Beyond the Basics of Mindfulness
September 20, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Trainer: Dr. Ken Verni, Psy.D
Mindfulness practice facilitates our ability to respond instead of react when faced with professional, personal and interpersonal stressors. Participants will have a better understanding of mindfulness both conceptually and experientially. These mindfulness practices are taught to promote health, balance, and well-being in the midst of the challenges 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 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 settings.
About the Trainer…
Dr. 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 (MBSR) 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 this educational program has 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.