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Digital Seminar

Advanced Mindfulness Techniques that Change the Brain: Rewire Depression, Anxiety and Toxic Lifestyle Habits

Mr. Donald Altman, MA, LPC
5 Hours 27 Minutes
Aug 02, 2016
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In this cutting-edge recording you will learn the latest neuroscience supporting the benefits of mindfulness. Gain a deeper understanding of how mindfulness works for clinical disorders including depression, anxiety and toxic lifestyle habits. Mindfulness expert and best-selling author, and trainer, Donald Altman will provide you with core mindfulness skills to enhance your practice. You will be immediately able to utilize mindfulness interventions to help your clients improve their lives.

Donald Altman will show you how mindfulness can create new brain pathways – and how lasting change happens from the inside out. You will walk away with new mindfulness techniques and how to best teach them to your clients. Donald is known for his engaging way of blending humor, video, case studies and experiential teachings, and methods to work with diverse clients.



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Donald Altman, MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist, award-winning writer, former Buddhist monk, teacher and an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He is also a faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology program at Portland State University and teaches various classes blending mindfulness and Interpersonal Neurobiology.

A prolific writer whose career spans more than 25 years, Donald has authored several pioneering books on mindfulness, beginning with his 1998 Art of the Inner Meal (HarperOne, 1999). His book, The Mindfulness Code (New World Library, 2010), was named as “One of the Best Spiritual Books of 2010.” He has also authored The Mindfulness Toolbox for Relationships: 50 Practical Tips, Tools & Handouts for Building Compassionate Connections (PESI, 2018), Stay Mindful & Color: Find Calm, Clarity and Happiness (PESI, 2016), Meal By Meal (New World Library, 2004), Living Kindness (Moon Lake Media, 2009), One Minute Mindfulness (New World Library, 2011), The Joy Compass (New Harbinger, 2012), The Mindfulness Toolbox: 50 Practical Tips, Tools & Handouts for Anxiety, Depression, Stress & Pain (PESI, 2014) and 101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience: Cultivate Calm, Clarity, Optimism & Happiness Each Day (PESI, 2015).

In addition to his books, Donald was a staff writer for an EMMY-Award winning children’s television show (“The Magic Door,” CBS Chicago), won an American Medical Writer’s Association Award, co-created the first interactive comic strip on America Online, and has had articles appear in New Age Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Independent Business Magazine, among others.

Donald reaches out to the professional community by serving as the vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating. Donald works extensively with mindful meditation in his own life, as well as offering these tools to others through his books and classes. He teaches mindfulness and spiritual values around the country. He is dedicated to bringing these ancient practices in tune with modern living and to invite wellness into our stress-filled lives. Donald is also a member of the Burma Buddhist Association. An avid motorcyclist, he enjoys riding his motorcycle along the beautiful Oregon coast.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Donald Altman is in private practice. He is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology Program at Portland State University. Mr. Altman receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Donald Altman has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Incorporate up-to-date mindfulness practices in to your treatment plans
  2. Communicate how lifestyle changes can alter the damaging effects of stress at the cellular level.
  3. Practice the stress-reducing transition skills of mindful movement and mindful walking with your clients
  4. Utilize the latest clinical research on mindfulness and the brain to inform clinical treatment interventions for clients with anxiety, depression and toxic lifestyle habits.
  5. Integrate the 4 core mindfulness pracatices into clinical practice to improve client level of functioning.
  6. Articulate methods by which Mindfulness can be interfaced with psychotherapy practices to improve clinical outcomes.
  7. Recognize how clients can be empowered through intention and attention to make new choices and break toxic lifestyle habits.


Mindfulness and Cutting-Edge Research
  • Mindfulness as a metacognitive skill
  • Negative effects of a wandering mind
  • Breathing reduces rumination and anxiety
  • Useful (and free) web resources
Advanced Mindfulness Vocabulary
  • Traditional terms of mindfulness
  • Meeting the client with a broader view of mindfulness
  • Brain integration
The Four Core Mindfulness Practices
  • Breathing awareness
  • Mind awareness
  • Body scan
  • Movement awareness
Get Unstuck from Depression
  • Stress regulation
  • Mindful laughter
Overcome Anxiety
  • Use nature’s engaging power to restore focus
  • Mindful walking to manage the uncertainty of transition
  • Retrain the mind to be kind, compassionate and balanced
Toxic Lifestyle Habits
  • Getting aligned with values and meaning
  • Embracing gratitude and affirmations
  • The “G.L.A.D.” technique
  • Finding peace with “Be the Pebble” practice

Target Audience

Counselors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Case Managers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Professionals

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