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Workshop 1: Reduction of Depression Symptoms through Mind-Body Techniques

  • Friday, October 14, 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility 5901 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Washington, DC 20016
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INSTRUCTOR NAMES:  Fran Zamore, LCSW-C and Michael Shea, LICSW

Category: Cat 1 | CE Credit Hours: 3.0 (per workshop)

This is a 3-part Series:

Workshop 1:  Reduction of Depression Symptoms through Mind-Body Techniques (10/14/2016)

Workshop 2: Reduction of Anxiety Symptoms through Mind-Body Techniques (1/13/2017)

Workshop 3: Reduction of Grief Symptoms Through Mind-Body Techniques (4/21/2017)

Participants can attend one workshop or the entire series. 


This didactic and experiential workshop series will explore a variety of mind-body skills that social workers and therapists can use to support themselves and can easily utilize as interventions with clients. The techniques are medically proven to calm the central nervous system, activate the parasympathetic nervous system and the frontal lobe. These techniques are applicable to many diagnoses; this series will address the diagnoses of depression, anxiety, and grief.  

Workshop I: Reduction of Depression Symptoms through Mind-Body Techniques

COURSE OBJECTIVES:  By the conclusion of the class, participants should be able to…(a minimum of 4):

  1. Participants will learn the research based underpinnings of mind-body medicine as it relates to depression. 
  2. Participants will learn a relaxing breathing technique that is medically proven to calm the central nervous system.     
  3. Participants will experience the benefits of a specific writing technique.
  4. Participants will learn a technique specifically designed to help clients get physically, mentally and emotionally unstuck using movement.


9:00- 9:10 – Welcome and introduction of topic
9:10-9:15 – Brief meditation
9:15-9:30 – Introduction of participants
9:30-10:00 – Overview of mind-body approach
10:00-10:30 – Soft-belly breathing exercise and processing
10:30-10:45 – Break
10:45-11:15 – Dialogue with a symptom and processing
11:15-12:00 – Shaking and dancing and processing
12:00-12:15 –Wrap-up


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The Atlantic:

Washington Post, Sept 2, 2015 article “How to communicate like a Buddhist— mindfully and without judgment” by Cynthia Kayne

Mindfulness: and eight-week plan for finding Peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams and Danny Penman

Calming your anxious mind; how mindfulness and compassion can free you from anxiety, fear, and panic by Jeffrey Brantley, MD

Grieving Mindfully. By Sameet M. Kumar, Ph.D.
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