PSCSW Clinical Book Discussion Program Presents The Practical & Ethical Implications of Clinically Recommending and Referring Clients to Yoga and Meditation

PSCSW Clinical Book Discussion Program


The Practical & Ethical Implications of Clinically Recommending and Referring Clients to Yoga and Meditation

The Book: The Yamas and the Niyamas by Deborah Adele

Clinical Title: The Practical & Ethical Implications of Clinically Recommending and Referring Clients to Yoga and Meditation

Facilitator: Aisha Shabazz, MSS, LCSW

Date: Sunday, April 10, 2022

Time: 11:00-2:00 || 3 Ethics CEUs

Place: Zoom Online Meeting: Link will be sent after registration

About The Book: This book is intended to provide readers with yoga-based steps designed to take ownership of their life and practice living on a path directed toward fulfillment.  The Yamas (“restraints” of nonviolence, truthfulness, non-stealing, non-excess, and non-possessiveness) and the Niyamas (observances of purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study and surrender) are described and applied to everyday life. Each chapter moves step-by-step defining each of the Yamas and Niyamas and the philosophy of the specific guidelines are applied to everyday life. The principles are woven together with practical examples and stories. Each chapter concludes with a list of questions for exploration designed to generate group consideration or self-study. In the words of the author, this self-study will encourage you to “Know yourself so well that you will grow into your wholeness and greatness.”

Event Description:

“Have you tried yoga and meditation?” – if you’ve ever said or thought about saying this to a client, then this clinical discussion was made just for you.  This “well-intentioned” inquiry and prescriptive coping skills recommendation has a deeper impact on clients than you may realize.

During this clinical book (and podcast) discussion, social workers will be introduced to the more subtle-side of yoga and meditation that most ignore and many don’t realize even exist. Together, we’ll explore the aspect of yoga that takes place “off the mat” and dive into meditation “off the cushion”, by discussing both the ethical tenets of these contemplative practices as well as the various pitfalls.

The recommended readings and podcast will help contribute to a more vast understanding of yoga and meditation, by introducing participants to the reality that many yoga practitioners, experience yoga as more than just the body uniquely moving through space, and that meditation is more than just quieting the mind, for many, yoga and meditation is a way of life.

Social workers will gain necessary insights to help them make intentional and more well-informed referrals to their clients who they believe could benefit from these ancient, modern, and westernized practices.

No prior experience with yoga and meditation is required or expected in order to attend this discussion.

Please also note that although participants will be discussing yoga and meditation, you will NOT be guided through a yoga or meditation practice during this discussion.

Upon completion of our discussion, participants will receive a resource guide that will help them to expand their knowledge about modern contemplative practices and its application in a clinical setting.

Recommended Listening:

Podcast : Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

This podcast, hosted by former ABC News Anchor Dan Harris, who considers himself a “fidgety skeptic” guides listeners through a series of interviews with meditation teachers, monks, scientists, and social justice advocates that extend an invitation to explore and study meditation in a tangible and compassionately critical way aka with a mindset of discernment. Prior to launching this podcast, Dan Harris wrote a book with the same title and shares with readers that his journey to mediation started after he had a panic attack, while reporting the news. If you haven't heard of him, here's a snippet of him telling his story

Here is a playlist of podcast episodes that will help guide the clinical discussion:

#299 Relationship Advice from a "Mega Monk" | 

#306: A Meditator in the Arena | 

#235: Meditating in a Pandemic |

#376 Letting Go of Perfectionism |

Clinical Objectives:

By reading this book and participating in the discussion, participants will:

  1. Discuss the subtle and foundational aspects of contemplative practices, specifically yoga and meditation.
  2. Understand the implications of referring clients to yoga and meditation who have lived experiences with trauma as well clients with diagnosis, including but not limited to eating disorders, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), PTSD, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and pain.
  3. Explore the ethical implications of introducing modern contemplative practices into the therapeutic alliance by reviewing how systems of oppression show up in these practices.
  4. Consider how to ethically refer clients to contemplative practices as a means to help clients enhance the benefits of therapy.

About The Facilitator:

Aisha R. Shabazz (she/her/hers) is a medical social worker turned solo private practice creator who humbly serves members of the helping profession who are striving to offer high-quality care without sacrificing their own health and wellbeing in the process. Aisha has been a yoga practitioner since 2013 and became a yoga teacher in 2018. Aisha has taught throughout the Philadelphia metro-area and loves introducing yoga & meditation to beginners and believes that yoga & meditation is for everyone and Every Body. You can learn more about Aisha by visiting her websites  &

This event is open to PSCSW members only.

Participants who attend this program must be present for its entirety in order to get continuing education credits.

Cancellation Policy: There is a $5 non-refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program. No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours’ notice is given for this program.

Continuing Education Credits:

FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for 3 ethics 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 3 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 3 clinical or 3 ethics 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 clinical credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  •  April 10, 2022
     11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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