Clinical Mental Health Conference

Third Annual Interdisciplinary Clinical Mental Health Conference

Mindfulness and Mindful Living Program: "Mindset Matters"

Back by popular demand:
Dr. Romie Mushtaq

Friday, April 8, 2016; Madison Theatre, Public Square, Molloy College, Rockville Centre campus.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Science program will be hosting a Mental Health Conference on April 8, 2016 at the Rockville Centre campus.

Our Third Annual Interdisciplinary Mental Health Conference entitled,"Mindfulness and Mindful Living Program: "Mindset Matters", will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Madison Theatre located in the Public Square on the Rockville Centre campus.

Back by popular demand is one of our keynote speakers from our last conference, Dr. Romila Mushtaq.

Program Background and Description
Molloy College is a nationally recognized private, Long Island college. Molloy provides a value-centered, multidimensional liberal arts education with more than 50 quality academic undergraduate and graduate degree programs grounded in the Catholic faith, ideals of truth and respect for the dignity and worth of every individual.

Mindfulness based stress reduction and mindfulness based cognitive therapy are scientifically proven modalities of therapy to heal stress based disorders such as anxiety, depression, other mood disorders, chronic pain, high blood pressure and hormonal imbalances. Additional benefits of mindfulness based therapies are reported quality of life, increase workplace productivity, and improved communication between individuals.

Dr. Romie Mushtaq has developed her own Mindful Living Therapy Program called "Mindset Matters" (Trademark pending).

This program includes a five step process to help clients heal from stress based disorders such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and career burnout. Personal healing is a critical cornerstone in healing relationships with spouses, family members, or colleagues. 

Dr. Romie's 5 Step Mindful Living Program: Mindset Matters
 will cover the role of self-compassion, contemplation, forgiveness, gratitude, meditation, and public service in healing.

This program is an interactive workshop designed to teach attendees that are useful for both self-healing as well as methods to integrate 

Who should attend?
The intended audience includes anyone involved in the care and/or evaluation of individuals with mental illness, including: clinical mental health counselors, addiction and substance abuse counselors, social workers, nurses, teachers, psychiatrists, psychologists, music therapists, physicians, marriage and family therapists and students.

Conference Agenda
8:00- 8:45 a.m.                  Registration / Breakfast
8:45- 9:00 a.m.                  Opening Remarks by Molloy College Faculty
9:00- 9:50 a.m.                  Lecture 1 Medicine Meets Mindfulness: The Mind and Body's Response to Stress
10:00- 10:50 a.m.              Lecture 2 Self Healing through Self-Compassion
11:00 a.m.  - Noon             Lecture 3 The Power of Forgiveness in Mental Health
12:00- 1:00 p.m.                Lunch
1:00- 2:00 p.m.                  Lecture 4 Unlocking the Secret to a Happy Brain: Gratitude
2:00- 3:00 p.m.                  Lecture 5 Connect to Life Purpose
3:00- 4:00 p.m.                  Closing Meditation and Q & A


Romila "Dr. Romie" Mushtaq, M.D., ABIHM, is a traditionally trained neurologist and an expert in the field of mind-body medicine; the branch of medicine that promotes the science behind mindfulness-based techniques. Through her mindful living program, "Mindset Matters", she helps individuals heal from stress, retrain the brain, and shift mindset.

Dr. Romie completed her medical training and education at the Medical University of South Carolina, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and The University of Michigan, where she won numerous teaching and research awards. She also served as an assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

After surviving lifesaving surgery, Dr. Romie traveled the world learning mindfulness-based techniques such as yoga and meditation, and is now a certified hatha yoga instructor. She is also board certified in integrative and holistic medicine, and heals clients at the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Romie is a highly sought after professional speaker, teaching the medicine behind mindfulness to groups and corporations. She is an expert contributor for the Huffington Post and is regularly featured in national and local media outlets such as Fox News, NPR, and

You can learn more about Dr. Romie on her website:

Learning Objectives
After attending a full day seminar attendees will be educated on the following learning objectives:

Module 1. Medicine Meets Mindfulness: The Mind and Body's Response to Stress
a. Defining mindfulness in modern day psychology terms.
b. What is the mind-body connection and its relationship to health, relationships, and self-awareness?
c. What are Mindfulness Based Therapies?
d. Is Mindful Living Just a Trend or Lifestyle Change?  

