Using Mindfulness and Contemplative Activities with Clients: A Hands-On Workshop

Earn 5.0 CEUs!  $60 for MAMFT members, $120 for non-members

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Presented By: Heather Hessel, PhD, LMFT & Molly Bailey, MS, LAMFT

Workshop Description: A rapidly growing research base supports the practice of mindfulness and contemplative activities, such as yoga and visualizations, to increase individual and relational well-being. This workshop will cover current research on mindfulness, engage participants in many different kinds of experiential activities throughout the day, and provide space for participants to practice incorporating these activities into sessions with clients through the use of role plays. We will discuss why mindfulness is important, how it works with the brain to restore balance to our autonomic nervous system, and how to share this information with your clients. An important skill is learning how to adapt mindfulness activities on the spot to meet the unique needs of each client, e.g., clients of different faith traditions, physical limitations, or self-regulatory abilities. We will offer ideas for integrating creative non-meditation mindfulness activities into individual, couple, family, and group sessions with clients, and discuss how to work with client reluctance or skepticism about meditation. The workshop will include a basic overview of mindfulness with a heavy emphasis on integrating specific techniques into the actual therapeutic process; it will be useful to both practitioners who are unfamiliar with mindfulness in addition to practitioners who want to add more “tools” to their “toolbox.” Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes, as we will include some light physical activities.

Workshop Objectives: – Participants will be able to describe current research on mindfulness and contemplative practices and learn how to provide psychoeducation to clients on how mindfulness can be used to reach their therapeutic goals  – Participants will increase their confidence in integrating mindfulness and contemplative activities into individual, couples, family and group sessions at any point – Participants will be able to identify how mindfulness and contemplative techniques can be used within any therapeutic framework as a foundation for addressing many different presenting issues – Participants will have the experience of engaging in a wide variety of mindfulness and contemplative activities, adding a number of new “tools” to their “toolbox”.

Presenter Bios:

Heather  Hessel,  PhD,  LMFT is a Post-Doctoral Associate at the University of Minnesota and works in private practice at Intuitive Therapy & Consulting. Heather  graduated  with  a  BA  in  Humanities  from  Loyola  Marymount  University, an  MLIS  from  the  Information  Studies  department  at  UCLA, an  MA  in  Counseling  Psychology  from  the  University  of  St.  Thomas, and  a  PhD  from  the  Department  of  Family  Social  Science  at  the  University  of  Minnesota. She has been meditating for over 10 years, and regularly integrates mindfulness and contemplative activities in working with her clients, using different modalities (e.g., individual, group). Heather has offered meditation instruction at meditation centers and national conferences, and has provided training on mindfulness and mental health to other practitioners.

Molly Bailey, MS, LAMFT is a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota in Family Social Science with a specialization in Couples and Family Therapy. She works clinically at RS EDEN, a residential chemical dependency treatment facility. Molly has been practicing meditation, yoga, and contemplative prayer for over 10 years. She sees mindfulness as an integral part of her personal life as a mother and partner as well as foundational in her work as a family therapist.


Refund Policy: 

Requests must be made in writing. Refunds will be given on requests received 10 days prior to the training event. A 20% administrative fee per person will be deducted from all cancellations. No refunds will be given if received less than 10 days prior to the event, but registrants can transfer their registration to another person.

Date & Location

Brother Louis Hall
Room 105
2304 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

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Fri June 7, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Presenter(s): Heather Hessel, PhD, LMFT & Molly Bailey, MS, LAMFT