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2-Day: Radical Self Acceptance, Mindfulness and Yoga 2-Day Intensive Training: Effective Treatments for Trauma and Mood Disorders

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - Friday, April 17, 2015

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Course Description:

The evidenced based healing practices of mindfulness, radical self acceptance and yoga bring neuroscience, physiology, self-care and cognitive therapy together in an integrated approach to treating psychological trauma, anxiety and depression. Learn the relationship of mind, body and spirit and how to translate this knowledge into clinical skills. Science clearly shows that this approach heals anxiety and depression by teaching healthy ways to relate to thoughts, take care of emotions, live in the present moment and experience physical comfort. Sensible and compassionate, putting these practices to work empowers clients, enhances the professional relationship and heals client and clinician alike.

Join Mary NurrieStearns, private practice therapist, retreat leader, yoga expert and author for a highly experiential two day immersion into these healing practices. Review the science behind these practices, experience them for yourself, learn from clinical examples, then role play how to bring these powerful healing modalities into your professional work to improve client outcomes.

Mary NurrieStearns teaches what she lives. A meditator and yoga practitioner for over 20 years, she credits these practices for profound personal healing. She embodies the qualities of wholeness that spring from many years of practice. She has trained thousands of clinicians in the practices of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, compassion and radical self-acceptance.

  1. Apply mindfulness and radical self-acceptance practices for treating anxiety and depression.
  2. Discuss the impact of compassion and mindfulness on brain and physiology.
  3. Outline four ways to utilize mindfulness in treating anxiety, depression and emotional trauma.
  4. Describe how to treat the effects of emotional trauma on the nervous system.
  5. Demonstrate the importance of utilizing concentration, distancing, observation and distraction in treating pain producing thoughts.
  6. Apply easy to learn practices of radical self-acceptance for treating betrayal and shame.
  7. Apply mindfulness and compassion techniques to teach emotional regulation.
  8. Outline the lasting effects of emotional trauma and the benefits of a body/mind approach to healing.
  9. Teach clients skills helpful for resolving grief.
  10. Summarize the neuroscience and physiology behind these evidence-based therapies.
  11. Demonstrate simple yoga poses for use in clinical settings.
  12. Practice non-anxious presence for client and clinician well-being.
  13. Demonstrate how to stabilize breath and impact mood.
  14. Explain how to use simple, effective mantras to treat pain producing thoughts.
  15. Apply yogic goal setting to reinforce therapy objectives.
  16. Utilize breathing interventions for anxiety and depression.


Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, C-IAYT, teaches seminars and retreats to teach clinicians how to take mindfulness skills, brain based protocols for treating shame and office-based yoga back to their clients. These evidence based clinical interventions move therapy forward by improving emotional regulation, restoring healthy nervous system functioning and cultivating healthier thought patterns. Both mindfulness and yoga practices have brought healing and calm to Mary’s clients and students.

Mary provides participants with the latest research results and pulls together the work of experts in the mental health field who are proponents of both practices (i.e. Bessel van der Kolk, Jon Kabat-Zinn). She draws on 37 years as a mental health professional counselor and 27 years of meditation and yoga practice. She is a certified yoga therapist, seasoned yoga teacher and ordained member of Thich Naht Hahn’s Order of Interbeing. Mary is the author of Healing Anxiety, Depression and Unworthiness: 78 Brain-Changing Mindfulness & Yoga Practices (PESI, 2018), Yoga for Anxiety with Rick NurrieStearns (New Harbinger, 2010), Yoga for Emotional Trauma with Rick NurrieStearns (New Harbinger, 2013), Yoga Mind – Peaceful Mind with Rick NurrieStearns (New Harbinger, 2015), and Daily Meditations for Healing and Happiness: 52 Card Deck (PESI, 2016). Mary is the co-editor of Soulful Living (Hci, 1999) and former editor of Personal Transformation magazine. She has produced DVDs on yoga for emotional trauma and depression. Mary teaches across the United States.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mary NurrieStearns maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as an author for New Harbinger’s Publishing. Ms. NurrieStearns receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Mary NurrieStearns has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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