Deepening the Use of Mindfulness Practice to Increase Self-Awareness in the Clinical Situation (Part Two)

Presenter: Sandra H. Kosmin, LCSW
Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018
Time: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm | 3 CEs
Location: Yardley, PA

*The first C&C (first part) is not a prerequisite to attend this second C&C (part two).

It is suggested (not required) for attendees to prepare for the C & C by reading the seven mindful foundational attitudes of mindfulness, either by googling "Seven Foundational Attitudes Mindfulness" or reading Chapter Two in Jon Kabat-Zinn's book, "Full Catastrophe Living" The chapter is "The Foundations of Mindfulness Practice: Attitudes and Commitment.

Program Description:
In bringing a kind and caring attention to our present-moment experience, mindfulness practice can help us notice aspects of our experience that are often out of our awareness as we go about our lives, including our work.

Bringing attention to these often subtle dimensions can bring us an awakened sense about our responses in situations with clients. When we make space inside ourselves, noticing our own sensations and emotions, we can experience the new in what may otherwise be seen as repetitive, and discover moment to moment how to be more fully present. This capacity can help us approach each session with openness and curiosity toward what the client shares with us. This attention can help us to be more attuned in our work with clients, to be more responsive and discerning toward the situation which is in front of us, and to work in a way which increases our effectiveness in helping people.
In the first Coffee and Conversation on using mindfulness practice to cultivate self-awareness while with clients, we discussed: general concepts about mindfulness practice;
the seven foundational attitudes of mindfulness; the concept of negative capability; and practiced brief meditations and discussed case material.

In Part Two, we’ll briefly review didactic content, practice varied brief meditations, discuss clinical material and practice/discuss two forms of mindful case contemplation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe verbally one brief mindfulness practice that focuses on sound sensations.
  2. Describe one mindfulness-based case contemplation practice.
  3. Mindfully contemplate a clinical situation in their own practice and assess the impact on mind and body of that contemplation.
  4. Identify the seven mindfulness attitudes.
  5. Discuss how using mindfulness practice while with clients can increase attendee’s awareness of countertransference.

About the Presenter:
Sandra Kosmin has training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and has a longstanding meditation practice. She participates in ongoing experiential training. She received her M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Her background includes a two- year training at Laban Institute for Movement Studies in New York, where she studied movement experience and observation skills, which she has incorporated into her work as a clinician. She has worked in eating disorders programs at Belmont and The Renfrew Center and consulted for Fox Chase Cancer Center. She is trained in EMDR. She has taught group psychotherapy at PCOM, Drexel and Philadelphia University, is on the board of the Philadelphia Area Group Psychotherapy Society, runs a consultation group for clinicians, and practices privately in Jenkintown and Narberth.

Continuing Education Credits:
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).
FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for clinical credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  • June 24, 2018
    10:30 am - 1:30 pm