MINDFULNESS-BASED GROUPS

MINDFULNESS AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

PRESENTER
Helen Vantine, Ph.D.

DESCRIPTION
Learn the practice and application of mindfulness for psychotherapists and other health care providers in this eight-week program sponsored by the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute and the Anxiety & Stress Management Institute.
The following professionals are eligible for 20 continuing education credits (CEUs):**
Psychologists
Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)
Licensed Marriage & Family Counselors (LMFC) Licensed Social Workers (LCSW & LMSW)

This eight-week course offers intensive training in mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga, and mindful communication. You will discover how mindfulness can reduce stress, alleviate a range of mental and physical health problems, and increase joy and kindness.
Deepen your mindfulness practice to provide better care for your patients. When you are mindful, you are more present in your work, more compassionate with patients, and more open and aware.

DATE/TIME/DURATION
Aug 18-Oct 13 (Aug 25 will be skipped)
The first and last classes are from 10:00am-1:00pm
The other six classes are from 10:00am-12:30pm
Retreat 10:00am-4:00pm on Sunday Oct 1

COST/FEE
$625

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Helen Vantine, 404-357-0078, info@atlantamindfulness.com

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MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION

PRESENTER
Hannah Hawkins-Esther, LCSW and Amy Stern, LCSW

DESCRIPTION
Mindful Self-Compassion provides a powerful tool for emotional resilience. This empirically supported program teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding as opposed to judgement and self-criticism.

This 8-week course includes: short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. MSC participants are asked to practice mindfulness and self-compassion at home for up to 30 minutes per day during the course.

All are welcome: This program is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in MSC.

DATE/TIME/DURATION
Thursdays 10a-12:30p (first class 10a-1p)
October 26th through December 21st ( no class November 23rd)
1/2 day retreat Sunday December 3rd. 1p-5p

COST/FEE
$525 (a limited number of scholarships are available)

VISIT
hhe-therapy.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Hannah Hawkins-Esther LCSW at 770-595-7465 or hannah@hhe-therapy.com or amysternwh@yahoo.com

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MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION

PRESENTER
Stephanie Swann, PhD, LCSW

DESCRIPTION
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an eight-week program developed by mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn 1979. Extensive research over the past 30 years has shown that MBSR is extremely helpful in improving quality of life. It is proven to alleviate many common mental and physical health problems:

  • stress and stress-related illnesses
  • depression and other mood disorders
  • anxiety and panic disorders
  • chronic pain
  • insomnia
  • coping with cancer
  • gastrointestinal issues
  • type-2 diabetes
  • attention deficit disorder
  • eating disorders
  • heart disease
  • addiction
  • autoimmune diseases
  • and others

This course can also help you improve concentration and attention, regulate your emotions, and enhance your relationships. You will learn how to focus on the present moment and be open to things just as they are. Over eight weeks, you will develop your ability to experience greater joy, compassion, and kindness.
No previous meditation experience is required, although willingness to practice daily meditation is a key component of realizing the benefits of the course.

DATE/TIME/DURATION
Begins August 24, 2017 and meets 8 consecutive Thursday evenings from 6:00pm - 8:30pm
(Next 8 week program is January 25 - March 15, 2018 -- see flyer #2 below for details)

COST/FEE
$525

VISIT
http://www.atlantamindfulness.com/programs/stress-reduction/
Pre-registration is required.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Stephanie Swann
Atlanta Mindfulness Institute
404-906-1862
info@atlantamindfulness.com

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NEW YEAR’S MEDITATION RETREAT

PRESENTER
Beverly Matthews and Pat Stogner

DESCRIPTION
An annual January retreat to help release what no longer serves us and set a clear intention and focus for the new year. Participants learn various forms of meditation; explore ways to introduce a meditation practice into their life; deepen their existing meditation practice; and experience the peace of listening and learning in complete silence. CEUs will be offered to professionals.

DATE/TIME/DURATION
January 20, 2018; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

COST/FEE
$150 ($25 additional if you would like CEUs).

VISIT
www.beverlyjmatthews.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Beverly Matthews, 470-326-0560; bejoiful@yahoo.com

NOURISH - A MONTHLY THERAPEUTIC MEAL SUPPORT GROUP FOCUSING ON MINDFUL, SELF-COMPASSIONATE & INTUITIVE EATING

PRESENTER
Hannah Sabella, MS, RD, LD & Hannah Hawkins-Esther, LCSW

DESCRIPTION
What is food to you?... comforting? threatening? frustrating? boring?

