|Sources for Human Services presents: Fairmount Behavioral Health System
An Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Turning Towards the Present Moment
Ken A. Verni, Psy.D., December 2, 2016, 9:30 to 4:00, $130, Fairmount Behavioral System, 561 Fairthorne Ave. Phila., 5 CEU’s, $130 pp
Summary: This full day workshop provides attendees with an introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress reduction, a practice with a growing body of empirical support that is being applied with an increasing variety of clinical populations and as means to enhance clinical effectiveness and prevent compassion fatigue. The seminar has been developed for those who work in both behavioral health, education, and other community-based settings and are interested in learning about mindfulness through both direct experience and conceptual understanding.
Participants will be able to define mindfulness both conceptually and experientially, including a framework for how mindfulness practices can be used to facilitate the treatment provider’s physical, cognitive, and emotional availability to what unfolds in treatment or services on a moment to moment basis.
Participants will be able to describe and practice at least three specific mindfulness exercises.
Participants will be able to identify the cultural and historical origins of mindfulness practice and mindfulness-based stress reduction.
Participants will be able to describe the philosophical and experiential shift towards one’s experience that mindfulness practice promotes and the potential impact this has with regard to psychological well-being and clinical effectiveness.
Participants will be able to describe the elements of stress reactivity and the manner by which mindfulness practices can have a positive impact on this process.
Participants will be able to describe at least two methods of direct application of mindfulness practices for clinical populations and the recent research that supports the application of mindfulness in clinical settings, along with contraindications.
Participants will be able to identify how the elements of mindfulness practice find support in a variety of theoretical orientations towards fostering emotional and physical well-being
9:00 – 9:30 Registration and continental breakfast
9:30 – 10:15 Introduction and orientation to Mindfulness. Defining and demystifying mindfulness practices. Opening activity: Experiential activity to highlight the confining nature of linear thought; Opening presentation addressing present-centered awareness as compared to the conditioned habits of our everyday mind and the impact on therapeutic interactions: Discussion with power point slides.
10:15 – 10:45 Exploration of key elements in Mindfulness practice: Power Point Slides, experiential activity, group discussion; Introduction to Formal Mindfulness Practice of Breath Awareness: Leader facilitated meditation exercise.
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Discussion of cultural/historical background of Mindfulness-based stress reduction. Comparison of eastern and western conceptualization of sources of psychological distress: Power point slides and facilitated group discussion; Exploration of the use/benefits of mindful breath awareness with regard to stress reduction, fight/flight mechanisms of the body and shift in ones relationship to body sensations/thoughts/feelings: experiential exercise, discussion and power point slides.
12:00-1:00 Lunch (buffet lunch provided)
1:00 – 1:45 Exploration of shift in perspective taking, cognitive flexibility and re-orientation to embodied awareness that Mindfulness practices can enhance and the impact this has on overall well-being: video, power point slides & discussion.;
1:45 – 2:30 Applications of mindfulness-based stress reduction principles and practices in clinical and non-clinical settings. Group activity and discussion, experiential exercise and discussion;
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 3:45 Overview of sample MBSR applications and programs and research findings from clinical and neurophysiological studies: discussion & power point slides.; Mindfulness as understood from different theoretical perspectives and review of basic elements of mindfulness practices and underlying assumptions with regard to stress and well-being
3:45 – 4:00 Summary, evaluations
Cost, Location and Time : 12-2-16, 9:30- 4 pm, Fairmount Behavioral System, 561 Fairthorne Ave. Phila (directions below), $130 per person, continental breakfast provided, lunch provided, fee covers five CEU’s, presentation, handouts, materials, certificate, lunch, continental breakfast, refreshments, etc.
CEU Hours: This program is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. As a CSWE accredited program, Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for social workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in PA and many other states.
About the Trainer: Ken A. Verni, Psy.D is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Department of Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University. He is currently in an independent private practice in Highland Park, NJ (www.drkenaverni.com ), providing evaluation and psychotherapy for adults, adolescents and families. The practice also includes the development and implementation of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Groups for adults and adolescents as well as social/emotional skills groups for teens. Dr. Verni is also a Training and Consultation Specialist at UMDNJ – University Behavioral Health Care Behavioral Research Institute, where he develops, delivers and evaluates specialized training curricula and statewide technical assistance for the Division of Children’s Behavioral Health Services – Training and Technical Assistance project, in support of the statewide System of Care initiative. Dr. Verni also provides strengths-based and empowerment oriented training and technical assistance in areas including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Youth and Families in system of care.
Dr. Verni is the Executive Director/Instructor of the New Jersey Center for Mindful Awareness (www.mindfulawarenessnj.com ) which offers professional trainings and workshops on Mindfulness practices and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, as well as 8 week MBSR courses for the general public several times per year. He has taught MBSR programs for employees the United Nations Headquarters and the NYC Google offices and he was the lead mindfulness instructor in a research project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). He was Associate Director/Founding Member of the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Center of New Jersey, a position which included co-facilitating 8 week MBSR courses for general and clinical populations, oversight of ongoing curriculum development, professional trainings and community outreach programs and outcome research.
