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Incorporating Mindfulness into Clinical Practice

A Free Virtual CEU Presentation

Date & Time
Apr 28, 2023 12:00 PM in Arizona
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Please join Stacey Stocks, LCSW, ACSW, therapist at Ellie Mental Health as she discusses mindfulness. She will talk about the basics, how to practice mindfulness, how to incorporate it into clinical practice, tapping into the parasympathetic nervous system, breathing, and how mindfulness benefits the body and mind.

  •  The Basics

a)    Mindfulness: The body, the breath and the present moment.

b)    Its benefits: 

                                         i)    Physical health benefits

                                        ii)    Improves performance

                                       iii)    Promotes Emotional Health and Wellbeing

  •  How to Practice Mindfulness. 

a)    Consider these 7 steps

                                         i)    Take a seat

                                        ii)    Set a Tim

                                       iii)    Notice your body while observing thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations.

                                       iv)    Focus your attention on your breath.

                                        v)    Notice when your mind wanders (as it will) and simply return your attention back to the breath.

                                       vi)    Show compassion to your mind wandering.  Accept what is and greet it with stillness.

                                      vii)    Close with kindness. Take a moment and perform a body scan. 

b)    Let’s Practice. (Leaves on a Stream exercise.)

c)    Feedback

  •  Incorporating Mindfulness into Clinical practice

a)    Mindfulness and Managing Anxiety

                                         i)    Challenging Worrisome/ Negative Thinking

(1)  Not every thought is a fact.

(2)  Developing Awareness (the Observer

                 b)    Combating “Fight of Flight.” or The Body’s Stress Response

  1. Tapping into the Parasympathetic Nervous System
  2. The body follows the breath.

b)    Mindfulness and Managing Depression

                                         i)    We are not our thoughts

                                        ii)    Identifying New Realities

                                       iii)    Learning to Self-Regulate

                                       iv)    Building Resilience (Psychological Flexibility)

Conclusions and Final Thoughts

a)    Mindfulness is a skill.  The more its practice; the greater its effectiveness

b)    Consider a daily Mindfulness Practice

                                         i)    Stop

                                        ii)    Breathe

                                       iii)    Reflect

                                       iv)    Choose

c)    It benefits both body and Mind

d)    An effective tool to cope with Anxiety and Depression

Questions, Comments, etc.