Seminar Detail

3-Day Intensive Training: Advanced Mindfulness Certificate Course

Monday, February 4, 2019 - Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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Course Description:

In this comprehensive, three-day certificate course, international mindfulness teacher and best-selling author Donald Altman will share powerful clinical tools that will help you create a clear roadmap to wellness. From grounding and attention-focusing skills to metacognitive awareness, Donald will deliver detailed demonstrations and instruction on over a dozen mindfulness practices you can use to improve treatment outcomes.

Best of all, you will learn to embody mindfulness as you help your clients overcome clinical anxiety, depression, chronic pain, PTSD, addictive cravings, and stress related symptoms!

Spend three experiential days with Donald and learn to:
  • Alter clients’ habitual and conditioned reactions to anxiety, chronic pain, and depression with practical evidence-based mindfulness techniques
  • Apply mindfulness to pain and improve mental and physical functioning in your clients
  • Reduce anxiety by mindfully managing transitions through movement.
  • Creatively adapt your newfound mindfulness tools to work with a variety of client populations
Donald is known for his compelling and entertaining presentations, and this 3-day workshop will get you excited about using mindfulness with your clients. Return to your practice with a wide range of tools to use in your next session!

Don’t miss out – register now to reserve your seat!


  1. Evaluate how understandable explanations of mindfulness’ impact on neurological processes involved in common mental health disorders can be used to promote engagement in treatment.
  2. Explore the effect of diaphragmatic breathing on the parasympathetic nervous system and communicate how mindful breathing techniques can be incorporated into therapy.
  3. Assess the latest research analyzing mindfulness, attention and depressive symptoms.
  4. Connect how clinical tools based in mindfulness and grounding can be used to impact the biological stress response in clients with trauma.
  5. Consider how treatment plans for depression can incorporate mindfulness interventions that clients can use to counter automatic patterns of thoughts.
  6. Communicate the clinical implications of research regarding the health benefits of nature and exposure to the natural world.
  7. Plan how mindfulness strategies focused on impacting the neural pathways associated with fear can be incorporated into treatment to help alleviate symptoms in anxious clients.
  8. Articulate how mindfulness techniques that impact the areas of the nervous system associated with stress can be used in clinical practice.
  9. Analyze the state of research on the use of mindfulness as an intervention for the management of chronic pain.
  10. Scrutinize how barriers to implementing mindfulness can be overcome using practical informal techniques clients can easily and naturally incorporate into their lives.
  11. Appraise the latest research on the efficacy of mindfulness as an approach to aid in relapse prevention for alcohol and substance use disorders.
  12. Characterize how clinical tools that increase self-awareness can be used in therapy to help clients better manage their thoughts, emotions and behaviors.
  13. Communicate how self-compassion and feelings of safety, trust and forgiveness impact the therapeutic process.
  14. Analyze the latest research regarding the biochemistry of laughter and the connection between laughter and mental and physical health.
  15. Evaluate research on gratitude, it’s impact on depressive symptoms, and how easy to implement gratitude exercises could be beneficial to clients.
  16. Assess how mindfulness’ ability to shift awareness can be used to positively impact relationships and help clients to recognize their strengths.
  17. Establish how mindfulness can be taught to clients as a skill they can employ to ease the anxiety associated with transitions.
  18. Evaluate the role of compassion in treating clients suffering from high levels of shame and self-criticism.

