For Healthcare Professionals: Special 8-week Course
A training program in the practice and application of mindfulness for psychotherapists and other health care providers sponsored by the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute and the Anxiety & Stress Management Institute
Instructor: Helen Vantine, Ph.D.
20 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for Mental Health Professionals: Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Marriage & Family Counselors (LMFC) and Licensed Social Workers (LCSW & LMSW).
For health care professionals wanting to use Mindfulness-Based Interventions,
this is a great place to start.
Classes will meet for 8 weeks beginning Friday, August 18 and ending October 13, 2017. The week of August 25th will be skipped. The All-Day Retreat is on Sunday, October 1.
Classes will be held from 10:00 - 12:30, except the first and last classes, which will meet from 10:00 - 1:00.
- Atlanta Center for Wellness
- 6100 Lake Forrest Drive
- Suite 450
- Atlanta, GA 30328
- The All Day Retreat
There is an all-day retreat that is part of the 8-week course. The all-day retreat will be on Sunday, October 1 In the group shelter at Hard Labor Creek State Park.
Registration & Fees:
Registration fee is $625
** We offer 5 low-cost slots (350.00) for currently enrolled graduate students that are in financial need. Please email us to inquire about this option. You must receive approval to be able to register for the course.
*** Attendance: Because this course offers CEUs, if you anticipate missing a class it is important that you contact the instructor prior to enrolling.
Please be aware of our cancellation policy. You are eligible for a full refund minus a 50.00 service fee up until 14 days prior to the course start. If cancellation occurs less than 14 days prior to the first class you are entitled to a 50% refund. Once the class begins there is no refunding of registration fees.
This course will allow participants to experience Jon Kabat-Zinn’s 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) first-hand. This is a unique program for psychotherapists and other professionals that is based on MBSR with additional information particularly geared to health care professionals who are using or want to use mindfulness as part of their work.
The class is primarily focused on Mindfulness Meditation, Mindful Movement, and everyday Mindfulness. No previous meditation experience is required, although willingness to practice daily meditation is a key component of realizing the benefits of the course.
Individuals who practice Mindfulness notice an increased ability to stay in the present moment and to be more open to “things just as they are.” Acknowledging present moment reality, whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, is the first step toward transformation and insight. Responding versus reacting becomes a possibility. An increase in positive mind states, such as kindness, compassion, equanimity, and joy, arises on the ground of insight. In addition to improving their own quality of life, many health care providers find that Mindfulness practices allow them to be more fully present to their patients. Others discover ways to incorporate Mindfulness practices into their work. Finally, others use Mindfulness and mindfully informed interventions as their primary method of reducing suffering and caring for others.
Since Mindfulness and the ongoing practice of Mindfulness Meditation improve the ability to be present with acceptance, there is no therapeutic or health care model that cannot be enhanced by this training. This program offers a rare opportunity to experience personal transformation, take a fresh approach to health care, and learn a practice that is an effective tool for life-long learning.
1. Understand the benefits of Mindfulness for health care providers and their patients.
2. Establish a personal Mindfulness Meditation practice.
3. Enhance the ability to be mindfully present during everyday activities.
4. Increase presence, non-reactivity, and compassion.
5. Learn additional meditation practices that increase positive mind states and personal well-being.
6. Become familiar with the neurobiology of stress and mindfulness.
7. Be introduced to some research-based applications of mindfulness as an intervention for mental and physical health problems.