Introduction to Mindfulness
April 7 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Juliet Soopikian, MS, MFT
Eight Friday Mornings
Starting April 7, 2017
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
This eight week course will introduce students to the practice of mindfulness meditation. We will focus on the often-neglected nuts-and-bolts of what to do and how to train our minds. We alternate short periods of silent meditation with an exploration of what actually happened while we were meditating. We will cover the practical aspects of:
- Cultivation of attention
- Working with thoughts and the mind
- Mind-Body Integration
- Experience of Anxiety, Panic and Depression
- Developing an attitude that fosters an openness to experience.
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.
Juliet Soopikian, M.S., is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist (MFT #38746) in private practice in West Los Angeles. She is the co-founder of the Insight Center, and teaches mindfulness meditation and its application to personal and professional lives.
Prior to private practice, Juliet worked as a therapist in both in-patient and outpatient settings, including the Department of Health and Human Services for the City of Long Beach. She was Program Director of an acute outpatient program for Glendale Memorial Hospital, Social Services Coordinator and Counselor for a group home in San Gabriel Valley, Group and Family Therapist for a community clinic, Kaiser outpatient services, and a discharge Planning Coordinator for Kaiser’s inpatient psychiatric hospital.
Juliet is a near-death-experience survivor and lives with a chronic medical condition. These experiences enable her to have a more intuitive and a deeper sense of others’ challenges, and a profound compassion for each person seeking her help. She uses her psychotherapeutic skills and meditative practices to manage her chronic physical illness and pain and has developed a step-by-step approach to help others do the same. Her motto in life: “Helping one heart at a time.”
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 16 CE units.
MFTs / LCSWs / LPCCs: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts APA CEs. This course provides 16 CE units.
Nurses: The Insight Center, Provider Number 14914, is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course provides 16 CE units.