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: Casa San Carlos Retreat Center, Delray Beach, Florida.
Dates: February 24 – March 1, 2019.
Presenters: Suzanne Ludlum, MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT500 and Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, C-IAYT, E-RYT.
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Program cost*: $1200pp w/shared bath; $850 for commuters.
*Price includes: program, meals and accommodations; program and Sunday dinner for commuters (all CE’s pending).
Course description: Bridging Yoga and Mental Healthcare is a continuing education course synthesizing somatic psychotherapy, neuroscience research and trauma-sensitive, evidence-informed yogic interventions for use by mental health clinicians. It includes instruction on the psychotherapeutic use of chair yoga postures; breathing practices to improve emotional regulation; relaxation techniques, including yoga nidra, iRest, and meditation for those experiencing anxiety and/or depression, and those who are recovering from psychological trauma. Practicums, with scripts, are included, and participants will have ample time to practice these mind-body techniques to use in their therapy sessions.
Format: Morning yoga practice and program; most afternoons and evenings free.
Feb. 24, 2019
Course Welcome & Introduction: 6-8:30 p.m.:
60 min: Overview of Course Goals and Objectives. J&S
60 Min.: Review of Course Schedule, Content, Practicums and Homework. LECTURE, Q AND A. J&S
Learning objective: participant will be able to describe course goals and content.
30 Min.: Chair yoga and breathing practice interventions in clinical work. LECTURE – J
Learning objective: participant will be able to describe 3 aspects of trauma-sensitive yoga in clinical work.
Feb. 25. 2019
7-8 a.m.: Hatha yoga mat-based sample class and its application to professional mental health care. DEMONSTRATION AND PRACTICUM. S
Learning objective: participant will be able to describe 3 benefits of mat-based hatha yoga for psychotherapy clients.
A. Introduction LECTURE
1. Our model: A new synthesis of yoga, neuroscience, and somatic therapy. J
Learning objective: participant will be able to
name 2 ways that these 3 disciplines complement each other.
9:45-11:15 a.m.: LECTURE; Q AND A.
B. Trauma and Yoga: Physiological foundations
1. Functioning of Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) S
2. Description of ANS dysregulation: the “Window of Tolerance” JS
3.Top-down and bottom-up regulation. S
4. Polyvagal Theory S
5. Cranial nerves and how to activate a parasympathetic response through them. S
6.Yoga and Interpersonal Neurobiology J
7. Yoga and Neuroplasticity J
8. Recent research on yoga and nervous system regulation. J&S
Learning objectives: 1) participant will be able to describe 3 key components of autonomic nervous system dysregulation. 2) participant will be able to describe 2 ways to activate the parasympathetic nervous system.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: LECTURE
C. What is yoga?
1. Classical Raja Yoga, The Royal Path. J&S
2. Classical Yoga as Energy Psychology: Subtle Anatomy J
Learning objective: participant will be able to describe 3 major tenets of classical yoga.
2-3 p.m.: Afternoon chair yoga script practicum with partner to learn phrasing and timing of postural interventional in a trauma-sensitive manner.
Learning objective: participant will be able to apply 3 principles of trauma healing in teaching trauma-sensitive chair yoga.
Feb. 26, 2019
7-8 a.m.: Trauma-Sensitive Chair yoga sample class and its benefit for trauma survivors. LECTURE AND PRACTICUM – J
Learning Objective: Participant will be able to name 2 additional benefits of chair yoga for inclusion in the psychotherapy session for trauma survivors.
9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.: LECTURE; Q AND A
D. Hatha Yoga. S
1. Key Aspects of Practice
2. Elements of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga
3. Aspects of yoga which regulate the nervous system
4. Other Physiological Benefits of Yoga Postures
Learning objective: Participant will be able to name 3 basic tenets of trauma-sensitive yoga as applied to psychotherapy.
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:
E. Integrating Somatic Psychological Interventions with Yoga. LECTURE; Q AND A – J
4. Visual and Aural Orientation
5. Social Engagement
8. Core Internal Support
10. Somatic practices to work with the dissociative client/student
11. Case Example
Learning objective: the participant will be able to apply at least 6 somatic interventions, integrated with yogic interventions, in a psychotherapy session.
Feb. 27, 2019
7-8 a.m.: Pranayama (yogic breathing)-based sample class and its applications in the psychotherapy session. DEMONSTRATION AND PRACTICUM – S
Learning objective: the participant will be able to use the basic 3-part deep breath as a psychological intervention in the trauma therapy session.