Discover mindful eating – the practice of being present with your food while processing the emotional response in the presence of a supportive community. Whether in recovery from an eating disorder, working through food traumas, or improving your physical well-being, this group can help to guide your food choices and challenge automatic judgments on foods. Hannah Sabella, a Registered Dietitian, will provide education and support on choosing foods for mood stabilization and improvement, physical well-being, and dietary exposure work using mindful and intentional eating practices, in addition to therapeutic processing led by Hannah Hawkins-Esther, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In this way, we can explore how our physical and emotional selves are nourished by food.

This monthly meal group is centered on young adult recovery and wellness, and will focus on therapeutic techniques to alleviate anxiety, depression, and shame surrounding food and eating. Group members must be willing to participate in a meal, with guidance from an RD and Psychotherapist on meal appropriateness.

Benefits of Nourish at Atlanta Center for Wellness:

  • Provides a recovery community in a safe environment, with feedback and support from a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Decreases anxiety around eating fear foods, eating socially, and eating out in restaurants
  • Alleviates anxiety, depression, and shame associated with food and eating
  • Challenges disordered eating rules & rituals
  • Increases mindful eating and listening to one's body
  • Supports meal plan accountability

DATE/TIME/DURATION
Nourish dinner is held from 6-7:30 pm on the second Monday of each month in the Conference Room at Atlanta Center for Wellness

COST/FEE
$90 for this 90 minute group includes therapeutic support and dietary guidance through Mindful Eating. Each participant must bring a well balanced meal to the group.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Please contact Hannah Hawkins-Esther at (770) 595-4510 or hannah@hhe-therapy.com if you are interested in this group for specific information. Pre-registration and screening is required.

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SELF-HYPNOSIS WORKSHOP

PRESENTER
Beverly Matthews and Pat Stogner

DESCRIPTION
A very popular program designed to teach anyone how to enter, deepen and utilize the trance state to make changes in their life. This one-day workshop is chocked full of techniques to help with relaxation, behavior change, pain management and stress reduction by learning how to identify cues, create effective suggestions, and work through emotional blocks that prevent us from moving forward. CEUs will be available.

DATE/TIME/DURATION
March 17, 2018; 10:00 am—5:00 pm

COST/FEE
$150 ($25 additional for CEUs)

VISIT
www.beverlyjmatthews.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Beverly Matthews, 470-326-0560; bejoiful@yahoo.com

SOUND MEDITATION AND RELAXATION

PRESENTER
Jonathan Adams, Sonic Yogi

DESCRIPTION
Sound therapy is a valuable tool for releasing stress and anxiety and preparing the mind for meditation. I like to call it "meditation on training wheels" as access to a quieter more peaceful mind comes naturally when listening to the sounds of the Tibetan Bowls. No previous experience is necessary. Sound waves are measured in "hertz", just like brainwaves and have the ability relax the mind and the nervous system and guide the listener into more meditative brainwave states. Enjoy the relaxing sounds of Tibetan Bells, Native flute and more while also experiencing deep states of relaxation, and stress release. You will also learn about the basics of meditation and how to develop your own daily meditation practice and maintain this sense of calm and balance throughout the week.

DATE/TIME/DURATION
Ongoing group most Sundays from 1:30-2:30 pm

COST/FEE
$25/session

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Please contact Ephrat Lipton, LCSW at 404-202-0932 or ephratlipton@gmail.com and/or check the online group calendar to confirm that the group will be held on any given week. Walk-ins are welcome, but preference will be given to anybody who is pre-registered if space fills up. Please pay by exact cash or checks made out to Atlanta Center for Wellness, LLC.

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TEA CEREMONY MEDITATION

PRESENTER
Jennifer Webb, Meditation Leader

DESCRIPTION
The Way of Tea is an ancient practice of drinking tea that has a place and powerful meaning for today's living. We use all of our senses to create a meaningful experience.

This meditation is about learning to incorporate mindfulness as a daily practice, something that can be done in everyday life. You will take away in your heart the lessons you learn from this time together and be able to apply them in your life to gain happiness, reduce stress and be more present for the people you love.
Great for beginners and seasoned meditators. Tea is herbal, no caffeine.

DATE/TIME/DURATION
8/22/17 -- 7:15-8:15
9/5/17 -- 7:15-8:15
9/19/17 -- 7:15-8:15
10/10/17 -- 7:15-8:15
10/24/17 -- 7:15-8:15
11/14/17 -- 7:15-8:15
11/28/17 -- 7:15-8:15
12/12/17 -- 7:15-8:15

COST/FEE
$30
Receive a $5 discount for pre-registration!

VISIT
www.jenniferkwebb.com/events.html

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Jennifer Webb, 404-309-7273, jennifer@jenniferkwebb.com

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