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"Take a (Deep) Breath..." - Stress Neuroscience and Mindfulness Skills (in Christian Spirituality) is a Course

"Take a (Deep) Breath..." - Stress Neuroscience and Mindfulness Skills (in Christian Spirituality)

Started Nov 23, 2020

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Full course description

Monday, November 23rd from 6-7:30 pm (EST)-- Fully Online Workshop

Eligible for 1.5 CEs for LMHC, Psychologists, LI/LCSW 

Discounts available for current Boston College students, faculty, and staff, email for more information. 

“Take a breath, deeply… inhale, pause, exhale…” What skills can we develop in order to better serve others as clinicians, therapists, teachers, and professionals? How does stress, be it physical or psychological, affect our embodiment? What does the wisdom from the depth of traditions, both scientific and spiritual, have to say about mindfulness skills?

As care-giving and education-oriented professionals, we must be mindful in the ways we carry burdens, in order to be proper change agents to those we serve. During this “Care for the Whole Professional” brief workshop, we invite you take a pause before the holiday season and amidst the chaos of our current world. We will explore (a) introduction to the neuroscience of stress and mindfulness, (b) practical applications of diaphragmatic (4-7-8) breathing, and (c) mindfulness from Christian spirituality (Catholic-Jesuit examen and Greek Orthodox hesychasm). We will bridge the gaps and deepen our knowledge between current research, clinical skills, and spirituality – through a dialogical workshop and your engagement in practice.

Our hope to cultivate a small group experience, where you’ll have time to take a (deep) breath to refocus on in your values and what matters – so that we may better teach and counsel others to do the same.

At the conclusion of this presentation the participant will be able to:

(1) explain the effects of psychological stress, through the lens of neuroscience, on the human person

(2) apply diaphragmatic (4-7-8) deep-breathing exercise and understand the basic research behind breath-mindfulness

(3) compare different applications of mindfulness, particularly Greek Orthodox hesychasm and the Ignatian examen

Format and Requirements:

This workshop will take place on November 23rd, 2020.  This instructor-led and is a fully online experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via (Zoom) from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm (EST). 

CE Sponsorship: 

University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE units from University Counseling Services of Boston College. 

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I). Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE units. 

The Boston College School of Social Work is providing CEUs for Licensed Social Workers. This program has been approved for 1.5 CEUs Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. 

This workshop does not offer CEs for other clinicians not listed above. 

Fees & Policies:

Tuition includes all instructional materials. Registration closes on November 22nd, 2020. 

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Refunds will be granted only up to the first day of class/program.

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