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Mindfulness: The Healing Power of Compassionate Presence

Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT

CE Credit: 6 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE | Teaching CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Mindfulness: The Healing Power of Compassionate Presence is a 6-hour online continuing education (CE) course that will give you the mindfulness skills necessary to work directly, effectively, and courageously with your own and your clients' struggles.

Compassion towards others starts with compassion towards self. Practicing mindfulness cultivates our ability to pay intentional attention to our experience from moment to moment. Mindfulness teaches us to become patiently and spaciously aware of what is going on in our mind and body without judgment, reaction, and distraction, thus inviting into the clinical process, the inner strengths and resources that help achieve healing results not otherwise possible.

Bringing the power of mindful presence to your clinical practice produces considerable clinical impact in the treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic pain, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, colitis/IBS, and migraines/tension headaches. As you will learn, the mindfulness practice has to be experienced, rather than talked about. This course will provide you with an excellent understanding of exactly what mindfulness is, why it works, and how to use it. You will also develop the tools that help you introduce mindful experiences in your practice, and how to deal with possible client resistance.

Course #61-04 | 2021 | 90 pages | 35 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1.  List three things that mindfulness is, and three things mindfulness is not
2.  Describe three mindfulness strategies that can improve client rapport and reduce resistance
3.  Distinguish between the psychophysiological effects of Big Deal Mind and Monkey Mind
4.  Explain two ways of being a mindful clinician to increase your confidence and empathy
5.  Summarize the connections between mindless living and the creation of many difficult-to-treat symptoms
6.  Identify ten valuable mindfulness skills you will be able to teach to your clients
7.  List five ways in which mindfulness can create balance, harmony, healing, and growth
8.  Name three ways to incorporate mindfulness practices into both your personal and professional life

NBCC ACEP Approved Provider

Professional Development Resources (PDR) has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5590. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. PDR is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Professional Development Resources is also approved as a provider of online (home study) continuing education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#50-1635); the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0135 - Note: New York counselors will receive 6 continuing education credits for completing this self-study course); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (#RCST100501 - Note: Ohio counselors completing this course will receive 6 clinical continuing education credits); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists (#193); and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT, is a retired Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist, who was the Director/Owner of Innerchange Counseling in Onalaska Wisconsin. He has over 40 years of experience in clinical psychotherapy and has been a practicing Zen Buddhist for nearly 50 years. In 1992 he received lay Buddhist vows from Thich Nhat Hanh. He is the author of The Mindfulness Workbook: A Beginners Guide to Overcoming Fear and Embracing Compassion (New Harbinger Press, 2009). Thomas was an adjunct professor at Viterbo University in La Crosse, and St. Cloud State University, where he taught several courses. Thomas has become a leader in the fields of mind-body healing, clinical hypnotherapy, and mindfulness. He continues to teach as a visiting lecturer at the University of Wisconsin and presents retreats & workshops throughout the United States. You may visit his website at thomasrobertsllc.com.

Financial: Mr. Roberts receives royalty payments from Professional Development Resources on sales of his courses.

Non-financial: Mr. Roberts is the creator of the CenterPoint© Breathing Technique, which is presented in this course so that the reader may use it when working with clients.



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