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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 is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).


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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