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5-Day Certificate Program: Mindfulness & Meditation in Clinical Practice Retreat
5-Day Certificate Program: Mindfulness & Meditation in Clinical Practice Retreat


When:  Monday, May 13, 2019 - Friday, May 17, 2019

Course Description:

Finally, the intensive multi-day mindfulness and meditation training in a retreat setting you’ve been waiting for! You have had exposure to mindfulness. You’ve read the articles and taken one-day classes. You know the benefits, but you’re looking for more ….

This is your opportunity to get away, immerse yourself in the evidence for these practices, learn the skills and integrate them into your clinical work. Leave able to teach these skills to others – something most trainings do not give you! And there is a powerful added bonus: you will definitely strengthen your own mindfulness and meditation practice, reducing your stress and enhancing how you experience everything in both your personal and professional lives. In this magnificent setting in the Hudson River valley, you’ll get more!

More answers to your specific questions on how to establish a mindfulness practice in your clinical work.

More direction on how to integrate mindfulness into your treatment plans for specific disorders including anxiety, depression and trauma.

More practice, guidelines and feedback on utilizing mindfulness in specific therapeutic sessions.

Get the direction you’re seeking with the in-depth training that only an intensive retreat can provide!
  • Master the core skills of clinical mindfulness
  • Mindfulness for trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, sex and more!
  • ”Go-to” techniques immediately applicable to your clinical practice
  • Address toxic anger and reduce the body’s anger response
  • Guidance and interactive demonstrations
  • Step-by-step instruction on specific mindfulness interventions and exercises
Sleeping Accommodations:

If you would like to be paired up with another potential, unknown attendee to take advantage of the double occupancy rate, please call and let us know. We will aim to pair you up if somebody else registers who also would like to share.

In the meantime, please register at the single occupancy rate. If we are able to pair people, the $200 will be credited.

RETREAT SCHEDULE – Monday-Friday, May 13-17, 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019
    3:00 – 4:30 pm* - Check in
    4:30 – 5:45 pm – Program Introduction
    6:00 – 7:00 pm* - Dinner
    7:30 – 8:30 pm – Evening Session/Experiential Activity

Tuesday – Thursday, May 14-16, 2019
    7:00 – 7:30 am* - Optional Meditation Practice
    8:00 - 9:00 am* - Breakfast
    9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Morning Session
    12:30 – 1:30 pm* - Lunch
    1:30 – 2:30 pm* - Individual Activity
    2:30 – 5:00 pm – Afternoon Session
    5:00 – 6:00 pm* - Individual Activity/Leisure Time
    6:00 – 7:00 pm* - Dinner
    7:30 – 8:30 pm – Evening Session & Experiential Activity

Friday – May 17, 2019
    6:30 – 7:30 am*– Optional Mindfulness & Meditation
    8:00 – 9:00 am* - Breakfast
    9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Closing session
    12:30 – 1:30 pm* - Closing lunch and program conclusion

* CE hours are not awarded for this time.


Highlights of the Institute
  • Tranquil, 95-acre park-like setting overlooking the Hudson River
  • Former Capuchin monastery
  • Gardens & gazebos on the bluff by the river
  • Healthful, world-renowned vegetarian cuisine
  • Beautiful walking paths
  • Ideal setting for meditation, contemplation
  • Yoga mat provided
Cancellation Policy: Prior to 45 days before the event start date, you will be charged a $100 cancel fee. For cancellations received after that, you will receive a gift certificate for your purchase amount to attend any future live PESI sponsored seminar.

Please contact PESI customer service for information on non-CE seeking to register as a guest for pricing and other details.

  1. Describe how clear psychoeducational descriptions of the relationship between mindfulness, neurobiology, and common disorders can be used to motivate clients to engage in treatment.
  2. Communicate how a case conceptualization that draws upon neuropsychological principles can help clinicians establish realistic expectations and goals with clients.
  3. Formulate treatment plans for anxiety that incorporate mindfulness strategies clients can use in and out of session to help alleviate symptoms.
  4. Dissect the neurobiological underpinnings of how emotions are created, and communicate why this is important to the therapeutic process.
  5. Employ mindfulness training and diaphragmatic breathing techniques that clients can use to help them manage unhealthy anger responses.
  6. Identify clients’ mental models and core negative beliefs.
  7. Teach clients an effective practice to transform their core negative beliefs about themselves.
  8. Construct treatment plans for depression that incorporate mindfulness interventions that can be used to interrupt rumination and automatic negative thoughts.
  9. Characterize how mindfulness based stress reduction techniques can be used with clients to address prolonged periods of stress that can impact mental and physical health.
  10. Consider the clinical impact of research regarding the effects of mindfulness based practices on the neuropsychological aspects of trauma.
  11. Explore the clinical implications of research regarding the association between mindfulness and relationship satisfaction and outcomes.
  12. Establish how barriers to implementing mindfulness can be overcome using informal techniques clients can incorporate into their daily lives.
  13. Characterize how clinical tools that increase self-awareness can be used in therapy to help clients better manage their thoughts, emotions and behaviors.
  14. Articulate the importance of the connection between therapist and client in contributing to positive clinical outcomes.
  15. Delineate how mindfulness may enhance the therapeutic relationship.
  16. Practice counseling skills that happen “in the flow” that help the clinician avoid burnout.
  17. Explain the risks and limitations of using mindfulness in a clinical therapy session.
  18. Understand fundamental meditation techniques that support and strengthen mindful living.
  19. Give examples of meditation techniques that can be taught to clients in an office setting.
  20. Construct a plan that integrates mindfulness skills into your existing modality of therapy.
  21. Teach brain-changing mindfulness skills and practices to clients.
  22. Guide clients through experiential practices that clarify and strengthen their mindfulness practice.


