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Mindfulness Based Interventions to Rewire the Brain: Increase Focus, Shift Perspective and Quiet the Mind

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Mindfulness works! Learn how to bring it into your clinical practice NOW. Join Stephanie H. Best as she connects the dots between the actual practices of mindfulness and the direct impact on the brain and daily functioning. Through active exposure to targeted mindfulness-based tools, as well as live demonstrations, you will leave with practical methods that can be used to help manage anxiety, depression, ADHD, chronic pain, OCD and personality disorders.

This seminar will go beyond traditional meditation practices to include mind-body strategies that intersect with other therapeutic approaches, such as biofeedback, mindfulness-in-motion, and nature-based strategies. Learn how and why certain mindfulness techniques are more effective than others at addressing symptoms of mood, anxiety, attention and “disorder of the self.” You will leave with an expanded mindfulness-based toolbox to share with your clients or students, strategies to help you begin or sustain your own personal mindfulness practice and the ability to synthesize and prioritize these tools to enhance their effectiveness.

  1. Explore key concepts related to meditation including mindfulness and focused attention.
  2. Assess how meditation changes the structure and function of the brain.
  3. Practice four different types of meditation.
  4. Plan which meditation practices might be ideal for certain mental health concerns.
  5. Implement supplemental practices that can be effectively combined with meditation to enhance its benefits.
  6. Apply meditation skills to movement-based interventions.

ADHD: Strategies to Increase Focus and Self-Monitoring
  • Focused attention meditation
  • Automatic pilot: conscious vs. unconscious behavior
  • The mindfulness wedge for impulse control
  • Overcome boredom: use technology to make therapy more interesting!
Anxiety: Strategies to Manage & Address Judgment and Over-Thinking
  • Attitudinal qualities: become aware
  • Thoughts are not facts!
  • Mindfulness makes the brain more flexible
  • Incorporate the breath to reduce fear
Depression: Strategies to Shift Perspective
  • Mindfulness to change cognitive distortions
  • Deepening the pleasant
  • Loving kindness practices make the brain more optimistic
  • Don’t forget your body: posture matters!
OCD and Personality Disorders: Strategies to Quiet the Mind
  • The brain and self-talk
  • Open awareness meditation
  • Entrain the brain: increase alpha waves with light and sound
Movement-Based Mindfulness & Strategies
  • Benefits of combining mindfulness with movement
  • The research: pain, balance, cognitive functioning, attention
  • Yoga
  • Walking meditation
Nature-Based Mindfulness
  • Impact of technology overload on the brain and health
  • Nature deficit disorder
  • Benefits of combining mindfulness with nature-based interventions


Stephanie H. Best, Ph.D., HSP-P, is an expert practitioner of mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The co-founder of a private practice and a contracting provider at a major psychiatric crisis unit in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Best also serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She has received advanced training in mindfulness from master clinicians such as Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., and Kelly G. Wilson, Ph.D., and completed an 8-week intensive course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at Duke Integrative Medicine. Dr. Best has maintained a daily mindfulness meditation practice of her own for over a decade sustained by her direct personal experience, and deeply rooted belief, in its empirically supported mental, emotional and physical health benefits. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duke University.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Stephanie Best is in private practice. Dr. Best is an adjunct assistant professor for University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Stephanie Best is a member of the American Psychological Association; North Carolina Psychological Association; Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies; and Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.
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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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This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

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Marriage & Family Therapists
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Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
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Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Social Workers
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Ohio Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists:
PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Provider approval #:RCST071001. Full attendance at this course meets the qualifications for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education credit.

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Other Professions
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