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Mindfulness Training: Body Scan Meditation and Informal Mindfulness Practices (2 CE Credits)

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.


Course Objectives

As a result of this learning activity, the participant will be able to:

  • list 10 or more important questions to include in an intake form, to help the psychologist ensure a safe and appropriate experience for clients who are being taught mindfulness,
  • list two or more helpful elements to include in a form to help clients plan and record their daily mindfulness practices,
  • list four or more fundamental elements that underlie all mindfulness-based practices,
  • describe the body scan meditation process,
  • list five or more common problems that interfere with meditation practices and describe how to address each of them with clients, and
  • describe at least one informal mindfulness practice that could be recommended to clients.


Course Content and Details


Product Description

Body Scan Meditation and Mindfulness Practices

Body Scan Meditation and Mindfulness Practices-Meditation PositionBody 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 psychologists 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 that may be used 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. 


InstructorMarylie W. Gerson, PhD

The instructor is Dr. Marylie W. Gerson.  Dr. Gerson received her PhD in Psychology from Princeton University and is both a social psychologist and clinical psychologist.  She is currently a Psychology Professor at California Lutheran University and combines teaching and research with an active clinical practice.  Dr. Gerson became increasingly interested in the research on mindfulness-based interventions through her own academic research on resilience, which as led to peer-reviewed publications (e.g., Gerson, 2018; Gerson & Fernandez, 2013) and numerous conference presentations.  This research has led her to study the benefits of mindfulness practices as well.   


Program Information


Conflicts of Interest or Commercial Support

There is no commercial support or other potential conflicts of interest for this program, presentation, or instructor.


Commitment to Diversity and Accessibility

We are committed to respecting diversity in all of its forms, including age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, language, socioeconomic status, religion, and disability. We also strive to make all of our activities accessible to individuals with special needs or disabilities. Please contact the Director at if you ever have any questions or concerns regarding any of our programs.


Sources and Relevance

Our programs and teaching methods are supported by current, empirically-based scientific literature, and are designed to provide continuing education that is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or research, so that psychologists may maintain and expand their ability to serve the public and contribute to the profession.


Target Audience

Our courses are designed for postdoctoral-level psychologists; this course is an introductory-level course. All mental health professionals, educators, and researchers have a variety of educational backgrounds and needs—if you have any questions about whether this course could benefit you and/or would be appropriate for your level of training, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may contact the Director directly at with any questions or concerns.


Course Schedule

This course will be available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you will be able pace yourself in a manner that is comfortable for you.


Cost and Refund/Cancellation Policy

The cost of the course is noted below and there are no additional fees. Your satisfaction is important to us. If you are not satisfied with a course, please let us know immediately—we will cancel your order and gladly offer you a full refund.


Course Format Summary

This course consists of a PowerPoint video presentation with audio narrative by Dr. Gerson and an optional 20-minute body scan meditation on audio.  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.


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