Treatment Concepts
  • Introduction of mindfulness to clients
  • Mindfulness as self-directed neuroplasticity
  • Mindfulness as a skill-based path
  • Reconsolidation of neural networks through mindfulness practice
  • Experiential exercise: self-regulation techniques
Strengthen Therapeutic Presence
  • Benefits of therapeutic presence: presence, attunement, resonance, trust
  • Stabilize the mind: the foundation of focus
  • Self-regulation: the foundation of settledness
  • Spaciousness: the foundation of openness
Five Core Skills of Mindfulness
  • Clarify, set and re-affirm intention
  • Cultivate witnessing awareness: metacognition
  • Stabilize attention
  • Strengthen self-regulation
  • Practice loving-kindness for self and others
  • Experiential exercise: stability of attention and awareness
Neuroscience and Mindfulness
  • Understand how the brain is conditioned
  • Effective drivers of neuroplasticity
  • Interpersonal neurobiology
  • Attachment theory and the baby’s brain
  • Formation of mental models: core negative beliefs
  • Neuroception and the operation of the brain’s survival mechanisms
  • The critical importance of implicit memories
  • Adaptive safety strategies: negative side effects
  • Experiential exercise: cultivate an inner refuge
Mindfulness Practices that Change the Brain
  • Themes in beginning mindfulness practice
  • Am I focused or distracted?
  • Am I settled/grounded or tight/churning?
  • Mindful transitions; a practice for new clients
  • Stop-breathe-reflect-choose practice
  • Development of client self-talk, scripts and mantras
  • Positive visualization practice
  • Transforming core negative beliefs about self
  • Connecting with our True Nature


Mindfulness for Trauma
  • Cultivate safety and groundedness
  • The dysregulated nervous system
  • Experiential exercise: positive visualization
Mindfulness for Anxiety
  • Witness the anxious mind
  • Get unstuck from anxious rumination
  • Experiential exercise: self-regulation practices for anxiety
Mindfulness for Depression
  • Core negative beliefs that power depression
  • Cultivate motivation and action
  • Experiential exercise: develop behavioral plans with the client
Mindfulness for Relationships
  • Clarify intentions that work in relationships
  • Transform unhealthy patterns
  • Experiential exercise: cultivate positive experiences/exchanges
Mindfulness for Anger
  • Understand the source of anger energy
  • Identify the anger storm
  • Clarify the practice when anger arises
  • Experiential exercise: rehearsal of the stop-breathe-reflect-choose practice
Mindfulness for Stress
  • Clarify
  • Educate the client about the impact of stress
  • Change the stress reaction through practice
  • Experiential exercise: strengthen awareness of stress response, shifting to relaxation response
Mindfulness for Sex
  • Create conditions for healthy and mutually satisfying sex
  • Open to the full power of sexual intimacy
Mindfulness In-Session
  • Avoid compassion fatigue
  • Approach each session as meditative practice
  • Counsel “in the flow”
  • Experiential exercise: Sky-Like Mind Practice
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


Terry Fralich, LCPC, is a co-founder of the Mindfulness Retreat Center of Maine and former Adjunct Faculty Member of the University of Southern Maine Graduate School. He has led more than 400 seminars, trainings, and retreats at the Center, at Omega Institute, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, both nationally and internationally. His expertise consists of mindfulness, neuroscience, CBT, brain change, emotional intelligence, stress reduction, meditation and the treatment of anxiety and depression. He has been teaching transformative mindfulness skills and practices for 20 years and has pursued his own practice of mindfulness and meditation for 40 years.

Terry studied extensively with His Holiness the Dalai Lama for 25 years and with some of the American pioneers of mindfulness, including Jon Kabat-Zinn and John Welwood. His first book, Cultivating Lasting Happiness: A 7-Step Guide to Mindfulness, was cited as one of “the 12 essential books on mindfulness.” His second book, The Five Core Skills of Mindfulness: A Direct Path to More Confidence, Joy and Love, presents his clear and unique approach to mindfulness practice as a powerful force for healthy change in our everyday lives. Prior to becoming a mindfulness therapist, academic and author, Terry was an attorney who practiced law in New York City, Los Angeles and Portland, Maine.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Terry Fralich is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Terry Fralich has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

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.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 22.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.

New York Addiction Professionals: This course has been approved by OASAS for 6.25 clock hours toward Renewal for CASAC, CPP or CPS. Board required certificates will be sent after the program.

This intermediate activity consists of 22.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

New York Counselors: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0033. This activity will qualify for 26.25 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 1320 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

New York Marriage & Family Therapists: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0024. This activity will qualify for 26.25 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 22.0 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 22.0 contact hours or 2.20 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

This activity consists of 22.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

California Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the CPA OPD to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Provider #PES010. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. PESI is offering this activity for 22.0 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Florida Psychologists:
PESI, Inc., is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Psychology. Provider Number 50-399. This course qualifies for 22.0 continuing education credits. Please make sure to bring your license number to the seminar so that we can report your attendance to CE Broker.

Minnesota Psychologists: This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Psychology for 25.0 continuing education hours.

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 22.0 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

New York Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This activity will qualify for 26.25 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 1320 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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