Yael Schweitzer, LCSW, BC-DMT: Mindfulness-Based Therapy in Portland, Oregon

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Embodying Mindfulness

Cultivating Mindfulness and Compassion with Movement Improvisation

Embodying Mindfulness

Cultivating Mindfulness and Compassion with Movement ImprovisationCome and learn to be present and compassionate with yourself and others by integrating mindfulness practices with movement expression.

Through mindfulness meditations and movement explorations you will connect with your authentic self and with others. Deep listening to the body yields improvisational movements — the dance of mindfulness.

Most traditional mindfulness meditations are done in stillness. Since stillness and movement are opposite sides of the same coin, when we bring movement to mindfulness and mindfulness to movement and dance, we deepen, expand and enrich the value and experience of both practices.

This work is based on MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) & Interpersonal Mindfulness programs, Creative Dance (Mettler approach) and Authentic Movement.

Participants will gain:

  1. Enhanced presence and centeredness
  2. A deeper sense of self-acceptance (body & mind)
  3. Tools to cultivate compassion for self and others
  4. Mindfulness skills for everyday activities
  5. Skills for improved relationships with self and others
  6. An enhanced sense of joy and openness
  7. Increased freedom of movement, creativity and expression

No previous experience in dance or mindfulness is needed.

When: Six Mondays, October 26 — November 30, 2015 7-9 pm
Where: Opening to Life, 407 NE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97232 (second floor).
Cost: $150 for the whole program (contact Yael for fee adjustment if needed)
Register: Contact Yael Schweitzer at mindfultherapy@yaelschweitzer.com or call 971-404-8249

Facilitator: Yael Schweitzer, LCSW, BC-DMT has 30 years of experience as a therapist, currently providing Mindfulness-Based Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy in her private practice. Since 2005, Yael has been leading an ongoing weekly Mettler — based Creative Dance group. In 2014 Yael developed a Mindfulness-Based Dance/Movement Therapy (MB-DMT) program that she teaches in China and Portland for therapists and the general public.

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The Dance of Mindfulness

Cultivate Mindfulness with movement improvisation and non-verbal communication

Most traditional mindfulness meditations are done in stillness. Since stillness and movement are opposite-sides of the same 'coin', when we bring movement to the mindfulness approach and mindfulness to Dance & Movement, we deepen, expand and enrich the value and experience of both practices.

Through mindfulness meditations and movement explorations you will connect with your authentic self and with the participants of the class. The deep listening to the body and to others yields improvisational movements — creating the dance of mindfulness.

The course is based on integration of elements from mindfulness meditations, MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and Interpersonal Mindfulness programs, Mettler approach to free dance improvisation and Authentic Movement.

Come and learn how to be present, embody your experiences and expression and cultivate compassion for yourself and others.

No previous experience in dance or mindfulness is needed.

Course Information

Cost: $79 tuition
Date/Time: Tuesdays, May 5 — June 9
7:00pm — 8:50pm
Location: PCC Cascade Campus, CH 304
705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, 97217
Instructor: Yael Schweitzer, LCSW, BC-DMT
Register: Use CRN 27401 to register. Call: 971-722-6266 or online at: www.pcc.edu/communityed

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Interpersonal Mindfulness
PCC CommunityEd - Work and Life Balance

Understand and ease causes of interpersonal stress, modify limiting habits and practice skillful interaction. Interpersonal mindfulness is based on insight dialogue and fundamentals of mindfulness meditation.

Professionals learn how to use mindfulness in interactions with clients/students and how to remain calm, present, compassionate and attentive during the challenges that arise in those interactions.

Date & Time: Mondays, Nov 3-Dec 15, 7pm-8:50pm and Saturday, Dec 6, 10am-3:50pm
Location: PCC CLIMB Center, room 102
1626 SE Water Ave, Portland OR 97214
Registration: Call 971-722-6266 or visit pcc.edu/communityed.
Use CRN 47820 to register, 2.00 CEU credits will be earned.

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Workshops and Training

Mindfulness as a Therapeutic Approach
A 3 day workshop in Beer Sheva, Israel, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Date & Time: October 13th, 15th, & 17th, 2013, 5pm - 9pm each day
Location: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel
For more information visit http://in.bgu.ac.il/acadsec/external_studies/Pages/mindfulnes.aspx
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The workshop is intended for therapists and healthcare professionals to learn about mindfulness and its therapeutic benefits, gain skills and tools to be applied in therapy and get introduced to the elements of Interpersonal Mindfulness and their contribution to the therapeutic interaction. The workshop will be held in Hebrew.

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Mindfulness in Movement:
Connecting to the Authentic Self, Connecting to Others

Date & Time: Saturday, November 16th, 2013, 9am - 12noon
Location:Lewis & Clark College, South Chapel, Graduate Campus
Noncredit/CEU or PDU: 3 hours, $30
Registration: Call 503-768-6040 | cce@lclark.edu
Or visit go.lclark.edu/graduate/mindfulness/movement and click on Register Now.
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This experiential enrichment workshop is designed to cultivate awareness of the body and movement expression in a group setting and can benefit therapists and other healthcare professionals.

Participants will explore the relationship between self-expression and group demands and find creative solutions to navigate between the two. The "Creative Pause" — an alert and mindful stillness in between movement impulses will be introduced and experienced — individually, in dyads, and with the whole group. The workshop will conclude with discussion about implementing elements from this movement approach in individual and groups therapy.

The workshop is based on "Creative Dance," an approach founded by Barbara Mettler.
Experience in dance/movement is NOT needed.

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Implementing Mindfulness in Therapy Part 1 & 2

Date & Time: November 2nd & 3rd (one or both days), 9am - 5pm
Location:Lewis & Clark College, South Chapel, Graduate Campus
Noncredit/CEU Single Day: 7 hours (7 CEUs), $125 by 10/10, $150 after; $40 for students
Noncredit/CEU Both Days: 14 hours, (14 CEUs) $225 by 10/10, $250 after; $80 for students
Registration: Call 503-768-6040 | Email cce@lclark.edu
Or visit go.lclark.edu/graduate/mindfulness/movement and click on Register Now.
Click to download a printable flyer.

This two day modular workshop is designed to provide therapists and health care providers with an introduction to mindfulness, guidelines for interpersonal mindfulness and with knowledge and tools for integrating the mindfulness approach with clients.

Implementing Mindfulness in Therapy Part 1 provides an introductory overview of Mindfulness-Based Therapy (MBT), Interpersonal mindfulness guidelines, and ways to integrate this approach into clinical practice. The workshop continues on to day two with deeper practice and discussion of the techniques and guidelines covered in day one with close examination of the complexity, intricacy and creativity of implementing the mindfulness approach in therapy. Participants are encouraged to bring scenarios, questions, and examples from their work.

Participant can choose to attend part 1 only to get familiarity and experience with the mindfulness approach or get a more comprehensive experience and knowledge and attend both days. Participants who have taken previously the one-day Implementing Mindfulness in Therapy workshop (or a similar program), or who already apply mindfulness in their practice and want to expand and deepen their knowledge and experience can choose to register for part 2 only. Both days include theory, experiential practices, discussions and examples from the mindfulness-based therapeutic work.

Workshop Outline

Day 1

The principles and practices of mindfulness

Interpersonal mindfulness

Implementing mindfulness in therapy

Day 2

Cultivating the qualities of a mindful and compassionate therapist

Learning skills to help clients bring mindfulness to their lives

Deepening the understanding of Mindfulness-Based Therapy as an approach

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