Previously Dr. Verni was a Mental Health Clinician III/Supervising Clinician at UMDNJ/University’s Behavioral Health Care Therapeutic Day School where he provided program and curriculum development, provision of professional trainings and community outreach programs. In addition, Dr. Verni was responsible for overall case management and therapeutic interventions for assigned patients (ages 11-13), which included initial assessment and diagnosis, and the provision of intensive individual, group and family therapy. Responsibilities also included the provision of supervision for psychology interns and milieu specialists
Registration: 3 Ways to Register: Register on line: www.sourcesforhumanservices.com by Mail: Sources for Human Services, 62 Parkridge Drive, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, or register by Fax: 484-417-6150, E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 610-203-1926
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Directions: Fairmount Behavioral Health System, 561 Fairthorne Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128, 215-487-4000. Enter facility at Main Lobby.
If you are driving from Center City or areas South of the Philadelphia:
Take I-76 West, which is the Schuylkill Expressway, to Exit 338. This exit is Green Lane. If driving from areas south of Philadelphia, take I-95 North to I-76 West. At the bottom of the exit ramp, bear right onto Green Lane. Go 0.9 miles, crossing over a bridge and up a hill. At the traffic light, turn left onto Ridge Ave. Go 0.8 miles, past 4 traffic lights and look for the CVS and Wawa on the right. Turn right onto Fairthorne Avenue and go the entire length until it deadends onto Fairmount’s campus.
If you are driving from South Jersey:
Take the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to I-676 West, which is the Vine St.
Expressway. Follow I-676 to exit for I-76 West. You may also take the Walt Whitman Bridge to I-76 West.
Please take I-76 West, which is the Schuylkill Expressway, to Exit 338. This exit is Green Lane. If driving from areas south of Philadelphia, take I-95 North to I-76 West. At the bottom of the exit ramp, bear right onto Green Lane. Go 0.9 miles, crossing over a bridge and up a hill. At the traffic light, turn left onto Ridge Ave. Go 0.8 miles, past 4 traffic lights and look for the CVS and Wawa on the right. Turn right onto Fairthorne Avenue and go the entire length until it deadends onto Fairmount’s campus.
If driving from the Pennsylvania Turnpike or the Blue Route:
From the Northeast Extension, please take I-476 South to PA Turnpike I-276 West. If driving from the PA Turnpike, East or West get off at Exit 333-Norristown. After going through toll booth, immediately, depart ramp onto Germantown Pike East. At the first traffic light, make a right onto Chemical Road. Follow Chemical Road to Ridge Pike.
Turn left onto Ridge Pike.
If taking the Blue Route, take I-476 North to Exit 18A, Conshohocken. From Exit 18A, make a right onto Ridge Pike. Continue on Ridge Pike for approximately 4 miles. You will Pass the Andorra Shopping Center and at fork in road, bear right onto Ridge Avenue and go 1.8 miles. You will pass a Shoprite on the left. Turn left onto Fairthorne Avenue and go the entire length until it deadends onto Fairmount’s campus.
If driving from Germantown Avenue going West:
Go through Chestnut Hill and make a left onto Bells Mill Road. You will pass Chestnut Hill Hospital on the right just before Bells Mill Road. Follow Bells Mill Road to Ridge Avenue and make a left onto Ridge Avenue. You will Pass the Andorra Shopping Center and at fork in road, bear right onto Ridge Avenue and go 1.8 miles. You will pass a Shoprite on the left. Turn left onto Fairthorne Avenue and go the entire length until it deadends onto Fairmount’s campus.
If driving from Route 309 South:
Get off at the Paper Mill Road Exit, which is just after the Rt 73 exit. Make a right onto Paper Mill Road. Follow Paper Mill Road for 1.3 miles. Stay in the right-hand lane and cross over Bethlehem Pike. You are now on Stenton Ave., which bears right. At the first light, which is Hillcrest Ave., make a left. Then at the next light, make a left onto Germantown Pike. At the next light, make a right onto Bells Mill Road. Take Bells Mill Road to the next light, which is Ridge Ave. Make a left onto Ridge Ave. Stay in your right lane. Continue on Ridge Ave. for 2.3 miles. You will pass a Shoprite on the left. Turn left onto Fairthorne Avenue and go the entire length until it deadends onto Fairmount’s campus.
If driving from Route 1:
Follow the signs to get on to Route 1 South.
Get off at the Fox Street Exit. At top of ramp make a right on to Fox street. Then make a left on to Queen Lane. Once on Queen Lane go to next light, which is Henry Ave. Make right on to Henry Avenue. Go 2.3 miles to Gates Street. You will see a turning lane and sign. Make a left on Gates and go two blocks to Ridge Ave.
Make right on to Ridge Ave. Go 0.4 miles passing the CVS and Wawa on the right. Turn right onto Fairthorne Avenue and go the entire length until it deadends onto Fairmount’s campus.
You make take either the Route 9, Route 61 or Route 65 buses
If taking the Route 9 bus exit at Ridge and Fairthorne Avenues. Walk down Fairthorne Ave. The facility will be in front of you.
If taking the Route 61 or Route 65 bus, transfer to the Route 9 bus Northbound via connection at the Wissahickon Transfer Center. Exit at Ridge and Fairthorne Avenues. Walk down Fairthorne Ave. The facility will be in front of you.