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Treating Emotional Trauma: Cognitive, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Interventions That Work
Treating Emotional Trauma: Cognitive, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Interventions That Work

When:  Friday, November 1, 2013 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Attend this seminar for a highly practical, skill building day that will increase your understanding of emotional trauma, its lasting effects and how it is healed. You will learn to effectively utilize an approach that includes cognitive, mindfulness and compassion interventions and you will take home the necessary tools and specific interventions to apply in your clinical work. This seminar is highly informational and experiential and incorporates a review of current research on emotional trauma and its treatment, clinical case examples and actual practice. You will return to your office with a whole new skill set to share with your clients.

Emotional maltreatment between family members as well as others is the most prevalent and damaging form of trauma. It occurs when the basic need for emotional support is withheld, personal safety is threatened, self-esteem is defiled, right of choice is denied and physical boundaries are violated. Experienced as being shamed, falsely blamed, ignored, betrayed, humiliated and violated, its effects are long lasting. Permeating body and mind, emotional trauma harms self-esteem and the abilities to emotionally bond, sooth distress, relax and learn. Thanks to the pioneering work of Bessel van der Kolk, Judith Hermann, Louis Cozolino and others, recognizing and treating emotional trauma (that occurs independent of and as an aspect of physical, sexual and other violent traumas that occur between people) is crucial for mental health care providers.

The latest research in neuroscience and physiology shows the effects of emotional trauma on mind, body and relationships and demonstrates the effectiveness of treatment that incorporates mindfulness, compassion and cognitive therapy. Treatment includes educating clients about emotional trauma and how it affects them, teaching them to respond wisely to trauma related thoughts, feel safe again, take care of emotional distress and how to relax their revved up nervous systems.

Mary NurrieStearns lives what she teaches and embodies the qualities that spring from embracing mindfulness and compassion practices. You will enjoy her humor and down to earth style.

  1. Outline four ways to utilize mindfulness in treating emotional trauma.
  2. Explain how to treat the effects of emotional trauma on the nervous system.
  3. Define uses of specific self-love practices to treat shame.
  4. Demonstrate importance of utilizing concentration, distancing, observation and distraction in treating pain producing thoughts.
  5. Apply easy to learn practices of self-compassion for treating betrayal and distrust.
  6. Apply mindfulness and compassion techniques to regulate emotional distress.
  7. Understand the lasting effects of emotional trauma and the benefits of a body/mind approach to healing.


Mary NurrieStearns, MSW, LCSW, C-IAYT, teaches seminars and retreats to teach clinicians how to take mindfulness skills, brain-based protocols for treating shame and office-based yoga back to their clients. These evidence-based clinical interventions move therapy forward by improving emotional regulation, restoring healthy nervous system functioning and cultivating healthier thought patterns. Both mindfulness and yoga practices have brought healing and calm to Mary’s clients and students.

Mary provides participants with the latest research results and pulls together the work of experts in the mental health field who are proponents of both practices (i.e. Bessel van der Kolk, Jon Kabat-Zinn). She draws on 37 years as a mental health professional counselor and 27 years of meditation and yoga practice. She is a certified yoga therapist, seasoned yoga teacher and ordained member of Thich Naht Hahn’s Order of Interbeing.

Mary is the author of Healing Anxiety, Depression and Unworthiness: 78 Brain-Changing Mindfulness & Yoga Practices (2018), Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga for Emotional Trauma, Yoga Mind – Peaceful Mind, and Daily Medications for Healing and Happiness. Mary is the co-editor of Soulful Living and former editor of Personal Transformation magazine. She has produced DVDs on yoga for emotional trauma and depression. Mary teaches across the United States.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mary NurrieStearns maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as an author for New Harbinger’s Publishing. Ms. NurrieStearns receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Mary NurrieStearns has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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