Seminar Detail

5-Day Certificate Program: Integrating Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Skills in Clinical Practice: A Retreat for Professionals
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - Sunday, June 10, 2018

Course Description

The most utilized and researched program for teaching mindfulness currently is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and adaptations of this 8-week model. MBSR is clinically beneficial to have profound benefits on emotional and physical well-being as well as a wide range of chronic conditions. MBSR and adapted programs is now used as the basis for many interventions, including treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, ADHD and pain.

Mindfulness and yoga are best taught by those who practice them. This didactic and experiential workshop will introduce and deepen practices for clinicians and explore how these can be conveyed in a broad variety of populations and settings. In addition, highlights of the current research on the benefits of mindfulness and yoga will be presented. All levels are welcome to learn and expand the formal and informal practices of mindfulness in stillness, movement and communication. We will explore the foundations of mindfulness through personal practice, and ways to introduce, teach and employ mindfulness in group or individual practice.

You will also learn how cultivating a personal mindfulness practice can enhance the therapeutic alliance, a key factor in all clinical encounters.

Integrating mindful practice, dialogue and research, this retreat will offer a spacious and balanced schedule of teaching, meditation, gentle clinical/office-based yoga (for chair or floor practices), mindful eating and walking and noble silence. Learn how to introduce mindfulness in groups and individual sessions, working with at risk, physically, mentally and emotionally challenged populations, the general population as well as in clinics, hospitals and other institutional settings.

Whether you are a curious beginner or an advanced practitioner wondering how to integrate these practices with your clients – this workshop is for you! In a peaceful, restorative setting, experience group practice, dialogue and plenty of free time for contemplation and rest.
RETREAT SCHEDULE – June 6-10, 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
3:00 – 4:30 pm – Check In
4:30 – 5:45 pm – Program Introduction
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 pm – Evening Lecture Experiential

Thursday, Friday and Saturday
6:30 -7:30 am (Optional) – Mindfulness & Yoga Practice
8:00 – 9:00 am – Breakfast
9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Lecture
12:30 – 2:30 pm – Lunch & Individual Activity
2:30 – 5:00 pm – Lecture
5:00 – 6:00 pm – Individual Activity
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Dinner
8:00 - 9:00 pm – Evening Lecture/Experiential

Sunday, June 10, 2018
6:30 – 7:30 am (Optional) – Mindfulness & Yoga Practice
8:00 – 9:00 am – Breakfast
9:30 am – 12:00 pm – Lecture
12:30 – 1:30 pm – Closing Lunch
Sleeping Accommodations:

If you would like to be paired up with another potential, unknown attendee to take advantage of the double occupancy rate, please call and let us know. We will aim to pair you up if somebody else registers who also would like to share.

In the meantime, please register at the single occupancy rate. If we are able to pair people, the $200 will be credited.


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Cancellation Policy: Prior to May 1, 2018, you may receive a certificate for your purchase amount to attend any future live PESI sponsored seminar or a tuition refund less a $100 cancel fee. For cancellations received after May 1, 2018, you will receive a certificate for your purchase amount to attend any future live PESI sponsored seminar.

Please contact PESI customer service for information on non-CE seeking to register as a guest for pricing and other details.

Retreat Outcomes:

  1. Present the core beliefs of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as they relate to clinical treatment.
  2. Articulate the essential core components of the MBSR program as they relate to clinical treatment.
  3. Ascertain the meaning of mindfulness and provide psychoeducation to clients regarding its use for reducing stress and improving mental health.
  4. Implement various mindfulness practices utilized to decrease stress and improve symptomology, including a body scan, sitting meditation, walking meditation and yoga practices.
  5. Teach clients how to integrate specific informal mindfulness interventions into their daily lives to alleviate symptoms and improve level of functioning.
  6. Utilize breathing exercises as an intervention to refocus attention and interrupt negative thoughts and ruminations.
  7. Interpret and differentially communicate mindfulness language appropriate for diverse populations.
  8. Evaluate appropriate applications of mindfulness practices for treatment in populations with trauma history, mental health disorders, and emotional and physical disabilities.
  9. Differentiate which mindfulness-based skills can be applied in a group therapy setting.
  10. Practice the process of inquiry and evaluate its ability to enhance client insight and reduce stress.
  11. Articulate the effectiveness of MBSR techniques in treating pain, stress, anxiety and panic in clients.
  12. Evaluate the use of interpersonal mindfulness in facilitating effective communication and increasing awareness in the client.
  13. Illustrate the differences and commonalities of mindfulness based and traditional psychotherapy, including use of boundaries and experiential practice.
  14. Evaluate and interpret the ethical issues of mindfulness interventions and research as relates to client care.
  15. Recognize and illustrate the clinical benefits of mindfulness meditation to improve decision making, impulse control and emotion regulation.
  16. Integrate mindfulness techniques within your current therapeutic modality, i.e. Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
  17. Apply non-verbal communication skills (such as body posture, facial expression, verbal tone and cadence) to meditation practices to strengthen the therapeutic alliance and effectively guide patients in mindfulness practices.
  18. Appraise the applicability of neuroscience research to stress reduction and ascertain its clinical implications.
  19. Determine specific adaptations of MBSR practices that can be utilized to treat symptoms of anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma.
  20. Summarize how mind body modalities, such as MBSR, can be appropriate in treatment with clients with chronic illness and pain.
  21. Establish MBSR practices that are developmentally appropriate and effective for children and adolescents.
  22. Articulate the methods by which MBSR can be interfaced with psychotherapy practices to improve clinical outcomes.
The Retreat Will Provide
  • Formal and informal practices of mindfulness meditation
  • Five formal mindfulness practices
  • The STOP technique
  • The essential components of the MBSR curriculum
  • Mindfulness tools for working with specific clinical conditions such as trauma, depression, anxiety, pain, addictions and the stresses of daily life
  • Review research supporting clinical use of MBSR
  • Experience in the language and practices used for introducing, instructing and guiding others
  • Practice in leading and guiding brief mindfulness meditation including diaphragmatic breathing and three-minute breathing space
  • Practice in mindful movement
  • Greater understanding of the mind-body connection


