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Mindfulness Meditation Skills for those in Social Services
Presented and developed by Willow Myers, MA, LMHC, LMFT
Our job can be an endless bombardment of intense emotional exposures, crisis management, case management and problem solving along with heavy paperwork loads meant to document, scrutinize and justify our treatment to insurance payers and the legal system. It can be difficult, in the midst of all this, to manage our own stress, as we attempt to help others deal with the suffering life can bring.
Mindfulness meditation will be taught as a process for calming the analytical mind. We will learn and practice skills for accessing the wisdom of a calm mind that’s not caught up in the story of our thoughts and reactions. Through the practice of learning to be present with ourselves, we can then encourage wholesome mindsets which allow more freedom of choice, and though our calm, engaged presence, encourage our clients to do the same.
The instructor will present an overview of mindfulness with emphasis on learning to recognize and accept personal experience without becoming caught in a the “story” of that experience. Participants will practice anchoring one’s attention towards calming and focusing the mind, and for creating space between stimulus and reaction.
We will also explore current research regarding meditation and the brain and gain some understanding of how ancient teachings inform contemporary knowledge. We will practice loving kindness and compassion for self and others and think about how one might utilize mindfulness both in and outside of the workplace.
*We will continue to deepen and cultivate the experience of calming the mind as we eat together and take our lunch break in silence.
*Parts of this workshop will be recorded for purpose of instructor feedback and education. Participants will be asked to sign a waiver.
Continuing Education (CE) Information
Willow Myers, MA, LMHC, LMFT
Willow Myers, LMHC, LMFT, Certified Child Mental Heath Counselor, Infant Mental Health Specialist, Certified School Counselor. State qualified mental health and family therapy supervisor.
Willow's current role is primarily that of therapist/counselor for adults, children and families in both private practice and agency setting. She is also a therapist and mindfulness teacher of all ages.
Experience relevant to topic: she has worked in agencies, schools and drug/treatment centers with all ages since 1985. Her roles in various settings included counselor/psychotherapist, intervention specialist, program developer, consultant and educator. Willow has also presented workshops and classes to professionals and adults.
For more information please visit: willowmyers.com
Upcoming Dates and Registration
Date: Friday, March 23rd, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Cost: $155.00 USD
Campus: Shoreline Center , Shoreline, WA
Room: Ballinger room
Map: Directions to our campus location.