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Workshop III: Reduction of Grief Symptoms Through Mind-Body Techniques

  • Friday, April 21, 2017
  • 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

Phone: 240-688-9099




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.  

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.   

Type of Event: Continuing Education
Category: Cat 1
CE Credit Hours: 3.0 (per workshop)

Workshop III: Reduction of Grief Symptoms Through Mind-Body Techniques


  1. Participants will learn the research based underpinnings of mind-body medicine as it relates grief.
  2. Participants will experience an expressive arts technique that is designed to help gain insight and self-appreciation.    
  3. Participants will experience a guided imagery that is specifically designed to aid in ‘moving forward’ through the grieving process.
  4. Participants will learn the value of mindfulness meditation.


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 – Review/Overview of mind-body techniques

10:00-10:45 – Drawings and processing

10:45-11:00 – Break

11:00-11:30 – Wise guide imagery and processing

11:30-12:00 – Meditation 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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