Learn tools in this new online course from the traditions of meditation and yoga for utilizing simple breathing techniques, poses and meditations to assist clients and students with depression, anxiety, feelings of panic, insomnia, poor concentration, low self-image and daily stress. Psychotherapists and nurses are able to receive 3 CEU credits for this online course (see bottom for specifics). The course is also applicable for self-care and anyone who wishes to learn and implement. No prior yoga experience is necessary and one does not need to be flexible. All levels are welcome and these methods will help to enhance one’s own ability to deal with burnout, energize oneself during the work day and become more efficient in problem solving. I give live workshops at various centers for CEU credits as well, but wanted to make an online course available for those out of the area. You can read more about the live 3 CEU Workshop for Mental Health Professionals on February 28th, in Boca Raton by clicking here.
Many clients initially said early in therapy to me comments such as, “deep breathing doesn’t work for me”, “I can’t meditate due to too many thoughts” and “I’ll always have problems with germs”. They were discouraged about any techniques being helpful for them, due to past attempts and failures at challenging inner patterns. I created this course after seeing many people benefit from simple practices that gave them control over internal negative dialogues, agitated thoughts and feelings of helplessness. Their courage, determination and positive results were the inspiration for this online course.
Through the study of the MP3 audios and PDF materials (which are downloaded after purchase), participants will be instructed in how to practice various yoga poses, breathing (pranayama) exercises and meditations to work with clients in order to help them apply these techniques to aid in reducing racing thoughts, elevate low moods, improve concentration and to gain better coping skills. Clinicians will also be able to implement these tools for the common problems in the helping professions of fatigue, burnout and emotional exhaustion.
Case studies are utilized throughout the online course from my thirty years of psychotherapy practice with clients ranging from 6 years old to 82.
Some topics covered include:
* Breathing techniques for mood control including the complete breath, alternate nostril breathing, breath of fire and segmented breathing drawing from the traditions of Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Mindfulness Traditions and Sivananda with case study examples.
* How to correct common breathing mistakes that can increase anxiety and contribute to feelings of discouragement. Breathing techniques that can be coordinated with walking are discussed for clients that are not comfortable with seated practices or prefer this modality. Which methods are useful for those with injuries and limited mobility?
* We explore some of the common “mantras” that people repeat to themselves that start a negative, downward spiral and what can replace these to stop that cycle. How can phrase repetition help with OCD patterns, generalized anxiety and other disorders? Insights from cognitive-behavioral techniques are applied to help with mindset changes.
* A practical guide to meditations and yoga poses to personally experience the calming effect, clarity and balance that results from balancing the glandular system and strengthening the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems is important to learn. These systems effect the emotional stability via the chemistry of the body.
* An exploration of which techniques are helpful for insomnia, teenage anger, distracted thoughts, low self-esteem and inner nervousness include client examples so that one can apply this in clinical practice or for self-care.
Course Delivery: You’ll receive 2 pdf files to download, study and use for practice as well as 2 mp3 files at time of purchase. There is one zip file and after you save it to your hard drive, just double click it and they’ll be on your computer. If you encounter any technical difficulties, just write me at firstname.lastname@example.org . The pictures are inside the pdf and there aren’t videos so you don’t have to worry about figuring out how to stream anything visual. You can read the pdf files easily on a computer, tablet or even a big phone! The mp3 meditation and breathing practice recordings you can hear on a computer, ipad, ipod or many devices.
For those completing the course for 3 CEU credits, after purchase you’ll receive instructions on how to receive your certificate. The short quiz is multiple choice and can be taken more than once if needed (though people surveyed passed on their initial attempt). The course does not need to be done in one sitting and can be studied in whatever manner is convenient with your schedule. Course must be purchased in order to study the materials, take the quiz and receive one’s certificate. Payment can be made with paypal or major credit cards. If you wish to pay by check, please write to me.
NOTE: For social workers, the only state that the CEU credits aren’t approved for is New York. They just recently instituted ceu credits and for now we haven’t applied to the NY social work provider list. Every other state is approved for social workers as well as nurses, psychologists and other professionals.
If you are purchasing the online course and wish to receive the 3 CEU credits, please use the link here. Cost is $17.00 and you’ll receive the download link after purchase. Course materials must be purchased to receive certification:
Click Button above for purchasing the course to get 3 CEU credits.
For those wishing to purchase the course without receiving the CEU credits and certificate, it is $12.00 and you can use the following link below:
I’ve been a licensed social worker for over thirty years and have worked with a wide range of clients at mental health agencies, assisted living facilities, private practice and at youth centers. I received my MSW from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1982. My Florida license number is SW 5407. I’m also a certified yoga teacher and completed a 9 month teacher Training Program I designed by psychologists Dr. Singh and Dr. Bhajan covering techniques to treat feelings of hopeless, depressed moods, negative inner dialogues and low self-worth. I’m also certified in Module II Conscious Communication from Dr. Singh.
The additional BreathWalk Certification training taught me skills for working with clients with breath in the walking context. My background also includes workshops in Mindfulness, Sivananda Yoga weekend trainings and meditation retreats. I continue to read and study great sages from the East and West including Jung, Yalom, Michael Singer and Joseph Campbell to help people from all backgrounds.
CEU Credit Information on Yoga, Meditation and Breathing Course for Anxiety, Depression and Stress
Three hours of continuing education credit are available through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for:
Social Workers (ASWB)
Licensed Mental Health Counselors (NBCC)
Professional Counselors (NBCC)
Registered Nurses (APA accepted by ANCC)
Marriage and Family Therapists (NBCC, ASWB and APA)
Substance Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
This program is co-sponsored by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for continuing education credit.
Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 clinical continuing education clock hours.
Licensed Mental Health Counselors/Licensed Professional Counselors: Licensed Mental Health Counselors receive 3 continuing education hours for this program. CES is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors (5596). We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines.
Certified Counselors: CES is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors (5596). We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. Three contact hours of Continuing Education credit is granted to NBCC members for this program.
Marriage & Family Therapists: The following Marriage and Family Therapy Boards accept programs offered by NBCC, ASWB or APA approved providers (of which we are approved): AL, AR, AZ, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, LA, MD, ME, MN, MS, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, VA, VT, WA AND WI. In addition, we are approved for CA MFTs. Marriage & Family Therapists receive 3 CE hours credit for this program.
Nurses: As an APA approved provider CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa. CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 3 CE hours of credit.
Substance Abuse Counselors: CES is approved by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Approved Education Provider Program #174. Three contact hours of continuing education credit is granted for this program.