Integrating Mindfulness Concepts in Individual and Group Counseling, Clinical Supervision, and Self-CareFriday, February 23, 2018
9:00AM - 4:30PM
McGowan Community Room (Swartz A), Swartz Center at Marywood University
Mindfulness-based treatment approaches are emerging as evidence-based practices that complement the therapeutic milieu, 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. The program will consist of a combination of lecture, discussion, and experiential learning/direct practice in a workshop fashion. Participants will learn basic concepts through traditional lecture, instruction will then be provided in meditations associated with the corresponding concepts that are explained and introduced. Using practice experience, the instructor will share applied examples of mindfulness in the helping professions field. The program is necessary as it teaches self-care techniques as well as therapeutic tools that improve efficacy in counseling and self-care.