Full Course Description


Cultivating Non-Dual Awareness

Objectives

  1. Discuss how to guide clients through a meditation that helps them access their third “eye”</
  2. Guide clients through a process that helps them “dissolve” the self and achieve greater awareness
  3. Explain the role of the body in the Wholeness process
  4. Explore the difference between traditional mindfulness practice and the Wholeness practice
  5. Discuss when to schedule body scans over the course of general assessments and talk therapy 

Outline

  • Overview of cultivating non-dual awareness
    • Why clients need a wholeness approach
    • Issues that mindfulness doesn’t resolve
  • Experiencing the wholeness of the self
    • Notice the location of “I”
    • Explore experiences through guided non-dual awareness processes
  • Concluding remarks from Connirae Andreas
    • Focusing on awareness  rather than compassion
    • Engaging clients with no non-dual awareness experience


 

Copyright : 01/19/2015

The Power of Mindfulness Practice

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Articulate implications of mindfulness and awareness to help improve clinical outcomes.

Outline

Kabat-Zinn answers the question: what is mindfulness?

  • Separating mindfulness from spiritual practice
  • Mindfulness as an exercise in cultivating “wakefulness”
  • Why mindfulness isn’t a concept, but a door into oneself: a way of being, and being in relationship
The main tenets of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • Kabat-Zinn explains his “operational definition” of mindfulness-paying attention to awareness
  • Why listening to the body (and the breath) is such an important part of mindfulness
  • The importance of attending, not focusing on the objects (handholds) for attention
  • The dynamics of relationality
  • What optimal mindfulness looks like in human communication/”embodied conversation”
  • How mindfulness helps people move beyond their initial perceptions of who they are
  • Mindfulness in the service of humankind
  • Mindfulness is an inclusionary movement that can be applied to many different situations
  • Humans are “starving for authentic experience,” accounting for mindfulness’s widespread appeal
  • Acknowledging the stories we tell ourselves about who we are
    • Kabat-Zinn on how to avoid getting lost in the thought stream about our identities
    • Kabat-Zinn on how 8 weeks of MBSR treatment can change the brain’s mind-wandering network
    • The specifics of non-judgmental awareness: having judgments without them consuming you
    Jon Kabat-Zinn reflects on his own professional and personal growth journey
  • There’s continuity between the young and older Kabat-Zinn in interest in mindfulness teachings
  • Says, “I feel like I’m just beginning” on the “growing edge” of a new chapter of life
  • Concluding remarks from Kabat-Zinn
    • What’s in store for the future of the mindfulness movement? Kabat-Zinn predicts a fluctuation
    • Mindfulness has a direct, positive influence on us as human beings, apart from scientific findings
    • Focusing on stories about what’s wrong with us makes it difficult to heal-we get in our own way
    • Asking ourselves the question “what is our own way?” is an exercise in self-discovery and healing
    • Learning to look beyond the digital world is an opportunity for us to pursue what’s important

Copyright : 12/08/2014

Escaping the Cybertrance

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Identify ways to help clients detach from their technological dependencies

Outline

Overview of escaping the cyber trance

  • Becoming aware to the effects of technology
  • Enter the false refuge of world knowledge
Experiencing the cyber trance
  • Develop a sense of mastery when dealing with the cyber world
  • Explore how “cyber world” appeals to one’s sense of self
  • Learn to “leave the screen” to connect with one’s self
Concluding remarks form Tara Brach
  • How technology can be, and is, used advantageously
  • Establishing a sense of reality

Copyright : 12/08/2014

Creating a Sacred Space in Psychotherapy

Objectives

  1. Discover how to make your therapy office a sacred space using decoration
  2. Use the power of ritual to get conversation with clients on a deeper level
  3. Identify two exercises to help clients promote mindful healing outside the therapy room
  4. Explain the difference between teaching therapy and teaching morality and virtue
  5. Dissect the relationship between Western mindfulness therapy and Eastern mindfulness traditions

Outline

  • Overview of a sacred space
    • Introducing a sacred space into the medical field
    • Reducing “road noise” in your sacred space
  • Experiencing sacred space
    • Using a ritual to create a sacred space
    • Explore the meanings of ritual
  • Wrapping up with Jack Kornfield
    • Gateways to other life dimensions
  • “The Wise Heart” and additional trainings

 

Copyright : 12/18/2014

The Power of Self-Compassion

Objectives

  1. Identify the difference between self-compassion and mindfulness training
  2. Discuss how to have a healthier relationship with angry thoughts
  3. Identify the “Unholy Trinity of Reactions” and explain how to overcome it
  4. Use self-compassionate questioning to teach clients self-care
  5. Demonstrate two exercises for down-regulating a client’s nervous system

Outline

  • Overview of mindfulness and self-compassion
    • Defining self-compassion
    • Distinguishing  mindfulness from self-compassion
  • Experiencing self-compassion
    • Learn the super-structure of compassion
    • Explore the core elements of self-compassion through gestures
    • Discover when to say no to compassion
  • Concluding remarks from Chris Germer
    • Allow yourself and your clients to be a “Comasssionate Mess”
    • Additional resources from Chris Germer

 

Copyright : 01/19/2015

The Fiction of the Self

 Objectives

  1. Identify how mindfulness helps us realize the fallacies in the stories we create about ourselves, and the healing process therein
  2. Explain the concept of the “Super-Organism” and how mindfulness practice can help clients recognize the state of human interdependence
  3. Interpret your clients’ preoccupation with rank, and how mindfulness practice can undo this type of thinking
  4. Use body scans to help clients assess and articulate deeper sensations and tension
  5. Name one of the pitfalls to embracing mindfulness and the concept of interdependence too fully

Outline

  • Overview of the fiction of the self
    • “Mindfulness craze” and visions of one’s self
    • Learning to let go of “bigger – better”
  • Experiencing the fiction of the self
    • Explore the somatic aspect of feelings
    • Experience the powerful emotions affiliated with therapy
    • How to celebrate insignificance
  • Wrapping up with Ron Siegel
    • Client response to fiction of self therapy approach
    • Creating maps for experiences 


 

 

Copyright : 12/08/2014