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 CE 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 CE credits as well, but wanted to make an online course available for those out of the area. Please contact me if you are looking for an in-person workshop.
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.
Course Title: Yoga, Meditation and Breathing Course for Anxiety, Depression and Stress
Conducted by Debbie Cohen, LCSW (Presenter)- Social Work License Number: SW5407
Level: Beginning Level
Target Audience: Mental Health Professionals, Social Workers, Psychologists
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 CE 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: Please check with your licensing board.
If you are purchasing the online course and wish to receive the 3 CE 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 CE credits.
For those wishing to purchase the course without receiving the CE 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.
CE Credit Information on Yoga, Meditation and Breathing Course for Anxiety, Depression and Stress
Three hours of continuing education credits are available through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:
Marriage and Family Therapists
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. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed Social Workers #SW-0444. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.
Psychologists: CES is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education for Psychologists. Psychologists completing this program receive three Continuing Education Hours credit. CES maintains responsibility for this program.
Marriage & Family Therapists:The following Marriage and Family Therapy Boards accept programs offered by ASWB or APA approved providers (of which CES is approved): AZ, CT, DE, GA, IN, MD, MT, NE, NH, NJ, PA, RI, SD, TN, VA, WA AND WI. In addition, CES is approved for CA MFTs (PCE 4693), FL MFTs (#50-9633) and Texas MFTs (Provider #558). Marriage & Family Therapists receive 3 CE hours credit for this program.
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.
Accommodations for the differently abled
Commonwealth Educational Seminars’ training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Debra Cohen, LCSW 954 567-8442