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
8:30am – 9:30am – Your Brain on Meditation
Meditation Changes the Brain
The 4 types of Meditative Practices
Matching Meditation with Mental Health
Choosing a NeuroMeditation style
9:30– 11:30pm – ADHD: Strategies to Increase Focus & Self-Monitoring
The Unfocused Brain
Focused Attention Meditation
Tips and Strategies
Breathing Pacers and HRV protocols and practice
11:30am - 12:30pm – Anxiety: Strategies to Manage & Address Judgment and Over-Thinking
Anxiety and Stress: the Link
Thoughts are not facts!
12:30pm – 1:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm – 2:30pm – 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)
2:30pm -2:45pm – Break
2:45pm -3:30pm - 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
3:30pm – 4:15pm – 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
4:15pm– 4:30pm – Wrap Up
Integrating the Information
Mary Jane Schaftel, RN
Mary Jane Schaftel is a licensed Registered Nurse for UCHealth in Colorado, where she has specialized in Cardiac Nursing and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation for the past twelve years. In 2012, she received and has maintained certification as a Health and Wellness Coach with Wellcoaches. As a certified NMI Instructor, and as founder of SOS Brain Coach, Mary Jane provides individual coaching and group workshops to promote sustainable, healthy lifestyles that foster self regulation and combat chronic disease. She incorporates biofeedback, EEG NeuroMeditation, and Virtual Reality as non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical components to her coaching model for stress management and positive performance.
Prior to nursing, Mary Jane received a B.A. in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, and she spent ten years as an educator of advanced Biology in Baltimore, Maryland; São Paulo, Brazil and Jacksonville, Florida. Her prolific history in healthcare and education has provided her a multitude of enriching life experiences with people of varying ages, cultures, and health backgrounds.
Today, as a survivor of Stage 3 Breast Cancer, her personal growth continues to fuel her lifelong passion for partnering with others as they journey towards greater physical and mental wellbeing.
*additional $40 per person for CEU’s (see note below)
Blanca Peak Building, Room 105 (BP 105)
4616 S. Shields Street
Fort Collins, CO 80526
*Please Note: The registration is a multi-step process. Your registration is not complete until you have submitted your credit card information and received confirmation. The online registration process is necessary for us to ensure that we can accommodate everyone interested in attending.
CEU’s require a separate registration, and must be purchased separately from the course. Click here to register for CEU
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 have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.
Continuing education credit hours: 6.5
R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 6.5CE hours
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (6.5) clock hours.
R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2018-April 15, 2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.5 continuing education clock hours.
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 6.5 contact hours live
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (6.5 ) clock hours, #RCST110701
Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors.
IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. (6.5) hours.|
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. (6.5) contact hours.
NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. (6.5) contact hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (6.5) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 6.5 CE hours.
Creative Arts Therapists
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists, #CAT-0005. (6.5) contact hours.
Chemical Dependency Counselors
CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0220 for (6.5) CEHs. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states
TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (6.5) hours general. Expires 3/31/2019. Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.
TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (6.5) CE Hours.
CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (6.5) contact hours
Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days Or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.
Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often And while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions Or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.