Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR):
 A Training Program for All Health and Mental Health Professionals

Faculty: James D'Aconti, LCSW
This exciting new course will start on Monday, May 11, 2020 

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Science program will be hosting  this course starting on Monday, May 11, 2020 at Molloy's Suffolk Center campus.

Program Description
MBSR is a training program developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society.   At its core, MBSR is based on systematic and intensive training in mindfulness meditation and mindful hatha yoga. The MBSR curriculum is designed to guide program participants in the "how" of learning to practice, integrate, and apply mindfulness in their everyday lives. The primary intention of the MBSR curriculum is to create a structured pathway to relieve suffering and increase wellbeing for people facing a host of challenges arising from a wide range of medical and psychological conditions and the demands and stressors inherent in the everyday lives of human beings (taken from MBSR Curriculum, 2017).   Mindfulness based stress reduction includes the "practice of maintaining attention and awareness within any given moment" (Kabat-Zinn, 1990). In other words, the individual practices focusing their attention on what is happening in the moment, as opposed to being caught in past or future thoughts. The word practice is important because it helps us recognize that being mindful is something that happens with intention and commitment. References: www.umassmed.edu (Oshita, Hattori & Iwakuma, 2013) (Christopher & Maris, 2010)

This 11 session, 30 hour, experiential program includes the formal 8 week MBSR program, as well as an explanation of how the practice of MBSR can be applied in behavioral health/health practice.

Discover simple and powerful ways to cope with stress and anxiety. You have the capacity to change the way you live your life. You can learn to live in a more liberated way. You can learn to relate to yourself and others in a more compassionate and fulfilling way. You can experience more acceptance and gratitude. You can do all these things by using simple mindfulness practices. The Mindful Place offers this class designed to help you learn these liberating practices for you and your clients/patients..  

Attendees should bring a yoga mat to class. If you do not have a yoga mat we do have a limited number of yoga mats available.

Who should attend?
The intended audience includes anyone involved in the mental healthcare profession, including: clinical mental health counselors, addiction and substance abuse counselors, social workers, nurses, teachers, psychiatrists, psychologists, music therapists, and other creative arts therapists, physicians, marriage and family therapists, students and all those interested in their own health and well-being.

Continuing Education credit is offered in the following areas: social work, mental health, music therapy, nursing, teachers and NYS OASAS (CASAC). See below under the section on Continuing Education Credit, for details. This course is not offered for college credit.

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?

Topics covered
- Review basics of mindfulness and learn in depth mindfulness practices.  
- Learn to practice mindfulness to recognize the way you hold tension in the body.
- Develop an experiential understanding of stress in the body, and learn a new way to respond to it.
- Explore the neuroscience which explains your relationship to stress and how to change it.
- Description of how mindfulness works in the body, mind and heart.  
- Learn how to practice a body scan meditation.
- Learn how to practice mindfulness of thoughts (in order to become less consumed by them).
- Learn to practice loving kindness meditation  
- Explore the relationship between awareness and the body, mind and heart.  
- Discuss how to live from a greater space of awareness, which holds the experience of thoughts, the body and emotions in a more balance and aware space.  
- An in depth description of how mindfulness practice works.  
- Learn how to practice breathing meditation (mindfulness of breathing).  
- A description of the benefits of practicing mindfulness meditation.  
- How we can use mindfulness in our daily lives.  
- Learn how to practice mindfulness of sounds.  
- Learn how to practice mindfulness of sensations in the body.  
- Consequences of prolonged stress or "burnout" on mental health.  
- Application of practices of MBSR in the field of Mental Health.

James D'Aconti, LCSW is a qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher recognized by the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society and the Oasis Institute. He is also a licensed master social worker and practicing psychotherapist at the Long Island University Center for Healthy Living, where he has taught mindfulness based practices for over four years.

As part of his training to become a qualified teacher, James participated in four meditation retreats, engaging in intense meditation practice for 8-10 hours a day, for 7-10 days at a time. He spent two such retreats practicing mindfulness in complete silence.   James has taught mindfulness based practices in various settings including drug and alcohol abuse clinics, universities, homeless shelters and community wellness centers. 


The course will consist of 11 sessions (30 hours) offered on the following schedule:
(1) Monday, May 11, 2020, 6:00-7:30 p.m. (orientation- 1.5 hours)
(9) Tuesdays, May 12-July 7;  6:00-8:30 p.m. (final class on 7/7 is from 6-8 p.m.)
(1) Saturday, June 20, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (1 hour lunch)

Continuing Education Credit
Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs)
Molloy College, Division of Continuing Education & Professional Development is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0052. This program is offered for 30 CE contact hours.  Further information on the new requirements can be found on the following NY State webpage: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/

NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs) 
Molloy College is an approved provider for CE credit from NY State for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: approval number CAT-0015. This conference is pending approval for 30 CE contact hours.

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 conference is offered for 30CE contact hours.

Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC)
CE credit through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS-OASAS) has been approved for 30 CE contact hours for:
Initial Credentialing: CPP and CPS
Renewal: CASAC, CPP and CPS

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. This conference is offered for 30 CE contact hours.

Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) Credit

Molloy College is an approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), sponsor number 23216. This course is approved for 30 hours of  CTLE credit. Click here for further information on CTLE requirements.

$825 (25% discount for Molloy: alumni, students, faculty and staff). There are no additional fees. Payment is due at the time of registration.
Course Number: 20UMBSR1000 

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 and follow the directions. Payment can be made by check or money order (made payable to Molloy College, by MasterCard, Discover or Visa, or by purchase order.

Registration is limited. Participants should register for classes at least one week prior to the start of classes to insure enough time for you to get your confirmation and parking permit. However, you can register up until the day of class. Please note that our classes do close out , so you may be taking a chance of not getting into the course of your choice by waiting.

Refund Policy: A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us by May 10. Refunds will not be granted after May 10: however, substitutions can be made until the first day of the course at no charge.

The course will be given on Molloy's Suffolk Center campus located at 7180 Republic Airport, East Farmingdale, NY 11735.  The course will take place in the atrium.  Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be found by clicking here.

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 registration?
Contact Ramona Ali, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services
Email: rali@molloy.edu