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Digital Seminar

3-Day Experiential in Mindfulness, Yoga & Meditation: Applications for Mental Health Clinical Practice

Rick Nurriestearns |  Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, C-IAYT
18 Hours 18 Minutes
May 01, 2019
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Watch this workshop recording for a unique opportunity to participate in an intensive, experiential and rejuvenating experience while learning techniques to help your clients. You will learn the latest scientific brain research related to yoga and mindfulness and how to implement brain changing practices, yogic interventions, specific mindfulness techniques, and self-compassion techniques in all phases of your therapy sessions.

This recording takes it a step further because you will experience first-hand the transformative power of meditation and mindful activities during clinical exercises and demonstration. Each day contains a balance of lecture with times of clinical meditation exercises, clinical yoga practices, and lunch will be provided for you to practice mindful eating.

Watch Mary and Rick NurrieStearns, who have co-led yoga and meditation workshops and retreats for several years and bring close to 70 years of combined experience in clinical meditation and clinical yoga practice. They are experts at showing clinicians how to empower clients to:

  • Apply mindful and yoga techniques to reduce anxiety, depression, shame, grief, chronic pain, and/or unworthiness.
  • Use self-compassion to make dramatic therapeutic changes.
  • Access beneficial memories to increase optimism and personal strength.
  • Incorporate mindfulness strategies to stay in the moment to soothe distressing emotions and relieve old trauma patterns.
  • Apply yoga interventions to calm the nervous system, as well as increase body and present moment awareness.
  • Cultivate an inner best friend to mitigate shame and decrease self-blame.
  • Strengthen relationships, increase authenticity, and sharpen problem-solving skills.
  • Unmask true values to establish meaningful goals in therapy.

This is a rare opportunity that you won’t want to miss! You are sure to leave feeling refreshed and excited to take this back to your clinical practice!


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 19 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Rick NurrieStearns has co-led yoga retreats for 14 years. He has been immersed in consciousness studies, meditation and mindfulness practices for four decades. For 20 years, he was involved in publishing transformational books and magazines.

He was the publisher of Lotus and Personal Transformation magazines, and co-author of the books Soulful Living, Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga for Emotional Trauma and Yoga Mind, Peaceful Mind. He is a long time mindfulness student of Thich Nhat Hanh and a member of the Order of Interbeing.

Rick experiences chronic pain from an airplane crash and suffered from a tick borne disease. He relies on mindfulness practices for healing and has learned that you can cultivate happiness and inner peace even when you are hurting.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Rick NurrieStearns receives compensation as a retreat facilitator. He is a published author and receives royalties. He receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Rick NurrieStearns is a member of the Order of Interbeing.


  1. Articulate the psychological impact and long-term effects of emotional trauma on a client’s mental health.
  2. Analyze the effects of yoga and meditation on the triune brain and the applications for clinical practice.
  3. Distinguish between the default network, salience network and central executive network and utilize this information for client psychoeducation.
  4. Articulate the concept of negativity bias in the brain as it relates to clients who have experienced trauma.
  5. Explain the social brain and use of interpersonal neurobiology to activate the affiliation system of the brain.
  6. Utilize concentration, distancing, observation and distraction in treating depression producing thoughts.
  7. Apply breathing practices, simple body movement and self-compassion for emotional regulation.
  8. Describe how to incorporate an emotional freedom technique to help clients with emotional stabilization.
  9. Demonstrate components of mindful self-compassion for treating unworthiness and confronting the “inner critic”.
  10. Evaluate mindfulness techniques for helping clients address negative thoughts regarding chronic pain.
  11. Decide effective ways to incorporate chants, mantras, and songs as parts of the healing process for clients.
  12. Apply yogic interventions to assist clients in safely approaching distressing emotions.
  13. Explain how to teach clients to dis-identify from a narrative of unworthiness.
  14. Examine how to use yoga to heal the physiology of shame.
  15. Implement yoga poses applicable to the clinical setting for depression and for emotional trauma.
  16. Construct a life review/eulogy to help focus therapy on the client’s most important values.
  17. Evaluate a mindful communications process for conflict resolution and emotional bonding.
  18. Assess mindful eating for its usefulness as a therapeutic tool.


Reduce Anxiety, Depression, and Unworthiness

Neuroscience – Psychoeducation and Practices

  • Neuroplasticity – your brain’s ability to organize and learn
  • The triune brain
  • Primary emotional motivators
  • Negativity bias of your brain
  • Savouring the good and affiliation system of the brain
  • Social brain: causes and conditions
  • Default mode network, salience network and central executive network of the brain
  • Neuroscience exercises for clinical use
  • Use of art expression to personalize learning
  • Use of small group sharing (not therapy) for learning
  • Exploration of emotional motivators, social brain and savouring the good to personalize learning and small group sharing

Reduce Feelings of Overwhelm, Dissociation and Shame

Lead Clients to Emotional Stabilization

  • Emotional stabilization skills
  • Body scan and sensory input for stabilization
  • Mindful breathing practices
  • Impact of yoga on nervous system
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Mindful walking
  • Clinical examples of emotional stabilization skills
  • Practice emotional stabilization skills

Teach Clients to Observe and Choose Thoughts

Experience the Impact of Thoughts

  • Nonjudgmental observing of thoughts
  • Naming – write thoughts down
  • Recognize, distance and dis-identify from narrative of self-identity
  • Relate to the voice of the inner critic
  • Address negative thoughts regarding chronic pain
  • Store consciousness/mind consciousness and therapeutic implications
  • Use of chants, mantras, songs for healing
  • Nourishing wholesome thoughts – use of repetition and concentration
  • Habit tendencies and neuronal pathways
  • Accessing beneficial memories
  • Clinical examples of relating to thoughts therapeutically
  • Exploration of observing and choosing thoughts to personalize learning and small group sharing

Help Clients Approach and Alleviate Distressing Emotions While Cultivating Emotional Aliveness

Treat Distress with Mercy

  • Be there for grief
  • Comfort pose and self-love mantra
  • Emotional Freedom Technique for client self-care
  • Yoga for emotional trauma/anxiety
  • Yoga for depression
  • Clinical examples of treating distress with mercy
  • Activity to personalize the client’s experience
  • Exploration of approaching and alleviating emotions to personalize learning and small group sharing

Promote Self-Compassion and Increase Emotional Resilience and Self-Acceptance in Clients

Why Kindness to Self at Times Cause Distress

  • Who has seen your goodness? – restoring trust
  • Teachers of compassion
  • The voice of the inner friend
  • Three-part self-compassion note
  • Offering loving kindness to any inner aspect that feels not deserving
  • Compassion for the inner critic
  • Tonglen practise – receiving suffering and sending compassion
  • Clinical examples of utilizing self-compassion
  • Exploration of compassion practices to personalize learning and small group sharing

Resources to Regulate Nervous System and Restore Self-Worth in Clients

Causes of Unworthiness and Shame

  • Impact of shame on brain – default network and pain system
  • The physiology of shame
  • Differentiate among shame, defiance, and noble posture
  • Simple yoga for healing the physiology of shame
  • Narrative of unworthiness
  • Create a new narrative of self
  • Life review/eulogy to discover true values
  • Clinical examples of treating unworthiness and shame
  • Write eulogy to discover true values and small group sharing

Mindfulness Applications for Specific Clinical Use

Mindfulness Communications Process for Conflict Resolution and Emotional Bonding

  • Mindful eating practice and research on mindfulness for overeating
  • Learn and practice leading mindful exercises and yoga for emotional trauma/anxiety and depression

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Case Managers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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