Using Mindfulness to Support Therapist Self-Care and Maximize Therapeutic Efficacy (3CE)
Led by Michelle O'Brien, MA, LGPC
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Teaching stress management techniques to clients has become fairly common practice. But research also indicates that a personal mind-body practice is effective as a self-care tool. It allows therapists to be more present in a therapy setting, and improves management of countertransference. We will discuss dispositional mindfulness - a quality that allows for more focused attention, more intent listening, and less emotional reactivity in the listener (Greason & Welfare, 2013).
Combining the science and the application of meditation to construct a practical therapeutic tool, this workshop takes a two-fold approach to looking at mindfulness practices and relaxation techniques:
1) As a form of self-care for practitioners. Mindfulness functions as a clinical instrument facilitating a less reactionary internal landscape, enabling clinicians to hear clients more clearly, thus enhancing the therapeutic relationship and strengthening treatment efficacy.
2) As therapeutic tools used with clients. The use of mind-body practices correlate with significant improvement in health and quality of life for patients with a variety of physical illnesses, chronic pain and fatigue syndromes, and mood and eating disorders. Anything that might be worsened by stress is likely to be aided by relaxation.
Some specific techniques will be practiced, allowing attendees to experience these interventions. This workshop includes instruction on the practice of mindfulness and relaxation techniques and their integration into a clinical setting including ethical issues, best practices, and the intersection of multicultural issues.
1) Describe three benefits of adopting a personal mindfulness/meditation practice
2) Select mindfulness meditation exercises to incorporate into clinical practice with diverse clients
3) Describe relevant mechanisms of action and current research on meditation
Cancellation policy: Participants will be granted a full refund if registration is cancelled at least 7 days in advance; after this time, your registration fee may be applied to a future CE program upon request. If the program is cancelled by the instructors for any reason, a full refund will be granted.
No commercial support has been or will be provided to Ms. O'Brien.