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.

Mindful Self-Care for Caring Professionals

Monthly heart offering dedicated to cultivating self-care and self-compassion for the mindfulness-informed professional. This class is designed for anyone who incorporates the attitudes and practices of mindfulness in their service to others. Join us for monthly explorations of how to incorporate best practices related to self-care and self-compassion into our personal and professional lives. Network, nourish yourself with some coffee or tea and a mid-morning snack, and learn with other MIPs while investing in your own resilience and vitality while reducing the risk of caregiver burnout, moral distress, and compassion fatigue. Attend one or all six! 1.5 CEs available per class for KS & MO licensed mental health professionals.

Classes are led by Angie Hardage, LMLP & Tracy Ochester, PsyD, RYT-200:

  • January 4 – Including Ourselves in the Circle of Care (Angie)
  • February 1 – Building a Mindful Self-Care Toolkit Part 1 (Tracy)
  • March 1 – Building a Mindful Self-Care Toolkit Part 2 (Tracy)
  • March 18, 7-8:30 pm – Self-Care as Duty (Tracy)
  • April 8, 7-8:30 pm – Radical Compassion: Caring Without Attachment (Angie)
  • April 29, 7-8:30 pm – Coming Full Circle (Angie)

FREE for MAM members, $20 per session for non-members (purchase passes). Once you’ve purchased your passes, visit the calendar to register for the classes you’d like to attend. No refunds on or after the day of the class for which you are registered.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the meaning of mindful-self care and its importance for caring professionals
  • Learn how mindful self-care builds resilience and prevents burnout and compassion fatigue
  • Engage in a variety of mindful-self care practices that can be taken into work and daily life

Helpful Readings:

  • Santorelli, S. (1999). Heal Thyself: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine. New York: Random House.
  • Dass, R. & Gorman, P. (1987). How Can I Help? Stories & Reflections on Service. New York: Alfred A Knopf.

Trio of Trauma Sensitive Practices
A Trio of Trauma-Sensitive Practices for Whole Person Wellness:
Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and Yoga

Friday, June 28, 2019 from 9 am-4:30 pm with Sydney Spears, Ph.D., LSCSW, TCTSY-F

In the last decade there has been more focus on the critical need for healthcare 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.

In this workshop we will explore and experience some of the body-based and therapeutic movement practices such a trauma-sensitive mindfulness, self-compassion and trauma-sensitive yoga that may support the healing of survivors. It is advised to have some basic understanding of psychological trauma for attendance in this workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine and explore various mindfulness-based trauma-sensitive practices
  • Practice and experience trauma-sensitive mindfulness practices and somatic practices that may be supportive to one’s traumatic coping and healing

Fees (Space is limited so preregistration is required – click to purchase your pass):

**No refunds on or after the start date of the series. Up to 6 CEUs are available for licensed mental health professionals in KS and MO.