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Mindfulness for Anxiety Dissociation

May 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mindfulness for
Anxiety and Dissociation

Michael Shiffman, Ph.D.

May 19, 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm


$195 Full Tuition
$165 early registration until April 13, 2018
30% off for pre-licensed trainees and interns.
Use the coupon “student30”

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.


Michael Shiffman, Ph.D., is a relational body therapist at the Insight Center in West Los Angeles.  He founded LA Dharma in 1999 and co-founded the Insight Center in 2006. Michael has studied with numerous Western Buddhist teachers and currently studies with Rev. Hye Wol Sunim. He has been meditating since 1994 and teaching mindfulness and insight meditation since 2002.

Michael is a certified Neuroaffective Relational Model practitioner (NARM), a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner with SE certification and substantial training in the use of touch for trauma resolution and attachment repair.  Michael is completing his Eye Movement and Desensitization Therapy certification (EMDR), and is training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  Visit his website at http://michaelshiffman.com for more details.

Michael has an extensive background working with anxiety, panic, traumatic stress, substance abuse and recovery, relapse prevention, and somatic oriented therapeutic practices. He teaches meditation and somatic therapy.  Michael is also a photographer whose work is shown on his website http://shiffmanphotos.com, enjoys cooking and is frequently happy in his life in Encino.

Continuing Education:

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.


May 19, 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Insight Center
1404 Greenfield Ave.
Los Angeles,CA90025


Michael Shiffman, Ph.D.