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MED 400

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: Theory and Practice

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COURSE INFORMATION

This online course, for mental health professionals and other professional health care professionals is the study of Mindfulness Meditation.  Mental health and Health Care Professionals will study the theory, process and applications of mindfulness meditation as an evidence-based psycho-therapeutic and physiological therapeutic modality in clinical practice.  The text book used in this course is authored by one of the world leaders in the study, teaching and researching of Mindfulness Meditation. This course will educate mental and health care professionals in the use of Mindfulness Meditation practices and prepare them to teach/instruct clients in its use in the clinical setting as well. They will be able to incorporate Mindfulness Meditation therapies within a Holistic model of care and assess a range of outcomes which clients achieve from these practices. Mental health and health care professionals will examine stress as a modern-day epidemic and the multiple negative effects of stress on their clients in body, mind and spirit.  Case studies are examined to enhance education of the use of Mindfulness Meditation as a therapeutic modality and as a defense against mental and physical illness. Specifically, mental health and other health care professionals will learn how to use Mindfulness Meditation to enhance care of clients that are dealing with multiple health issues such as stress reactions, anxiety disorders, depression, sleep disturbances, chronic pain, work stress issues, relationship dysfunctions, over-all poor coping skills, time management issues and more. Research outcomes are studied to enhance the evidence-based knowledge of all dimensions of the use of Mindfulness Meditation in psychotherapeutic mental health care and in overall wellness care today. Knowledge gained in this course allows mental health and other health care professionals to acquire skills and knowledge that will add to their current practice abilities to provide evidence-based high-quality care to clients within a holistic model of care. This course is particularly designed for mental health and other health care professionals who are seeking certification as a Certified Meditation Instructor by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc.

Level of Complexity: Intermediate to Advanced.

Course Code MED 400.  Contact Hours of Education = 45.

This course is particularly designed for those who would like to become Certified as a Certified Meditation Instructor by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc.

Target Audience: Nurses, Physicians, Psychiatrists, Psychologist, Social Work Professionals, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Mental Health Specialists, School Counselors, Grief Professionals, Trauma Specialists, Crisis Interventionists, Stress Management Consultants, Thanatologists, Pastoral Counselors, Mental Health Care Coaches, Rehabilitation Specialists, Substance Abuse Counselors, Spiritual Counselors, other Licensed Health Care Professionals and those in the helping and caring professions, as well as professional educators.

Pre-requisite to enrolling in the continuing education program: registrants must meet at least one of the following; 1.) a registered nurse currently licensed to practice nursing, 2). a licensed social worker, 3). a health care licensed professional, 4). a health care provider with a minimum of a bachelors degree, 5). a licensed counselor or psychologist, 6). holds a bachelor's degree or higher in psychology, human services, or other health related field, 7.) a practicing pastoral counselor, 8). is in current practice as an ordained minister or crisis counselor, or 9). a corporate trainer, 10). a wellness or fitness consultant, or 11). a licensed or certified holistic care provider.

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Instructor/Course Author:  Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN-BC, CH-C, ANP-BC

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TEXTBOOKS & TAPES/CDs: There is one (1) required textbook for this course and one (1) audio. There are also several youtube videos you will need to view.

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness. By: Jon-Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D & Thich Nhat Hanh. New York; Bantam Dell Publishers:2013. ISBN-10: 0345536932 ISBN-13: 978-0345536938

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Mindfulness Meditation - Cultivating the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind (audio CD). By: Jon Kabat-Zinn. Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio/Nightingale-Conant; Abridged edition (February 1, 2002). ISBN-10: 0743520688 ISBN-13: 978-0743520683

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There are six (6) You Tube Videos that you must preview for this course:

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You are required to order your own copy of the textbook and the set of tapes/CD's. Please be sure to order your book and tapes as soon as possible so that you can begin your course of study.

Instructor: Your instructor for this course is Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN-BC, CH-C, ANP-BC, FACHE, a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Meditation Instructor, and a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, as well as being Board Certified in Psychiatic-Mental Health Nursing, and the Executive Director of the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. Access information.

TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete this course. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time

BOARD APPROVALS: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access information

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:


Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 45.0 continuing education hours of credit.
Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 45.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.
Marriage and Family Therapists: Continuing education credit for Marriage & Family Therapists is awarded in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Marriage and Family therapists completing this program will receive 45.0 CE hours of credit.
Nurses:  As an American Psychological Association 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, however 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 45.0 CE hours of credit.

