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In this comprehensive, three-day certificate course, Licensed Psychologist Dr. Jeff Tarrant, will share powerful clinical tools that will bolster your treatment plans to reduce stress, manage depression and anxiety, ground traumatized clients, and help you to work with a variety of other disorders. Dr. Tarrant’s Board certification in neurofeedback, 15 years of teaching Mindfulness and Meditation, and a research focus on brainwave change resulting from contemplative practices, uniquely position him to connect Meditation and Mindfulness to their direct impacts on the brain, psychological disorders, and daily functioning.

The 3-day Certificate Program begins with the 1 day foundations course with 2 additional days of hands-on training and practice.  This option is for those clinicians that want a deeper understanding of the science and practice of the NeuroMeditation system.  You will receive detailed instruction on how to successfully use dozens of core and advanced skills and learn how to apply them to the specific mental health disorders you see in your office each day.  In this workshop, you will have the chance to master what you’ve learned so you are confident and ready to use these techniques and tools in your very next session!

When: September 21 - 23 2018, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Ontario, Canada (Venue TBD)

Cost: $225 (Early Bird Discounts Available!)


Agenda:

DAY ONE:
The Brain on Meditation:
How Brainwaves and States of Consciousness Inform Your Therapeutic Approach

        Regions of the brain important in meditation
                Default Mode Network
                Attention Networks
                Emotional Networks
        How attention and intention impacts brainwaves and networks
        Tools to help individuals choose a Meditation Style
        Introduction to EEG (brainwave training for meditative states)

Reduce Stress and Anxiety:
Essential Mindfulness and Meditation Strategies

        Formal and informal practices
        Anxiety, Stress, & the Mind
                Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
                The Anxious Brain: Overactivated Anterior Cingulate and Default Mode Network
                The Anxious Brain Lives in the Future
                        Present-Focused Mindfulness is the Antidote
                Thoughts are Not Facts
                        The conditioned mind causes suffering
                        The mind as meaning-maker and storyteller
                Turn Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques Into Mindfulness
        The Science
                Mindfulness increases slow brainwaves
                Experience calm awareness and distance from thoughts, feelings and bodily                         sensations
                Mindfulness as a match for stress and anxiety related symptoms
        Basic Practices:
                Keys to Effectively Leading a Mindfulness Meditation
                Using the Breath as an Anchor
                Mindfulness of Sound
        Mindfulness Begins in the Body
                Yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi
                3 Variations of Walking Meditation
                Trauma-Informed Body Scan Techniques
                Tools for Grounding
        Mindfulness of Thoughts Meditation
        Mindfulness of Emotions Meditation
        Choiceless Awareness
                Mindfulness Meditation tips, tricks, and tools
        Informal Practice(s):
                Working with Cognitive Distortions
                Active Storytelling: Changing the Habits of the Mind
                Slow It Down: Working Skillfully with Disruptive Technologies (e.g., social media,
                television)
        Mindfulness Adjuncts: Additional Strategies to Quiet the Brain
                Tracing a Mandalynth
                Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia (RSA) Breathing
        Technology Tools that make Mindfulness interesting
                Phone Apps
                Music
                Virtual Reality

DAY TWO:
Manage Depression, Extinguish Anger, and Promote Empathy:

Movement Based Practices and Meditations to Increase Gratitude, Forgiveness and Appreciation
        Heart Focused Meditation
                Loving kindness & Compassion
                Gratitude & Appreciation; Positive Psychology
                Forgiveness
        The Science
                Frontal Lobe Asymmetry & Depression
                Loving kindness vs. Focused Attention
                Activating the Insula
                The Brain on loving kindness: Lessons from Tibetan Monks
        Bringing the Body into Your Open-Heart Practice
                Using the Mind-Body Connection to our Advantage
                Lessons from Research
                Open Heart Meditation Postures
        A Developmental Approach for Addressing Active Depression
                Lovingkindness May Be Too Advanced…
                Beginning with a Focus Practice
                        Learning to Shift Attention Away from Ruminations
                Encouraging Positive Emotional States
                Basic Heart Activating Meditation
        Appreciation & Gratitude: A Starting Point
                Using Memories as an Anchor
                Guided Gratitude Meditation
                Gratitude Journals
                The Physiological & Psychological Impact of Gratitude
        Negativity Bias: Countering the Brain’s Pessimistic Habits
                Deepening the Positive
                Taking in the Good
        Self-Compassion
                The Role of Self-Talk & What to Do About It!
        The Practice of Loving kindness & Compassion
                Meditation Formula
                Using Phrases to Guide Emotional States
        Movement Based Practices for Open Heart
                Quantum Movement Qigong
        Five Daily Open Heart Practices

DAY THREE:
OCD, Personality Disorders, Pain, and Eating Disorders:
Mindfulness Meditation Tools to Quiet the Mind

        Learning to Relax: A Critical First Step
        The Science
                Default Mode Network (DMN) and the “ego”
                Decreased activation of the DMN
        Quiet Mind Tips and Tools
                Using a Mantra
                Relax the Eyes and Tongue
                Attitude of Surrender
        Alpha Synchrony & Open Focus
                Working with Objectless Imagery
                Experiencing Negative Space
        Quiet Mind Qigong
        Working with Nature
        Technology-Based Tools
                Audio Visual Entrainment as a Meditation Aid
                Fractals
                Sound Meditation Strategies for a Quiet Mind

Trauma Informed Meditation and Mindfulness:
Triggers, Benefits and Limitations

        What about PTSD?
        How Each Meditation Style Can Be a Trigger
        Trauma Informed Care
        The Basics of Trauma-Informed Meditation
                Informed Consent
                Grounding
        Brainwaves and Trauma
                PTSD brain
                Alpha bridge
        Deep States
                Alpha-Theta
                iRest Yoga Nidra
                Altered States