For Therapists FAQ
- What is unique about the trainings at the Insight Center?
The trainings we offer have three distinct qualities: they have experiential components, they are somatic oriented and they have a relational dynamic. Our trainings are informed by attachment theory and early development, and are often directed toward the treatment of trauma. We also offer trainings related to parenting and couples dynamics, the use of touch and the video analysis of clinical cases.
- Does the Insight Center offer continuing education units?
Yes. We are authorized to provide CEUs by the American Psychological Association and the California State Board of Registered Nursing. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA CEUs for MFTs, LCSWs and LPCCs. Most of our classes are eligible for continuing education units. Each course description will include details regarding continuing education credit.
- Does the Insight Center offer a certificate in mindfulness?
No. We certify that people have completed a class but not that they have mastered a practice. As a general rule it takes years of experience to be competent to teach mindfulness meditation.
- How will meditation help my work with clients?
Meditation assists us to slow down and become increasingly connected to our experience of being alive in our bodies. With a regular practice, your awareness will lead to a greater capacity to observe your thoughts, feelings and internal energetic states. This will enhance your capacity to track similar experiences within your client and leads to greater resonance, connection and the maintenance of healthy boundaries.
- How can I integrate mindfulness into my work with clients?
Develop a personal practice. You can’t give away something you don’t have. Use your practice to work through something that has been personally challenging. By actually experiencing how rewarding it is to work through something that has persisted in the face of previous efforts, you really know how it works. Stay within the scope of your personal experience and authenticity will prevail.
- How will mindfulness practices help my clients?
The initial concentration and focus on the breath can help with stress management as well as sleep difficulties. Some patients find relief of their anxiety attacks and depressive mood. As a meditation practitioner you can teach your patients how to increase their tolerance for change, build their resilience and increase their self-acceptance.
- Do you offer trainings exclusively for psychotherapists?
Yes. Some mindfulness courses are offered to psychotherapists only to reduce the likelihood that they will run into a patient at a training. Second, it enables us to teach new material and practices that build on professional skill sets and to use clinical examples