The Science and Practice of Mindfulness in Psychotherapy

3 CE Credits - $60

Instructor: Elizabeth Prather

Course Description

In more recent years, we’ve seen ever-increasing evidence of the benefit of integrating mindfulness into psychotherapy practice. Research has shown that mindfulness can help reduce emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, and anger while improving our lives with focused attention, improved emotional regulation, and enhanced immune system function.

This course will be an introduction to mindfulness, with an emphasis on understanding the science supporting its efficacy, and how it can be easily integrated into a clinical practice. Discussion will include how mindfulness helps the brain develop new habits that promote positive emotions, focused attention, and self-compassion. We will also identify how mindfulness can be adapted for cultural sensitivities, as related to racial and ethnic issues.

In addition, various mindfulness practices and techniques will be demonstrated that can be shared with clients and used by clinicians as well.

Elevate You CE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Elevate You CE maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The great news is that most states allow Licensed Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists to gain credits from APA approved sponsors. If you are unsure if your state does, just reach out and we will let you know.

Educational Objectives

  1. List 3 specific ways to integrate mindfulness-based theory and practice when working with clients
  2. List 3 scientific research findings on mindfulness and its ability to support emotional regulation, prevent relapse into depression, and enhance compassion
  3. Demonstrate 2 mindfulness practices that can be shared with clients and used in one’s own life
  4. Adapt mindfulness for culturally different clients


First Half:

  • Definition of mindfulness; Why mindfulness, including neuroscientific
    research and scientific benefits; Mindfulness meditation practice.
  • 15-Minute Break

Second Half:

  • 3 mental strategies to integrate mindfulness into clinical practice (autopilot
    vs. conscious choice, striving vs. accepting, and time travel of mind vs. staying
    in present); cultural sensitivity with beginner’s mind idea; Compassion
    meditation practice.

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Elizabeth Prather

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