Using Mindfulness Practice to Increase Self-Awareness in the Clinical Situation

Presenter: Sandra H. Kosmin, LCSW

Date: Sunday, March 25, 2018
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm | 2 CEs
(Please arrive at 10 am for registration, light refreshments & socialization.)
Location: Yardley, PA
(Exact location will be sent to you after you register.)

Program Description:
For clinicians, in our rich and varied practices, staying present and attuned throughout the clinical day can be a challenge. This conversation will focus on a way to fine- tune the skills we’ve developed through years of practice.

Clinicians are familiar with the concept of the holding environment, the supportive environment that the therapist creates for clients as they explore, learn, encounter obstacles, work through, seek to know themselves more fully and make change. A related concept is “negative capability”, which is the fostering of a transitional space that creates conditions for therapists to sustain their attention in demanding situations.

In this transitional space, we experience what it is to not know, a state in which fuller discovery and learning can take place. In this program, we will address how our mindful attention to our experience as we are in session with clients helps us to sustain our negative capability. We will touch upon the so-called mindfulness attitudes, particularly on patience and its relationship to clinical work. We will consider how mindfulness practice helps us to identify our countertransference.

Mindfulness practice supports us in our clinical work, helping us notice aspects of our experience that are often out of our awareness.
Bringing attention to these subtle dimensions can give us an awakened sense about our responses in situations with clients. When we make space inside ourselves, noticing breath and body sensations, we can find the new and fresh in what may otherwise be seen as repetitive, and discover moment to moment how to be more fully present. This capacity helps us approach sessions with openness and curiosity toward what the client shares with us.
Our fuller attention can result in more attuned interactions with clients and more satisfaction and aliveness in our work.
This Coffee and Conversation will offer a balance of didactic content and experiential learning, which includes clinical vignettes, brief mindfulness practices and group discussion.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the workshop, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Describe verbally one mindfulness practice that focuses on breath and body sensations.
  2. Understand one example of how doing clinical work impacts the therapist’s emotions and body.
  3. Recognize how the mindfulness attitude of patience can be applied to clinical practice.
  4. Recognize how mindfulness practice can increase the therapist’s awareness of countertransference.

About the Presenter:
Sandra Kosmin, LCSW 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, and is on the board of the Philadelphia Area Group Psychotherapy Society. She runs a consultation group for clinicians, and practices privately in Jenkintown and Narberth, where she sees individuals, couples and families and runs groups. She applies her own mindfulness practice in her clinical work.

Cancellation Policy:
PSCSW Members: There is a $5 non refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program.
Non Members: There is a $10 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.

This program is presented and hosted by PSCSW members. Both the presenter and host put a lot of time and preparation to make sure that attendees are receiving a wonderful program and feel welcome at the program. Just as in your professional life when someone cancels last minute, it has an impact on you. Please be cognizant of this when you register for this program.

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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  • March 25, 2018
    10:30 am - 12:30 pm