Mindfulness practices have been well-documented to facilitate health and well-being. They can be the focus of treatment or a helpful adjunct to other forms of psychotherapy, including psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
This introductory level course is designed to allow participants to:
Body scan meditation and mindfulness practices have been well-documented to improve well-being. As discussed in the online course, Mindfulness Training: Introduction, Attention, and the Present Moment, studies show that they can help reduce stress, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and sleep problems.
This introductory online course is designed for those who are interested in learning more about applying the body scan and mindfulness practices. Discussions are supplemented by practical tools, for application in a clinical setting as well as for personal use.
The course begins with a review of safe mindfulness training practices and includes a sample client intake form to help ensure that clients are well-prepared and appropriate candidates for treatment. The body scan meditation is then discussed and demonstrated with a 20-minute audio file, which can be used in future sessions. Informal mindfulness practices are introduced as opportunities to encourage clients to used focused attention throughout the day. A practice schedule and record form is provided to aid clients in following through with both meditation and informal daily exercises. Finally, in-depth troubleshooting suggestions are given for dealing with 12 common problems, including boredom, distraction, and restlessness, that often interfere with regular meditation practices.
The instructor is Dr. Marylie W. Gerson. Dr. Gerson received her PhD in Psychology from Princeton University and is both a Social Psychologist and a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She combines a background in university teaching and research with her experience as a practicing clinical psychologist, and has presented and published professionally in the field. She is experienced in working clinically with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations. Her current research interests include understanding identity development and building openness to diversity, resilience, and the ability to thrive in the face of stressors.
This course consists of a PowerPoint video presentation with audio narrative by Dr. Gerson and a 20-minute body scan meditation presented by Dr. Alberts of the University of Maastricht. Dr. Gerson’s presentations and the body scan are accompanied by full text to allow for review in either modality. An online multiple choice test and Certificate of Completion follow the course for 2 CE credits. Introductory level. $29.