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Mindfulness & Meditation in Psychotherapeutic Practice

4 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $39.00

Developed by Sage de Beixedon Breslin, Ph.D.

This course is also offered as part of Certificate Program in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) 35 CE Credits

This course includes materials consisting of:

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General Course Description

Despite its more recent popularity, mindfulness and meditation have likely been in practice since long before recorded history. However, the inclusion of these practices in modern psychotherapy is a newly burgeoning phenomenon. Because psychotherapists have traditionally been trained to maintain emotional distance and strict boundaries, many have been hesitant to embrace integrative interventions such as meditation, body psychotherapy, and aromatherapy. More recently, a plethora of research studies has provided the scientific backbone, which supports the inclusion of these techniques in psychotherapeutic practice, empowering clinicians to broaden their minds as well as their skill sets.

This is an introductory course in the use of mindfulness and meditation in psychotherapeutic practice. The course includes review of thirteen (13) documents: six articles, two videos, and four brief audio recordings. The academic articles and videos are interspersed with opportunities to sample a variety of meditative practices. The final document provides Resources, References and Updates in the field.

Disclaimer: This course is purely educational and does not intend to serve as a license (or permission) to mental health professionals to prescribe or practice any of the approaches discussed in this course unless they fall within the scope of practice of your profession. Check with your licensing board about the scope of practice of your profession to make sure you practice within that scope.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Define mindfulness.

2.    Summarize the impacts of mindfulness and meditation on the function of the mind.

3.    Conduct basic mindfulness, meditation and guided imagery with their clients.

4.    Summarize some of the current research on mindfulness and meditation and their use with mood disorders.

Course Syllabus

Mindfulness & Meditation

  • Introduction
  • Definition
  • Description
  • Neurobiological basis

The Experience of Mindfulness

  • Formal Practice
  • Informal Practice

Mindfulness in Psychotherapeutic Practice

  • History of support for mindfulness in therapeutic settings
  • Mindfulness in the Cognitive Behavioral Tradition
    • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (Kabat-Zinn, 1990)
    • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (Segal, 2002)
    • Mindfulness-based Eating Awareness Training (Kristeller & Hallett, 1999)
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Linehan, 1993)
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Hayes et al. 1999)

Applications of Mindfulness-based Therapies

  • Mood Disorders
  • Behavior Disorders
  • Issues with Awareness and Presence (e.g. PTSD)
  • Intrusive Experiences (e.g. Nightmares, PTSD)
  • Problems of Relating to self or others

Comparative Impact

  • Meditation vs. Medication
  • Meditation vs. Prolonged Exposure Therapy

References, Resources & Updates

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