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Mindfulness in Social Work: Research, Practice and Applications
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When: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
305 7th Avenue
13th Floor
New York, New York  10001
United States

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Mindfulness, the practices of awareness and compassion, has demonstrated powerful efficacy in teaching clients to cope with pain, distress and ultimately live their lives more fully. These basic skills can also benefit therapists by preventing burn out and being more authentically available to their clients. This didactic and experiential workshop will teach simple, practical mindfulness skills for social workers, and describe ways to introduce and use these skills in the clinical encounter. The skills taught will be grounded in the increasing research evidence base for mindfulness in behavioral impact, neuroscience and emotional resilience.


This workshop will include extensive experiential work, focusing on the body and the breath as the basis for staying in the present moment, and introducing both formal and informal mindfulness practices. Compassion and self-compassion will be explored as a personal and clinical practice. In addition, mindfulness as a platform for social justice will be illustrated.


As we review the skill training that fosters mindfulness, we will explore ways to introduce and teach mindfulness with social work populations and in social work settings, including hospitals, prisons, schools, community programs and individual counseling.



With this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how mindfulness can change the brain
  • Utilize at least three mindfulness practices and be able to teach these practices to another

  • Conduct a guided breath and 3-minute body awareness exercise

  • Articulate the difference between self-compassion and self-esteem

  • Determine appropriate adaptations of mindfulness practices for individual populations and settings

  • Identify three ways to use mindfulness in individual counseling

  • Describe three uses of mindfulness for fostering social justice



NASW Member: $120 | Non-Member: $210


6 SW CE Contact Hours





Lucia McBee, LCSW, MPH is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s in Public Health and Yoga Certification. Since 1998, she has taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to the general population as well as adapted mindfulness practices for special populations. Ms. McBee is currently a freelance author, teacher and consultant, as well as an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work.


Mindfulness-Based Elder Care: A CAM Model for Frail Elders and Their Caregivers, her book describing her work with elders and caregivers, was published in 2008.








NASW-NYC Certificates Policy


As per New York State Continuing Education guidelines, attendees must arrive on time and attend the ENTIRE workshop to receive their Continuing Education Contact Hours. Any attendees who arrive late or leaves early to a workshop will not receive their certificate, is not allowed admittance into the workshop and is also not eligible for a refund in any way. Please check transportation schedules ahead of time and plan accordingly.


We are currently transitioning from providing paper certificates to electronic ones. Please ensure that your registration information is accurate (name, e-mail, license type and number) as this will impact your continuing education certificates. NASW-NYC is not responsible for the accuracy of your registration information. To receive your certificate of completion, on the workshop date, please sign-in with your time and before you leave, initial-out with your time. Certificates will be e-mailed within 30 calendar days after workshop evaluations have been completed.



NASW-NYC Refund Policy


All refund requests must be submitted by e-mail to workshops.naswnyc@socialworkers.orgRefund e-mails must include the subject line "Refund Request" as well as the attendee's name, workshop date and title in the body of the e-mail. Valid requests must be received no later than five business days prior to course date. NASW-NYC reserves the right to refuse any refunds requested later than five days prior to the course date.


All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee.

Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.

Refunds ONLY; credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop.


If the workshop is cancelled, you will be informed ahead of time and fully refunded.



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NASW New York City Chapter is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0027 and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0060.

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