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Description:  Mindfulness practice is ideal for cultivating greater awareness of the connection between mind and body, as well as cultivating greater awareness of the ways unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can undermine emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness. Studies have shown significant increases in functioning when mindfulness based interventions were used for treatment of many physical and mental health concerns, including chronic illness, anxiety, and mood disorders as well as personality disorders. This workshop will provide a brief history and overview of the core principles of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). The workshop will specifically focus on cultivating mindfulness in the therapeutic relationship and practical applications of MBSR and MBCT interventions when working with specific therapeutic needs.

Trainer:  Angela Q. Cowell, LCSW, LMFT is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. She is a school social worker and therapist providing school-based mental health services to students and families in Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools. She is a mindfulness trainer and presents on topics such as Ethics and the Mindfulness Practices of Self-Care and the Use of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Clients. She also provides clinical supervision to LCSWAs, LPCAs, and LMFTAs while working towards her AAMFT Approved Supervisor credential. She uses a systemic orientation and strength-based perspective while promoting present moment awareness.

Winston-Salem Clinical Lecture Series, a joint program of UNC School of Social Work and Northwest AHEC of Wake Forest School of Medicine

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