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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

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 client’s life 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. The emphasis of this course is largely experiential and will offer you the benefit of having a direct experience of the mindfulness experience in a safe and supportive fashion. You will utilize the power of “taking the client there” as an effective technique of introducing the mindful experience in your practice setting. 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 #60-75 | 2008 | 73 pages | 27 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the core concepts of mindfulness practice in clinical treatment
2. Utilize mindfulness experiences to improve client rapport and reduce resistance
3. Explain how mindfulness can increase your confidence and empathy as a clinician
4. Describe how living mindlessly can lead to more difficult-to-treat symptoms
5. Compile eleven mindfulness skills you will be able to teach to your clients
6. Describe how mindfulness creates balance, harmony, healing and growth
7. Discuss how to incorporate mindfulness practices in both your personal and professional life

Professional Development Resources, #1046, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 6/12/2019 - 6/12/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 6 clinical continuing education credits. 

Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (Provider #BAP346); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (Provider #RCST100501); and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).


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 Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist in private practice in Wisconsin, and holds licenses as an Independent Clinical Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist; certifications as a Fellow with the National Board of Clinical Hypnotherapists, a Diplomate with the American Psychotherapy Association, Fellow with the American Association for Integrative Medicine, and as an Addictions Counselor in the State of Wisconsin. Thomas offers practical approaches for applying mindful skills in both personal and clinical contexts. Thomas frequently attends Mindfulness retreats in the company of eminent teachers including: Thich Nhat Hanh, H. H. The Dali Lama, Dennis Genpo Merzel Roshi, Tara Brach, and others. With over 25 years of clinical experience as well as his own personal mindfulness practice he offers a dynamic and refreshing class for professionals interested in learning the numerous benefits of the Mindfulness experience. Thomas has over 35 articles published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, newspapers, and magazines, which relate to his approach to mindfulness practice, and mind-body healing.

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