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Working with Physical and Emotional Pain: Strategic Application of Mindful Awareness

Date: 9:00am PST November 7 Location: South Chapel, Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus

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    Janet Sims, Ph.D.

South Chapel, Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus

Some pain is necessary, some pain is simply unavoidable, and some pain is self-inflicted making it both unnecessary and avoidable. As a clinician you need interventions for each of these kinds of pain, and mindfulness offers strategies for managing all these situations.

Using the Basic Mindfulness Toolkit, participants in this workshop will learn strategies for accepting and moving through the necessary and unavoidable pains, and strategies for dropping self-inflicted pain (sometimes called “dirty pain”).

Common pains that strategic application of mindfulness can help address include general stress, grief/loss, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, headaches, back pain, chronic pain syndrome, and more. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Review definitions of mindfulness and pain, and learn about the relationship between mindfulness and pain
  • Learn 5 Mindful Awareness training tools
  • Learn the strategic application of these tools to pain conditions

About the Basic Mindfulness Toolkit

Basic Mindfulness is a unique reworking of vipassana (mindfulness meditation) specifically designed to use logical categories of experience and strategic approaches to increasing mindfulness in daily life. When doctors made house calls they carried a ‘black bag’ of a few essential diagnostic and treatment tools. With The Basic Mindfulness Toolkit Dr. Janet Sims presents her version of a black bag–a few tools selected for their broad utility in helping people with the mental, emotional and physical challenges of living.

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for counselors and therapists. Content covered is also relevant for physical therapists, occupational therapists and other healthcare providers treating patients affected by pain. Individuals with pain conditions may also find this workshop helpful, but are advised that this is a clinical training workshop.

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Friday, November 7, 2014

Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Instructor: Janet Sims, Ph.D.

Cost: $125 by 10/23, $150 after, includes 7 CEUs or PDUs, $50 students. Lunch is included. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

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About the Instructor

Dr. Janet Sims has been a clinical psychologist and meditator for 33 years. She has recently completed The Basic Mindfulness Toolkit, a book detailing her application of mindfulness in psychotherapy. Dr. Sims has taught classes and workshps in Portland since 2008, and before that she taught mindfulness at Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. In addition, she is a senior facilitator for her meditation teacher, Shinzen Young, and teaches Basic Mindfulness for him internationally on his phone-based Home Practice Program.

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