Continuing Education

The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness sponsors continuing education for professionals who wish to include the attitudes and practices of mindfulness in their work with the people they serve. Many of these offerings are at a significant discount to our professional members. MAM is an approved continuing education provider through the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board.

In light of the pandemic, all of our classes will be offered online until further notice. Register for the class you wish to participate in and, if its not a free class, purchase your pass. The Zoom link will be provided for you in your registration confirmation. Live online events are generally considered In-Person CEs by regulating bodies because participants can ask questions in real time.


Trauma StewardshipHelp for Helpers: Mindfully Managing Trauma Exposure

Trauma impacts caregivers, directly and indirectly, in ways that can be named and managed. Trauma stewardship is a strategy created by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky for nurturing our calling and capacity to help. Using mindfulness and mindful self-awareness is essential for building a healthy sense of trauma stewardship and one of the main tools for maintaining self-awareness and practicing self-care activities that lead to resilience and balance. Join trauma expert Sarah Glavin, LSCSW for a workshop on mindfulness based trauma stewardship to help sustain our work as helping professionals and caregivers in our daily lives. This is class for anyone who self-identifies as a caregiver, but 2 CEs are available for KS & MO licensed mental health professionals.

Date & Time: TBA (will be rescheduled soon)

Fees (click to purchase your pass(es), then visit the calendar to register for the class(es) you wish to attend):

**No refunds the week (7 days) before or any time after the scheduled event. 2 CEUs are available to KS & MO licensed mental health providers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the 16 signs of trauma exposure
  • Understand the warning signs and consequences of burnout and empathy fatigue
  • Learn to implement tools that help us stay balanced and resilient


Diversity Inclusion 2Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Mindfulness Training

Creating a Culturally Sensitive, Inclusive, and Responsive Mindfulness Experience for Diverse Populations

How can mindfulness informed professionals create a welcoming and relevant practice experience for the wide variety of individuals and groups we encounter in our work of the heart? During this 3-part series on diversity, equity and inclusion in mindfulness training, Sydney Spears, PhD, RYT-200 will guide participants in an experiential exploration of cultural self-awareness to help us better serve the diverse individuals and groups we work with. This training is appropriate for anyone who uses the attitudes and practices of mindfulness in their work with others. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat and if desired, a meditation cushion. Limited loaner mats, folding chairs and props are also available on site.

When: take one or all three monthly classes Fridays from 10 am – noon

  • Part 1: Exploring Cultural Self-Awareness – May 22, 2020
  • Part 2: Understanding the Realities of Diverse Populations – June 26, 2020
  • Part 3: Cross-Cultural Skill-Building  – July 24, 2020

Fees (click to purchase your pass(es), then visit the calendar to register for the class(es) you wish to attend):

**No refunds the week (7 days) before or any time after each scheduled event. 2 CEUs are available to KS & MO licensed mental health providers for each session.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase personal awareness of one’s cultural identities and social status in American mainstream culture
  • Cultivate greater mindful awareness and knowledge of the experiences, challenges, strengths of culturally diverse individuals
  • Practice the skills of mindful humility, sensitivity and compassion when engaging in cross-cultural communication

Trauma Informed CareTrauma Sensitive Mindfulness

In the last decade there has been more focus on the critical need for service providers, the general public and organizations to become more trauma-informed. As a result, more people and systems have increased their sensitivity and understanding of the severe impact of traumatic experiences. There has also been more research to indicate that trauma is not just a disruption of one’s mental and emotional states, but also an active immobilization that resides in the human body in various ways. The experience of trauma in its various forms is very complex and it tends to fragment all parts of the self, including the often ignored somatic, sensorimotor, posturing, and nervous system expressions of unresolved and undischarged suffering.

When: Friday June 5th, 2020 9 am – 4 pm with Sydney Spears, PhD, LSCSW, TCTSY-F

Fees (click to purchase your pass(es), then visit the calendar to register for the class(es) you wish to attend – save by becoming a professional member for as little as $20 mo):

**No refunds the week (7 days) before the event. 6 CEUs are available to KS & MO licensed mental health providers who attend the entire event.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the prevalence, types and layers of trauma
  • Understand the stress response and the role of the autonomic nervous system in trauma, including the impact of chronic/toxic stress, PTSD, grief/loss, and complex trauma
  • Develop a clear understanding of why it’s important for mindfulness informed professionals to know about trauma, how mindfulness-based practices may be useful, and the potential problems trauma survivors may experience with mindfulness based practices
  • Practice strategies for becoming more trauma-focused and aware when leading mindfulness classes and trainings


Trauma & Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT): A New Paradigm for Healing

ACT TraumaAcceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) is an evidence-based, cutting-edge, empirically validated  paradigm addressing care for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma/toxic stress related problems. Based on the work of Robyn Walser, Darrah Westrup, Steve Hayes, Russ Harris, Jason Luoma, Jill Stoddard, and others, this course will explore how to utilize ACT to compassionately empower individuals healing from trauma. Participants will learn how to harness the power of the sympathetic nervous system to work FOR survivors, rather than maintaining maladaptive strategies of coping with distress. This class utilizes an integrative approach to learning ways of reconnecting with safety and equanimity while healing into a life of vitality.

When: Three Fridays Oct. 23, Nov 20, & Dec. 11 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – take one or all three!

Fees: (click to purchase your pass(es), then visit the calendar to register for the series you wish to attend – save by becoming a professional member for as little as $20 mo):

**No refunds the week (7 days) before the start of the series. Up to 12 CEUs are available to KS & MO licensed mental health providers who attend the entire event.

Learning Objectives:

Class 1

  • Explore the neurobiological basis of trauma, including the roles of the nervous system, the four drive emotion system, and attachment theory
  • Learn how ACT interventions can help those healing from trauma to get “unstuck” and reclaim a sense of safety in their bodies and lives
  • Explore the “double edged sword” of language and its role in trauma recovery
    Acquire tools, metaphors, and techniques for effectively working with trauma

Class 2

  • Review the neurobiological basis of trauma
  • Explore the roles of psychological flexibility, flexible exposure, and experiential avoidance in trauma and healing
  • Acquire tools, metaphors, and techniques for effectively working with trauma associated with each of the six ACT core processes
  • Explore the relationship between values and the possibility of post-traumatic growth (PTG)

Class 3

  • Understand the importance of integrating self-compassion and shame resilience work into trauma recovery
  • Learn how to create a “deblaming” platform using ACT processes to counteract self-blame, shame, and self-criticism
  • Learn to differentiate moral injury from PTSD using a strengths-based, functional contextual approach
  • Explore the concepts of healing-centered engagement and post-traumatic growth (PTG)
  • Address common barriers to healing from trauma