Note: the cost for obtaining the CE Certificate with these approvals is $ 25.00

How to Obtain the Mental Health CE Approvals Certificate: Access here

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 75% to complete this course and receive the 45 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 75% will be contacted by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

COURSE EVALUATION: upon submitting your responses to the examination questions, you are required to complete the online course evaluation. Course evaluations are accessed from the online classroom. A course evaluation must be completed in order to receive the CE course certificate.

Online Classroom Resources and Tools

* Message Boards: each specialty program has an area to "post" on the message board. Students may post messages at anytime. Posting allows students to converse with those in the same specialty practice and to discuss issues/course content etc. Instructions for posting are provided in the online classrooms.

* Chat Rooms: each specialty has it's own unique "chat room." Inside of the classroom there is a schedule for "chat time" with students in your specific specialty practice. Participating in "chats" is voluntary. The chat sessions are used as means for students to come together and discuss course content or anything related to the courses and/or certification specialty.

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER: Please access our student resource center. The Resource Center contains all of our current policies, as well as important information regarding classroom and examination accesses. Also included are trouble-shooting tips when a student has any difficulties with classroom or examination accesses. The Resource Center also provides other information regarding our continuing education and certification programs. Access to online libraries is also provided. To Access the Student Resource Center: click here.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Define and discuss the concept of "mindfulness."
2. Discuss common issues related to the practice of mindfulness and how they can best be overcome when working with clients in clinical practice
3. Discuss the concept of establishing a stress clinic and its potential benefits to clients.
4. Define and discuss the concept of being present in all waking moments and how best to teach clients to achieve states of being present.
5. Discuss the foundations of mindfulness practice and in-turn develop a teaching plan to teach clients the foundations and process of mindfulness practices
6. Discuss the many attitudes and issues related to commitment for the practice of meditation and include these in the teaching plans for educating clients
7. Define and discuss the concepts of commitment, self-discipline and intentionality.
8. Understand the power of breathing and how to apply this process with clients in practice.
9. Discuss the physiology of breathing and how to assess proper breathing for mindfulness when teaching client’s breath work
10. Defying and discuss the concept of diaphragmatic breathing and how to properly teach and assess this breathing strategy to your clients in clinical practice.
11. Discuss how to teach clients to be mindful of their breathing and incorporate this into meditation practice as well as how to assess their effectiveness in carrying out this modality.
12. Define and discuss the concept of "sitting meditation."
13. Defining discuss how you would teach a client to practice sitting meditation and how to assess their responses to the practice.
14. Discuss how you would teach clients to work with their thoughts during meditation and how to teach clients to evaluate their experiences with this work.
15. Defining discuss other objects of attention in sitting meditation and assist clients to learn to focus their attention on objects when practicing mindfulness meditation.
16. Defining discuss five exercises that can be used in sitting meditation and develop teaching plans to properly teach your clients at least three of these techniques in your clinical practice.
17. Understand and discuss the body scan technique, its process and how to teach it to clients and assess their response to the practice.
18. Identifies ways in which the body scan meditation technique may be used and discuss how to teach it to clients and how to assess their response to it and the outcomes they achieve.
20. Define and discuss the concept of "Walking Meditation,” and define how you will teach this to clients and assess their responses to the practice.
21. Identify and discuss issues related to mindfulness in one's daily life and incorporate discussions into sessions with your clients.
22. Define and discuss the concepts of wholeness and interconnectedness.
23. Discuss the many issues related to healing and the use of meditation practices as a therapeutic and holistic modality for stress reduction and wellness care within a holistic framework of health care.
24. Identify and discuss the practice of "loving kindness" meditation, how you will teach this practice to clients and how to assess client outcomes in practice.
25. Discuss the biopsychosocial model and its applicability to stress management.
26. Define and discuss the research related to the use of laughter in stress management and healing and how to incorporate laughter as a healing modality in your work with clients.
27. Discuss the role of emotions in health care and how to better assess the emotional states of your clients.
28. Identify and discuss common psychological illnesses and their applicability to meditative practice and assess which mindfulness techniques might best serve which clients.
29. Discuss social influences on general health.
30. Define and discuss the concepts of the general adaptation syndrome as related to stress and use this knowledge when assessing and working with clients in the clinical practice setting.
31. Identify and discuss major issues related to "change" and how stress management techniques are applicable.
32. Define and discuss the "Stress-Reaction Cycle,” and how knowledge of this cycle can be used to enhance your assessment skills in working with clients and in planning mental health care.
33. Define and discuss all aspects of "Stress Reactivity,” and how this knowledge adds to your skills in assessment and care of clients in clinical practice.
34. Define and discuss the concept of responding to stress instead of reacting to stress and how to effectively teach clients to do this to strengthen their coping skills.
35. Discuss ways that you can teach clients to work with their stress related symptoms.
36. Define and discuss ways that you can work with clients who are experiencing physical pain using mindfulness techniques and evaluate the effectiveness of the techniques.
37. Identifying how mindfulness meditation is used in clients experiencing chronic pain.
38. Discuss the concepts of "problem-focused coping" and "in motion-focused coping,” and discuss how to work with clients using these theories to assist clients in strengthening coping skills. 
39. Define and discuss ways to work with clients experiencing fear, panic, and anxiety using mindfulness meditation practices.
40. Understand issues related to time management and stress and how clients can use mindfulness practices to significantly reduces such stressors in their lives.
41. Discuss issues related to sleep and sleep "stress,” and what specific mindful meditation techniques and practices you would teach clients to use to over these issues.
42. Discuss issues related to relationship stress and define which mindfulness meditation techniques you would teach clients to incorporate daily to deal more effectively with these types of stressors.
43. Define and discuss major issues related to "work" stress and teach clients how mindfulness techniques can be used for short periods of time while at work to lessen these stressors significantly.
44. Define what is meant by food stress and discuss major issues related to this.
45. Define "world's stress" and understand its impact on clients and teach clients how mindfulness can help them to significantly reduce such stressors.
46. Discuss resources for clients undergoing stress management and meditation instruction.

