Programs Completed

Introductory Friday Morning Salon: Meditation and Psychotherapy

Friday June 20,  9:30-11:30am. Check-in and registration 9:00-9:30am

How do we do this work? Panel members will share from our rich backgrounds of experience including case examples and facilitate discussion on integrating our work as mindful therapists in clinical practice. Guided meditation, case discussion, & questions and answers.  Tea and treats provided.

Panel : Jil Leverone Phd. L.P, Lorene Jabola Ph.d. LMFT, & Merra Young, MSW, LICSW, LMFT,  MWMPI board members

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Foundations of Mindful Therapy

The Institute’s new, five-session course, Foundations of Mindful Therapy, covered the fundamentals of mindful therapy in three main topics: Personal Practice, Developing Presence, and Skill Building. Monthly, three-hour classes over five months encouraged participants to develop their personal and professional skills over time. Embedded throughout the course was opportunity for the building of community.

One of three course facilitators, Patty Hlava reflected, “With monthly class sessions, we knew students would benefit from connecting with one another in between, holding each other accountable and sharing learning.” Hlava, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, joined psychologists and fellow mindfulness practitioners Jil Leverone and Tom Glaser in creating and presenting these highly experiential sessions.

In the written feedback, participants noted how much they appreciated the design and experience of the sessions, including guided meditations, role-plays, and mini-lectures. Homework was also said to be crucial in the learning process. “The near-daily mindfulness practice was the most helpful,” one participant wrote. “I also think the classes built really well on top of each other.”   Another participant said, “The balance of practice, reflective writing, small and large group discussion” were most helpful. Other feedback included, “Experientials; I learn by doing,” and “The community aspect was enormous!”

Due to high demand, the Institute plans to offer this 15 CEU course again in fall, 2013. Five sessions, from 9:00-noon, are scheduled for the 2nd Friday of the month beginning October 11 and continuing through February 2014. (October 11, November 8, December 13, January 10 and February 14).  Jil Leverone is our contact person, jil@jileverone.com .

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Winter Workshop Offerings/Series—2013

 Mind-Body-Spirit Integrative Supervision Group

This is an on-going group integrating mindfulness and supervision. We explore therapist use of self, the inter-subjective relationship, and work with difficult case scenarios from a Buddhist Psychology lens. We work with cultivating the four immeasurable qualities: joy, love, compassion and equanimity in our personal and professional practice.

Date: Meets monthly              Time: Wednesdays 9-11am

Cost: $50-60/session

To register contact: Merra Young at  rivwaymed@aol.com or

Stacy Husebo at stacyhusebo@hotmail.com

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Fine Tuning the Instrument of Self in our Therapy practice: Embodied practice from a Buddhist psychology lens

Date: Friday, April 19, 2013                Time:  9am-12:30pm

Cost: $60 (sliding fee available)         Location: Rivers Way Meditation Center

Workshop Presenters:

Stacy Husebo, MSW, LICSW

Merra Young, MSW, LICSW, LMFT

Contact: Stacy Husebo  to register

(Certificate of Attendance provided)

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Upcoming Workshop with Dr. Amit Sood, M.D. Mayo Clinic

Attention and Interpretation Therapy: A Novel Approach to Enhance Mindfulness and Resilience, and Improve Mental Health

St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas School of Social Work, Spirituality and Clinical Practice Institute, the Midwest Meditation and Psychotherapy Institute and the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing, Co-sponsors

March 15, 2013 9-4:30pm

St. Catherine University, Coeur de Catherine Ballroom

Attention and Interpretation Therapy (AIT) is an integrative approach to therapy recently developed at Mayo Clinic to decrease symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression and to enhance well-being, resilience, and mindfulness. In this workshop, you will develop a pragmatic understanding of the neuropsychology of stress and brain processes underlying two aspects of human experience: attention and interpretation. You will learn inspiring and active ways to integrate AIT into your life and to develop skills you can use in your work with clients and patients. AIT training will enhance your gratitude focus, cultivate instinctive compassion, creatively work with “what is,” discover life’s higher meaning, and strengthen your forgiveness skills. Application of these skills to daily life and work with clients will be presented.

To Register for the Dr. Sood Workshop

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Inside the Mindful Therapy Session

What is a mindful therapy session? We will explore how mindfulness is actually integrated into a therapy sessions with clients as more than just a technique? What is the role of the “practicing therapist” in this approach? This workshop will help bring to light how to apply and integrate Buddhist psychology, mindfulness and compassion into our direct practice. We will include ‘real time’ demonstrations and case examples from our psychotherapy practices working with individual, couples and groups. There will be an opportunity to discuss these case scenarios, explore use of mindfulness in treatment planning and your own cases. We will also bookend our time together with brief guided meditations. This workshop welcomes beginners and all levels of experience including psychotherapy professionals and students in mental health professions.

Date: Friday, December 7, 2012

Time:  9am-12:30pm

Cost: $50 (sliding fee available upon request).

Location: Rivers’ Way Meditation Center—2637 27th Ave. S. Mpls, MN 55406

Workshop Presenters:

Merra Young, MSW, LICSW, LMFT

Stacy M. Husebo, MSW, LICSW

To register contact Stacy Husebo

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Foundations of Mindful Therapy

Date: October 12, 2012-March 2013 (meets monthly)

Time: 9am-12pm

Cost: $375.00

Location: Three Smooth Stones, 3336 E. 25th St. Mpls, MN 55406

Facilitators: Tom Glaser, Patty Hlava, Jil Leverone

Contact: Jil Leverone to register

CEU’s for LP are in the application process and will be available at an additional cost of $20.00

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Consultation Group on Dharma Infused Psychotherapy

Brief Description: Eastern and Western psychology (psychodynamic and systemic approaches), meditation practice, and the inter-subjective space will inform an in-depth exploration of cases presented.

Dates: Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 7

(Will be open to continuing pending on interest)

Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $100/monthly series

Contact: Lorene Jabola

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Mind-Body-Spirit Integrative Supervision Group

On-going mindfulness and integrative supervision exploring therapist use of self, the inter-subjective relationship, and case consultations. Integration of meditation and mindfulness.

Date: Meets monthly

Time: Wednesdays 9-11am

Cost: $50-60/session

Contact: Merra Young or Stacy Husebo to register

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Full Catastrophe Consultation Group

Date: Begins September 21, 2012

Time: Friday mornings

Cost: to be determined

Contact: Jil Leverone to register

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