The Advanced Mindfulness Toolbox for Rewiring the Brain: Intensive 2-D
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The Advanced Mindfulness Toolbox for Rewiring the Brain: Intensive 2-Day Mindfulness Training for Anxiety, Depression, Pain, PTSD, and Stress-Related Symptoms


Credit Available - See CEUs tab below.

Category:
Mindfulness
Faculty:
Donald Altman
Duration:
11 Hours 16 Minutes
Original Program Date :
04 May, 2015
SKU:
POS048090-01
Media Type:
Online Learning


Description

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. It’s no secret that over 40 million Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder, 25 million from clinical depression, and more 100 million from chronic pain that shatters their 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.

OUTLINE

MINDFULNESS AND RESEARCH:

  • Cutting Edge Research and Resources
    • Mindfulness as a metacognitive skill
    • Negative effects of a wandering mind
    • Breathing reduces rumination and anxiety
    • Useful (and free) web resources
    • Free up-to-date mindfulness research
    • Free Cutting Edge Brain Research

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 BEHAVIORAL 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
    • Exercise
    • 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

THE UPLIFTING POWER OF STORYTELLING

  • Storytelling to overcome depression and build relationships
    • Fredrickson’s Broaden and Build Theory of Positive Emotions
    • Broaden attention; find resilience
    • Stories are fundamental to attachment
    • Build relationships through a story of strengths
  • Practice: Identifying Strengths & Strengths Journal

MANAGING MOODS THROUGH ATTENTION AND SELECTIVE MEMORY

  • Master attention and memories
    • Savoring of the present moment
  • Practice: Here and Now Pleasantness
    • Using selective memory to savor the past and future
  • Practice: Savoring Success: Past, Present, and Future

HARNESSING GRATITUDE TO INCREASE POSITIVE EMOTIONS

  • Managing depression with gratitude
    • Gratitude research
    • Four psychological reasons for gratitude
    • Techniques that make gratitude interpersonal and enhancing Supportive social networks
  • Practice: The G.L.A.D. Technique

HEALING EMOTIONAL PAIN THROUGH ACCEPTANCE, FORGIVENESS, AND COMPASSION:

  • Forgiveness for moving forward from trauma
    • Forgiveness is a skill
    • Research on compassion practice
    • Changes in brain function
    • Security priming for feelings of safety and trust
    • Develop positive emotions and resources
  • Practice: Loving-Kindness Affirmation
    • The Truth About Stress:
  • Cutting-edge mindfulness research
    • APA report on ‘Stress in America’
    • Biological markers of stress: telomeres and aging
    • Identify and assess client stress levels
    • Perceived Stress Scale
    • Epstein Stress-Management Inventory
  • Practice: Be a Smart Stress-Avoider

MINDFULNESS FOR ADDICTIVE CRAVINGS

  • Emotional Regulation for Cravings
    • Impulse Control and Craving Control Using Grounding
  • Practice: Take a Stress Pause (S-T-O-P Grounding Technique)

CHANGING THE PERCEPTION OF PAIN:

  • Mindfulness for Chronic Pain
    • Introduction to the Body Scan Practice
    • Research and history
    • Demonstrates how to pay attention non-judgmentally
    • Powerful grounding method; applications
  • Practice: Surf the Body (The Body Scan)

THE POWER OF SENSE GROUNDING TRAUMA:

  • Constructively distance from PTSD and negativity
    • Three kinds of sense grounding
  • Practice: Focusing on Favorites

REDUCING ANXIETY BY MINDFULLY MANAGING TRANSITIONS:

  • Managing transitions through movement and nature
    • Process orientation vs. outcome orientation
    • Attention Restoration Theory
    • Effects of nature on focus, moods, & healing
    • Slowing down with nature to get present
  • Integrated Tools-
  • Practice: Ground-Surfing (Mindful Walking)
  • Practice: Turning Down the Volume with Nature

RE-ENVISIONING AND REFOCUSING:

  • Working with difficult, unresolved life situations
    • Metacognition as a path to insight
  • Practice: Bear Meditation
    • Putting It All Together
  • Creating a mindfulness roadmap for clients:
    • Bundling practices together
    • Engage through learning styles
    • Maintaining skills
    • Follow-up and reinforcement

OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe and define mindfulness in a more broad way for the client.
  2. Summarize the basics lessons of Interpersonal Neurobiology and how mindfulness can rewire the brain.
  3. Explain the effects of stress and cortisol, and how diaphragmatic breathing turns on the parasympathetic nervous system.
  4. Demonstrate how to use stories as a way to shift awareness, enhance relationships, and recognize strengths.
  5. Use key mindful body practices that lead to better self-care and cognitive brain function.
  6. Describe multiple evidence-based methods for shifting attention that produce greater positive emotions moment by moment.
  7. Discuss the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ stress, and the 4-methods for reducing stress.
  8. Examine the damaging effects of stress at cellular level and how lifestyle changes can alter these.
  9. Demonstrate stress-reducing transition skills through movement and walking.
  10. Describe how to use guided meditations designed to help clients to better accept, reframe and manage pain.
  11. Effectively use the practice of constructive distancing to help clients get a broader perspective on any situation.
  12. Describe affirmations and methods for developing self-compassion and feelings of safety, trust, and forgiveness.

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CEUs

General Credits

This course is available for 12.0 total CPDs. 

The HPCSA has declared that any on-line courses CPD/CEU credited by a certified US board, is automatically CPD/CEU credited in South Africa.

As there are different boards for different disciplines, we at Acacia suggest that you use the Counselling CPD/CEU credits. These correspond to South African credits of one CPD/CEU per 60 minutes. If you choose to use your discipline's credits, please do so at your discretion.


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards


Addiction Counselors

NAADAC

This self-study course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 12.0 CE in the Counseling Services{CustomCreditField1} skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.


Connecticut Addiction Counselors

Provider #120924. This course has been approved as a CCB approved training and has been awarded 12.25 hours by the Connecticut Certification Board.


California Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the CCAPP-EI, Provider #: OS-03-036-1019. This activity meets the qualifications for 12.0 CEH's (continuing education hours).


Counselors (Self-Study)

This self-study activity consists of 12.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.


New York Counselors

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0033. This self-study activity will qualify for 14.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance


South Carolina Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists

This program has been approved for 12.0 continuing education hours by the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists. Approval #4540.


Texas Counselors

PESI, Inc. has been approved as a continuing education sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Provider #: 2477. This self-study course qualifies for 12.0 continuing education credits.


Marriage & Family Therapists

This self-study activity consists of 12.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this self-study activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 


Illinois Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI, Inc. has been approved as a provider of continuing education by the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. Provider #:168-000156. Full attendance at this self-study activity qualifies for 12.0 credits.


New York Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0024. This self-study activity will qualify for 14.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance


Texas Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI, Inc. has been approved as a continuing education sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists. Provider # 503. This self-study package qualifies for 12.0 continuing education credits.


California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 12.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.


Florida Nurses

CE Broker

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 12.0 self-study contact hours.

 

**FLORIDA PARTICIPANTS ONLY: To be reported to CE Broker, while completing the online post-test/evaluation, please answer YES to the question: “Do you need your hours reported to FL CE Broker?” and include your complete license number when you are prompted (i.e. MH1234, RN9876543, OT159, etc.). After completing and passing the online post-test/evaluation, your information will automatically be sent to cepesi@pesi.com to be reported. If you forget to answer yes, please send an email to cepesi@pesi.com with the following information: full title of the activity, speaker name, date of live broadcast, date you completed the post-test, and your name and your license number. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing.


Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 14.7 self-study contact hours. Please email cepesi@pesi.com with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

This intermediate activity is approved for 12.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

AOTA

PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. This self-study course qualifies for 12.0 self-study contact hours or 1.2{CustomCreditField1} CEUs in the Category of {CustomCreditField2}. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate{CustomCreditField3}. Expires: 04/05/2019.


Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

CE Broker

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number BAP #77. This course qualifies for 12.2 self-study continuing education credits.

** Florida Participants Only: To automatically be reported to CE Broker, after completing and passing the online post-test/evaluation, please contact cepesi@pesi.com to have your Florida credits reported to CE Broker. You will need to provide the full title of the activity, speaker name, date of live broadcast, your name and your license number in the email.


