Bridging Yoga and Mental Healthcare
This 5-day course is a state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary continuing education program synthesizing yoga, somatic psychotherapy, and neuroscience research.
Location: Hotel Villa la Stella, Florence, Italy.
Dates: May 7-12, 2018 (with optional 3-day excursion May 12-15).
CEUs: 20 CE credits offered for psychologists, social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and nurses, and yoga teachers.
First of three webinars will be held on January 8, 2018 7:30 pm EST.
Bridging Yoga and Mental Healthcare, with Joann Lutz and Suzanne Ludlum. 20 CEs.
For caregivers, healthcare professionals, mental health professionals, yoga instructors and students and the general public.
Complete CE Information:
Program cost: $650US. No refunds are possible.
1. Our model: A new synthesis of yoga, neuroscience, and somatic psychotherapy. J
2. The mind of a traumatized/depressed/anxious person from a Western psychological and a yogic perspective. S
B. Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression and Yoga: Physiological foundations.
1 Functioning of Autonomic Nervous System as it impacts symptoms of PTSD, Anxiety and Depression. S
2. Description of ANS disregulation as a result of psychological trauma: the “Window of Tolerance” JS
3.Top-down and bottom-up regulation. S
4. Polyvagal Theory as an underpinning of somatically-oriented psychotherapy. S
5. Other nerves (i.e., cranial) and how to activate a parasympathetic response through them. S
6.Yoga, Psychotherapy, and Interpersonal Neurobiology J
7. Yoga, Psychotherapy, and Neuroplasticity J
8. Recent research on yoga, nervous system regulation, and its effect on psychological trauma. J S
C. Yogic Foundations for the mental health professional.
1Raja Yoga (The Royal Path)J S
2Yoga as Energy Psychology: Subtle Anatomy J
1 hour: Hatha yoga floor sequence practicum and its application to mental health care. S
D. Hatha Yoga as an Adjunct to Psychotherapy.
1. Key Aspects of Practice S
2. Elements of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga S
3. Aspects of yoga which regulate the nervous system S
4. Other Physiological Benefits of Yoga Postures
E. Integrating Interventions from Somatic Psychology with Yoga.
4. Visual and Aural Orientation
5. Social Engagement
8. Core Internal Support
10. Somatic practices to work with the diagnosis Dissociative Identity Disorder.
1 hour: Trauma-Sensitive Chair sequence practicum. J
F. Foundations of Therapeutic Yogic breathing practices as an Adjunct to Psychotherapy. (pranayama).
1.What is Prana?
2. Gross and Subtle Physiology of Pranayama.
3. Learning how to identify subtle breathing patterns that may reveal emotional dysregulation
4. Pranayama practices to regulate and balance prana and improve mental health.
5. Prana & the Nose.
6. The psychotherapeutic use of nostril dominance, from a western medical and yogic perspective.
7. Vagus Nerve Stimulation, mental health, and the breath.
8. Description of Principal Breathing Practices
9. Benefits of Breathing Practices for overcoming PTSD, Anxiety, Depression,
and simple and complex trauma.
1 hour: Hatha yoga and pranayama practicum and its application to mental healthcare. S
G. Yoga Nidra (The yogic sleep) as an Intervention for Psychological Trauma.
1. What is yoga nidra?
2. The Koshas as the Conceptual underpinning of yoga nidra
3. A Comparison of Classic Yoga Nidra and modern therapeutic adaptations, such as iRest, used in military and veteran’s hospitals as a treatment for PTSD.
4. Benefits of Yoga Nidra for nervous system regulation.
H. Meditation as an Intervention for Psychological Trauma.
1. Varieties of meditation.
2. What is a trauma-sensitive meditation?
3. The Medicalization of Meditation: Herbert Benson and Jon Kabat-Zinn
4. Meditation as Cognitive Psychotherapy
5. Meditation on sound to heal emotional trauma.
6. Benefits and precautions of meditation for individuals with PTSD.
1 hour: Yoga nidra practicum and its application to mental healthcare. J
I. Course Review
Case Examples; final questions.
1 hour: iRest Practicum and its application to mental healthcare.
Participants will gain:
1. An overview of the theory and diagnostic features of the diagnoses Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depression, and the proposed diagnosis, simple and complex trauma.
2. An introduction to the functioning of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and its relationship to mental disorders.
3. An in-depth understanding of yogic philosophy and subtle physiology and how it can be used as an adjunct to psychotherapy, with case examples.
4. Knowledge of the physiological benefits of yoga practice for treating PTSD, Anxiety and Depression.
5. Confidence in bringing simple chair yoga postures; mat postures; the 3-part deep breath; yogic relaxation (yoga nidra); and meditation into the psychotherapy individual or group session.
6. Background in principles of Trauma-Sensitive yoga, as developed by Bessel van der Kolk at The Trauma Center in Boston, Ma
7. Background on the key interventions in somatic psychology for psychotherapy. (from the work of Peter Levine and Pat Ogden).
This program is appropriate for: Beginning Level, Intermediate Level, and Advanced Level.
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to CES, 1020 Osterville West Barnstable Rd, Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Grievances will initially be directed to the training instructor. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems. If you have questions or concerns, contact Commonwealth Educational Seminars at (800) 376-3345.
Accommodations for the Differently Abled Policy:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars’ training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Joann Lutz, 413-586-6384 (USA).
Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:
Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 25.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.
Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 25.5 continuing education hours of credit.
Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 25.5 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.
Marriage and Family Therapists: Continuing education credit for Marriage & Family Therapists is awarded in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Marriage and Family therapists completing this program will receive 25.5 CE hours of credit.
Nurses: As an American Psychological Association approved provider CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 25.5 CE hours of credit.
CEs are also available for yoga teachers. The CE approval process is pending for yogs therapists through the IAYT.
For more information, contact Suzanne Ludlum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See full details on our Facebook page: Bridging Yoga and Mental Healthcare.
Teaching/Yoga Therapy Schedule
10:30 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Advanced Beginner Class
Church Fellowship Hall
25 Hartwood Rd.
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
10:30 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Trainings & Workshops
For Mental Health Practitioners
Because yoga therapy is rapidly becoming integrated into US healthcare, many allopathic healthcare practitioners are increasingly interested in knowing more about it. To better understand how yoga can be a therapeutic modality, Suzanne offers programs to healthcare and mental health practitioners that help de-mystify yoga and explain how it can serve as a valuable integrative practice that complements contemporary healthcare.
Suzanne’s trainings are opportunities to learn about how we can empower ourselves to heal, build resilience, calm the over-active mind, and develop a sense of equilibrium through movement, breath, and mindful meditation. We learn how to become active participants in our own healing.
For Yoga Teachers
Suzanne’s programs are available for registered yoga instructors to earn continuing education credits through Yoga Alliance. These programs offer more in-depth training and information on specific topics that help to deepen instructors’ knowledge base. This enables teachers to offer safe, as well as empowering, instruction to their students and classes.