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
11/9 – Defusion – Having a Thought vs. Buying a Thought
12/7 – 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
Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT) – 8 Session Series
Acceptance and commitment therapy/training is a mindfulness-based approach to increasing wellness, decreasing suffering, and creating a life of vitality, meaning and purpose. ACT is a process-based approach to learning to observe and describe difficult thoughts, feelings, urges, and sensations with curiosity and compassion, while taking effective and committed action in service of intrinsic values. The primary target of ACT is cultivating the skill of psychological flexibility, a concept that is correlated with decreases in psychological symptoms and distress and with increased quality of life.
Each class includes a combination of didactic and experiential learning and will also address 1) barriers that make it difficult to “do the know,” and 2) specific examples of how participants can translate the material into their daily personal and professional lives.
Eight weekly classes, led by Angie Hardage, LMLP, held on Fridays from 2-4 pm. Classes are stand-alone and can be taken individually or as a continuing series. Bring your meditation cushion if you like – we have a few on hand if needed and folding chairs are also available.
Jan 18 – The ACT Model: Psychological Flexibility & Emotional Agility
Jan 25 – Defusion: Is that a THOUGHT or a FACT?
Feb 1 – Values Authorship & Clarification: What Do You Want Your Life to Be About?
Feb 8 – Present Moment Awareness: Be Here Now
Feb 15 – Acceptance: Willingness, Willfulness, & the Wisdom to Know the Difference
Feb 22 – The Role of the Self in ACT: Contacting Self-as-Context
Mar 1 – Committed Action: The Mindful Action Plan
Mar 8 – Compassionate Perspective Taking
Fees (click to purchase a pass):
- $20 per class for members
- $130 for entire series for members (save nearly 20%)
- $30 per class for non-members
- $200 for entire series for non-members (save nearly 20%)
**This course is appropriate for the general public, but 2 CEs per meeting are also available to licensed KS & MO mental health professionals
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.
Inside-Out – A Body Awareness Workshop: Take Control of Your Stressed-Out Body, Mind and Nervous System
Friday May 3, 2019 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm with Sydney Spears, PhD, LCSW
This important group health-based educational and supportive workshop will explore key information regarding your stress response, body awareness, nervous system, and brain-based sensory skills. Somatic (body-based) wisdom is critical to developing greater awareness, health and control over how toxic stress tends to chronically reside in your body and mind. The lack of awareness of how your body holds and maintains stressors and negative thoughts can keep you and your nervous system trapped within various health problems, anxiety and bodily symptoms. Many of these unhealthy symptoms often originate or become worse from the inability to effectively manage certain stressors. Consequently, many people can experience ongoing stress lodged in their bodies and nervous systems with symptoms such as: chronic pain/aches, low immune system, higher blood pressure, chronic fatigue, sleep problems, over-eating/under-eating, dietary issues, digestive issues, contracted muscles, contracted postures, headaches, many colds/flu, negative thinking, constant worrying, anxiety and states of feeling overwhelmed.
Your body is the grand container of all human experiences and your nervous system is finely tuned to support every bodily function as well as your reactions to stressors. It is very important to understand how you can use key somatic knowledge, skills and practices to enhance your potential to take control of your bodily-sensory responses to stressors through nervous system awareness. By bring mindfulness to your body, you can also experience the opportunity to increase your energy, sense of greater self-control, reduce discomfort, worry less and finally have useful tools to self-manage and self-soothe your day-to-day stress in the moment. Fine-tuning your nervous system can fine tune and improve your “inside-out health.
In this course you will gain greater understanding of the:
- realities and true impact of chronic stress on the mind and body
- symptoms and signs of chronic stress and their relationship to mental-emotional activity
- workings of the autonomic nervous system and how to fine tune and manage it
- benefits of practicing skills of mindful body awareness and connection
Participants will learn brain based skills, sensory practices and simple mindful movements for:
- tuning into the language of the body to discover health and wise choice-making
- mindfully calming the nervous system in the moment
- creating cues within your day-to-day life to practice skills naturally
Lean on the support from your group members and the instructor during this skills based course. Receive instruction in how to develop greater self-control, impulse control, mental control, and inner calmness when stress arises for personal empowerment
Fees (click to purchase your pass):
**Open to the general public, but 3 CEs are available for licensed mental health professionals in KS and MO.
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.
- 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):
**Up to 6 CEUs are available for licensed mental health professionals in KS and MO.
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