The course objectives are to provide information to clinicians that define, introduce and utilize yoga practices appropriate for clinical settings (no mat or yoga experience required), and to help clinicians think about appropriately applying these techniques with their clients. This includes the yogic view of positive mental health, mood assessment and bringing balance to the emotional body. Participants will learn practices that energize and reduce feelings of lethargy and depression as well as learn practices that calm agitation and feelings of anxiety. Another goal of the workshop is to help clinicians develop a plan to use these practices to better care for themselves, and to more effectively encourage clients to use these practices when appropriate.
RELEVANCE TO SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION:
Research data continues to mount proving the efficacy and helpfulness of meditation and other aspects of yoga. Knowledge about and ability to integrate these practices will enhance what social workers can offer their clients, especially at times when talking and thinking become circular and ruminative, and when the client becomes “stuck”. These yoga practices offer clients a way to achieve their therapeutic goals by accessing the wisdom of the body (through simple yet effective breathing and body sensing) to calm the anxious mood and bring more energy to the depressed one. These practices do not require yoga training or any modification to the clinician’s work setting.
- Learn and practice evidence-based yoga practices for anxiety, depression and trauma;
- Learn about current research in psychoneurobiology that supports ancient practices;
- Learn and practice self-regulation through yoga breathing and yoga nidra;
- Learn about Yoga Psychology: positive mental health in yogic terms as a non-pathological framework for working with clients.
The yogic strategies and practices will be woven both didactically and experientially throughout the day. We will begin with an explanation of yoga philosophy and how current science is validating these ancient practices. We will focus specifically upon those practices that do not require a yoga background (or a mat). Participants’ social work/ mental health backgrounds will be used as the template into which tools of assessment and practical interventions can be woven. The importance of self-care will be highlighted with opportunities to experience how to use these techniques to serve ourselves so that we are better able to serve our clients.
Sherry G. Rubin, LCSW, RYT
Sherry received her MSW in 1976 and became a certified yoga teacher in 1999. The blend of therapeutic and yogic wisdom evident in her teaching practices has been earned with experience. Sherry has worked with clients in a variety of settings from schools, child welfare, addictions, community service agencies and private practice.
On the national level Sherry has assisted Amy Weintraub, who developed LifeForceYoga® and has published two books about the practice. Through assisting and teaching with Amy over the past five years, Sherry has seen the results first hand: literally hundreds of people have been helped by these ancient teachings and practices.
Included in the offerings of this workshop are yoga nidra practices which Sherry has been studying and teaching since 2007.
Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 4pm
Location: Belmont Center, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Credits: 6 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s
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