Mindfulness and Cutting Edge Research
  • Mindfulness as a metacognitive skill
  • Negative effects of a wandering mind
  • Breathing reduces rumination and anxiety
  • Useful (and free) web resources
Introduce Mindfulness to Clients
  • Expand your mindfulness vocabulary
  • Help clients understand mindfulness
  • Find the right metaphor
  • Using clients’ learning styles
  • *Practice: Getting into the Present Moment
The Power of Sense Grounding
  • Anxiety reduction with sense grounding
  • Mindfulness for transitioning between activities
  • Physical grounding method of dropping into the body
  • Integrate progressive muscle relaxation
  • Good for spatial, visual, hands-on learning styles
  • *Practice: Palm the Present Moment
Brain Basics, Metacognition, and Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Emotional regulation for depression and anxiety
  • Balance the brain’s default survival mode
  • Effects of cortisol on learning and immune system
  • Visual Brain Model for clients
  • The brain’s mindfulness module
  • Train the brain for calm response and metacognition
  • Navy Seals, arousal control & parasympathetic nervous system
  • Heart rate variability & relaxation response
  • *Practice: The Power of Breath
  • *Practice: Ask Clients the 3-Minute Question
The Behavioral Side of Mindfulness
  • Core lifestyle skills awareness training
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Manage sleep
  • Sleep rituals and strategies
  • Healthy eating/nutrition
  • Caffeine, protein, neurotransmitters, and the brain
  • Exercise
  • Manage technology – How weapons of mass distraction may be rewiring the brain
  • *Practice: Assessment of Technology and Time
    • Focus the mind (useful for ADHD)
    • Integrate breath with a word/image
  • *Practice: Be the Pebble
Mindful Laughter for Depression and Grief
  • Tools for the “terminally serious”
  • Research on laughter and mood
  • Biochemistry of laughter & human laughter response
  • Laugher yoga and laughter in therapy
  • *Practice: The Lightness of Laughter
The Uplifting Power of Storytelling
  • Storytelling to overcome depression and build relationships
  • Fredrickson’s Broaden and Build Theory of Positive Emotions
  • Broaden attention; find resilience
  • Stories are fundamental to attachment
  • Build relationships through a story of strengths
  • *Practice: Identifying Strengths & Strengths Journal
Manage Moods through Attention and Selective Memory
  • Master attention and memories
  • Savoring the present moment
  • *Practice: Here and Now Pleasantness
    • Use selective memory to savor the past and future
  • *Practice: Savoring Success: Past, Present, and Future
Harnessing Gratitude to Increase Positive Emotions
  • Manage depression with gratitude
  • Gratitude research
  • Four psychological reasons for gratitude
  • Techniques that make gratitude interpersonal and enhance supportive social networks
  • *Practice: The G.L.A.D. Technique
Heal Emotional Pain Through Acceptance, Forgiveness, and Compassion
  • Forgiveness for moving forward with trauma
  • Forgiveness is a skill
  • Research on compassion practice
  • Changes in brain function
  • Security priming for feelings of safety and trust
  • Develop positive emotions and resources
  • Exercise
  • *Practice: Loving-Kindness Affirmation
The Truth About Stress
  • Biological markers of stress: Telomeres and aging
  • Identify and assess client stress levels
  • Perceived Stress Scale
  • Epstein Stress-Management Inventory
  • *Practice: Be a Smart Stress-Avoider
Mindfulness for Addictive Cravings
  • Emotional regulation for cravings
  • Impulse control and craving control using grounding
  • *Practice: S-T-O-P Grounding Technique
Change the Perception of Pain Mindfulness for Chronic Pain
  • Introduction to the Body Scan Practice
  • Demonstrate how to pay attention non-judgmentally
  • Powerful grounding method; applications
  • *Practice: Surf the Body (The Body Scan)
The Power of Sense Grounding Trauma
  • Constructively distance from PTSD and negativity
  • Three kinds of sense grounding
  • *Practice: Focusing on Favorites
Reduce Anxiety by Mindfully Managing Transitions
  • Manage transitions through movement and nature
  • Process orientation vs. outcome orientation
  • Attention Restoration Theory
  • Effects of nature on focus, moods, & healing
  • Slow down with nature to get present
  • Integrated Tools -
  • *Practice: Ground-Surfing (Mindful Walking)
  • *Practice: Turning Down the Volume with Nature
Re-Envision and Refocus
  • Working with difficult, unresolved life situations
  • Metacognition as a path to insight
  • *Practice: Bear Meditation
Put It All Together
  • Create a mindfulness roadmap for clients
  • Bundling practices together
  • Engage through learning styles
  • Maintain skills
  • Follow-up and reinforcement
  • Research limitations and the potential risks of mindfulness in treatment
Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Case Managers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Mental Health Professionals


Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, is a psychotherapist, award-winning writer, former Buddhist monk, teacher and an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He is also a faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology program at Portland State University and teaches various classes blending mindfulness and Interpersonal Neurobiology.

A prolific writer whose career spans more than 25 years, Donald has authored several pioneering books on mindfulness, beginning with his 1998 Art of the Inner Meal. (HarperOne, 1999). His book, The Mindfulness Code (New World Library, 2010) was named as “One of the Best Spiritual Books of 2010.” He has also authored The Mindfulness Toolbox for Relationships: 50 Practical Tips, Tools & Handouts for Building Compassionate Connections (PESI, 2018), Stay Mindful & Color: Find Calm, Clarity and Happiness (PESI, 2016), Meal By Meal (New World Library, 2004), Living Kindness (Moon Lake Media, 2009), One Minute Mindfulness (New World Library, 2011), The Joy Compass (New Harbinger, 2012), The Mindfulness Toolbox: 50 Practical Tips, Tools & Handouts for Anxiety, Depression, Stress & Pain (PESI, 2014) and, 101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience: Cultivate Calm, Clarity, Optimism & Happiness Each Day (PESI, 2015).

In addition to his books, Donald was a staff writer for an EMMY-Award winning children’s television show (“The Magic Door”, CBS Chicago), won an American Medical Writer’s Association award, co-created the first interactive comic strip on America Online, and has had articles appear in New Age Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Independent Business Magazine, among others.

Donald reaches out to the professional community by serving as the vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating. Donald works extensively with mindful meditation in his own life, as well as offering these tools to others through his books and classes. He teaches mindfulness and spiritual values around the country. He is dedicated to bringing these ancient practices in tune with modern living and to invite wellness into our stress-filled lives. Donald is also a member of the Burma Buddhist Association. An avid motorcyclist, he enjoys riding his motorcycle along the beautiful Oregon coast.

Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Donald Altman is in private practice. He is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology Program at Portland State University. Mr. Altman receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Donald Altman 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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Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 19.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

This intermediate activity consists of 19.0 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.

Massachusetts Counselors: CE credit is available. This program has been approved for 19.0 Category I MaMHCA/MMCEP hours for re-licensure, in accordance with 262 CMR. Expires: 2/4/2020. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 1140 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Massachusetts Marriage & Family Therapists: This activity has been certified by NEAFAST on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 19.0 contact hours. Certification #: PC-PC- 034449.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
This intermediate activity consists of 19.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

Social Workers
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Other Professions
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