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Continuing Education
Holding Space for People Living with Chronic Conditions: Mindfulness Based Clinical Concepts, Understandings and Practices

When: Friday, February 3, 2023 - 8:45am-noon PST / 11:45am-3pm EST

Where: This training will be held virtually on Zoom

Event Description:

This continuing education seminar explores evidence based mindfulness perspectives in mental health practice with people living with chronic illness, and specifically the natural state of human suffering that is often judged as abnormal or unnatural within mainstream worldviews.  We will explore the natural human reactivity toward the suffering in chronic illness and how this threat system turns inward with an intention to protect, but actually increases hostility toward and inflammation within the body through self-judgment, isolation and overidentification with emotion states.  We will explore and engage clinical concepts around the soothing system of emotion regulation and core practices of mindfulness and compassion involving holding and habituating non-judgmental space and stress reduction in relationship to triggers for reactivity. 

Presenter: Bartja Wachtel, MSW, LICSW, MHP, CMHS

Learning Objectives:

After attending this continuing education opportunity, participants will be able to:

  1. Be able to recall the three functions of the Default Mode Network (Concept of Self, Projection to Past/Future, Look for Problems).

  2. Be able to name Compassion Focused Therapy's 3-Circles ("Pools") of Emotion Regulation (Threat, Drive, Soothe)

  3. Be able to identity three practices that activate the Parasympathetic Nervous System

  4. What are the three elements of practice that define self-compassion: (Mindfulness, Common Humanity, Self-Kindness)

CEUs: The Center for Chronic Illness has been approved to offer 3 CEUs for this program from the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Workers (WSSCSW) for clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists (Masters level clinicians). 

*For clinicians not located in Washington state, please note you will need to check with your state's licensing board to see if this program will meet the continuing education requirements in your state. We welcome you to join us!


$100 - Psychologists (PhDs)

$90 - Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSWs), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs), Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs) *also includes associate level clinicians

$60 - Students

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Past Continuing Education Events
Managing Chronic Pain: Therapeutic Strategies for Chronic Illness Mental Health Professionals Friday, December 2, 2022
Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress: Promoting Wellness for Chronic Illness Mental Health ProfessionalsFriday, May 6, 2022

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