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CANCELED - Inner Awareness + Self-Compassion Training: Working With Trauma, Chronic Pain, and Substance Use Issues (Day 1)

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Dorothy Hirshon Suite, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-205, New York, NY 10011

This training will focus on inner awareness, also known as interoception, and self-compassion practices to enhance one’s own meditation practices and work in clinical and community agencies. Beginners and those with previous meditation experience are welcome to attend. Psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, CASACs, graduate students, and other mental health and substance abuse treatment providers are encouraged to join us as these skills will enhance their own practices and can be applied in various educational and work settings.

Learning how to anchor the mind on breath and attending to sensations in the body, our self-regulation skills and capacity to be with difficult experiences expands. Self-compassion practices have been shown to increase well-being and promote resilience during times of distress. We will provide instruction in mindfulness practices designed to cultivate present-moment awareness of breath and body, along with how to tailor your practice based on the recognition of what’s needed.

Emphasis will be on how to adapt mindfulness practices for clinical work with individuals experiencing substance use issues, trauma, and chronic pain. Case examples will be provided and there will be an opportunity for participants to share clinical material. This workshop is appropriate for mental health and substance abuse and mental health professionals and graduate students who wish to expand their knowledge about integrating mindfulness and compassion-based practices in their clinical work along with a special focus on providing treatment for substance use disorders from a harm reduction perspective. Participants will be able to ask questions and engage in discussions with the speakers during the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

• Discussion of benefits and risks associated with mindfulness and inner awareness practices.

• Review of the empirical support for practicing mindfulness and self-compassion.

• Discussion and practice with mindfulness techniques to build awareness of the breath, body, mind, cravings/urges, and everyday activities.

• Understand the implications of developing inner awareness and self-compassion practices to address trauma, chronic pain, and substance use issues.

• Describe the rationale and practical application of an integrative harm reduction approach to working with substance use issues.

Information about CE Credits:

The New School for Social Research's Department of Psychology SW CPE 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 #0199. This training provides 9 hours of continuing education.

About the Presenters:

Jill Satterfield

Jill is a wellness program developer, international mindfulness and meditation teacher, founder of Vajra Yoga + Meditation and founder and Director of the School for Compassionate Action: Applied Embodied Mindfulness and Contemplative Psychotherapy for At Risk and In Need Communities . She is a faculty member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training, UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center trainings, and the Somatic Yoga Training in Marin California.

Jenifer Talley, PhD

Jenifer is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of substance misuse and trauma. She is the Assistant Director of the Concentration in Mental Health Substance Abuse Counseling and Assistant Director of Clinical Training at The New School for Social Research. In addition, she is Assistant Director of The Center for Optimal Living, an outpatient private practice focused on helping people address substance use and other mental health issues from an integrative harm reduction framework.

Sponsored by the New School for Social ResearchDepartment of Psychology.

Event Type

Workshops and Training


General Public


Humanity, Society, Social Justice, Education and Learning


The New School for Social Research, Department of Psychology


Psychology, Humanities, Social Sciences



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