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[ult_blockquote]Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. This kind of attention nurtures greater awareness, clarity, and acceptance of present-moment reality. It wakes us up to the fact that our lives unfold only in moments. If we are not fully present for many of these moments, we may not only miss what is most valuable in our lives but also fail to realize the richness and depth of our possibilities for growth and transformation.

—Jon Kabat-Zinn


This course provides clinicians in behavioral health and co-occurring treatment contexts with a theoretical understanding of mindfulness as a therapeutic tool, an opportunity to experience and evaluate specific mindfulness practices, and strategies for incorporating mindfulness into behavioral health counseling. A special emphasis is placed on its usefulness in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for substance use and addictive disorders.

Studying online allows you to read about and practice mindfulness on your own schedule, and in the privacy and safety of your own home. Plus you’ll be able to allow as much or as little time as you need to practice the mindfulness exercises without feeling pressured by the time limits of an in-person training.

The course includes links to audio and video guided meditations so you can practice some of the exercises with a variety of meditation teachers, including Sharon Salzburg and Joseph Goldstein.

How it Works

This is a four-week, online course. Each week students are given material to complete online at their convenience during the week. A .pdf certificate will be issued upon completion of all course material and a course evaluation.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe and evaluate the theoretical underpinnings and rationale for mindfulness as a therapeutic tool in behavioral health counseling
  • Describe the diversity of ways mindfulness can be integrated into mindfulness-based therapies and behavioral health counseling methods
  • Apply at least one method for integrating mindfulness practices into behavioral health counseling
  • Evaluate the potential usefulness of mindfulness practices in your personal and professional work

About the Facilitator

Patricia A. Burke, MSW, LCSW, BCD is a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, a Certified Clinical Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Social Worker and a Certified Clinical Supervisor with over 30 of clinical and teaching experience.

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Contact Hours

Certificates will be issued upon completion of an online course evaluation.
No partial credit will be given.

  • 8 contact hours for nurses.
    CCSME Provider Unit is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
    Accreditation status does not imply endorsement by ANCC, NE-MSD or CCSME Provider Unit.
  • 8 contact hours pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.
  • 8 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided.
    CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
  • 8 contact hours for CHES.
    CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  • Certificate of completion for 8 contact hours for Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, and other Professionals.

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