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. As a benefit of membership, we offer networking meetings and trainings. Many of these offerings are free of charge to our professional members. Also be sure to check out our Retreats and Mindfulness Based Programs for more continuing education opportunities. MAM is an approved continuing education provider through the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. Interested in training to become a mindfulness teacher? Visit our Mindfulness Teacher Training page.
Creating a Culturally Sensitive, Inclusive, and Responsive Mindfulness Experience for Diverse Populations
3-part series on diversity, equity and inclusion for mindfulness informed professionals taught by Sydney Spears, PhD, RYT-200.
Dr. Spears 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, chairs and props are also available on site.
- Part 1: Exploring Cultural Self-Awareness – Friday, Aug 3rd from 1 – 3 pm at Seeking Solace Yoga – register here
- Part 2: Understanding the Realities of Diverse Populations – Friday, September 28th at Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness from 1-3 pm – register here
- Part 3: Cross-Cultural Skill-Building – Friday, November 30th at Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness from 1-3 pm – register here
2 CEUs are available to KS & MO mental health providers for each part. Space is limited so preregistration is required: Free to Professional Members of the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness, $30 for nonmembers for each session in the series. No refunds the week (7 days) before or any time after each scheduled event.
Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT) – 6 Session Series
Learn the processes of Acceptance and Commitment Training to increase psychological flexibility – the ability to contact the present moment more fully as a conscious human being, and to change or persist in behavior when doing so serves valued ends. Each session of this series includes a combination of didactic and experiential learning and also address 1) barriers that make it difficult to “do the know” along with 2) specific examples of translating the conceptual into our daily lives. Bring your meditation cushion if you like – we have a few on hand if needed and folding chairs are also available. Attend one, or all 4 sessions. FREE for Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness (MAM) members, $20 per session for non-members (purchase passes here). 2 CEUs available for each session attended for KS & MO licensed mental health professionals.Seeing
Classes are led by Angie Hardage, LMLP and meet Fridays from 1-3 pm at Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness – click each course to register:
8/10 – Values authorship and clarification, Creating a Life of Vitality
9/7 – Translating Values into Goals and Behavior
10/5 – Getting Unstuck – Psychological Flexibility/Emotional Agility
11/2 – Defusion – Having a Thought vs. Buying a Thought
11/30 – Increasing Present Moment Awareness – Expanding Your Life Space in the NOW
12/14 – The Role of the Self/Compassionate Perspective Taking
Coming in 2019
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 and meet six 1st Fridays from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM starting January 2019.
- January 4
- February 1
- March 1
- April 5
- May 3
- June 7
Piercing the Veil of Implicit Bias: A Mindful Dismantling of the Lenses That Skew Perception and Fuel Reactivity
Implicit bias is a function of the subconscious feelings, attitudes and/or stereotypes that affect our perception, actions, and decisions. They are activated involuntarily, outside of our conscious awareness and intentional control and affect our real world functioning in ways that can cause ourselves and others harm. Fortunately, these biases are changeable and we can mindfully train our brains to see more clearly through a variety of practices.
- February 1: Understanding explicit bias, practices for clearer seeing, &daily life applications
- February 8: Insight and exploration, applications for systems, structures and institutions,
- February 15: Insight & exploration of homework, deepening the practice
**Up to 4.5 CEUs are available for KS & MO licensed mental health professionals.
Mindfulness Teacher Training & Best Practices
- UCSD Center for Mindfulness: Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute
- Centre for Mindfulness Studies (Toronto, Canada): Professional Development Programs
- UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center: Training in Mindfulness Facilitation
- UMASS Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare & Society: Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education
- The Meditation Safety Training Toolbox contains documents, protocols and best practice guidelines from the UMASS Center for Mindfulness, Bangor and Oxford Mindfulness Centers, and other mindfulness researchers.
- Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute Teacher Training Program