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1-Day Advanced Mindfulness Techniques for Changing the Brain

Donald Altman, M.A., LPC

Rick Bronson's House of Comedy

Mall of America
*4th Floor*
408 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425 

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Cost: $49  (Includes free continental breakfast) 

6.0 CEHs approved by the MN Board of Social Work (CEP-452)
6.0 CEHs approved by the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (2017.CE.056)
6.0 CEHs approved by the MN Board of Psychology (201703.172)

Seminar Description:

In this workshop, you will learn cutting edge research about the neuroscience of mindfulness. Mindfulness expert Donald Altman, M.A., LPC will explain the core mindfulness skills, including a mindfulness meditation for focusing on the body, breath, and mind awareness that will help clients constructively distance from depression, anxiety, negativity, and stress. This workshop is designed to help clinicians deepen and broaden their own mindfulness practice during the day—so that they can embody it with clients. Effective methods for using attention to shift moods and mindsets—such as gratitude to laughter—will be covered as well. Learn how to teach clients to use mindfulness to create new brain pathways, as well as lasting change and tools for arousal control, with breathing practices. Based on Donald’s award-winning book The Mindfulness Toolbox, this workshop will get you thinking in new ways about how to offer mindfulness to your clients. Donald is known for his engaging way of blending video, humor, handouts, and case studies, experiential teachings, and diverse methods for working with clients.

About Donald Altman, M.A., LPC:


Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, is a psychotherapist, Award-winning writer, international workshop trainer, and past Vice-President of The Center for Mindful Eating, where he still serves on the Advisory Board. A featured expert in The Mindfulness Movie, he is an adjunct professor at Portland State University and teaches in the Interpersonal Neurobiology certificate program.

A prolific writer whose career spans over 30 years, Donald has authored several pioneering books on mindful eating and living. Donald’s book The Mindfulness Toolbox won top honors as a 2015 Gold Award-Winner at the Ben Franklin National Book Publishing Awards in both the Psychology and Body, Mind, & Spirit categories. He has also authored The Mindfulness Code (selected One of the Best Spiritual Books of 2010 by Spirituality and Health), 101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience, One-Minute Mindfulness, Stay Mindful & Color, Living Kindness, A Course in Mindfulness, Meal By Meal, Art of the Inner Meal, and 12-Weeks to Mindful Eating, among others.

In addition to founding his own clinic, Donald has worked as a Senior Mental Health Therapist at Providence St. Vincent Intensive Outpatient General Psychiatric and Eating Clinics. He also leads retreats for mindful living and eating that blend ancient practices with modern science. For more info: www.MindfulPractices.com

Seminar Agenda:

Tuesday, May 9th

8AM Check-in and breakfast

Mindfulness Warm Up; 3-Foundation Mindfulness Meditation
Research Overview
Resources Overview
Compassionate Presence Experience

10:30-10:45 Morning Break

Grounding Practice “Palm the Present Moment”
Neuroscience of Mindfulness
Mindful Body Scan Practice for Pain & Stress Reduction

12:00-1:00PM Lunch

Parasympathetic Nervous System;
Breath for Arousal Control and Role Play

Laughter for fixed mindsets and depression/anxiety
Expanding the Mindfulness Vocabulary

2:45-3:00 Afternoon Break

Mindful Walking;
Gratitude for Depression

4:00PM Program ends

Learning Objectives:

1. Deepen the clinician’s understanding of mindfulness and learn how it calms the limbic system for emotional regulation.

2. Learn cutting edge research on how mindfulness re-wires the brain and offers an “inside-out” approach to change.

3. Learn attentional strategies, such as gratitude and the mindful body scan practice, to engage clients in body awareness, increase positive affect and lessen perception of pain.

4. Learn a visual model of the brain that can be taught to clients to help them understand what happens when they get triggered.

5. Learn how to use physical grounding as a mindfulness method for difficult transitions and for redirecting attention away from anxious and ruminating thoughts.