5-Day Certificate Program

Integrating Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Skills in Clinical Practice: A Retreat

Offered thru PESI


  • Present the core beliefs of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as they relate to clinical treatment.

  • Articulate the essential core components of the MBSR program as they relate to clinical treatment.

  • Ascertain the meaning of mindfulness and provide psychoeducation to clients regarding its use for reducing stress and improving mental health.

  • Implement various mindfulness practices utilized to decrease stress and improve symptomology, including a body scan, sitting meditation, walking meditation and yoga practices.

  • Teach clients how to integrate specific informal mindfulness interventions into their daily lives to alleviate symptoms and improve level of functioning.

  • Utilize breathing exercises as an intervention to refocus attention and interrupt negative thoughts and ruminations.

  • Interpret and differentially communicate mindfulness language appropriate for diverse populations.

  • Evaluate appropriate applications of mindfulness practices for treatment in populations with trauma history, mental health disorders, and emotional and physical disabilities.

  • Differentiate which mindfulness-based skills can be applied in a group therapy setting.

  • Practice the process of inquiry and evaluate its ability to enhance client insight and reduce stress.

  • Articulate the effectiveness of MBSR techniques in treating pain, stress, anxiety and panic in clients.

  • Evaluate the use of interpersonal mindfulness in facilitating effective communication and increasing awareness in the client.

  • Illustrate the differences and commonalities of mindfulness based and traditional psychotherapy, including use of boundaries and experiential practice.

  • Evaluate and interpret the ethical issues of mindfulness interventions and research as relates to client care.

  • Recognize and illustrate the clinical benefits of mindfulness meditation to improve decision making, impulse control and emotion regulation.

  • Integrate mindfulness techniques within your current therapeutic modality, i.e. Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

  • Apply non-verbal communication skills (such as body posture, facial expression, verbal tone and cadence) to meditation practices to strengthen the therapeutic alliance and effectively guide patients in mindfulness practices.

  • Appraise the applicability of neuroscience research to stress reduction and ascertain its clinical implications.

  • Determine specific adaptations of MBSR practices that can be utilized to treat symptoms of anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma.

  • Summarize how mind body modalities, such as MBSR, can be appropriate in treatment with clients with chronic illness and pain.

  • Establish MBSR practices that are developmentally appropriate and effective for children and adolescents.

  • Articulate the methods by which MBSR can be interfaced with psychotherapy practices to improve clinical outcomes.



Wednesday, July 24, 2019

3:00 – 4:30 pm: Check in

4:30 – 6:00 pm: Program Introduction*

6:00 – 7:00 pm: Dinner

7:00 – 7:20 pm: AOLRC Orientation

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, July 25-27, 2019

6:30 – 7:30 am: Mindfulness & Yoga Practice (Optional)

7:30 – 9:00 am: Breakfast

9:30 am – 12:00 pm: Lecture*

12:00 - 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 – 4:00 pm: Lecture*

4:15 – 5:15 pm: Yoga (Optional) 4:15 – 6:00 pm: Individual Activity 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Dinner 8:00 – 9:00 pm: Evening Lecture/Experiential*

Sunday, July 28, 2019

6:30 – 7:30 am: Mindfulness & Yoga Practice (Optional)

7:30 – 9:00 am: Breakfast

9:30 am – 12:00 pm: Lecture*

12:30 – 1:30 pm: Closing Lunch

*CE hours will be provided during these designated times



  • Laying the Foundation

    • Introducing and Defining Mindfulness

    • MBSR Ground Rules

    • Create Mindful Experiences

    • Apply Mindfulness to Daily Life

    • The Raisin

    • Languaging

    • Establish Intention

    • Use of Homework

  • Guidance in Formal Mindfulness Practices

    • The Body Scan

    • The Sitting Meditation with Awareness of Breath

    • Anchoring Attention

    • The Sitting Meditation with Awareness of Sound, Sensations, Feelings and Thoughts

    • Yoga

    • Adaptations to Yoga

    • Adaptations to formal practice

    • Loving-Kindness Meditation

  • Informal Mindfulness Practices

    • The S.T.O.P.

    • R.A.I.N.

    • The Three Minute Breathing Space

    • Awareness Exercises

    • Urge Surfing

    • Seated and Standing Mountain Pose

  • The Curriculum

    • Sequence of Classes and Themes

    • The Process of Inquiry

    • Working with Feelings: Pleasant and Unpleasant

    • Stress Reaction versus Response

    • Working with Pain and Stress Related Symptoms

    • Application of Neuro-Science Research

    • Communication

    • Inter-personal Mindfulness

  • Clinical Issues and Adaptations of MBSR

    • Benefits and Contraindications

    • Applications for Groups and Individual Therapy

    • Working with Anxiety

      • Depression, Negative Cognitions and Ruminations

      • Addictions

      • Children and Adolescents

      • Trauma

  • Interface with Psychotherapy

    • Compassion and Healing

    • Healing Impact of Compassion on Brain

    • Primary and Secondary Causes of Suffering

    • Heal Shame with Understanding, Compassion and Non-shame Physiology

    • Non-anxious Presence as Clinician