I am interested in the manner in which tactile experience or its lack of affects the development of behavior; hence the mind of the skin.

— Ashley Montagu

Mindfulness Practices 2018-2


Mindfulness practices offer opportunities to be present with experience, train the mind, and bring the nervous system back into regulation and reduce emotional reactivity. This workshop focuses on cultivating attention and examining the habit patterns of our minds. We use the breath, sensations of the body and thoughts to develop awareness and insight.

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Mindfulness is more than the cultivation of moment-to-moment non-judgmental awareness.  More accurately, mindfulness organically combines cognitive stability with emotional regulation to produce a stable awareness of experience and, as such, reduces reactivity and increases openness.  The question for psychotherapists is “what gets in the way of developing mindfulness and mindful awareness?”

Mindfulness and dissociation could be said to be opposite polls of experience.  Mindfulness potentiates organization, regulation and connection.  Dissociation is a protective response taking the form of disconnection, isolation and separation.  This is not a comparison of good and bad, nor the recreation of a mind-body duality.  They are both relevant strategies for managing suffering: dissociation is a survival strategy arising from the context of threat, and mindfulness is a conscious strategy to eliminate the suffering of daily life.

What is frequently missing from mindfulness oriented trainings is a detailed examination of experience.  This workshop will offer participants a phenomenological approach to the core elements of mindfulness, how their deconstruction is a best-practice model for the treatment of anxiety, and how that process of disaggregation is key to an effective approach for reassociating dissociative processes.

Continuing Education Units are available.

A CE certificate is issued for each module for a $20 charge per module. Instructions for purchasing CE certificates will be emailed once registration is completed and certificates are issued after the module is completed.

Psychologists: The Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is provides 6 CE units.

MFTs / LCSWs / LPCCs:  The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA CEs. This course provides 6 CE units.

Nurses: The Insight Center, Provider Number 14914, is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course provides 6 CE units.

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