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Enhancing Therapeutic Presence and Effectiveness with Mindfulness
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When: May 21, 2016
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
50 Broadway, Suite 1001
New York
United States
Presenter: Donald Fleck, LCSW,DCSW

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Mindfulness is a practice of becoming aware of experiences in the present, purposely, and without judgment while noticing things as they are happening. Mindfulness is taught in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for the purpose of reducing the rate of relapse into depression of people with a history of three or more depressions. Clinical experience indicates MBCT is also useful for generalized anxiety disorder, and variations of it are being tested for other conditions. Participants will learn mindfulness practices that are particularly well suited to mental health. It is most helpful that therapists learn the same mindfulness practices that can help their clients, so they can teach from their own experiences, and clients can benefit from the quality of their presence. This workshop will also review informal practices such as meditation techniques, mindful activities and mindful seeing and hearing. Attendees will understand how a therapist can adapt their stance in the therapy room in a way that allows clients to benefit from the attitude of mindfulness. Lastly, this workshop will discuss the connection between Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and show how Mindfulness enhances CBT by giving the therapist material to work on in the present. 


Donald Fleck, LCSW,DCSW has trained at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (1995-2006), working as a Psychotherapist and Supervisor. Mr. Fleck was awarded the Diplomat in Clinical Social Work by the National Association of Clinical Social Workers in 2007. He has a private practice that includes individual work and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), an empirically-validated 8-week group treatment for those with long histories of depression or generalized anxiety. Mr. Fleck has completed both the foundation training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (2008) and the advanced Teacher Training Intensive (2011).  He introduced mindfulness into his psychotherapy practice in 1996 as part of a treatment for panic disorder, and continues to explore additional ways it can supplement traditional therapies, or even be a focus of therapy.  He has taught workshops on both Mindfulness and Acceptance for the National Association of Social Workers in New York City, and facilitates learning for psychotherapists interested in using mindfulness in their practices.


6 CE Contact Hours

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