 

COURSE CONTENT:

1. Mind/body and integrative medicine
2. Stress, pain and illness and client manifestations
3. Implementation of a stress management clinic and the use of mindfulness meditation as a primary intervention
4. The practice of mindfulness meditation as an evidence-based modality in holistic health care
5. Meditative practice in stress management strategies
6. Attitudes related to meditation practice.
7. Commitment, self-discipline, and intentionality as foundations of mindfulness meditation practices
8. The power of breathing for client health and well-being
9. The use of breathing in healing and in meditation practices
10. The physiology and pathophysiology of breathing and its use in mindfulness meditation
11. Diaphragmatic breathing and its benefits and use in meditation practices and mindfulness
12. Sitting meditation as a major stress reduction and meditation practice
13. Working with thoughts in meditation as a major component of mindfulness meditation practice
14. Objects of attention in sitting meditation and simple exercises for implementation with clients
15. The Body-Scan Technique for use in client care
18. Case studies in the stress clinic related to mindfulness practice and client outcomes
20. Behavioral medicine and meditation, what we are learning
21. Wholeness and connectedness and the holistic model of health care
22. Psychoneuroimmunology and mental health care
23. Healing the body with meditation and evidence-based outcomes
24. Loving kindness meditation for use with clients in clinical practice
25. Biopsychosocial model of health and wellness for use with clients in practice
26. Beliefs, attitudes thoughts and emotions causing wellness or harm
27. Personality studies in stress and what they teach us about providing quality mental health care
28. Social influences on health and how they shape care planning
29. Self - regulatory functions in the nervous system
30. Theories and concepts of stress as foundational knowledge for understanding therapeutic psychodynamic interventions
31. Change, change management and meditation practice as therapeutic client interventions
32. The stress-reaction cycle and stress reactivity and its role in assisting in client assessments
33. Chronic stress and Maladaptation and how it can be reduced with mindfulness practices
34. Responding to stress and to change our response through mindfulness meditation
35. Applications related to stress management and mindfulness meditation for use in clinical practice
36. Working with symptoms and listening to the body to induce mindfulness meditation
37. Working with physical pain through mindfulness meditation practices
38. Pain outcomes in a stress clinic when using mindfulness meditation
39. Mindfulness meditation and chronic pain; what we are learning
40. Working with emotional pain through mindfulness meditation practices
41. Problem and emotions focused coping and strengthening with mindfulness
42. Working with fear, panic, and anxiety with mindfulness meditation
43. The use of mindfulness in treating anxiety and panic
44. Time and time stress management with mindfulness meditation
45. Sleep and sleep stress reduction techniques through mindfulness
46. People's stress and how to combat it with mindfulness interventions
47. Role stress and work stress through identification and mindfulness interventions
48. Food stress and world stress and their reductions by mindfulness meditation
49. The way of awareness and how to live a life of fuller awareness and mindfulness
50. Methods to keep up with formal practice of meditation

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