Module 2. Self Healing through Self-Compassion
a. The science and psychoneuroimmunology behind the Stress Response and the Relaxation Response
b. Redefining self-care, self-love, and self-compassion
c. Compassion fatigue and career burnout
d. Practical mindfulness based exercises to teach clients for self-care 

Module 3. The Power of Forgiveness in Mental Health
a. The "I" in Illness is Isolation: The Rosewell Community Study
b. Forgiveness, Resentment, Anger and Mental Health
c. Practical mindfulness based exercises for forgiveness 

Module 4. Unlocking the Secret to a Happy Brain: Gratitude
a. Defining happiness and joy.
b. Science of happiness and joy.
c. Role of gratitude in sustained happiness and joy.
d. Practical mindfulness based exercises to teach clients gratitude 

Module 5. Connecting to Life Purpose
a. The role of daily meditation practice in healing compassion fatigue and career burnout.
b. Defining purpose through service
c. Practice mindfulness based exercises to start a home meditation practice 

Speaker Discloser

Speaker disclosure: the speaker has disclosed that she has no financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Credit:

Nursing Continuing Education Credit
Molloy College, Continuing Education Department, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 6 contact Hours for the conference will be awarded if you attend each session of the conference.

Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC)
Molloy College has applied to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS-OASAS) for approval of this program for 6 clock hours and approval is pending in the following areas:
Initial Credentialing: CPP and CPS
Renewal: CASAC, CPP and CPS

Music Therapy Continuing Education
The Mental Health Conference is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 6 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Molloy College, Provider Number: P-102, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.

Social Work Continuing Education Credit
CEU's for NYS Licensed Social Workers: Molloy College, Continuing Education & Professional Development Social Work CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0110. This program has been approved for a total of six (6) CE contact hours  for NYS Licensed Social Workers.

Tuition Rates
Early Registration through January 15, 2016: $95
Regular Registration, January 16-March 16: $115
Late Registration: March 17-April 7: $125
April 8 or at the door (if space is available): $135
Non-Molloy Students: $25 (provide copy of student ID at check-in, no at the door registration, register by March 16)
Molloy Faculty and Staff: No Charge. No at the door registration, register by March 16.
Molloy Alumni: 10% discount

Online registration is available by clicking here. Please note that if you are registering online, after you enter your charge card information you should click "Continue to Checkout" just once. It can take up to a minute or two for the charge to be processed. If you click more than once the system will void the registration and you will need to call the CE Office at 516-323-3550 to register.

Phone-in registration is available by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Discover or Visa. To register in person, by fax or mail, please click here to download a registration form and follow the directions. Course number: Payment can be made by check or money order (made payable to Molloy College, by MasterCard or Visa, or by purchase order.

Registration is limited. In-person registration the day of the conference is on a space available basis and cannot be guaranteed.

Refund Policy: A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us by March 16. Refunds will not be granted after March 16: however, substitutions can be made until the day of the conference at no charge.

The conference will be given in the Madison Theatre in the Public Square Building at Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY, 11571. The campus is located about 40 minutes east of New York City by train on Long Island. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be found by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here or call 516.323.3554.

Conference Brochure
The conference brochure will be mailed in late February. To be placed on our mailing list or to be mailed a brochure, please contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email at: or by phone at:516.323.3554.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters of Science program will be hosting the conference.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
Please click here for the webpage for the Master of Science Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Molloy College.

Questions regarding conference content or speakers?
Contact Conference Chair: Laura B. Kestemberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Psychology, Chair, Associate Dean and Director, Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Molloy College
Phone: (516) 323-3842

Questions regarding registration?
Contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services
Phone: 516.323.3554