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**SOLD OUT** Advanced Mindfulness Techniques for Rewiring the Brain by Donald Altman, M.A., LPC

Donald Altman, M.A., LPC

MHS Education Center

6600 France Ave S. Suite 230

Edina, MN 55435


Order By Phone: (920) 494-3401 or (800) 895-0071

Registration will close after the first 45 seats fill.


6.0 CEs Approved by the Following:

MN Board of Social Work: CEP-452
MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (LPC/LPCC) Log Number: 2018.CE.177
MN Board of Psychology Log Number:  201907.277 

Program Description:

This workshop shows how to effectively use mindfulness and deep awareness as a way to create new brain pathways that rewire the brain for depression, anxiety, pain and stress—thus promoting emotional regulation from the inside out. A number of practical tools will help you understand mindfulness and apply mindfulness in new ways—as a means of quickly helping clients constructively distance from negativity. Donald Altman, M.A., LPC is known for teaching experientially, so clinicians get a more direct and depth understanding of mindfulness. This workshop blends mindfulness with neuroscience so that you can explain why changes that occur in the brain help clients manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trauma. Experience for yourself how this compassionate and gentle approach to change promotes wellness, balance, and peace.

Donald Altman, M.A., LPC


Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, is a counselor, former Buddhist monk, and award-winning author of The Mindfulness Toolbox (National Ben Franklin Gold Award Winner), Clearing Emotional Clutter and The Mindfulness Code (selected “One of the Best Spiritual Books of 2016 and 2010” respectively). Donald’s Living Kindness has been used at the United Nations to teach meditation. Other recent books include The Mindfulness Toolbox for Relationships and 101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience. Donald was an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark College Graduate School and for several years was on the faculty of the Interpersonal Neurobiology Program at Portland State University. A pioneer in the field of mindful eating, Donald is former Vice-President of The Center for Mindful Eating, (TCME.ORG) an organization dedicated to helping healthcare professionals. Donald has worked as a Senior Mental Health Therapist at Providence St. Vincent Intensive Outpatient General Psychiatric and Eating Clinics in Portland, OR, and was founder of his own clinic. Donald is dedicated to integrating ancient tools of wellness into our fast-paced modern lifestyle.

Daily Agenda

8:30am - 10:00am

Understanding and Unlocking Mindfulness

  • The Three-Step Core Mindfulness Skill
    • Breath/Body/Mind Awareness Meditation
    • Engaging the brain’s intentional and attentional circuitry

Mindfulness Research

  • Cutting edge research on mindfulness
  • Research/Resources on mindfulness and emotional regulation
  • Integration of Amygdala and Pre-frontal cortex

Mindfulness and Compassionate Presence

  • Experiential exercise

10:00am - 10:15am   Morning Break

10:15am - 10:45am

Grounding for Anxiety and PTSD

  • Using grounding and the body scan to manage anxiety and PTSD
  • Managing uncertainty and transitions with mindfulness
  • Palm the Present Moment Practice and Discussion

10:45am - 11:40am

The Brain: A Visual Model

  • Brain in the Palm of the Hand Visual Model
  • Functions of Limbic brain and pre-frontal cortex

Mindful Breathing for Parasympathetic Activation

  • 5 breathing postures
  • Role Play with a partner

11:40am - 12:00pm

Body Scan Practice

  • Background and Pain reduction
  • Experience of Body Scan

12:00pm - 1:00pm  Lunch

1:00pm - 2:45pm

Mindful Laughter

  • Importance of laughter in therapy
  • Physiological and psychological benefits

Mindful Movement

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Mindful Walking practice

2:45pm - 3:00pm   Afternoon Break

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Expanding the Mindfulness Vocabulary

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Mindful Walking practice

Gratitude as an Attentional Practice

  • Research on depression reduction
  • 4 types of gratitude
  • G.L.A.D. Technique
Learning Objectives
  • Learn the latest scientific and brain research about the connection between how mindfulness works to reduce anxiety, depression, and pain.
  • Examine and expand your mindfulness vocabulary to meet clients where they are at
  • Experience and apply grounding practices for anxiety and PTSD
  • Examine ways of mindfully attuning with clients in a safe and non-judging way
  • Demonstrate 5 breathing postures for activating the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Learn mindfulness methods that build emotional regulation for anxiety and depression 
  • Deepen your own mindfulness practice and effectiveness in bringing mindfulness to clients.