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Webinar on Mindfulness Is First of Series Designed to Enhance CMHCs' Connections With Colleagues
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Webinar on Mindfulness Is First of Series Designed to Enhance CMHCs' Connections With Colleagues


AMHCA has launched a new partnership with publisher and education provider Psychotherapy Networker. 

The first opportunity for AMHCA members planned under the new partnership will be a fall training webinar on mindfulness called, “New Perspectives on Practice: Is Mindfulness Enough?”

This highly acclaimed, six-part, streaming-video webcast series probes the benefits and limitations of both psychotherapy and mindfulness and explores whether these two approaches to shifting consciousness can—or even should—be blended.

Earn up to six CEs while traversing the full range of mindfulness issues with leading experts in the field:

  • SESSION 1: “Spirituality and its Discontents” Presented by Jack Kornfield, PhD, a founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Center in California, whose most recent book is “A Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology.”
  • SESSION 2: “The Future of the Mindfulness Movement” Presented by Ron Siegel, PsyD, an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, author of “The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems,” and coeditor of the forthcoming book, “Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice.”
  • SESSION 3: “Finding True Refuge” Presented by Tara Brach, PhD, a founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, D.C., an author, and a clinical psychologist and teacher of Buddhism who is known for her skill at integrating psychotherapy with meditative and mindfulness practices.
  • SESSION 4: “Suggesting Mindfulness” Presented by Michael Yapko, PhD, a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist, and an author of 13 books, who is recognized for his work in clinical hypnosis, brief psychotherapy, and the stra-tegic treatment of depression.
  • SESSION 5: “When Mindfulness Isn't Enough” Presented by Richard Schwartz, PhD, director of the Center for Self Leadership and the originator of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, who has published more than 50 articles about IFS and four books, including “Internal Family Systems Therapy” and, most recently, “You Are the One You’ve Been Waiting For.”
  • SESSION 6: “Buddhism, Joy, and the Therapeutic Relationship” Presented by Mark Epstein, MD, a psychiatrist in private practice who integrates Buddhist psychology into his work, teachings, and books, who has written extensively on the union of Eastern ideas and psychology, and whose most recent book is “Psychotherapy Without a Self.”

Bonus Sessions

The series includes two bonus sessions, at no additional charge.

    “Kindness as a Spiritual Practice” 
    Presented by Sharon Salzberga spiritual teacher, author, and speaker, who is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, and whose books include “The Force of Kindness,” “The Kindness Handbook,” and most recently, “Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation.”

Discover the difference between kindness as mere "sweetness" and as a spiritual force that can be used in daily life and in the consulting room.

    “Has Mindfulness Been Oversold?” 
    Presented by Michael Yapko, PhD, and Ron Siegel, PsyD

Delve into contrasting perspectives on the impact of mindfulness practices on therapy today by exploring Eastern mindfulness practices and Western psychotherapy.

Nurture a Virtual Community of Clinical Peers

Each of the six topics is presented in a free-wheeling, down-to-earth conversational format, and participants can join chats and discussion groups around the topics presented. 

AMHCA sought this partnership with Psychotherapy Networker to benefit AMHCA members by giving them another way to nurture a community of practice in the often isolating profession of clinical mental health counseling. 

Although conferences can energize and reinvigorate mental health counselors, that inspiration, excitement, and renewed energy can ebb quickly.  

Webinars such as the series on mindfulness are just one of the programs AMHCA’s new partnership with Psychotherapy Networker will give members access to so that they are able to generate energy and connections just as they do when they attend in-person conferences. 

The webinar programs from Psychotherapy Networker take participants up-close with leading practitioners in the field. They focus on the immediate, practical needs of clinicians, and clients benefit from the new ideas, practice approaches, and renewed professional focus that this learning and connecting provides.

”AMHCA is pleased to offer this new way for members to enrich their professional lives,” said AMHCA Executive Directory & CEO W. Mark Hamilton, PhD.

Note that all six sessions, and the two bonus sessions in the mindfulness webinar series will be available online on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. EST. The programs are available on-demand rather than at a set time. Find out more information about the series, or to register.