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. 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. Rental mats ($3 cash), chairs and props are also available through the studio.
- 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.
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