Marywood University News

Continuing Education Program on Mindfulness Concepts to be Held
Marywood University News
Marywood University News
February 09, 2018

The University’s Professional Continuing Education department will hold an Integrating Mindfulness Concepts in Individual and Group Counseling, Clinical Supervision, and Self-Care Program. The program will take place on Friday, February 23, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life, in the McGowan Community Room, Conference Room A, on the University’s campus.

Mindfulness-based treatment approaches are emerging as evidence-based practices that complement the therapeutic situation, especially considering the prevalence of exposure to compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burn-out experienced by social workers, mental health professionals, case workers, and medical professionals. Knowledge of mindfulness practices and the application of this knowledge is necessary for professionals in various disciplines. This program introduces, explains, and provides experiential knowledge of mindfulness-based approaches to individual and group counseling, clinical supervision, and self-care.

Upon competition of this training, the trainee will be able to identify attitudes of mindfulness including: non-judgement, impermanence, beginner’s mind, letting be, equanimity; understand mindfulness concepts and thus utilize these concepts in the application of mindfulness-based relaxation techniques and meditations; integrate mindfulness concepts as established best-practice interventions associated with cognitive and psychodynamic therapy; practice breathing, expanding awareness, body scan, and loving-kindness mediations; integrate mindfulness-based concepts with counseling and clinical supervision; and apply mindfulness practices to issues associated with self-care, including compassion fatigue and burnout.

The featured presenter for the program is Ricardo Horn, LSW, an experienced healthcare administrator skilled in clinical supervision, trauma-informed systems of care, recovery-oriented systems of care, and mindfulness. Mr. Horn is the program director at Pyramid Healthcare, Pa., where he manages a 100-bed detoxification and rehabilitation program. He also serves as an adjunct instructor for Marywood University’s School of Social Work.

This program is approved for six hours of professional development ACT 48 hours for educators; six continuing education hours for social workers in N.J., N.Y., and PA., LSW licensure renewal, and music therapists can self-summit for continuing education credits.

For additional information, please contact Carolyn M. Bonacci, director of professional continuing education at the University, at, or call (570) 340-6061.