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CBT and Mindfulness: Integrate the Latest Research into Your Clinical Work

Richard Sears, PsyD, PhD, MBA, ABPP

3/16/2020 Update: With community measures being taken to avoid close contact, MHS has decided to postpone Dr. Sears' seminar.  This seminar will be rescheduled and those details will be shared once they become available.  At this time we will be refunding registrations. Thank you for understanding these changes as everything continues to evolve.  We appreciate your support of MHS’ seminars and mental health services. 

Event Location:
MHS Education Center
6600 France Ave S
Suite #230
Edina, MN 55435

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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: 2019.CE.344
MN Board of Psychology Log Number: 202011.801

Cost: $129
Order online or by phone: (920) 494-3401 or (800) 895-0071
Registration will close after the first 45 seats fill.

Course Description:

We all know that changing our thinking can change the way we feel, but do you ever find yourself arguing with clients? The more you try to change their thinking, the worse it gets? Third wave approaches like Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy incorporate mindfulness and acceptance. They have shown us the power of relating differently to distressing thoughts and emotions rather than struggling to “fix” them. Unfortunately, people are often using mindfulness and acceptance techniques in a way that accidentally reinforces avoidance. Also, mindfulness is often taught in a way leaving therapists wondering how to practically apply the material. In this workshop, you will learn to incorporate the scientific principles of mindfulness into what you are already doing in your clinical practice. You will also learn to incorporate mindfulness techniques that can transform your clients’ suffering in the very first session. This cutting-edge workshop will cover all the classic, powerful cognitive and behavioral principles through the clear lens of modern third wave research. Expert trainer Dr. Richard Sears presents the latest research as well as practical techniques with passion and humor. As an added bonus, participant manuals include a number of useful client handouts from Dr. Sears’ workbook, The CBT & Mindfulness Toolbox, so you can begin using what you learn in your very next session!

About the Presenter:


Richard Sears, PsyD, PhD, MBA, ABPP, is a board-certified, licensed psychologist in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Sears runs a private psychology and consultation practice, and is the director of the Center for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation. He holds a number of academic appointments, including at the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is author of a dozen books, including Mindfulness: Living Through Challenges and Enriching Your Life in this Moment (Wiley-Blackwell); Building Competence in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (Routledge); and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for PTSD (Wiley-Blackwell).

Dr. Sears is also a fifth degree black belt in Ninjutsu, and once served briefly as a personal protection agent for the Dalai Lama with his teacher, Stephen K. Hayes. He has studied the Eastern Wisdom traditions for over 30 years, receiving ordination in three traditions, and received transmission as a Zen master from his teacher Wonji Dharma. His website is www.psych-insights.com.


8AM- Registration opens
8:30- Program begins
15 min. mid-morning break
12PM- Lunch hour (on your own)
1PM- Program resumes
15 min. mid-afternoon break
4PM- Program ends

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn how even the most frustrating, maladaptive emotions and behaviors get conditioned and reinforced over time (and what to do about it)
2. How to recognize and interrupt unhealthy thinking patterns
3. Explore strategies to help free clients of struggles with thoughts, feelings, and unhealthy behaviors
4. Learn how to effectively use mindfulness in the very first session
5. Recognize the top 5 misconceptions about mindfulness
6. Apply the most recent research findings to effectively integrate CBT and mindfulness