9:15 to 11:15 a.m.: LECTURE; Q AND A
F. Therapeutic Yogic breathing practices (pranayama). J&S
1.What is Prana?
2. Gross and Subtle Physiology of Pranayama (yogic breathing).
3. Learning how to identify 2 breathing patterns that may reveal emotional
4. Pranayama practices to regulate and balance prana
5. Prana & the Nose
Learning objective: the participant will be able to identify 2 breathing patterns that may reveal emotional dysregulation.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. LECTURE; Q AND A
6. The therapeutic use of nostril dominance, from a western medical and yogic
7. Vagus Nerve Stimulation and the breath J&S
8. Description of Yogic three-part deep breath and alternate nostril breathing. J
9. Benefits of Breathing Practices for ANS Regulation J&S
Learning objective: the participant will be able to use the appropriate yogic breathing technique for the trauma client in a psychotherapy session.
2-3 p.m.: Pranayama (yogic breathing) practicum in pairs: developing skills to bring breathing practices into the session. PRACTICUM – J&S
Learning objective: the participants will be able to use 2 new skills in bringing breathing practices into the psychotherapy session.
Feb. 28, 2019
7-8 a.m.: Integral yoga nidra (deep relaxation) sample class and the benefits of this practice for trauma survivors. DEMONSTRATION AND PRACTICUM – J
Learning objective: the participant will be able describe 3 benefits of practice for trauma survivors.
9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: LECTURE; Q AND A
G. Yoga Nidra (yogic deep relaxation) J&S
1. What is yoga nidra?
2. Physiological description.
3. Conceptual underpinning: The Koshas
4. A Comparison of Classic Yoga Nidra and modern therapeutic adaptations, such as
iRest, approved by the US Army as a primary intervention for pain regulation and
5. Benefits of Yoga Nidra for nervous system regulation.
Learning objective: the participant will be able to describe 2 physiological underpinnings of yoga nidra (deep relaxation) and 3 benefits for trauma survivors.
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: LECTURE; Q AND A
H. Meditation – J&S
1. Varieties of meditation
2. The Medicalization of Meditation: Herbert Benson and Jon Kabat-Zinn
3. What is a trauma-sensitive meditation?
4. Meditation as Cognitive Therapy
5. Meditation on sound
6. Benefits and precautions of meditation for nervous system regulation.
Learning objective: The practitioner will be able to identify and use two major systems of meditation in psychotherapy sessions.
2-3 p.m.: Integral yoga nidra practicum with a partner to refine skills in administering relaxation exercises. J PRACTICUM
Learning objective: the practitioner will be able develop 2 new skills in bringing Integral yoga nidra (deep relaxation) into the psychotherapy session.
March 1, 2019
7-8 a.m.: iRest yoga nidra-based class and its applications for trauma survivors, particularly active duty soldiers & veterans. DEMONSTRATION AND PRACTICUM – S
Learning objective: the practitioner will be able to identify when to bring iRest yoga nidra into the psychotherapy session.
9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: LECTURE AND DISCUSSION
Course Review – J&S
Learning objective: the practitioner will be able to list 5 learnings from the course.
10:45 to 11:00: BREAK
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:
11-11:15: Case presentation. LECTURE – J&S
11:15-12 noon: Case discussion. DISCUSSION
Learning objective: the practitioner will be able to identify 3 symptoms in a client diagnosed with PTSD which warrant a yogic intervention.
12:00-12:30: Discussion of course learnings. Next steps. DISCUSSION
Learning objective: the participant will be able to describe three course learnings which they will take into their psychotherapy work.
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Accommodations for the Differently Abled
Bridging Yoga and Mental Healthcare training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Suzanne Ludlum, email@example.com, 540-841-2790.
25.5 CEs of Continuing Education Credit is provided by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:
Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:
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Social Workers – New York State
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Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LMFTs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
As an American Psychological Association (APA) approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the 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 # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.
CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Berkshire AHEC at berkshireahec.org. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.
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For Mental Health Practitioners
Bridging Yoga and Mental Healthcare (See Description Above)
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 clinicians can help clients empower themselves to heal, build resilience, calm their over-active mind, and develop a sense of equilibrium through movement, breath, and mindful meditation. Clinicians learn how to teach their clients to become active participants in their own healing.
For Certified Yoga Therapists and Registered Yoga Instructors
Suzanne’s programs are available for certified yoga therapists to earn continuing education credits through the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and for registered yoga instructors to earn CE credits through Yoga Alliance. These programs offer more in-depth training and information on specific topics that help to deepen knowledge base. This enables yoga therapists and instructors to offer safe, as well as empowering, instruction to their clients, students and classes.