Meditation works! Research clearly shows that meditation is beneficial for a range of mental health concerns and can significantly change the structure and function of the brain. In this seminar, you will learn the science behind meditation and understand that all meditations are not created equal. Different styles of meditation require different types of attention, intention and brain activation patterns. Based on this understanding we have identified 4 styles of meditation (Focus, Mindfulness, Open Heart, Quiet Mind) that can be matched with specific mental health concerns. This approach allows us to individualize meditation interventions to fit the specific goals and needs of our clients.
Learn how and why certain meditative techniques are more effective than others at addressing symptoms of mood, anxiety, attention and “disorders of the self.” This seminar will go beyond traditional meditation practices and explore mind-body strategies that intersect with other therapeutic approaches, such as biofeedback and mindfulness-in-motion (yoga, qigong). Seminar participants will learn a variety of tips and teaching strategies to use immediately with a variety of clients.
Agenda & Schedule
8:00am – 9:00am – Your Brain on Meditation
Meditation Changes the Brain
The 4 types of Meditative Practices
Matching Meditation with Mental Health
Choosing a NeuroMeditation style
9:00am – 11:00pm – ADHD: Strategies to Increase Focus & Self-Monitoring
The Unfocused Brain
Focused Attention Meditation
Tips and Strategies
Breathing Pacers and HRV protocols and practice
11:00am - 12:00pm – Anxiety: Strategies to Manage & Address Judgment and Over-Thinking
Anxiety and Stress: the Link
Thoughts are not facts!
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm – Anxiety, Cont.
Challenging the Storyteller
Observe and Challenge
Staying in the Present
The Anxious Brain
Strategies to Quiet the Brain
Open Monitoring Meditation
Mindfulness in Nature (Virtual Reality)
2:00pm -2:15pm – Break
2:15pm -3:00pm - Depression: Strategies to Shift Perspective
The Depressed Brain
Accessing Positive Emotions
Deepen the Positive
Taking in the Good
Loving Kindness/Compassion Meditations
NeuroMeditation protocols and practice
3:00pm – 3:45pm – OCD and Personality Disorders: Strategies to Quiet the Mind
The Brain and Self-talk
Automatic Self-Transcending Meditations:
Entrain the Brain: Increase Alpha
Time in Nature
Strategies to Shift Perspective
3:45pm – 4:00pm – Wrap Up
Integrating the Information
Stephanie H. Best, Ph.D., HSP-P
Stephanie Best is an expert practitioner of mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is an NMI Instructor in North Carolina.
The founder of a private practice and a contracting provider at a major psychiatric crisis unit in Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Best also serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She has received advanced training in mindfulness from master clinicians such as Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. and Kelly G. Wilson, Ph.D., and completed an 8-week intensive course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at Duke Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Best has maintained a daily mindfulness meditation practice of her own for over a decade, sustained by her direct personal experience and deeply rooted belief in its empirically supported mental, emotional, and physical health benefits. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duke University.
Based on the content of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
-Define key concepts related to meditation and mindfulness
-Explain how meditation changes the structure and function of the brain.
-Describe 4 different types of meditation
-Distinguish which meditation practices might be ideal for certain mental health concerns
-Discuss supplemental practices that can be effectively combined with meditation to enhance benefits
Participants must complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety. Partial credit of individual sessions is not available. NOTE: If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement. Maximum of 6.75 CEU's.
This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and Jeff Tarrant. Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 6.75 hours.
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