• Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (map)
  • 4907 Garrett Road
  • Durham, NC, 27707
  • United States

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

8:00am9:00am – Your Brain on Meditation

  • Meditation Changes the Brain

  • The 4 types of Meditative Practices

  • Matching Meditation with Mental Health

  • Choosing a NeuroMeditation style

    • Self-Assessment


9:00am11:00pm – ADHD: Strategies to Increase Focus & Self-Monitoring

  • The Unfocused Brain

  • Focused Attention Meditation

    • Tips and Strategies

    • Guided Practice

  • 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!

    • Automatic Pilot

    • Mindfulness Wedge

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Anxiety, Cont.

  • Challenging the Storyteller

    • Observe and Challenge

    • Cognitive Distortions

    • Staying in the Present

  • The Anxious Brain

  • Strategies to Quiet the Brain

    • Open Monitoring Meditation

      • NeuroMeditation protocols

      • Mindfulness in Nature (Virtual Reality)

      • Mandalynth

      • RSA Breathing

2:00pm -2:15pm – Break

2:15pm -3:00pm - Depression: Strategies to Shift Perspective

  • The Depressed Brain

  • Accessing Positive Emotions

    • Appreciation

    • Gratitude

  • Deepen the Positive

    • Taking in the Good

  • Loving Kindness/Compassion Meditations

    • NeuroMeditation protocols and practice


3:00pm3:45pm – OCD and Personality Disorders: Strategies to Quiet the Mind

  • The Brain and Self-talk

  • Automatic Self-Transcending Meditations:

    • Transcendental Meditation

    • Zen

    • Open Focus

  • Entrain the Brain: Increase Alpha

  • Time in Nature

  • Strategies to Shift Perspective

3:45pm – 4:00pm – Wrap Up

  • Next Steps

  • 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.


Cost: $225

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Learning Objectives:

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

Satisfactory completion 

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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