Mindfulness in Clinical Practice



Join us for a two day event of expert advice on the subject of mindfulness. Much attention has been given in recent literature to the concept of mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions. But what is mindfulness? How can it be applied to clinical interventions? How should a clinician go about becoming competent to use this approach?
The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize clinicians with the theories and research base on mindfulness, mindfulness-based interventions and practice, and to identify ways to gain knowledge and competency in applying these concepts and intervention strategies in their own practices. Clinicians will also learn how mindfulness can be used for their own self-care.

Basically, mindfulness involves training the mind to work more wisely with thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. For the therapist, this means being more fully present and aware of what is going on in the therapy session. For the client, this means being more consciously aware of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors within the session and throughout the day. Use of mindfulness helps to discard old, unconscious, maladaptive patterns.

The workshop will provide an overview of current evidence-based mindfulness interventions, which includes Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). We will also discuss how mindfulness techniques can be used with individual clients to help deal with stress, anxiety, depression, cravings, and chronic pain.

This workshop will include lecture, discussion, and guided practice of mindfulness techniques.

  • Define mindfulness as it is used in clinical practice.
  • Describe the role of thoughts in perpetuating stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Describe how mindfulness relates to the principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
  • Explain the structure of the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program.
  • Explain the differences in group process in MBCT vs. CBT groups.
  • List the evidence-based interventions that utilize mindfulness techniques.
  • Practice mindfulness-based techniques to help clients de-center from the narrative of negative thoughts and emotion.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Time Description
8:00am Registration
8:30am History, definition, and development of mindfulness in clinical practice. How mindfulness is different
10:00am Break
10:15am Overview of evidence-based programs that utilize mindfulness Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Noon Lunch
1:00pm Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
2:30pm Break
2:45pm Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, part 1
4:30pm Dismiss
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Time Description
8:00am Registration
8:30am Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, part 2
10:00am Break
10:15am Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, part 3
Noon Lunch
1:00pm Use of mindfulness for use with individual clients for stress, anxiety, depression, cravings, and chronic pain
2:15pm Break
2:30pm Mindfulness and therapist self-care
4:00pm Wrap up and questions
4:30pm Adjourn
Burrell is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Burrell maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This course is approved for 13 CE credit hours.

Burrell Behavioral Health is committed to an ongoing process consisting of formal learning activities that (1) are relevant to psychological practice, education and science, (2) enable psychologists to keep pace with emerging issues and technologies, and (3) allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession. This workshop is at an intermediate level of learning for psychologists.


Richard Sears, PsyD, MBA, ABPP

Richard Sears is a licensed psychologist in the state of Ohio, board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Sears is a full-time core faculty member of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Union Institute & University, and is the Director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness and Meditation. He runs a private psychology and consultation practice out of his office in Cincinnati. He is lead author of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice and Consultation Skills for Mental Health Professionals. In addition to his business, consultation, and clinical experience, he is a fifth degree black belt in Ninjutsu, and once served as a personal protection agent for the Dalai Lama of Tibet with his teacher, Stephen Hayes. He has studied and taught mindfulness for over 25 years. His website is www.psych-insights.com.

Hotel Reservations

RamadaThe Mindfulness in Clinical Practice Workshop will be held at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center, Springfield, Missouri

Ramada Oasis is sure to please you whether traveling for business, leisure or a conference or event. Their in-room amenities include a 37” LCD flat screen television, refrigerator, coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron w/board, voice mail, patio or balcony and complimentary wireless high speed Internet. A delicious complimentary hot breakfast buffet is served each morning in the atrium area.

Special Room Rates

We have special room rates for conference at $74 (plus applicable taxes) single/double.

Call the reservations department at 1.888.532.4338 and be sure to ask for the Burrell Mindfulness in Clinical Practice Workshop conference block to receive the discounted conference rate.

NOTE: Rooms at the special rate are subject to availability and sell out quickly! Hotel reservations are separate from conference registration and must be booked and paid for separately.

Ramada Oasis Convention Center

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Ramada Oasis Convention Center
2546 North Glenstone
Springfield MO 65803

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