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Continuing Studies

Mindfulness for Clinicians: An 8-Week Intensive Course

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Mindfulness is an ancient practice rooted in Buddhist psychology, aimed at training our mind to become our friend instead of our inner bully. Through practice, we learn to relate to whatever we are experiencing in the present moment with curiosity, acceptance, and kindness instead of judgment, resistance and struggle. This cultivates an inner stability that frees the mind from those conditioned habits that cause our distress, enabling us to meet life's delights and difficulties with more ease and wisdom.

Research shows that practicing mindfulness is helpful for every dimension of our lives. It benefits the body by lowering blood pressure, boosts the immune system and dials down the suffering that accompanies pain. It helps regulate our emotions, improves concentration, builds resilience to stress, lowers anxiety, reduces depression and builds self-acceptance. It helps access our compassion, improves our relational abilities and enhances our overall well-being.

As clinicians working with people who are struggling with difficult challenges in life (physical, emotional, social or spiritual), to be helpful we need to be present and grounded, have access to our own unique tool kit and knowledge and be resilient and wise. Studies show that front-line workers who practice mindfulness do just that. They experience more job satisfaction, less empathy fatigue and burnout, and feel greater well-being.

This 8-week intensive course is for clinicians who want to incorporate mindfulness into their own lives to be more present, effective and stable in their work as well as develop more confidence in applying mindfulness principles and tools with their patients (clients, students, staff). The course is appropriate for experienced practitioners as well as those with no experience in mindfulness or meditation.

We will learn a specific aspect of mindfulness each week so that by the end of the 8 sessions you will have a clear sense of and experience with all the core components of mindfulness. Each class will be a combination of short teachings, experiential practice and discussion. Since we will practice being present, curious, kind and accepting of ourselves and each other as we learn this tool, the atmosphere of the class will be relaxed and open. Between class, assignments will include daily meditation practices, journaling and specific informal ways to apply mindfulness in your life and your work.

How You Will Learn

  • Class is delivered entirely online, with Zoom sessions every Thursday, and weekly self-study activities within Canvas
  • Self-study activities will make up 4 CE hours (one half-hour each week)
  • Meet via Zoom for 8 two-hour live online sessions (see schedule)
  • Canvas will open up 1 week prior to the start date of class


Learning objectives

  • Describe the core components of mindfulness
  • Apply mindfulness to your own life to be more present, effective and stable in your work
  • Explain strategies for using mindfulness in clinical work
  • Demonstrate more confidence in applying mindfulness principles and tools in your work with clients and patients

Over these eight 2-hour sessions we will explore the following:

  • How to define mindfulness and its basic principles
  • Increasing understanding regarding the root cause of our suffering and how mindfulness addresses this
  • How to bring attention to the present moment
  • Practices to build a mindful connection with the body
  • How to work with body sensations and experience pain without suffering
  • How to work with thoughts mindfully, and find freedom from unwise thought patterns
  • Emotions are vital teachers, and how to work with them mindfully and learn from then
  • The power of resistance and acceptance
  • The importance of compassion and loving-kindness
  • Specific practices to cultivate compassion and loving-kindness
  • Practical ways to apply mindfulness in your life and work


Beginner to Advanced

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 20
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units 2
American Psychological Association - Continuing Education Credit 20
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Substance Abuse Counselors - Continuing Education Credit Hours 20
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Marriage and Family Therapists - Continuing Education Credit Hours 20
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Social Workers - Continuing Education Credit Hours 20
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Licensed Professional Counselors 20

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Emily Laflash at emily.laflash@wisc.edu

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Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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Meet your instructors

Mare Chapman

Mare Chapman, M.A., mindfulness-based psychotherapist, teaches classes, retreats and trains providers in mindfulness. With forty years of clinical experience, including thirty years practicing mindfulness, she's recently published, Unshakeable Confidence, the Freedom to be Our Authentic Selves: Mindfulness for Women. www.marechapman.com

Marilyn (mare) K. Chapman

, M.A., has been studying and practicing mindfulness and teaching classes in Insight Meditation, which cultivates mindfulness, for over 20 years. She finds mindfulness to be the most effective and empowering tool for transforming our deeply ingrained conditioned patterns, and for handling the full gamut of challenges life gives us with greater ease and stability.