Laying the Foundation
  • Introducing and Defining Mindfulness
  • MBSR Ground Rules
  • Creating Mindfulness Experiences
  • Applying Mindfulness to Daily Life
  • The Raisin
  • Languaging
  • Establishing Intention
  • Use of Homework
Guidances in Formal Mindfulness Practices
  • The Body Scan
  • The Sitting Meditation and Awareness of Breath
  • Anchoring Attention
  • The Sitting Meditation with Awareness of Sound, Sensations, Feelings and Thoughts
  • Yoga
  • Adaptations to Yoga
  • Adaptations to formal practice
  • Loving-Kindness Meditation
Informal Mindfulness Practices
  • The S.T.O.P.
  • R.A.I.N.
  • The Three Minute Breathing Space
  • Awareness Exercises
  • Urge Surfing
  • Seated and standing Mountain Pose
The Curriculum
  • Sequence of Classes and Themes
  • The Process of Inquiry
  • Working with Feelings: Pleasant and Unpleasant
  • Stress Reaction versus Response
  • Working with Pain and Stress Related Symptoms
  • Application of Neuro-Science Research
  • Communication
  • Inter-personal Mindfulness
Clinical Issues and Adaptations of MBSR
  • Benefits and Contraindications
  • Applications for Groups and Individual Therapy
  • Working with Anxiety
  • Working with Depression, Negative Cognitions and Ruminations
  • Working with Addictions
  • Working with Children and Adolescents
  • Working with Trauma
  • Interface with Psychotherapy
    • Compassion and Healing
    • Healing Impact of Compassion on Brain
    • Primary and Secondary Causes of Suffering
    • Heal Shame with Understanding, Compassion and Non-shame Physiology
    • Non-anxious Presence as Clinician


Elana Rosenbaum, MS, LICSW, has been integrating mindfulness with psychotherapy for over 30 years. She is a leader in the clinical application of mindfulness meditation to cancer care and is a pioneering teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness, the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has authored, Here for Now: Living Well with Cancer through Mindfulness and Being Well (even when you’re sick): Mindfulness Practices for People Living with Cancer and Other Serious Illness.

Elana has a private practice in psychotherapy in Worcester, Massachusetts and is a sought-after mindfulness coach, teacher, speaker, Course leader and research consultant. She has been featured in “Chronicle” on CBS and mentioned in many magazine articles including Yoga Journal, Health, Coping, and the PBS audio series, “Walking through the Storm”. She is currently working on her third book, a workbook of mindfulness exercises for optimal living.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Elana Rosenbaum maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as an author for Shambhala and Satya House Publications. Ms. Rosenbaum receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Elana Rosenbaum has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Lucia McBee, LCSW, MPH, CYI, began her Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction journey in 1992. Always interested in meditation and yoga, her mindfulness practice was inspired by a client with chronic pain. Looking for alternative treatments, she discovered MBSR, which requires a serious practice commitment from the teacher. She participated in professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in 1994 and the first MBSR Teacher Development Intensive at the Center for Mindfulness in 1997. She also completed training in Mind/Body/Spirit Medicine at the Center for Mind/Body Medicine in 2000. In 2008, Lucia became a certified Kripalu yoga teacher. Since 1998, she has taught MBSR to a wide variety of populations including mental health professionals, frail elders and caregivers, college students, persons with HIV, those recently released from incarceration, and courses for the general population.

In addition to teaching MBSR, Lucia is a licensed clinical social worker in both New York and Maine. Following her graduation from Columbia University’s School of Social Work and Public Health, she developed a pioneering practice using mindfulness and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to improve the quality of life in community, hospital and nursing home settings. Her book, Mindfulness-Based Elder Care, is based on her innovations in adapting mindfulness and complementary and alternative medicine for elders and their caregivers. She has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and chapters in many books describing her adaptations of mindfulness. Her presentations have included national and international conferences. She regularly presents to and consults with institutional and community direct-care providers.

She is currently a freelance author, consultant and faculty at Columbia University School of Social Work.

Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Lucia McBee is an adjunct faculty for Columbia University School of Social Work. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Lucia McBee has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
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