Mindfulness: an Eight-week Introductory Course
The Class: Each class will consist of a time of learning about why a technique works, how to use it, and a time to practice the technique. There will be group discussion, but do note that this will be more of a class than a group therapy session.
The Book: We will be using a book entitled Mindfulness: An eight-week plan for finding peace in a frantic world by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. Purchase of the book will also enable you to download an audio version of the exercises so that you can practice at home. More information about the book and authors at http://franticworld.com/. Purchase of the book is strongly encouraged, but not required. Books can be ordered through Gottwals Books for $14.97 or via your preferred bookseller.
Cost and registration: Payment for the class is due prior to class to ensure registration. You can pay through Eventbrite or contact Jason directly. Payment is also accepted via Paypal or check, but you must FIRST coordinate with Jason to verify registration. If you register through Eventbrite, you will be charged their fee. There are a limited number of early registration tickets, so registering earlier is better.
Who can register: The class is expected to primarily be adults, but late teens may also benefit from the material presented.
Continuing Education: The class was approved for continuing education units for social workers and other allied professionals through the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. If you wish to use the class for CEUs, know that we will have two additional session of 30 minutes each at the end of class on February 17 and March 17 to discuss using the material in a clinical setting. You will receive nine (9) hours of CEUs for the class if you are in attendance for all sessions. There is an extra charge for using the class for CEUs.
Presenter: Jason is a clinical social worker and pastoral counselor at Wellston Behavioral Medicine in Warner Robins. His first encounters with meditation came out of studying contemplative and centering prayer while in seminary. Later he studied mindfulness meditation through the writings of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Daniel Siegal, and Thich Nhat Hahn, recently having the chance to hear Nhat Hahn teach first hand. He has used mindfulness techniques to assist patients with anxiety and depression in his work with adolescents and adults.