2 Day Advanced Mindfulness Training
Presented by Donald Altman, M.A.
Monday, December 4, 2017 – Tuesday, December 5, 2017 | Edmonton, ab
In this in-depth, two-day workshop, national mindfulness teacher and author Donald Altman will demonstrate a variety of powerful clinical tools—from grounding and attention focusing skills to metacognitive awareness and mindfulness skills—for helping clients to rewire the brain as they overcome clinical anxiety, depression, chronic pain, PTSD, addictive cravings, and stress-related symptoms. One in four Canadians will suffer from at least one anxiety disorders in their lifetime. Anxiety disorders, clinical depression and chronic pain can shatter clients lives and relationships. This highly experiential workshop utilizes practical and evidence-based mindfulness tools that radically alter clients’ habitual and conditioned reactions to these and other forms of suffering.
Drawing upon brain science and concepts from Interpersonal Neurobiology, this workshop will make brain science easy to understand for your clients. You’ll be able to clearly demonstrate for clients how they can regulate emotions and rewire their brains through practices such as focused attention, selective memory, and strengths-based storytelling. In addition, you will learn how to adapt these many tools for different populations in order to create a clear roadmap to wellness for clients. In all, this two-day training will have you returning to your practice with a comprehensive menu of transformative mindfulness tools to draw from—and that clients can use to regulate emotions and find calm.
Donald is known for creating compelling experiential and participatory trainings. Whether you are experienced in mindfulness or are new to these techniques, this special two day workshop is certain to get you enthused and excited about experiencing and using mindfulness for joy, calm, and healing in your own life, as well as in your therapy practice. You won’t want to miss out on this unique mindfulness training opportunity.
Agenda & Learning Objectives
Mindfulness & Cutting Edge Research
- Mindfulness as a metacognitive skill
- Negative effects of a wandering mind
- Breathing reduces rumination and anxiety
- Useful (and free) web resources
Introduce Mindfulness to Your Clients
Expand Your Mindfulness Vocabulary
- Help clients understand mindfulness
- Find the right metaphor
- Using clients’ learning styles
- * Practice: Getting into the Present Moment
The Power of Sense Grounding
Anxiety reduction with sense grounding
- Mindfulness for transitioning between activities
- Physical grounding method of dropping into the body
- Integrates progressive muscle relaxation
- Good for spatial, visual, hands-on learning styles
- * Practice: Palm the Present Moment
Brain Basics, Metacognition, and Interpersonal Neurobiology,
Emotional Regulation for Depression and Anxiety
- Balance the brain’s default survival mode
- Effects of cortisol on learning and immune system
- Visual Brain Model for clients
- The brain’s mindfulness module
- Train the brain for calm response and metacognition
- Navy Seals, arousal control & parasympathetic nervous system
- Heart rate variability & relaxation response
- * Practice: The Power of Breath
- Enhancing effectiveness of a breathing practice
- * Practice: Ask Clients the 3-Minute Question
The Behavioural Side of Mindfulness
Core lifestyle skills awareness training
- Sleep hygiene
- Managing sleep
- Sleep rituals and strategies
- Healthy eating/nutrition
- Caffeine, protein, neurotransmitters, and the brain
- Manage Technology
- How weapons of mass distraction may be rewiring the brain
- * Practice: Assessment of Technology and Time
- Focus the mind (useful for ADHD)
- Integrate breath with a word/image
- * Practice: Be the Pebble
Mindful Laughter for Depression and Grief
Tools for the “terminally serious”
- Research on laughter and mood
- Biochemistry of laughter & human laughter response
- Laughter yoga and laughter in therapy
- * Practice: The Lightness of Laughter
- Describe and define mindfulness in a more broad way for the client
- Summarize the basics lessons of Interpersonal Neurobiology and how mindfulness can rewire the brain
- Explain the effects of stress and cortisol, and how diaphragmatic breathing turns on the parasympathetic nervous system
- Demonstrate how to use stories as a way to shift awareness, enhance relationships, and recognize strengths
- Use key mindful body practices that lead to better self-care and cognitive brain function
- Describe multiple evidence-based methods for shifting attention that produce greater positive emotions moment by moment
- Discuss the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ stress, and the 4-methods for reducing stress
Continuing Education Credits
This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
- Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
- Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
- Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
- Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
- Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
- Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
- Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
- Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
- Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
- Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
- Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)
† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.
* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.
Donald Altman, M.A., is an international mindfulness trainer who served as in adjunct professor in Portland State University’s Interpersonal Neurobiology Program. He worked for several years as a Senior Mental Health Therapist at an IOP Eating Disorder and General Psychiatric Clinic before opening his own clinic near Portland, Oregon. He is a former Buddhist monk and best-selling author of several books, including the award-winning The Mindfulness Toolbox.
Who Should Attend
Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.
Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Body Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.
Executive Royal Inn West Edmonton
10010 – 178 St. NW
For November 20, 2017
Standard Room $129 + Tax
Cut off date is November 6, 2017
For December 3-4
Standard Room $129 + Tax
Cut off date is November 19, 2017
* Please ask for the Jack Hirose & Associates rate.
* Please note that the number of rooms at our corporate rates are limited.
When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.
Registration & Fees
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Early bird cutoff date: November 20, 2017
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