason B. Hobbs, LCSW, MDiv, is a licensed clinical social worker at Wellston Behavioral Medicine, a private outpatient mental health clinic. He has been in private practice for over ten years in addition to having worked in hospice and homeless services. Jason also pastored a small United Methodist congregation near Savannah for three years. His sermons (edited for the blog) from these years can be found at http://jasonhobbs.blogspot.com/. Jason has led mindfulness training groups in his practice using Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. He has been trained in Mindfulness and Cognitive Therapy in addition to other therapeutic modalities. He has also presented continuing education courses for the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Annual Meeting in Atlanta. These workshops were entitled Spiritually Sensitive Clinical Practice: Understanding and Honoring Diverse Religious and Spiritual Traditions and Mindfulness, Psychotherapy, and the Therapist: Knowledge and Practice for Clients and Clinicians and Integrating Spiritual Disciplines into Direct Practice. Jason holds a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. He has also attended a week long workshop at Duke University on research in spirituality, religion, and health.