Social Workers

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 12.25 (Clinical{CustomCreditField1}) continuing education credits for completing this intermediate level course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation. Full attendance is required. No partial credit will be offered for partial attendance. 


Canadian Social Workers

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 12.25 (Clinical{CustomCreditField1}) continuing education credits for completing this intermediate level self-study course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation. Full attendance is required. No partial credit will be offered for partial attendance. Canadian provinces may accept activities approved by the ASWB for ongoing professional development.


Illinois Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Illinois, Department of Professional Regulation. License #: 159-000154. Successful completion of this self-study activity qualifies for 12.0 contact hours.


Kansas Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. Provider #14-006. This self-study course has been approved for 12.0 continuing education hours.


Minnesota Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Minnesota, Board of Social Work. Provider #: CEP-140. This self-study package has been approved for 12.0 continuing education hours. This certificate has been issued upon successful completion of a post-test.


New York Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This self-study activity will qualify for 14.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. 


Ohio Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Provider approval #: RCST071001. Successful completion of this self-study course meets the qualifications for 12.25 clock hours of continuing education credit.


Pennsylvania Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists

This intermediate activity is approved for 12.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


California Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Educational Psychologists

The State of California, Board of Behavioral Sciences will recognize and accept continuing education programs that are sponsored by providers approved by the APA and the ASWB. Full participation in this self-study course will qualify for 12.0 hours of continuing education credit.


Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 12.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.


Colorado Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Provider #1413. This self-study course has been approved for 12.2 continuing education hours. 

 

COLORADO PARTICIPANTS ONLY: To be reported to the Colorado Chapter of the NASW, after completing and passing the online post-test/evaluation, please contact cepesi@pesi.com and provide the full title of the activity, speaker name, date of live broadcast, your name and your license number in the email.


Pennsylvania Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists

This intermediate activity is approved for 12.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


California Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Educational Psychologists

This intermediate activity consists of 12.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


Psychologists

This self-study activity consists of 12.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education. PESI, Inc. designates this self-study activity for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity was originally recorded on 05/04/2015. It was last reviewed on 11/12/2018 and is valid until 12/11/2021.

Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.


Handouts

Faculty

Donald Altman's Profile

Donald Altman Related seminars and products: 2

MA, LPC


Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, is a psychotherapist, award-winning writer, former Buddhist monk, teacher and an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He is also a faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology program at Portland State University and teaches various classes blending mindfulness and Interpersonal Neurobiology.

A prolific writer whose career spans more than 25 years, Donald has authored several pioneering books on mindfulness, beginning with his 1998 Art of the Inner Meal (HarperOne, 1999). His book, The Mindfulness Code (New World Library, 2010) was named as “One of the Best Spiritual Books of 2010.” He has also authored The Mindfulness Toolbox for Relationships: 50 Practical Tips, Tools & Handouts for Building Compassionate Connections (PESI, 2018), Stay Mindful & Color: Find Calm, Clarity and Happiness (PESI, 2016), Meal By Meal (New World Library, 2004), Living Kindness (Moon Lake Media, 2009), One Minute Mindfulness (New World Library, 2011), The Joy Compass (New Harbinger, 2012), The Mindfulness Toolbox: 50 Practical Tips, Tools & Handouts for Anxiety, Depression, Stress & Pain (PESI, 2014) and 101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience: Cultivate Calm, Clarity, Optimism & Happiness Each Day (PESI, 2015).

In addition to his books, Donald was a staff writer for an EMMY-Award winning children’s television show (“The Magic Door,” CBS Chicago), won an American Medical Writer’s Association Award, co-created the first interactive comic strip on America Online, and has had articles appear in New Age Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Independent Business Magazine, among others.

Donald reaches out to the professional community by serving as the vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating. Donald works extensively with mindful meditation in his own life, as well as offering these tools to others through his books and classes. He teaches mindfulness and spiritual values around the country. He is dedicated to bringing these ancient practices in tune with modern living and to invite wellness into our stress-filled lives. Donald is also a member of the Burma Buddhist Association. An avid motorcyclist, he enjoys riding his motorcycle along the beautiful Oregon coast.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Donald Altman is in private practice. He is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology Program at Portland State University. Mr. Altman receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Donald Altman has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.


Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals

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