COURSE DESCRIPTION

We created this course to support you in your work with clients as we negotiate the influence of collective distress. Our aim for this course is to draw upon trauma-informed mindfulness and self-compassion to: help you with your own anxiety as you support your clients through the uncharted mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual territories of this pandemic within the context of the current socio-political environment. explore how to compassionately and skillfully navigate the therapeutic relationship against the backdrop of the collective anxiety that is undeniably correlated with increasingly more intense world events.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and LEP’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 12 CE Units included at no additional charge.

This course is designed specifically for mental health professionals and pre-professionals, yet all helping professionals are welcome to take the course if it feels advantageous to do so. This course in particular is suitable for spiritual counselors and chaplains. Self-paced course with both written and audio files for each lesson. Best suited for beginners to advanced level practitioners, but especially exciting to those looking to enhance their theoretical approaches with self-reflection, self-awareness, mindfulness, and personal/professional growth. Course content designed by considering how to expand clinical training to include self-awareness and relational mindfulness. Practical assignments and exercises at the end of every session. Practical learning experiences with case examples, exercises, and meditations.

Instructors

Lead Instructor

Deborah Yarock

Deborah Yarock, MFT is the co-founder of Inner Science Institute (InSci), providing courses and events for lifelong learners as well as mental health professionals interested in fulfilling continuing education units. An integrative institute informed by the inner sciences of psychology and spirituality, InSci offers transdisciplinary education and training to those interested in personal transformation, social change, and spiritual awakening. Deborah has degrees and training in integral counseling psychology, psychological process work, re-evaluation counseling, and extensive experience in all phases of addiction treatment. Since 1995, while teaching and mentoring pre-professionals in the field community mental health, Deborah expanded services by developing and running practicum sites. She has also created avenues to advance cultural competency, address stress and vicarious trauma, and encourage comprehensive grief support. Throughout her career, Deborah has respected and addressed the practical realities of life alongside deeper identity and soul-searching aspects of therapeutic work. To find out more about her psychotherapy practice, go to www.deborahyarockmft.com.

Lead Instructor

Tamara Thebert

Tamara Thebert, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist (#53456) and psychospiritual educator in Berkeley, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area. She the CEO and co-founder of Inner Science Institute (InSci), providing courses and events for lifelong learners as well as mental health professionals interested in fulfilling continuing education units. An integrative institute informed by the inner sciences of psychology and spirituality, InSci offers transdisciplinary education and training to those interested in personal transformation, social change, and spiritual awakening. Tamara has degrees and certificates in integral counseling psychology, neurobiologically-informed trauma treatment, mindful self-compassion, meditation, spiritual counseling, and ecopsychology. Since 2004, she has studied and trained in spiritual and psychological traditions from all over the globe and is dedicated to teaching spiritual principles and practices specifically tailored to improve mental and emotional health. In her private practice Tamara specializes in helping women recognize & amplify inner resources to recover from trauma, addiction, anxiety, and depression while attending to the important relationships in their lives. To find out more about her psychotherapy practice, go to www.psychospiritualcounseling.net.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    WELCOME

    • Welcome

  • 2

    CREATING A TRAUMA-INFORMED FOUNDATION

    • Introduction

  • 3

    A TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACH TO MINDFULNESS AND SELF-COMPASSION

    • Introduction

  • 4

    We Consider the Potential Strengths and Challenges of Individual Trauma Survivors, the Communities they are Embedded in, and the Social, Political, and Economic Context in which We Live

    • The Co-Emergence of Strengths and Challenges

    • Tracking Discomfort and Destabilization

    • The Second Arrow

    • Vignette: Rosa

    • No Trauma is Individual: Intergenerational Trauma, Oppression, and Internalized Oppression

    • Vignette: Rashida

    • Reflection

  • 5

    We Resist Re-traumatization by Facilitating a Pathway for Increasing Awareness of Triggers

    • Resisting Re-traumatization

    • Vignette: Katrina

    • Exercise

    • Facilitating a Pathway for Increasing Awareness of Triggers

    • Encouraging Inner Wisdom

    • Embracing Collective Wisdom

  • 6

    We Explicitly Promote a Culture of Care

    • Internal Awareness

    • Meditation

    • Relational Safety

    • Vignette: Rachel

    • Reflection

    • Cultural Wellness

    • Exercise

    • Trust in the Innate Wisdom within Communities

    • Exercise

  • 7

    We Encourage a Collaborative Exchange

    • Recognizing Activation

    • Assessing Intensity

    • Returning To Optimal Window Of Tolerance

  • 8

    HOW JUDGMENT AND NEGATIVITY SABOTAGE MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH

    • Defining Judgment and Its Implications on Mental and Emotional Health

    • The Evolution of the Threat Defense System: Current Strategies For Fight, Flight, Freeze

    • Systemic Judgment: Oppression & Internalized Oppression

  • 9

    CHANGING OUR RELATIONSHIP TO ANXIETY MIND WITH SELF-COMPASSION

    • What is Self-Compassion?

    • Practice Guidelines: How to Approach Self-Compassion

    • Three Main Components of Self-Compassion

    • Three Main Ways to Initiate Self-Compassion

  • 10

    CONTINUING THE SHIFT WITH MINDFULNESS

    • Two Wings of Mindful Awareness

    • Meditation

    • Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

    • Meditation

  • 11

    INTEGRATING AND CUSTOMIZING YOUR SHIFT

    • Integration

    • The Power of Neuroplasticity

    • Meditation

    • Self-Directed Neuroplasticity: Taking in the Good

    • Exercise

    • Implementing an Individualized Practice Plan

    • Completion and Next Steps for CE Credit and Certificate

CERTIFICATES AND ACCOMMODATIONS

CERTIFICATES Course completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completing the test and evaluation form. Course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and LEP’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Inner Science Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor Continuing Education for LMFT’S, LCSW’S, LPCC’S and LEP’S. Inner Science Institute maintains responsibility for this course and its content. ACCOMMODATIONS To request accommodations for special needs, please email the Program Administrator at admin@innerscience.net. To obtain the grievance policy or report a grievance please email admin@innerscience.net. No refunds.