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Mindfulness & Beyond: Essential Clinical Skills

Presented by Michael Stone, M.A.

Monday, May 8, 2017 – Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Vancouver, bc

!  Important Notice:

The Earlybird Deadline has been extended to May 4, 2017.

Date & Location

Monday, May 8, 2017 – Tuesday, May 9, 2017

9:00am – 4:00pm

Wosk Auditorium, Jewish Community Centre

950 W. 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC

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Workshop Description

The trend of mindfulness research is sweeping the medical field. Is it radical enough? What is the latest research in mindfulness? How does the Buddhist perspective influence the way we see suffering and how we can best serve others? After teaching more than 2,000 clinicians over the past few years, I’ve come to see that our own stillness and our presence with others, combined with the right tools at the right time, make all the difference. Having the right skills, and the ability to work from the deepest grounded place within ourselves, is where we find our creativity and joy in the midst of this difficult work.

We are offering a two-day training program with Michael Stone designed for a small group that will work through cases, learn essential clinical skills, and support each other in further education. In this workshop you will review the theoretical understanding of mindfulness from both the Buddhist and Western scientific perspectives within the framework of clinical practice. You will learn key theory that underpins mindfulness meditation; how it can be brought into clinical work; and simple techniques for working with common symptoms like anxiety, depression, pain and trauma. You will also be guided in mindfulness meditation and have the opportunity for personal practice in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

In addition, we will juxtapose “Eastern” and “Western” approaches to psychology and apply them in clinical situations through technique, intervention, and seeing where we get stuck from new angles. What does a mindfulness intervention actually look like in a session? How does it help us shift our attitude towards experience?

Through lecture, demonstration, experiential exercise, and small group discussion, we will examine how mindfulness practice can enhance therapeutic presence and transform our understanding of the causes of suffering across the diagnostic spectrum. We will learn why mindfulness practices support both the facilitator and the client.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

DAY 1 – MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017

You will learn when and how to introduce various mindfulness techniques to your clients or patients; how to utilize special techniques for treating anxiety, depression, chronic pain, physical symptoms, and interpersonal conflicts; and how to creatively work with obstacles to mindfulness practice such as anxiety, ADHD, and fear. We will also look closely at working with pain and psychosomatic symptoms.

DAY 2 – TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017

You will learn subtle techniques for working with defences and how to introduce forgiveness into healing work, and we will study several case examples brought in by the group.

Learning Objectives

DAY 1 – MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017 

  • Overview of Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness of the Body & Breathing
  • Obstacles to Mindfulness
  • Techniques for transforming Rumination in Depression
  • Mindfulness to help with Physical Pain

DAY 2 – TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017

  • Working with Difficult Emotions
  • Spirituality & Clinical Practice
  • Working with Difficult Thoughts
  • Mindful Interactions
  • The Existential Dimensions of the Personality

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • 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 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.

Your Presenter(s)

Michael Stone, M.A.

Michael Stone, M.A., is a renowned speaker, psychotherapist, and teacher. He illuminates the ancient teachings and practices of meditation in the language of contemporary psychology and medicine. Internationally recognized as a transformative visionary, teacher and agent of social change, his work manifests the fusion of committed spiritual practice and mental health. He is the author of numerous books and his podcasts enjoy a large global audience. He lives with his family in British Columbia. michaelstoneteaching.com



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“I learned a lot about mindfulness and plan to learn more!”

“Michael challenges one to see things and experience things in a whole new perspective. Great workshop!”

“Michael is brilliant in his delivery of traditional mindfulness, making sense of it in simplistic terms. He’s very in tune with his audience, kept breaking things down for people to understand. 2 thumbs up!! Will definitely go see him in the future for one of his workshops. Thanks J”

“Michael Stone is an incredible resource to the field – he brings human-ness, connection, and healing to a new and deeper level. Inspiring and motivating. Thank you, Michael Stone.”

“Michael Stone’s work is particularly important in taking our profession to the next level of ethics: having an awareness practice in order to be truly present ad take appropriate action, coming from true creativity, not reaction.”

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.

Recommended Accommodation

Holiday Inn Vancouver

phone:  604.879.0511

website:  www.hivancouvercentre.com

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Our rates:

For May 7-8, 2017 and May 28-29, 2017

Deluxe Room – $199 + Tax

For June 4-5, 2017

Deluxe Room – $239 + Tax

Cut-off Date: 30 days prior to arrival

Please ask for the Jack Hirose & Associates rate.

* Please note that the number of rooms at our corporate rates are limited. 

Granville Island Hotel

1253 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC

phone:  604.683.7373

website:  www.granvilleislandhotel.com

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Our rates:

For May 7-9, 2017 and May 28-30, 2017

Traditional Single Occupancy – $199 + Tax

Traditional Double Occupancy – $209 + Tax

Cut-off Date: April 5, 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

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual $399 $419
Group 3-7 $379 $399
Group 8-14 $359 $379
Group 15+ $324 $344
Full-Time Student $324 $344

For more information on Student Rates, click here

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: May 4, 2017
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Thursday, May 4, 2017.

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