Beyond the Basics of Mindfulness – 4 CEHs
February 8, 2018 | 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Beyond the Basics: Exploring the Use of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Interventions in Professional Practices
4 clinical continuing education hours for social workers
Trainer: Dr. Ken Verni, Psy.D
Mindfulness practice facilitates our ability to respond instead of react when faced with professional, personal and interpersonal stressors. In this workshop, participants will learn a better understanding of mindfulness both conceptually and experientially. These mindfulness practices are taught to promotes health, balance, and well-being in the midst of the challenges that we face as human beings in our professional and personal lives. Participants will learn to implement mindfulness programs to enhance health, emotional well-being and use of adaptive coping skills. Participants will learn the benefits and effects of mindfulness practices and positive psychology. This is a highly participatory training that will involve experiential exercises. Participants will cultivate a working knowledge of at least two formal and two informal mindfulness practices to use daily with the clients they serve in clinical and educational settings. This workshop is perfect for school staff who want to increase wellbeing, help to transform classrooms and school communities by learning the basic practices to become a mindful practitioner, educator and leader.
About the Trainer…
Ken A. Verni, Psy.D. is the founding director of the New Jersey Center for Mindful Awareness. He teaches mindful awareness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in various venues throughout the state of New Jersey. He is a student and practioner of mindfulness meditation for over 20 years, Dr. Verni began receiving training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli in 2006. He continues to participate in the advanced trainings and supervision offered by Umass for experienced MBSR teachers
In addition to training with Jon Kabat-Zinn, the Founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Program and Saki Santerelli, the Center for Mindfulness Executive Director, Dr. Verni has attended many mindfulness retreats and training programs over the past 15 years as well as the ongoing trainings offered by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where thiseducationalprogramas existed for over 30 years.
Dr. Verni is also affiliated with Rutgers University where he works part time as a Training and Consultation Specialist providing trainings in Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to mental and behavioral health care providers throughout the state. A frequent speaker on the topic of Mindfulness and MBSR, Dr. Verni is currently involved in projects incorporating mindfulness into residential treatment programs for teens and wellness and recovery programs for adults with mental health or substance abuse difficulties. He also provides supervision and training for the doctoral candidates in the clinical psychology internship program at Rutgers.
“This course, Exploring the Use of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Interventions in your Professional Practices, Approval #172107-1211, provided by Care Plus NJ, is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: August 15, 2017 through August 31, 2018. Social workers will receive four (4) clinical continuing education hours for participating in this course.”